Q: Is DWI in Maryland a criminal offense in addition to being a traffic violation?
A: All traffic violations that carry the possibility of jail are misdemeanors (a few are felonies) and will appear as arrests and their dispositions will be reported in the FBI national criminal database for purposes of criminal background record checks. So, although they are generally prosecuted on a traffic docket under the Transportation Code, and not on the criminal docket like offenses charged under the Criminal Code, they are prosecuted, sentenced and reported the same as criminal offenses.
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