Difference Between DWI and DUI in Maryland?

Many people in Maryland mistakenly believe that DUIs and DWIs are the
same thing. The reality is that the two terms refer to completely different infractions and can result in widely different punishments.
To better understand the difference between the two, keep reading.

What Is A DWI?

DWI refers to a driving while impaired charge. DWIs in Maryland are less serious offenses than DUIs and exist when a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is found to be between 0.07 and 0.08 percent.

Drivers who are charged with DWI often pass a breath test with results just below the legal limit, but exhibit other indications of impairment, such as failing a field sobriety test or driving erratically. This level of impairment is seen as dangerous which is why Maryland law says that those who are found guilty will face criminal sanctions as well as the suspension of their driver’s license.

What Is A DUI?

Driving under the influence (DUI) exists when a driver is found to have operated a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher. This level, 0.08 percent, is known as the state’s legal limit for alcohol. Any BAC equal or greater than this limit amounts to a serious alcohol offense and can be punished with jail time, sizable fines and a revoked driver’s license.

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