Being charged with a driving offense linked to alcohol or drugs can have negative life-changing consequences. Even so, over one million people are arrested per year for this offense and recent legal changes have made it easier than ever to fall foul of the law. DUI educational programs in Baltimore are often required by the courts as a condition of a charged drivers treatment and punishment.
What Are DUI/DWI?
Both are charges related to driving under drugs or alcohol influence in Maryland. Where they differ is in the amount of alcohol or impairment detected at the time of the offense.
- Driving Under Influence (DUI) – A more serious charge, this is for driving or attempting to with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more. It is also applied for refusing to take a breathalyzer test.
- Driving While Impaired (DWI) – BAC levels of .07 will result in an arrest for DWI.
Both charges carry potentially serious consequences. These include license suspensions, heavy fines and even jail time. Additionally, repeated DUI offenses can receive much harsher punishments.
How Do I Begin To Get Help?
Most charged with either offense are required to take a 12-hour DUI Education Program by the courts. An Alcohol Treatment Program may also be needed if the individual is deemed to be dependent on alcohol or abuse it.
Whether a one-off or not, these educational programs are often required by law as a condition. Far from being a punishment, these offer a chance for individuals to gain an understanding of their actions or conditions and begin a path to responsible driving while avoiding further more serious consequences.
DUI Educational Programs in Baltimore
The Bergand Group offer both these DUI educational programs in Baltimore, which are state-certified and take place two hours every week for 6 weeks. Clients can enroll at any time after being charged and experience a treatment approach that also sees an evaluation for other appropriate services if required.
For anyone charged with a DUI and needing an educational program as part of a condition contact The Bergand Group for further information.
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.