Towson has a population of almost 60,000 residents, and is one of the largest cities in Maryland. The city is best known for Towson University, the second largest university in Maryland with more than 20,000 students. In addition, Towson has a downtown area with several bars and restaurants, making drunk driving arrests a common occurrence.
Driving while impaired by alcohol, commonly referred to as DWI, is a lesser offense than DUI, driving under the influence of alcohol. Maryland Code for Transportation §21-902(b)(1) states that it is considered prima facie evidence (on its face) that the person is impaired by alcohol where there is a blood or breath test that results in a blood alcohol reading of 0.07. Driving while impaired is a statutory misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of two months in jail and/or a $500 fine. In addition, the Motor Vehicle Administration can impose its own penalties, including eight points on your license, and the possibility of a suspension of your driver's license or privilege to drive.