DUI and DWI offenses traditionally carry relatively serious penalties. DUI, the more serious of the two offenses, is charged when a person is found driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or more. The penalties for DUI include:

First offense – 45-day minimum drivers’ license suspension, up to $1,000 in fines, 12 points assessed on one’s drivers’ license record, and up to 1 year in jail
Second offense – Up to $2,000 in fines, 12 points on one’s drivers’ license record, and up to 2 years in jail

DWI is charged when a person is found driving with a BAC of .07%. The penalties for this offense include:

First offense – Drivers’ license suspension for up to 60 days, up to $500 in fines, 8 points on one’s drivers’ license record, and up to 2 months in jail
Second offense – Up to $500 in fines, 8 points on one’s drivers’ license record, and up to 1 year in jail

Multiple DUI/DWI offenses, especially those numbering 3 or more, can carry increasingly serious penalties, including mandatory jail time, mandatory alcohol education programs, and the fitting of an ignition interlock device to one’s car. If you have been charged with DUI, you will stand a better chance of avoiding these penalties if you have the help of experienced Baltimore DUI lawyer, Richard Miller.