In Maryland, alcohol-related offenses are commonly charged as either a DUI or a DWI.
An alcohol-related charge is extremely serious and can lead to loss of driving privileges, fines and even jail. Michael Bruckheim spent years as an assistant attorney general in Washington, D.C. prosecuting alcohol-related cases. He has extensive experience in understanding the technicalities of a DUI/DWI and will find the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. Mr. Bruckheim is certified to administer field sobriety tests, having received the same training that is required of police officers. Alcohol-related charges are highly technical in nature. The quality of your legal counsel is the single biggest factor in whether you will successfully defend your case or if you will pay a high price.
General Maryland DWI/DUI Information
A DUI, or driving under the influence, is charged with the blood alcohol level is 0.08 or greater. Penalties are a maximum of one year in jail for a first offense and a $1,000 fine, two years for a second offense and a $2,000 fine and three years for a third offense and a $3,000 fine. The most commonly charged criminal offenses are driving while under the influence of alcohol and driving while impaired by alcohol.
A DWI, or driving while impaired, is charged when the blood alcohol level is above 0.07, but less than 0.08. A DWI carries the penalty of a maximum of sixty days in jail and a fine of $500 for a first offense and a maximum of one year in jail and a $500 fine for each subsequent offense.
A PBJ is a form of probation available in DUI and DWI cases if a defendant has not had a prior DUI or DWI conviction in the previous five years. Upon successful completion of a probationary period and probationary terms, the case is sealed and not available to the public.
If you have been charged with a DUI, DWI or OWI, it is urgent that you retain experienced, aggressive legal counsel immediately. The quicker you take action, the better off you will be when it comes time for your court appearance. We have worked with all types of drunk driving cases in Maryland and Washington DC, and are well prepared and experienced to handle your case. We invite you to schedule a free consultation with Michael Bruckheim or Sweta Patel, and give us the opportunity to plan your legal defense. We will work hard to defend your rights, and will fight to the fullest extent of the law to help you win your case. Please contact us at 240-753-8222 for a free, immediate consultation.