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Maryland DUI Penalties

What are the penalties for a DUI/DWI in Maryland?

1st Offense2nd Offense3rd Offense
JailUp to 1 year (DUI); up to 2 months (DWI)Up to 2 years (DUI); up to 1 year (DWI)Up to 3 years
Fines and PenaltiesUp to $1,000 (DUI); up to $500 (DWI)Up to $2,000 (DUI); up to $500 (DWI)Up to $3,000
License SuspensionMin 6 months (DUI & DWI)1 year (DUI & DWI)18 months min.
IID** RequiredNoYesYes

Lookback Period: 5 years (Period of time that prior DUIs are relevant for sentencing.)

How much do you have to drink (BAC*) for a DUI/DWI in Maryland?

Under 21.02%
21 or older.08% or higher (DUI) Between .04% and .08% (DWI)

** BAC = blood alcohol content


What if you refuse to take a chemical test in Maryland?

Maryland has an implied consent law. That means that if you refuse to submit to a chemical test you will be subject to a fine and automatic license suspension.

1st Offense2d Offense3rd Offense
Refusal to take test120 day license suspension1 year license suspension1 year license suspension

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