Rockville DUI Defense Lawyers
Maryland Trial Attorney Michael A. Taylor handles cases in DUI (Driving while under the influence) of alcohol or DWI (Driving while impaired) throughout Maryland. In addition, he also represents those facing drugged driving charges in Maryland. These are all very serious criminal offenses in the State of Maryland. If you are facing DUI or DWI charges in Frederick County, Montgomery County or Prince George’s County please call our Rockville DUI defense lawyers for a free case review.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol, while under the influence of alcohol per se.
Driving while impaired by drugs or drugs and alcohol
Driving while impaired by controlled dangerous substance
The Difference Between A DWI & DUI In Maryland
Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) are criminal offenses in Maryland. Both offenses center around drunk driving yet have differing legal consequences. In some situations, the driver may be initially charged with a DWI and DUI. The prosecution will pursue a DWI charge if there is no breath result or if the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is lower than .07%. If the driver’s BAC is .08% or higher, the prosecution will likely proceed with a DUI.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for a DWI or DUI in Maryland, contact my law office for a consultation. Depending on the nature of the case, I may be able to have the DUI reduced to a DWI, or completed dismissed. Read on to learn more about the difference between a DWI and DUI in Maryland and how our Rockville DUI defense lawyers can help you.
Maryland DWI Laws Overview
A DWI is the lesser offense of a DUI. As mentioned above, a DWI stands for Driving While Intoxicated. A driver may be charged with a DWI if his/her BAC is between .04 – .07%. For a first-time offender, the driver may face up to two-months in jail and be required to pay a fee of $500. In addition, the driver’s license will be suspended and up to 8 points may be added to his/her driving record. If the driver refused to take a chemical test pursuant to Maryland’s implied consent law, or failed the test, his/her driver’s license will be suspended as well.
Maryland DUI Laws Overview
A person is usually charged with a DUI if his/her BAC is .08% or higher. A DUI is a more serious crime in comparison to a DWI and results in harsher penalties and fines. For example, a first time offender may spend up to a year in jail and be required to pay a $1,000 fine. In addition, the driver will lose his/her driver’s license and have up to 12 points added to his/her
The Difference Between A DWI & DUI
As you can see above, the consequences for a DWI/DUI mostly center around a driver’s BAC. If a driver’s BAC is .08% or higher, he/she will likely be charged with a DUI. You should contact our experienced Rockville DUI defense lawyers immediately after being charged with a DWI/DUI. An experienced attorney can help reduce the charge due to the amount of proof required for the state to uphold either charge. Though a DWI is a lesser charge, it still carries severe penalties. A driver charged with a DUI may be able to plead down to a lesser offense and reduce the penalties/fines asserted against him/her.
What To Do If Pulled Over For DUI In Maryland
If you are pulled over for driving under the influence in the Frederick, Rockville or Upper Marlboro, MD areas your life can get very complicated very quickly. Not only are you facing criminal charges, a MVA hearing and a license suspension but you may also be looking at thousands of dollars in fines, fees and court costs. While it is common knowledge that driving after drinking alcohol is against the law people still do it. Below are several things you should do if you have been pulled over for a DUI or DWI in Maryland:
Contact Our Rockville DUI Defense Lawyers
Contact my law office for more information about my drunk driving criminal defense legal services. I provide DWI/DUI criminal defense to residents of Maryland. As mentioned above, depending on the nature of your case, Our Frederick, MD DWI defense lawyers may be able to have your DWI/DUI charge reduced or completely dismissed. Do not delay in contacting our Rockville DUI defense lawyers to discuss your rights and how to protect them.
If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI in Maryland, there’s no time to lose, call our Rockville DUI defense lawyers at (301)251-2772 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.