Driving under the influence is a serious offense, with significant legal ramifications. Depending on the circumstances, drivers receive a DUI or a DWI charge. In Maryland, the Bergand Group offers DUI and DWI educational and aftercare programs for anyone that finds themselves needing help.
What is a DWI?
DWI stands for “driving while impaired.” In Maryland, an individual is charged with a DWI when they drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between 0.07 and 0.08 %.
What is a DUI?
DUI stands for “driving under the influence.” In Maryland, the sate’s legal limit for alcohol is 0.08. When a driver operates a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.08% or higher, they are charged with a DUI.
What is the Difference Between the Two?
Most states have both DUI and DWI charges. How each state defines these charges can vary. In Maryland, the DUI is a more serious charge than the DWI.
Charges for a DWI include the possibility of up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine for first-time offenders. Subsequent DWI charges can result in up to a year in jail with an additional $500 fines. Additionally, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) can step in and assign eight points to the driver’s record, which can suspend their license.
Charges for a DUI for first-time offenders is a possibility of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Second-time offenders can receive up to two years in jail and pay up to $2,000 in fines. And third-time offenders can get up to three years in jail and pay up to $3,000. Lastly, the MVA can assign up to 12 points on a driving license, which can result in a suspended license for a period of time.
How Can a DUI and DWI Educational and Aftercare Program Help?
After receiving a DUI or a DWI, some individuals may be ordered to participate in an educational program by a district court or an administrative judge. Or, they may be required to take the course when applying for a new license. If the individual is determined to have an alcohol or substance abuse addiction, they may also be required to attend an Alcohol Treatment Program.
A DUI and DWI educational and aftercare program teaches the consequences of driving under the influence. Individuals learn the harmful impact of driving under the influence, how addiction can affect people, and coping mechanisms to stop future incidents of driving under the influence. These programs are in small group settings, allowing each member to receive individualized attention.
The Bergand Group
The Bergand Group offers the best DUI and DWI educational and aftercare program in Maryland. The program is open to people in Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, and Howard County. Typically, participants enroll in a 12-hour program, with a commitment of two hours every week for six consecutive weeks.
Individuals can enroll in the program at any time and start immediately. The Bergand Group offers rolling admissions so clients can begin as soon as they want and get the help they need. Contact the Bergand Group today to find out more.
About The Bergand Group
At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.