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A basic understanding of Maryland DUI laws

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2019 | Firm News

Any type of criminal charge is a direct detriment to your life. It can compromise your future, your personal freedom and your opportunities. This is true for drunk driving charges in Maryland, whether this is your first offense or you have previous convictions on your record.

If you are facing these types of criminal charges, it is in your interests to take your situation seriously. No matter the individual details of your case, there is a lot on the line for you. Thankfully, a conviction or entering a guilty plea are not your only options. You have the right to fight back and pursue a beneficial outcome to your case. Building the right defense strategy for your case can start by getting a better understanding of DUI/DWI laws in the state.

What Maryland laws say about drinking and driving

Maryland laws take a strong stance against drunk driving. It is even possible for a person who is under the legal limit of .08% blood alcohol content to face criminal charges. Here is what the state law says about BAC levels and what happens when a driver violates these levels:

  • BAC of .08% – If a driver has a BAC of .08% or higher, he or she is violating state law. This is grounds for arrest and potential loss of driving privileges.
  • BAC of .02% – If a driver under the age of 21 has a BAC of even just .02%, he or she can face arrest according to the Zero Tolerance law.
  • BAC of .07% – Maryland state laws allow law enforcement to arrest a person with a BAC of .07% because it is reasonable to assume he or she is impaired by alcohol.

Even just one or two drinks can make a significant difference in your BAC levels. This is why it is crucial for law enforcement to know how to properly use their Breathalyzer devices and regularly calibrate them. Improper use and various other factors can lead to varying and inaccurate test results.

Protecting your future

If you are facing DUI or DWI charges, you do not have to face them alone. When it is your future interests on the line, you will find it beneficial to work with an experienced defense attorney who can help you navigate the criminal justice system and fight for your future. To learn more about your defense options, you may want to start with an evaluation and assessment of your case.