DUI vs DWI: How Are They Different?

Despite the two terms referring to different things, many people use DUI and DWI interchangeably. In the state of Maryland, the two offenses have a lot in common. Both DWI and DUI are very serious charges. If convicted, it could have a permanent impact on your life, both personally and professionally. Working with the right lawyer from the beginning is essential.

What is a DWI?

DWI stands for Driving While Impaired. In the state of Maryland, DWI is considered to be less serious than a DUI. You can be charged with a DWI when you have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.07-0.08%. This amount is below the legal limit, but you can be charged with a DWI for showing other signs of impairment, like driving poorly or failing a field sobriety test. Because you are not over the legal limit but are still impaired, this charge exists.

What Are the Punishments for a DWI Conviction?

While a DWI is less serious than a DUI, you will still have serious consequences for your conviction. Depending on the outcome of your case, you could face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine if this is your first time being charged with a DWI. If you have future offenses, that will be weighed when determining your punishment. You will also receive an eight-point penalty on your driver’s license, which could lead to a license suspension.

What is a DUI?

DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence, and it is more serious than a DWI. You can be charged with a DUI when you have a blood alcohol percentage of .08% or above and or operating a vehicle. .08 is Maryland’s legal limit for alcohol intoxication, and going over that limit can completely change your life due to the consequences that will be levied against you.

What Are the Punishments for a DUI Conviction?

If you re found guilty of a DWI and convicted, you can face up to a year in jail and fines of up to $1,000. The penalties are even more severe for future convictions, as those who receive a second DUI may be charged up to $2,000 and need to spend up to two years in jail. Because the Motor Vehicle Administration will also charge you with a 12-point penalty, you will likely lose your driving privileges for a set period of time. This can present many challenges for the average person, as you often need a vehicle and license to work.

You Need Representation for Your DUI or DWI Case from The Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence

If you are worried about the outcome of your DUI or DWI case, choose an experienced firm like the Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence to give you the help you need.  Please give us a call at 443.352.3201. Skype and telephone consultation are both available to clients.

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