Although DUI's/DWI's are serious and criminal in nature, they are generally charged as misdemeanors in Maryland District Courts. A client may elect however, to "pray" a jury trial, and the case will get transferred to the Circuit Court in that jurisdiction. A DUI/DWI conviction can result in jail time, especially for subsequent offenders, if the appropriate defenses are not made. There is also an administrative aspect to getting a DUI/DWI charge in Maryland because the MVA may try to suspend or restrict someone's license or get an ignition interlock system put into their car. There is a very limited time to request a hearing to try and keep this from happening!