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Facing DUI/DWI Charges in Maryland? Here’s What You Should Know

An arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has the potential to change your whole life. DUI/DWI is a serious offense, and being charged with this crime can lead to jail time, financial penalties, and other consequences. If you are facing these charges, it is important to have experienced representation on your side — the Law Office of Robert Castro, P.A. can help.

What is the Difference Between DUI and DWI?

Although DUI and DWI describe similar offenses, they are two different crimes. DUI stands for “driving under the influence,” while DWI stands for “driving while intoxicated.” In Maryland, DUI arrests generally apply to drivers who have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher. DWI offenses more often apply to drivers with a lower BAC, around .07. Either type of offense could apply to a person who is driving under the influence of drugs.

Penalties for DUI/DWI in Maryland

The penalties for DUI/DWI charges vary between states. Penalties also differ within states depending on the severity of the offense and the driver’s history of similar crimes.

In Maryland, a person who is convicted of driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated could face the following penalties:

  • Prison time
  • Probation
  • Fines
  • License suspension or revocation
  • Installation of an ignition interlocking device

Non-Criminal Consequences of DUI/DWI

In addition to the possibility of facing criminal penalties after a DUI/DWI arrest, being charged with this type of crime can negatively impact every aspect of your life.

With a DUI/DWI charge, you may lose your driving privileges. Or, your ability to drive could be restricted with an ignition interlock device or a suspended license.

Beyond limited driving privileges, a DUI or DWI charge can impact your right to hold certain jobs, receive affordable car insurance, get loans and financial aid, and own or rent property. A DUI/DWI charge on your record could also impact divorce proceedings and child custody agreements. Even after serving a sentence or paying a fine, a charge for DUI or DWI can continually impact your life.

How an Attorney Can Help You

The assistance of a lawyer is essential to provide representation and guidance following a DUI/DWI arrest. The lawyers of the Law Office of Robert Castro, P.A. are here to help if you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We will fight for your freedom and will protect your rights at every step of the way.

To schedule a free consultation with our attorneys, complete our contact form or call (301) 870-1200.

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