What are the terms for drunk driving offenses in Maryland?

A person arrested for drunk driving in Maryland can be charged with 2 different offenses: Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”) or Driving While Intoxicated (“DWI”). The difference between the two is the driver’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). Driving under the influence (DUI) is driving with a BAC between .04 and .08, while Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is driving with a BAC of .08 or higher. Accordingly, the penalties for a DWI are likely to be more severe than penalties for a DUI.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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