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DUI vs DWI In The State of Maryland
DUI Vs DWI In The State of Maryland

Edgewood Sunoco believes and supports responsible drinking.  Not just during the holidays but year round.  It is imperative to have a plan before your first drink.  Long before you and your travel companions get inside a vehicle.


If you’re charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, you receive a DUI. DUIs are issued to those proven to be operating a vehicle with alcohol in their bloodstream. The federal legal blood-alcohol content (BAC) level is 0.08%.  Between 0.07% and 0.08% in Maryland.

DWI stands for Driving While Impaired or Driving While Intoxicated, depending on your state. Driving While Intoxicated is the same as a Driving Under the Influence.

Driving While Impaired, however, is slightly different. Impaired could mean alcohol, but it usually references drugs. The drugs may be recreational or prescribed.

In both a DUI and DWI charge, the driver must exhibit dangerous behavior behind the wheel. The nature of the offense depends on the state in which the charge is made. You should educate yourself on the laws of the state in which you live or will be driving in.

DUI Vs DWI In The State of Maryland

DUI vs DWI Consequences

  • Lost of job or career
  • Personal liability for property damage
  • Suspension or loss of your driver’s license
  • Community service
  • Fines
  • Increased car insurance costs or loss of coverage altogether

A first offense DUI in Maryland results in both criminal and administrative penalties. Additionally, Maryland includes both DUI offenses (when the driver’s BAC is .08% or higher) and DWI offenses (when the driver’s BAC is .04% to .08%), which are separate charges with varying degrees of severity.

If you have been charged with a DWI/DUI in Maryland for the second time within 10 years (the Maryland lookback period), it is considered a misdemeanor. There are some harsh consequences that come with the second DUI in Maryland, including jail time and expensive fines.

If you need information on your Third-Offense DWI/DUI in Maryland there might be no help for you.  But since we are a society of second, third, and even fourth chances here’s a list of good lawyers.

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