Maryland drinking and driving charges are most commonly known as Maryland DUI (driving under the influence) or Maryland DWI (driving while impaired). A blood alcohol level of .08 or higher will result in “per se” intoxication and a Maryland DUI charge. A blood alcohol level of .07 will result in an arrest for DWI. The State has to show substantial impairment of the driving abilities caused by alcohol use.
Maryland DUI (driving under the influence) consequences include a minimum driver’s license suspension of 45 days, and punishment of up to $1,000.00 and one year in jail for a first DUI conviction, and $2,000.00 and two years in jail for a second offense DUI. A Maryland DUI conviction will result in 12 points on the Maryland Driver’s License record.
Maryland DWI (driving while impaired), while a lesser offense to a Maryland DUI (driving under the influence) still has very harsh consequences, including a driver’s license suspension of up to 60 days, 8 points on the Maryland Driver’s License record, up to $500 and two months in jail for a first offense, and up to $500.00 and one year in jail for a second offense.
It is imperative that upon DUI or DWI arrest in Maryland, a MVA administrative hearing is requested in writing within 10 days. The driving privileges are automatically suspended unless the hearing is requested. A refusal to take the breathalyzer test is admissible in court as evidence of guilt and also may result in 120 days of driving privileges being suspended.
Often times, Maryland DUI and Maryland DWI charges are dropped in court due to the State not following the legal formalities involved such as not calibrating the equipment used, not administering proper sobriety field test or illegally pulling a car over with no justifiable suspicion. It is critical to seek representation of our experienced MD DUI lawyer or MD DWI lawyer from the outset to scrutinize the legality of the arrest, validity of the charges, and to assert all viable defenses in court. Our Maryland Criminal Lawyers have an extensive experience and expertise in litigating successfully a Maryland DUI or a Maryland DWI charge obtaining dismissals, diversions or probation before Judgment when appropriate.