DUI versus DWI in Maryland
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DUI versus DWI in Maryland

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2024 | DUI Charges |

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is illegal – it’s also incredibly dangerous. Yet, every year, thousands of drivers in Maryland are arrested for driving impaired. These accusations can not only have disastrous impacts on a person’s life for many years but could also result in jail time. In Maryland, drivers can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). There are a few key differences that determine whether a driver will receive a DUI or a DWI charge. 

Comparing DWI and DUI charges 

In this state, when a driver is arrested and suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol there are two possible offenses recognized by the law. These are DUI and DWI. DWI is the lesser of these two offenses.  

Drivers can be charged with DWI if the evidence suggests the driver was impaired to some degree by alcohol or drugs, which also includes legal drugs. Drivers can be charged with DUI, a more serious offense, if they are impaired by a controlled substance or have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. It is also important to note that Maryland drivers who are under the age of 21 are also subject to zero tolerance laws, which means they can be charged if their BAC is .02 or higher. 

Legal assistance 

Being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol is serious, regardless of the type of charge. However, those in Maryland who are charged with DWI or DUI have options available to help them achieve the best possible outcome. By speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney, those accused can obtain invaluable guidance and ensure their rights are protected.