DWI

WHAT IS A DWI IN MARYLAND?

In the state of Maryland, the difference between DUI (driving under the influence) and DWI (driving while impaired) citations is simply one of degree: while a DUI conviction requires blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or above, DWI charges apply to a BAC between 0.07% and 0.08% or even lower, depending on circumstance. In essence, DWI charges exist as a means of punishing drivers exhibiting clear signs of impaired driving while technically remaining below the legal limit of 0.08% BAC. While a DWI carries less severe penalties than a DUI, many drivers may find themselves charged with both offenses. In these cases, drivers are ultimately convicted of only one charge, not both.

THE IMPACT OF A DWI ON YOUR RECORD

Although the effects of a DWI conviction aren’t as severe as those accompanying a DUI conviction, they cover similar territory and induce comparable stress. In the state of Maryland, a first-time DWI conviction carries a license suspension of up to 60 days, maximum fines of $500, and a maximum jail time of 60 days. Second DWI offenses can entail up to a 120 day license suspension and up to one year in prison. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration automatically administers eight points to a driver’s record for any DWI conviction, almost guaranteeing increased insurance rates.

YOUR MARYLAND DWI DEFENSE ATTORNEY

Whether you’ve been charged with both DUI and DWI, or just DWI alone, don’t underestimate the far-reaching implications of these offenses. Even if a driver’s BAC was below 0.08%, serious criminal charges and their undesirable repercussions can come in the form of a DWI conviction. With experienced and thorough legal representation on your side, the pressure will fall on the prosecution to prove impairment despite a BAC below the legal limit. The Palumbo Law Group has been helping Maryland drivers navigate the often overwhelming procedure of DWI citation for over four decades. As your Maryland DWI defense lawyer, we may able to reduce the negative repercussions of your case as we have many times before.

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