That Misdemeanor DUI/DWI Charge Can Result in Very Serious ConsequencesHere in Maryland, DUIs and DWIs are misdemeanors. This does not mean you shouldn’t take these charges very, very seriously – especially if you are facing a second or third offense. Understanding the potential consequences, and jail time, is important if you have been charged with a drunk driving offense.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Maryland is against the law. There are two types of drinking and driving offenses in our state. Per the People’s Law Library:

The first, and most severe offense, is called driving while under the influence (commonly called DUI).  A person who has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater is assumed to be under the influence of alcohol.  Maryland law calls a BAC of .08 or above “under the influence per se.”

The second is called driving while impaired (commonly called DWI). A person who has a blood alcohol concentration of .07 is assumed to be impaired by alcohol.

It is also [a] crime to drive while impaired by drugs (even legal drugs), drugs and alcohol, or controlled dangerous substances like marijuana. Driving with any combination of drugs and/or alcohol that prevent you from driving safely is illegal.

A person under the age of 21 who drives with any alcohol in their system is breaking the law.  If that person is caught, they will be arrested and charged with a DUI.

If you are convicted of DUI, you can face up to $1,000 in fines and up to a year in jail. For a second offense, this jumps to up to $2,000 in fines and up to two years in prison.

Further, after three or more DUI violations, state statute requires (if convicted) fines up to $10,000 and/or 10 years in prison.

Other misdemeanors in Maryland with serious consequences

In addition to DUI, there are several misdemeanor crimes in Maryland where you could face more than a year in jail. These include:

If you are facing charges and need help, talk to Carey Law Office today. We have the skills and the resources to help you fight any charges you are facing, whether misdemeanors or felonies. To schedule a consultation, simply call our offices or fill out our contact form. We are here to protect your rights throughout the entire legal process, serving clients from locations in locations in Bowie, Crofton, and Owings. We also serve Calvert County.