In the State of Maryland, being charged with Driving Under the Influence and Driving While Impaired can have serious criminal consequences, as well as consequences for your driver’s license. In the eyes of the law, a person can be considered to be “under the influence” or “impaired” by alcohol, drugs, a combination of both, or multiple types of drugs. If you elected to take the intoximeter test and the result was over 0.08, you may also be facing a charge of Driving Under the Influence Per Se, since the test shows you are over the “legal limit” of alcohol you can have in your system, according to Maryland law.
The greater charge is Driving Under the Influence, which carries a maximum term of one year imprisonment and/or a $1000 fine, if it is a first-time offense. The lesser charge is Driving While Impaired, which carries a maximum term of 60 days and/or $500 fine, if it is a first-time offense. Typically, if you are charged with drunk driving, you will be charged with both Driving Under the Influence and Driving While Impaired, as well as other charges. Additional charges may result if you were in an accident, if anyone was hurt, or if there were minors in your vehicle at the time of the offense.
If this is not your first conviction of Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Impaired, then the State may seek Subsequent Offender Penalties, or in other words, a higher punishment. The amount of imprisonment or fines can vary based on your prior record, but needless to say, the seriousness of your situation increases exponentially.
In regards to your license, many things can affect your privilege to drive. Such factors include the level of intoxication observed by the arresting officer, whether you took the intoximeter test, results of the intoximeter test, and your prior record. Conviction of a drunk driving offense can result in suspension or revocation of your license.
If you find yourself in a situation where you are facing serious consequences from a DUI/DWI, rely on the experience and expertise of the Law Offices of Marc S. Ward. We look at you as a person, not just a name on a file folder – we can help you with all of your legal needs at the Law Offices of Marc S. Ward.
Marc and Anthony will handle your case in a way to ensure that you are protected in all aspects – whether criminal, civil, or at the MVA. Trust us to not only guard your liberty, but also your privilege to drive.
We handle serious traffic and criminal cases in the following jurisdictions:
- Frederick County
- Washington County
- Carroll County
- Montgomery County
- Howard County
- Baltimore County
Other areas may be considered.
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