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Differences Between DUI and DWI


  • Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) is a criminal charge in Maryland that can potentially carry a wide variety of penalties. 

  • If a person has been arrested for a DWI or DUI, he or she will be charged with a crime and must go to court. Drunk-driving offenses are misdemeanor crimes in Maryland.

  • If the DUI or DWI occurs when transporting a minor, the length of jail terms are much longer.  The punishments for DUI or DWI increase with each subsequent conviction. First offenders face up to one year in prison, fines of up to $1,000, suspension of your driver’s license, and 8 points on your driving record. Second time offenders face the possibility of up to two years in jail, $2,000 in fines, driver’s license suspension or even revocation, and 12 points on your license. Offenders with three or more DUIs face up to three years in jail, $3,000 in fines, and driver’s license suspension or license revocation.

In addition to the above penalties, a DUI/DWI conviction can lead to increased auto insurance premiums, decreased credit ratings, travel restrictions, and various other costs. Any driver in Maryland who has been charged with either offense should consider hiring an experienced Maryland DUI lawyer to help defend against this charge and even refute the case.


Call The Law Office of Morales now for your DUI, to schedule a free consultation.

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