DUI/DWI programs play an essential role in helping individuals to overcome alcohol addiction and learn from previous mistakes. The terms “driving under the influence” (DUI) and “driving while impaired” (DWI) are often used interchangeably, but these legal terms can be defined differently depending on the state.

Defining and Debunking DUI/DWI Programs

A DWI in the state of Maryland is a blood alcohol content (BAC) between .07% and .08%, while a DUI is anytime a driver has a BAC of .08% or higher. It is also important to note that commercial drivers in Maryland are held to a higher standard and risk the suspension of a license if they have a .04% BAC limit.

Is One More Serious Than The Other?

Both of these charges are serious offenses that put other people’s lives in danger. However, a DUI is considered a more serious charge and can result in significant fines, the loss of a driver’s license, and up to one year in jail. Attending a DUI/DWI educational and aftercare program can play a key role in the recovery process while also helping individuals meet the legal requirements of the court system.

How Can a DUI or a DWI Impact Your License & Insurance Premiums?

Often a first-time DUI or DWI offender will have their driver’s license suspended for 90 days while second-time offenders will have their driver’s license suspended for a year. A DUI or DWI conviction can also significantly impact the price of your insurance premiums. The number of these convictions in the past three years also plays an important role in further increasing the cost of insurance premiums.

Contact The Bergand Group

Feel free to reach out to us today to schedule an appointment and learn more information about DUI/DWI programs.

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.