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Arrested For Drunk Driving In Maryland?

Last updated on September 29, 2022

DUI or DWI charges can result in criminal and administrative penalties, plus other consequences in your life. We understand that you may be worried about the loss of your driver’s license, potential jail time, huge fines and a criminal record. Our lawyers will do everything they can to spare you.

Henley & Henley, Attorneys at Law, provides experienced DUI and DWI defense on the Eastern Shore and Western Shore of Maryland. Call us right away at 410-734-5536 to protect your rights!

Understanding DUI And DWI In Maryland

DUI and DWI can be a complex area of law, and clients often benefit from the insights of a firm that knows these legal waters. Depending on the circumstances of your case and if you have had multiple DUI offenses, any number of penalties are possible. Each case is unique, and our Annapolis DUI attorneys thoroughly review every client’s case to determine a solid course of action. Under Maryland law, you can be charged with either DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) depending on the circumstances.

You can be charged with DUI (driving under the influence) if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) percentage is .08 or greater. You can be charged with DWI (driving while impaired) if your BAC was .07 and there was evidence of impairment.

Penalties for a first-time DWI include:

  • $500 fine
  • 60-day driver’s license suspension
  • 8 points on your license
  • Up to two months in jail

DUI convictions, even for a first offense, can result in a variety of serious penalties like:

  • Up to a $1,000 fine
  • Six-month driver’s license revocation
  • 12 points on your driver’s license
  • Up to one year in jail

These penalties are much steeper for repeat offenses or aggravating factors such as BAC of .15 or driving drunk with a child in the car. You will also face harsh penalties for refusing to submit to chemical testing after a DUI/DWI arrest or if you were driving on a suspended license at the time.

A True Defense For DUI/DWI

Our intention is not to simply plead you guilty. Our goal is to challenge the evidence and assert your rights to get the charges dismissed, negotiate lesser charges or penalties, or to find holes in the prosecution’s case to fight your DUI at trial. We examine every aspect of the traffic stop, field sobriety testing, arrest and BAC testing in building your defense.

There Is No Time To Waste

Don’t talk to police or agree to plea deal without first speaking with an attorney. Call Henley & Henley, Attorneys at Law, to protect your rights and help with your DUI or DWI defense. We practice in Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s counties, with offices in Annapolis and Centreville. For a free initial consultation, call 410-734-5536 or contact us by email.