Over the years, Maryland has seen a gradual increase in DUI charges. Over the span of ten years, from 2009-2019, Maryland reached a peak level of DUI arrests in 2019. That 2019 peak was 385.6 arrests for every 100,000 people. One of the most impactful ways to curb DUI rates within a state is the promotion of DUI educational programs. These programs can help individuals get the help they need to ensure they never face a DUI charge again. Top rehabilitation facility, Bergand Group, offers DUI educational programs in Baltimore County.

What is a DUI/DWI Charge

DUI stands for “driving under the influence,” while DWI means “driving while impaired” or “driving while intoxicated.”

Overall, the terms stand for the same thing. Both DUI and DWI are charges against individuals operating motor vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, risking the safety of themselves and others. But, depending on the state, the terms can be interchangeable or stand for different charges.

In Baltimore County, the terms stand for different degrees of severity:

  • DWI is the lesser charge, with the individual driving very close to the legal limits, on the legal limit, or slightly over the legal limit. This charge is reserved for people who have a BAC under 0.1. As this is the lesser charge, the penalties are not as extreme as a DUI charge.
  • DUI is the more severe charge, where the individual is impaired while driving. A DUI charge is reserved for people who have a BAC at 0.1 or over.

For both DUI and DWI charges, a judge may order offenders to complete a DUI educational program as a condition of their sentencing arrangement or probation. Additionally, some DUI/DWI offenders choose to participate in these programs of their own choosing.

How DUI Educational Programs Help

A DUI education program is sometimes called a “drunk driving education” or “DUI school.” The purpose of these programs is to teach offenders the severe consequences of driving under the influence. It will also teach participants how to avoid falling into another DUI situation by always planning a ride home or saying no to drugs and alcohol. Individuals who participate in a DUI educational program are much less likely to incur another DUI charge in the future.

Additionally, while it varies case by case, sometimes participation in a DUI educational program can help reduce the offender’s penalties or charges.

The Bergand Group: DUI Educational Programs Baltimore County

The Bergand Group offers state-certified DUI educational programs Baltimore County. In Maryland, offenders are usually required to complete a 12-hour Alcohol Education Program. The Bergand Group’s program operates twice a week for two hours per session so that participants can complete the program within six weeks. And, the Bergand Group offers rolling admissions, so participants can enroll and start anytime. Contact us today for more information or to register.

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.