Maryland has a notoriously complex web of DUI/DWI laws. If you have been arrested for one of these offenses, you need a La Plata, Waldorf or Lexington Park criminal defense lawyer alert to the legal challenges you face: you need a Maryland DUI lawyer from Chapman & Bowling immediately.
Driving Under the Influence (commonly known as a DUI) is the most severe Maryland alcohol infraction.
A DUI is issued when a motorist’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is .08% or higher. However, for minors and drivers of commercial vehicles, these thresholds are lower. A minor can be charged with a DUI for a BAC of .02% and for a driver of a commercial vehicle, that limit is .04%.
A DUI is a criminal charge accompanied by fines, jail time, and other penalties that adversely impact your personal freedoms and finances. For first-time offenders, there is often a $1,000 fine and up to 12 months of jail time as a result of driving under the influence. Additionally, a DUI conviction can have extremely negative consequences on your chances of finding and maintaining employment.
DWI stands for Driving While Impaired, and is a serious alcohol-related offense issued to drivers whose Blood Alcohol Content is .07%, but is less than .08%. However, just like a DUI, if you are a minor or the driver of a commercial vehicle, these limits are lower still.
If you are charged with a DWI, 8 points will be added to your license along with hefty penalties. The license may be suspended, and a jail term of up to six months may be issued. The fine for a first offense is $500.
La Plata, Waldorf, Lexington Park, Maryland DUI attorneys
These are not charges to take lightly. You need the best lawyers possible to help you through this intimidating legal matter. Chapman & Bowling are seasoned Maryland DUI lawyers and can help you through this extremely difficult process. We know the legal twists and turns of the DUI process. We know you need our help. For over twenty years, Maryland DUI lawyers Chapman & Bowling have represented clients accused of this serious charge.
Contact the DUI lawyers at Chapman & Bowling
If you have been charged with a DUI in Maryland, you need to contact the expert DUI lawyers at Chapman & Bowling to help you with this serious offense. We represent clients throughout Maryland with law offices in La Plata, Waldorf and Lexington Park, and other locations available by appointment.