You are a careful driver, and you understand why drunk driving is dangerous. You also believe you know your limits and would not drive under the influence. However, you still could find yourself on the way home from the bar or a party being pulled over and accused of one of two types of drunk driving offenses: DUI and DWI.
DUI in Maryland
You likely already know that you can be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Maryland if your blood alcohol concentration is at least 0.08. This is referred to as being under the influence “per se,” meaning that your BAC alone can serve as evidence in DUI proceedings.
If your BAC is above the legal limit, you could find it difficult to control your vehicle and pay attention to the road. Your coordination can be impaired, and you could even experience blackouts. It is not too hard to understand how a BAC of 0.08 or above renders a person too drunk to drive safely.
DWI in Maryland
Maryland recognizes a second drunk driving offense. In addition to DUI, you can be arrested in Maryland for driving while impaired (DWI) if your BAC is 0.07.
In addition to a breath test, a DWI must be based on evidence that you were impaired. For example, if police observe you breaking the speed limit, swerving between lanes or if you strike an object or another vehicle, you may be arrested for DWI even though your BAC is only 0.07.
Fighting a drunk driving charge
If you are accused of DUI or DWI in Maryland, you will want to develop a strong defense strategy. After all, a conviction could lead to fines, jail time, the loss of your driver’s license and more. These consequences could have a major impact on your future, so it can help to discuss your situation with an attorney.