Question: Will someone convicted of DUI/DWI be sent to jail in Maryland?
Answer: Well, a DUI charge in Maryland does carry jail time for a first offense along with either a $500 or a $1,000 fine maximum, depending on the offense number. So, in determining if somebody can go to jail for a first time conviction, the answer is yes, that can happen. Albeit in practice, it generally does not happen on a first offense unless there are aggravating circumstances such as either a high BAC number—typically in excess of a .20 or some judges may consider it after a .15—or if there is another aggravating circumstance such as an accident or a high rate of speed, such as traveling near 100 miles an hour give or take or more as you sometimes see. For a standard DUI charge where somebody blew a .08 or a .12 and they were not speeding excessively and there was not an aggravating circumstance, generally speaking a jail sentence for a weekend or something would no be something you would normally see as a result of a case as long as there was competent counsel involved.