If a law enforcement officer suspect that you are operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may be charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or DWI (Driving While Intoxicated). In either of these cases, you may face a variety of penalties for the conviction. For this reason, you need guidance from an experienced DUI attorneys.
The state of Virginia does not distinguish between DUI and DWI charges. These terms are used interchangeably when an individual is accused of driving while intoxicated. In Virginia, you can be charged with a DUI if your blood alcohol level exceeds .08%. Penalties for conviction increase based on your blood alcohol level. The most severe penalties are reserved for offenders with blood alcohol levels in excess of .20%. You may also face harsher penalties if you are convicted of multiple DUI’s within a ten-year period.
You may also face serious penalties if you refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test after being pulled over. If convicted, the first refusal will result in a license suspension of one year. Penalties worsen with each subsequent refusal.
In the state of Maryland, a DUI and DWI charge are two different charges. You may be charged with a DUI if your blood alcohol level is over .08%. However, you will be charged with a DWI if your blood alcohol level is over .04% but below .08%. Officers in Maryland can pull you over for a DUI or DWI if they have any reason to suspect that you may be intoxicated.
Penalties for DUI and DWI vary based on the nature of the case and your criminal history. Typically DUI penalties are worse than DWI penalties. As in the state of Virginia, you may also be penalized in the state of Maryland if you refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test.
If you are facing criminal charges in the state of Virginia or the state of Maryland, you need representation you can trust. attorneys Kiana Noorishad understands criminal law in both of these states, and she can help you fight for your freedom.