Penalties In Maryland
What are DUI/DWI charges and criminal penalties?
The distinction between driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and driving while impaired by alcohol (DWI) is one of degree.
Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) is the more serious crime and requires either a breath test result of 0.08 or more (ddDUI Per Se) OR a finding that the alcohol the driver has consumed has substantially impaired the driver’s normal coordination. The maximum penalties are as follows:
1. First offense: one year and $1000
2. Second offense: two years and $2000
3. Third offense or subsequent offense: three years and $3000
*Includes a prior conviction of 21-902(b) Driving while impaired by alcohol or 21-902(c) Driving while impaired by drugs or drugs and alcohol within 5 years of the DUI conviction.
Administratively, 12 points may be assessed with the MVA and the driver’s license may be revoked.
Driving While Impaired (DWI) is the less serious crime and requires a breath test result between 0.07 and 0.08 or a finding that the alcohol the driver has consumed has impaired normal coordination to some extent. The maximum penalties are as follows:
1. First offense: 60 days and $500
2. Second offense: one year and $500
3. Third offense or subsequent offense: three years and $3,000
*Includes a prior conviction of any subsection of 21-902.
Administratively, eight points may be assessed with the MVA and the driver’s license may be suspended.
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