The Penalties for Drunk Driving in Maryland

The Potential Sanctions When You Have Been Convicted of DUI/DWI

the-penalties-for-drunk-driving-in-marylandThe penalties for conviction of drunk driving in Maryland will depend on a number of factors, including the type of charge and whether you’ve had any prior convictions. Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is considered a lesser offense than driving under the influence (DUI), carrying the following potential sentencing:

  • No prior convictions—Up to 60 days in jail and $500 in fines
  • One prior conviction—Up to a year in jail and $500 in fines
  • Multiple priors—Up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines

For the more serious charge of driving under the influence, the potential penalties include:

  • No prior convictions—You can expect up a year in jail, as well as the potential of $1,000 in fines
  • One prior conviction—The potential incarceration is up to two years and fines can reach $2,000
  • Multiple prior convictions—You could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines

Aggressive Baltimore DUI/DWI Defense Lawyer

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith brings more than three decades of experience to criminal defendants across the Baltimore metropolitan area and the state of Maryland, including people charged with domestic violence or abuse. He has been received an AV-rating (the highest rating possible) under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System from his colleagues in the Maryland bar for more than 34 years. He has been ranked among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland listed by SuperLawyers and was named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine. He has also earned Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, awarded to less than 4% of all lawyers nationwide.

Over the past three decades, attorney Smith has successfully protected the rights of individuals facing all types of criminal charges, including prosecution for domestic violence or abuse. He will work hard to protect your constitutional rights, fully investigating your case to verify that law enforcement officers and prosecutors follow proper procedures when gathering evidence. He’ll question all potential witnesses and preserve all relevant evidence, so that he can prepare and present the most compelling arguments for your acquittal.

Attorney Smith has been listed among the top 100 attorneys in Maryland by the National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization. He holds a 10.0 (Superb) rating as a trial attorney from AVVO, as well as AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with an average client review of 5 stars.

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Contact our office by e-mail or call 410-740-0101 for a free initial consultation. We represent criminal defendants in Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.


  • Jonathan Scott Smith 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 200 ,Columbia, MD 21044-4960

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