A large percentage of all criminal cases in Maryland are cases involving DWI. In the state of Maryland, when you have been pulled over for driving while impaired (intoxicated), you will be facing strict penalties which could include steep fines, loss of license and even jail time. A DWI in Maryland is considered a criminal offense and should be taken as serious as any other criminal charge.
Based upon statistics, 2005 there were16,885 people that perished due to an alcohol related accident. That number represents over 39% of total crash fatalities. During 2005 in Maryland, there were some 235 individuals who died as a result to an alcohol related crash.
In recent years these numbers have been increasing and at the same time, our Maryland Courts are handing out more severe punishment. While a Maryland DWI lawyer will always recommend never speaking to a police officer prior to consulting with them, unfortunately many people will admit they have been drinking and driving and most times it comes back and hurts them in court. Regardless of what you may have said during the arrest, it is critical you contact an experienced Maryland DWI lawyer that can fight for your rights regardless of how intoxicated you may have been during the arrest.
While Maryland DWI laws are always subject to change the current laws are as followed:
- .07 and above Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is illegal
- Administrative License Suspension 1st Offense: Yes
- You Maybe able to Restore Driving Privileges During Suspension
- Penalties may include Interlock or Forfeiture
- Open Container Laws include Both a Passenger and Driver
If you are pulled over for a Maryland DWI you will need to know what type of penalties you are facing if convicted. Because these penalties are always subject to change, its important that you talk with a Maryland DWI lawyer prior to making any determination to what the severity of the crime.
1st & 2nd offense Maryland DWI Penalty:
- 1st Offense: Fine up to $500.00 and/or 60 days imprisonment
- 2nd Offense: Fine up to $500.00 and/or 1 year imprisonment
- 2nd Offense: 8 points on your MVA record
When evaluating a Maryland DWI lawyer you will want to be confident that your attorney is skilled, experienced and successful. These are just a few of the traits which make our attorneys successful in representing DWI cases throughout Maryland.
If you have been charged with a DWI we ask you to contact our Maryland DWI lawyers today. We offer a free initial consultation and we are very affordable.
While most people that are charged with a DWI are gainfully employed professionals and hard working and law abiding citizens, a Maryland DWI is considered a criminal offense and should be treated as one.
We are taking Maryland DWI cases throughout MD. These are a list of counties in which we represent: Allegany County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Calvert County, Caroline County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Charles County, Dorchester County, Frederick County, Garrett County, Harford County, Howard County, Kent County, Montgomery County, Prince Georges County, PG County, Queen Annes County, Saint Marys County, Somerset County, Talbot County, Washington County, Wicomico County and Worcester County.