DWI and DUI Defense in Columbia, Ellicott City, and Howard County, MD
While DUI and DWI are synonymous in most states, that is not the case in Maryland, which
does draw a distinction between Driving While Impaired (DWI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
You will be charged with a DWI if your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is .07 percent; and you will be charged with a DUI
if your BAC is .08 percent or higher. Although both Maryland DWI and Maryland DUI carry stiff
penalties for a conviction, the conviction of a DUI carries more harsh penalties.
The following are the parameters of the penalties if you are convicted
of a DWI in Maryland:
DWI First Arrest Conviction
Up to 2 months in jail (6 months if transporting a
Up to $500 fine ($1000 if transporting a minor)
Minimum 6 months suspended drivers license
DWI Second Arrest
Up to 1 year in jail
Up to $500 fine ($2000 if
transporting a minor)
Minimum 1 year suspended drivers
The following are the parameters of the
penalties if you are convicted of a DUI in Maryland:
DUI First Arrest Conviction
Up to 1
year in jail (2 years if transporting a minor)
Up to $1000 fine ($2000
if transporting a minor)
Minimum 6 months suspended drivers
DUI Second Arrest Conviction
Up to 2 year in jail (3 years if transporting a minor)
Up to $2000 fine ($3000 if transporting a minor)
Minimum 1 year suspended drivers license (if within 5 years of previous DUI
DUI Third (and Subsequent) Arrest Conviction(s)
Up to 3 year in jail (4 years if
transporting a minor)
Up to $3000 fine ($4000 if transporting a
Minimum 18 months suspended drivers license
DUI and DWI charges are serious in Maryland. If is important to retain
a skilled criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible after being charged with a DUI or DWI, or
other alcohol or drug related charge, in Maryland
To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us at 410-740-0101. Put the skill and experience of a former prosecutor to
work for you. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
Attorney Jonathan Scott
Smith represents clients in criminal defense matters, DUI / DWI, MVA Hearings, traffic offenses, domestic violence and child abuse charges throughout Maryland, including the cities of
Columbia, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel,
Westminster, and Baltimore. Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients
in Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County,
Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.
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