A Maryland driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge, drugged driving or impaired driving charge is very serious. And a conviction or bad plea deal can result in severe fines, penalties and legal repercussions. If you do not have an experienced defense attorney on your side your rights may not be protected and many areas of your life will be negatively impacted for years to come. In Maryland, even a first time DWI charge (which is the lesser of the 2 DUI & DWI charges) can result in both criminal and administrative consequences. At our Baltimore law practice, many of our clients facing a DWI charge have never been arrested before. Our clients are looking for answers to their legal problems which we are happy to provide. Please contact us for more information about how we defend accused drunk drivers throughout Maryland. Please call or email the DUI defense team @bowerslawmd to learn more about Maryland DWI laws, your rights and how we will protect them and do whatever we can to get your charges dropped or dismissed if possible.
As we have offices in Aberdeen, Baltimore and Elkton we serve those facing DUI, DWI and criminal charges in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore, Baltimore County, Harford County and Cecil County, MD.
Maryland DWI Laws
In Maryland, a person can be charged with either driving under the influence of alcohol or driving while intoxicated. If a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08% or greater, he/she will be charged with a DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol). If a person’s BAC is .04% to .07%, he/she will be charged with a DWI (driving while intoxicated). Having just one drink of a strong beer can result in your BAC being above the legal limit. Do not let one bad mistake ruin your life. Our Elkton, MD DUI attorneys can help get the charge asserted against you reduced or completely dropped. Our DWI/DUI attorney is skilled in negotiating plea bargains on behalf of our clients.
Drunk Driving Fines, Penalties & Sentencing
For a first offense DWI, you face up to a $500 fine and up to two months imprisonment. Eight (8) points will be assessed on your driving record, and you face a 6-month license suspension. If this conviction is the result of a driver under 21, you will face a 1-year suspension.
For a second DWI offense, you face up to a $500 fine and up to one year imprisonment. Eight (8) points will be assessed on your driving record, and you face a license suspension of 9 to 12 months. If this conviction is the result of a driver under 21, you will face a 2-year suspension.
If you are charged with a third offense DUI, you could face up to 3 years in prison and pay a fine of not more than $3,000. You will be required to install an ignition interlock device.
A first offense DWI will result in an automatic driver’s license suspension for up to six months. You will have to complete an alcohol abuse assessment and treatment program in order to have the suspension withdrawn. A first offense DUI will result in an automatic driver’s license suspension for up to 6 months as well. Your license may be reinstated following the suspension period. Each subsequent offense will result in 6 additional months of suspension.
You can request a motor vehicle hearing to contest the allegations against you regarding the suspension of your driver’s license. Most drivers will hire their DUI attorney to accompany them to the hearing for representation. Contact us for more information about how to get your driver’s license back. In addition, because Maryland has an implied consent law pertaining to consent in taking a chemical test, if you refused to take the test, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended for 120 days.
Reach Out To Our Baltimore Maryland DWI Defense Attorneys
Please contact our Bel Air, Maryland DWI lawyers today for a complimentary case review. Our impaired driving attorneys
will handle your matter in confidence. We will provide you with all possible defense and solutions that will minimize the negative repercussions of your pending charges.
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