Maryland DUI Lawyer Reveals Penalties for Maryland Drunk Driving Cases

Penalties For Drunk Driving In Maryland

In Maryland, the penalties for drunk driving can be very harsh and the consequences can follow you for many years in the future. The penalties for driving while intoxicated depend on the person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of the arrest.


The more serious offense in Maryland is for driving under the influence (DUI), which requires that a driver have a blood alcohol concentration greater than 0.08 percent. The law says that at this level the driver is substantially impaired and stiff penalties are handed down as a result.

First offenses have maximum penalties of one year behind bars and a fine of up to $1,000. Second offenses can result in two years in jail and up to $2,000 in fines and third offenses carry maximum fines of $3,000 and three years in jail.

Beyond the criminal sanctions handed down by courts, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration will assess 12 points on the offender’s driving record and will also revoke that person’s license for a set period of time.


The less serious crime of driving while impaired (DWI) occurs when a driver is found behind the wheel with a BAC between 0.07 and 0.08 percent. The maximum punishment for a first offense of DWI is 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Subsequent offenses can lead to one year in jail as well as a $500 fine. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration can also assess as much as eight points on the driver’s record as well as suspend the offender’s license.

Other penalties

Besides possible jail time, fines and license suspension, Maryland drunk drivers also face potential probation requirements, attendance at victim impact panels, alcohol treatment programs and required installation of ignition interlock devices.

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