In Maryland, two types of charges are made specifically against drivers who have consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel. Those suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol in Maryland can be accused of either driving while impaired (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI).
Being charged with either a DWI or DUI can lead to serious consequences. However, being charged with a DUI is a more severe crime. The following is an overview of the definition of DUI and DWI crimes in Maryland and the difference between the two.
DUIs in Maryland
Like most other states, Maryland charges drivers with a DUI if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08% or higher. This will most likely result in a license suspension or revocation for 6 months. In some situations, for example, if a driver was measured with an extremely high BAC, they may need to install an Ignition Interlock Device when they can drive again. This will help to prevent drunk driving from occurring in the future and putting others on the road in danger.
DWIs in Maryland
A DWI is a lesser charge because it is made against those who have a BAC between .07% and .08%. However, a driver cannot be charged with a DWI based on this evidence alone. There must also be evidence to show that they were driving incompetently or that they were affected by the alcohol they consumed in order to be charged.
If you are facing DWI or DUI charges in Maryland, you may be able to avoid penalties with the help of an experienced attorney, who can dispute the evidence.