Driving While Impaired (DWI)

Many people in Maryland think that a DWI is the same as a DUI, although the law provides for distinctive differences between these two crrimes. When some is accused of Driving While Impaired (DWI) the person is accused of having a breath or blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between .07 and .079 percent. When someone is accused of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), the prosecutor will allege that the BAC is at or above the legal limit of .08 or that that the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

Of the two offenses, a DWI is the least severe but can still have detrimental consequences to your future. In order for one to be convicted the prosecution will have to prove that there was a certain amount of alcohol in the driver’s blood and that it impaired their driving coordination in some way.


Driving While Impaired Attorney in Maryland

The penalties for Driving While Impaired are pretty harsh because it can be very dangerous. Lawmakers realize that thousands of people are injured or die every year at the hands of someone Driving While Impaired.

The MVA will also assess 8 points against the driver’s license which can cause your license to be suspended. Becasue of these negative consequcnes of a DWI charge, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

Attorneys at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates have successfully represented clients facing all types of legal trouble throughout Maryland for many years. Contact James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates at 443-709-9999 for a free evaluation of your case.


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Alcohol Test Failures and Refusals

When stopped by an officer and accused of driving while impaired they may request a person to submit to a field sobriety test or portable breath test. Officers submit an Advice of Rights form (DR-15) to you advising you of your rights before submitting to a BAC test.

If you are found to have .08 or more alcohol in your blood than your license will immediately be suspended and officers will issue you an order of suspension. For a first refusal to submit a specimen of your breath/blood a  license will be suspended for 120 days, for a second offense a license will be suspended for 1 year, for a third offense a license will be suspended for 1 year.


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Violations of License Restriction

An alcohol restriction on your license stops you from operating a vehicle with any level of alcohol in your blood. If you are under the legal drinking age of 21 then your license will carry an under 21 alcohol restriction anyways.

Having any alcohol restriction on your licenses requires you to submit a chemical test at any time an officer suspects that you may be driving while impaired. If you refuse this test, and or test positive for any amount of alcohol you will be subject to additional sanctions.


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DWI Penalties

If you are convicted of Driving while Impaired by Alcohol (DWI) the penalties include:

  • For a first time DWI conviction, penalties include:
    • up to a $500 fine;
    • up to two months imprisonment;
    • eight (8) points will be assessed on one’s driving record;
    • 6-month license suspension;
    • if this conviction is the result of a driver being under the age of 21, they will face a 1-year suspension.
  • For a second DWI conviction, penalties include:
    • a $500 fine;
    • up to one-year imprisonment;
    • eight (8) points will be assessed on ones driving record;
    • a license suspension of 9 to 12 months;
    • if this conviction is the result of a driver being under the age of 21, they will face a 2-year suspension.

The penalties are substantially higher if one is transporting a minor at the time of the offense or if they already have two prior convictions.


Finding a DWI Attorney in the City of Baltimore

If you or a loved one has been accused of Driving While Impaired in Maryland it is vital that you speak to an experienced attorney immediately. Attorneys at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates realize the stress that often times accompanies someone who has been accused of Driving While Impaired and will fight hard for a positive resolution of one’s case.

Contact James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates at 443-709-9999 today for a free evaluation of your case.

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