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.