bALTIMORE DUI Lawyer
Contact T. Wray McCurdy, P.A. If You Have DUI or DWI in Baltimore County, MD
Driving while intoxicated in a serious offense that can endanger many lives. Whether you are caught driving with alcohol or illicit drugs in your system, the legal system will not treat you kindly and your offense can permanently alter your reputation.
If you’ve been charged with a DUI or DWI, you’ve come to the right place. Drunk driving defense attorney T. Wray McCurdy, P.A. and his legal team have successfully defended thousands of DWI and DUI cases in the state of Maryland.
If you need competent and aggressive legal counsel after being charged with a DUI or DWI, contact our Baltimore drunk driving attorneys today at (410) 834-8466or by filling out our online contact form.
What Is Considered a DUI?
DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence. Generally, that means driving under the influence of alcohol, or drunk driving. DUI can also mean driving under the influence of drugs, or controlled substances.
Under Maryland law, a DUI is a more serious charge than a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated). In order to be charged with a DUI, you must have a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 or more.
What Are the Penalties for a DUI in Maryland?
When you are cited for a DUI in Maryland, you face several different sets of penalties.
In court, the judge can set:
- Jail time
- And several other penalties
In addition, the Motor Vehicle Administration will try to suspend your driver’s license. There are additional charges and penalties if you hold a CDL license or are under 21 and charged with DUI.
The court penalties and the MVA penalties are independent of each other. However, what happens in court can affect what happens to your driver’s license. DUI Attorney T. Wray McCurdy, P.A. has the experience and expertise you need to defend you in court, and to help you navigate the MVA system to avoid stiff penalties.
Time is of the essence in defending yourself on a DUI charge, as there are some relatively short, hard and fast deadlines that have permanent non-modifiable consequences.
What Is Considered a DWI?
DWI stands for Driving While Impaired and is the lesser of the two drunk driving charges in Maryland. To be charged with DWI, you must have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .07 or less. A BAC of .05 or less is considered evidence of sobriety in most cases.
However, the level of legal culpability is lower for minor drivers, at 0.02% which is evidence of violation of the alcohol restriction placed on all minor’s licenses by the MVA, and commercial vehicle operators, at 0.04%. While a DWI charge carries lesser penalties than a DUI, the legal and financial problems can still be very serious.
What Are the Penalties for a DWI in Maryland?
A first DWI offense in Maryland carries:
- A jail sentence of up to two months
- A minimum six-month license suspension upon conviction
- And a fine of up to $500
Penalties increase if you were transporting someone under 18 when you were arrested. Penalties also increase for repeat offenders. These penalties are not mandatory and can be avoided, which is why everyone charged with this offense should be represented by an attorney.
Is a DWI Worse Than a DUI?
Having a DWI charge is more severe than a DUI in Maryland. A DUI charge refers to a crime involving both alcohol and drugs in the driver's system, while a DWI crime involves only driving while intoxicated by alcohol.
DWI lawyer T. Wray McCurdy, P.A. is experienced and can get started on your defense today. Wray will get all the details of your case in order to ensure the best outcome in court and with the MVA.
Is It Worth Hiring A Lawyer For DUI?
DUI is a severe offense that might affect your future and employment. DUI and DWI laws are complicated, constantly altering, and the facts of every case are unique. So, getting the viewpoint of a knowledgeable DUI attorney can be important. An attorney's familiarity with local practices, the district attorney, and the judge can also assist with these kinds of negotiations.