What are the Maryland DUI Laws?

12.05.2011

Drinking and Driving Laws in Maryland

The State of Maryland prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol when your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 percent or above. The .08 limit is a standard measurement used across the United States for the "impaired" adult driver. The State of Maryland has a zero tolerance for alcohol for drivers under the age of 21. If a driver under the age of 21 is found to have a .02 percent BAC or above their license could be suspended or revoked. Commercial drivers also face a lower BAC limit of .04 percent.


1st DUI OFFENSE
Jail – Up to 1 Year
Jail – Up to 2 Years (If Transporting Minor)
License Suspension – 6 Months Minimum
Fine - Up to $1,000
Fine - Up to $2,000 (If Transporting Minor)

1st DWI OFFENSE
Jail – Up to 2 Months
Jail – Up to 6 Months (If Transporting Minor)
License Suspension – 6 Months Minimum
Fine - Up to $500
Fine - Up to $1,000 (If Transporting Minor)


2nd DUI OFFENSE
Jail – Up to 2 Years
Jail – Up to 3 Years (If Transporting Minor)
License Suspension – 1 Year (If Within 5 Years of Previous)
Ignition Interlock Program Possible (After 45 Days of Suspension)
Fine - Up to $2,000
Fine - Up to $3,000 (If Transporting Minor)

2nd DWI OFFENSE
Jail – Up to 1 Year
License Suspension – 1 Year Minimum
Fine - Up to $500
Fine - Up to $2,000 (If Transporting Minor)


3rd DUI OFFENSE
Jail – Up to 3 Years
Jail – Up to 4 Years (If Transporting Minor)
License Suspension – 18 Months Minimum
Fine - Up to $3,000
Fine - Up to $4,000 (If Transporting Minor)


Penalty Distinction Between a DWI or DUI in Maryland
The State of Maryland distinguishes between "Driving While Impaired" (DWI) and "Driving Under the Influence" (DUI). You will receive a DWI if your BAC is .07 percent and you will receive a DUI if your alcohol is .08 percent or above. The penalties are similar, however the DUI offense carries a harsher punishment.
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