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What should you know about Maryland’s drunk driving laws?

On Behalf of | May 1, 2024 | Drunk Driving

Driving while intoxicated is against the law in Maryland. The state’s laws are so strict that drivers shouldn’t take a chance on driving if they’ve consumed any alcohol.

Anyone who drives in this state should know several things about drunk driving charges in Maryland. This information could help them avoid criminal charges in the future.

Role of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in drunk driving cases

The per se BAC limit in Maryland is .08%. This means that there doesn’t have to be any other evidence of intoxication in the case as long as the person has a .08% BAC.

This state also has a lower BAC limit for driving while impaired (DWI) by alcohol charges. This is a lesser charge than a during under the influence (DUI) charge. The BAC limit for this charge is .07%, but there has to be other evidence present in the case that point to impairment.

There’s also a lower limit for underage drunk driving charges. A person who’s under 21 years old can face a drunk driving charge if they have a BAC of only .02%. Commercial drivers also have a limit that’s lower than most adults. They can face drunk driving charges with a BAC of .04% or greater.

Penalties that come with a drunk driving conviction

Drunk driving convictions can come with time in jail or prison, fines, alcohol education and ignition interlock device requirements. The exact charge you’re convicted of and any prior drunk driving convictions can play a role in what sentence you can face if you’re convicted. DUI charges have more serious penalties than DWI charges. Subsequent drunk driving convictions have greater penalties than first-time convictions.

Anyone who’s charged with drunk driving in Maryland should ensure they start working on a defense strategy immediately. Working with a legal representative who can explain all options and how they may impact a defendant’s life now and into the future may be beneficial.