Being charged with a DWI or a DUI can be a life-changing event, but these are not the same infraction. It is important to know the difference and that there are certain steps to take after a DUI.
Differences Between DWI and DUI
A DWI, which is driving while impaired, is a less serious charge than a DUI. Those charged with DWI have generally passed a breathalyzer test, showing a blood alcohol level just below the legal limit, but have demonstrated erratic driving and have failed a field sobriety test. The penalties for a DWI conviction could include a fine of $500.00 and possible jail time.
A DUI, driving under the influence, is a serious offense. Those charged with DUI have a blood alcohol level over the legal limit and face a fine of $1,000.00, up to one year in jail, and revocation of their driver’s license. The jail time and loss of license can mean loss of employment, as well.
The Steps to Take After a DUI
Drivers who have been arrested for a DUI or a DWI will often be required to enroll in an educational program, either as part of their sentence or as a condition of applying for a new driver’s license. Those who have been charged with DUI could also be required to take an Alcohol Treatment Program if they are determined to be alcohol dependent.
The Bergand Group offers DUI and DWI educational programs designed with a flexible schedule to allow immediate enrollment. Most offenders will be required to enroll in a 12-hour Alcohol Education Program. The Bergand Group’s continuous class schedule of two hours weekly for six weeks allows offenders to complete the required education plan efficiently and to begin the process of recovering their driving privileges.
Contact the Bergand Group for Help
There are many steps to take after a DUI. Contacting The Bergand Group is important because of the classes required in order to satisfy a court-ordered sentence. The Bergand Group helps those in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and in Hartford, Anne Arundel, Howard, and Carroll Counties. Classes are conducted in Fallston and Lutherville. Enrollment information is available at The Bergand Group.