The State of Maryland is unique in that there is a distinction between a DWI charge (BAC level of .07) and a DUI charge (BAC level of .08 or higher). Those convicted of a DUI charge will face stiffer penalties than those convicted of a DWI charge because of the fact that the offender has a higher BAC level. Additionally, those who are convicted of a third DWI or DUI charge will be more harshly punished than those convicted of a first DWI or DUI charge.
If you are convicted of a third or subsequent DUI offense within five years, your license will be suspended for a minimum of 18 months and could be permanently revoked, depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest.
If you are convicted of a third or subsequent DUI offense, the following criminal penalties are possible:
Maryland courts look back 5 years to see if you had a prior drunk driving conviction before counting a conviction as a second one. If this is your third drunk driving conviction in a 5-year period, the penalties mentioned above will apply.
The rule of thumb that is used to determine felonies from misdemeanors is if the jail sentence for a crime is greater than 1 year; if it is, then the crime is considered a felony; if it is not, then the crime is considered a misdemeanor.
The individual can do any of the following:
An experienced DUI/DWI lawyer will be able to formulate the strongest possible defense for your case.