WHAT DOES A MARYLAND DUI MEAN?
In Maryland, as in the rest of the United States, a driver is considered to be “under the influence” of alcohol if his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) is found to be 0.08% or greater. For drivers under the age of 21, that threshold is lowered to 0.02%. Police officers may establish probable cause of intoxication with a field sobriety test, followed by a breath test that determines a driver’s actual BAC. Although the vast majority of DUI charges are assessed to people actively operating a vehicle while intoxicated, Maryland law allows officers to issue DUI citations to anyone who has physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated, even if the vehicle is stationary at the time of arrest.