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Understanding DUI/DWI Programs

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More than 4 million Americans admit to drinking and driving sometimes. That means that approximately 121 million times per year, someone is driving on the road who is too intoxicated to be doing so. Drinking and driving has serious consequences, both from a safety and a legal perspective. If you make a mistake, you could end up injuring or killing yourself, your passengers, or other people on the road. Or, you could get caught by a police officer and charged with a DUI or DWI. If charged, you may have to participate in DUI/DWI programs.

DUI vs. DWI

There are two types of charges when an individual is arrested for driving under the influence.

DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence. DWI stands for Driving While Impaired. Each state distinguishes each charge slightly differently. They’re essentially very similar charges with somewhat different definitions.

In Baltimore, the definitions for each charge are:

DWI: When a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is found to be between 0.07 and 0.08 percent.

DUI: When a driver is found to have operated a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher. Maryland’s legal limit for alcohol is 0.08 percent.

Which is Worse?

Technically speaking, in Maryland, a DUI charge is legally worse. This charge is reserved for people who crossed the legal allowance for drinking and operating a motor vehicle. However, it’s important to remember that both are incredibly dangerous because they put people at risk.

How a DUI or DWI Impacts Your License

Both a DUI and DWI can severely impact your license. In Maryland, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration gets involved in DUI and DWI cases to assign points to a driver’s record. For a DWI conviction, eight points can be assigned to the driver, which is enough to lead to their license suspension. A DUI conviction can result in a 12-point penalty. This amount of points can cause the revocation of the driver’s license for some time. Additionally, most drivers with extra points on their record will find that their insurance premiums go up, as they’re considered a high-risk driver by the insurance company.

DUI/DWI Programs at The Bergand Group

Many individuals convicted with a DUI or DWI charge are asked by the court to participate in DUI/DWI programs. Some people choose to enroll in one of these programs, even if the court does not force them.

DUI education programs range anywhere between 16-36 hours and are usually spread out over weekends. The purpose of the classes is to teach drunk driving prevention and assess an individual’s drinking habits. Participants learn how to plan ahead so they can drink responsibly, avoid DUIs in the future, understand the dangers of drinking and driving, and learn what alcohol can do to the body.

If you need a DUI/DWI program, The Bergand Group has a state-certified DUI and DWI Educational and Aftercare Program. This 6-week program helps offenders get a grasp on their charge and their lifestyle choices. Find out more about the program.

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