The attorneys of Alpert Schreyer have many years of experience practicing law in Anne Arundel County DUI. As a result, we realize how new the court experience can feel.. That’s why we take the time to ask you questions and listen. Then we take the time to explain the procedure to you so you know what to expect.Understanding the trial process is essential for your success. The better you and your attorney prepare, the more comfortable you will be — and the better decisions you both can make for your case.
Anne Arundel DUI Defense Attorneys
Our attorneys are well versed in caselaw, and specialize in DUI cases. They will determine if law enforcement has followed all the necessary procedures throughout the proceedings. An experienced attorney will build an aggressive defense aiming to have your charges dismissed, or lessened, utilizing this information. They will determine if the results of y breath tests are reliable, which can contribute to charge reduction.
Official and Preliminary Breath Tests
Breathalyzer tests are a police tool for determining an individual’s blood alcohol concentration. In Anne Arundel County, being over 21 years of age with a BAC of .07 results in a DWI charge. A BAC of .08 percent or higher could result in a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. An officer may ask you to blow into a device, which will determine your BAC by reading the amount of alcohol in your breath. An officer may give the tests to you at the police station or at the scene of the traffic stop.
An officer may ask you to complete a field sobriety test when pulling you over for suspicion of driving under the influence. This test is voluntary. The police officer must read you your rights regarding the preliminary breath test. The purpose of this test is to give cause to bring you to the station for a mandatory breath test.
Mandatory Breath Test
The mandatory breathalyzer test, often given at the police station, will become evidence for the prosecutor. Maryland Law Section 16-205.1 directs officers to explain the test and its results to the driver as well. The outcome of this test is typically the main source of evidence used by the authorities during a trial.
Breath Test Results Dispute
A skilled Anne Arundel DUI/DWI defense lawyer may ask to review the history of the Breathalyzer device and its last date of calibration. The accuracy of the test is crucial since the penalties for a .07 percent BAC and a .08 percent BAC are substantial. If there is any concern that the test may be inaccurate, the charges should be thrown out.
After an Arrest
Following an arrest for DUI in Maryland, we will walk you through each of these steps…
- The Motor Vehicle Hearing – This is when your DUI attorney will work to preserve your driving privileges.
- Pre-trial Motions and Hearing – Your DUI lawyer will resolve certain motions required before the actual trial.
- Trial – Your DUI lawyer will now present your case to the judge.
- Sentencing – If you were found guilty of any of the charges, this is when you will find out your punishment.
With the help of experienced Anne Arundel County DUI attorneys, you may be able to avoid the last step completely. To ensure the best defense, hire an experienced DUI attorney.
Andrew Alpert is one of few Anne Arundel County DUI lawyers with experience prosecuting traffic violations and criminal offenses. Drawing on this background, he brings specific knowledge and experience to each of his Annapolis DUI clients.
Contact Attorney Andrew Alpert today at (866) 444-6363 to learn more about how he can help you.