Driving under the influence is one of the most common criminal offenses charged in the state of Maryland, and the penalties associated with a conviction escalate dramatically with any subsequent violations. According to Section 21-902 of the Maryland Transportation Code, you can be charged with a DUI if you are found to be operating a vehicle on public property with a blood alcohol content at or above .08%.

A first offense could carry up to a year in jail, fines of up to $1,000. With a second conviction the potential jail time and the fines double to two years and $2,000 respectively. A third conviction could lead to three years in prison and a $3,000 fine. Every conviction starting with the first also carries a potential prolonged loss of driving privileges.

A DWI carries less significant penalties than a DUI because the standards to be charged are far less. A DWI can be issued if your blood alcohol is less than .08 depending on the circumstances that led to you being pulled over. The maximum penalties for a first time DWI are two months in prison and up to $500 in fines. For more information Contact us by phone or by filling out the form located below to schedule a free consultation.


The District of Columbia (DC), takes a very aggressive stance against all driving under the influence/driving while intoxicated (“DUI/DWI”) violations. The DC statute requires the DC Superior Court to sentence drivers whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels measure above 0.20 percent to mandatory minimum sentences. My experience has also shown that they aggressively prosecute those who refused to blow.

Another component of DC’s zero tolerance enforcement focuses on drivers who are under 21 years of age and drivers with Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs). All the government needs to show in order for a driver to be convicted is that the driver’s ability to drive was impaired by drugs or alcohol. An experienced DUI lawyer will know how to combat these sorts of charges and can provide you with answers and guidance regarding specific questions you may have.