Maryland DUI Laws

Charged With DUI or DWI in Maryland? A lawyer can guide you through your case


Maryland drunk driving laws are very nuanced. You can be charged with a DUI - driving while intoxicated - even if your blood alcohol level is below .08. A BAC above. 08 could be classified as a DWI. Both charges carry tough penalties that could include fines, suspended license and jail time.

Don't face the legal maze alone. A Maryland DUI lawyer can provide the information you need to make important decisions about your drunk driving case. An attorney can also help you avoid mistakes that could harm your case.

That's important, because the consequences of a DUI in Maryland can be lasting. Too many points on your driver's license could come back to haunt you and drive your insurance prices higher. A DUI or DWI may even prevent you from getting a job.

Connect with a Maryland DUI attorney today by filling out the FREE case review on this page, or call, toll free, 877-349-1311.

Maryland drunk driving penalties depend on if you are charged with DUI or DWI. Both could get you points on your license and steep fines. Refusing a breath test in Maryland may result a one-year suspension of your driver's license.

Maryland DUI Penalties

DWI Conviction (First or Second):

  • 8 points on your driver's license
  • $1,00 fine

First DUI Conviction:

  • 12 points on driver's license
  • Revocation of driver's license
  • $1,000 fine
  • Up to 1 year in jail

Second DUI Conviction (within 5 years):

  • 12 points on driver's license
  • License revocation
  • $2,000 fine
  • Up to 2 years in jail
  • Installation of ignition interlock device

Breath Test Refusal Penalties

  • 120 days-1 year suspension of driver's license

A local Maryland DUI lawyer can answer questions you might have about the state laws or your specific case. To speak with a DUI attorney near you today, fill out the free case evaluation form on this page or call us, toll free, at 877-349-1311.

Note: Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on these DUI laws, speak to a local DUI lawyer in the state.

The Maryland DUI penalty list is by no means all-inclusive. DUI penalties may vary based on a variety of factors, including your prior driving record.

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