Drunken driving is an offense which can vary significantly in its consequences, depending on the circumstances. One of the factors which helps determine the severity of the consequences is the concentration of alcohol in the driver’s blood at the time of the arrest. In Maryland, those who are found to have a BAC of .07 percent are charged with DWI, while those who have a BAC of .08 percent or higher are charged with the more serious crime of DUI.
One of the consequences of being charged with DUI is an automatic revocation of one’s license. Those who refuse a chemical test after a DUI arrest can also have their license taken away for a period of time. Another factor which dictates the severity of penalties is how many previous drunken driving offenses the driver has on record.