Are you a resident of Bethesda, Maryland facing a DUI or DWI charge? Are you facing some other criminal charges and don’t know where to turn? Do you need help from top-rated Bethesda DUI Lawyers who can aggressively protect your rights and build a strong defense on your behalf?
The skilled defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC, can help you. You have rights, and you can fight the charges against you, but it’s important to have experienced lawyers on your side who truly understand Maryland laws. While the prospect of facing a DUI or another criminal charge head-on may seem overwhelming and even frightening, the sooner you call, the sooner our legal team can start protecting your rights.
DUI Charges in Maryland
Anyone old enough to drive should thoroughly understand drinking and driving laws in Maryland. The law prohibits anyone from driving while they are under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or while they are impaired by alcohol (DWI). Authorities can presume that a driver is under the influence if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is over a certain limit. This limit varies for different classifications of drivers, as follows:
- 08 percent = Legal limit for most adult drivers for DUI charges
- 07 percent = Legal limit for most adult drivers for DWI charges
- 04 percent = Legal limit for commercial drivers
- 02 percent = Legal limit for underage drivers
Different people metabolize alcohol in different ways, and though you may feel fine, your BAC still may be above the legal limit.
If police officers suspect impairment, they can administer a roadside breathalyzer test that measures your BAC. Officers can also conduct a blood test following an arrest for proof of a suspect’s BAC. If your BAC reads over the legal limit, prosecutors will presume that you were under the influence and will likely charge you with DUI or DWI.
However, authorities can still arrest you and issue charges for DWI even if your BAC is below the legal limit or undetermined. If officers claim they observed signs of intoxication – such as bloodshot eyes, the odor of alcohol, or slurred speech, among others – it may be enough to convict you of DUI. In addition, prosecutors may use your performance on field sobriety tests as evidence of your impairment.
No matter what type of evidence a prosecutor uses, a conviction for DUI in Maryland can have serious consequences. Some maximum penalties include:
- First offense = License revocation for six months, $1,000 fine, and up to one year in jail
- Second offense = License revocation for 12 months, $2,000 fine, and up to two years in jail
- Third offense = License revocation for 18 months, $3,000 fine, and up to three years in jail
Additional consequences that may not be court-ordered can include:
- Having an ignition interlock device on your car once you receive your license back
- Losing a job that requires a valid driver’s license and future employment restrictions
- Possible deportation for non-citizens and travel restrictions for U.S. citizens to certain countries
- Substantially increased insurance rates
- Child custody issues
- Possible restrictions on firearm possession
- Difficulties with higher education and professional license opportunities
- Many other inconveniences and financial losses
Because of the many potential and far-reaching consequences of a DUI conviction, you should have the right DUI defense attorney on your side ready to fight against your charges. You may be able to avoid a conviction for drunk driving, and it’s important that you have this information for your drunk driving defense attorney:
- What you were doing prior to your arrest
- How much alcohol you consumed prior to your arrest
- The results of your breath test
- Whether there were any witnesses present during your breath or blood test
- Whether or not the officer provided your Miranda rights before interrogation
Your attorney can use this information and more to determine the best strategy for your defense. Strategies may include fighting the charges outright, looking into options such as DUI Court, reducing your charges or sentence in a plea agreement, and more.
If you do not have a defense attorney to represent you, a prosecutor may try to convince you that a conviction is inevitable and that pleading guilty is your only decision. This is not the case. A skilled defense lawyer will advise you of all of your options, as well as the implications of each option. You should never plead guilty to any offense – including a DUI – without first discussing your case with a DUI defense law firm and fully understanding your rights and defense options.
DUI and DWI charges are very serious, and you can’t afford to delay taking action. Contact Alpert Schreyer, LLC, today for a free case evaluation.
DUI charges may be common, but they are far from the only criminal charges you may face in Maryland. Criminal offenses range from misdemeanors such as petty theft all the way to homicide. Even if you believe your charge is not a serious matter, any criminal conviction on your record can affect your life in many ways and for many years. The first step you should always take after an arrest is to call our experienced criminal defense law firm for guidance.
There are many different ways that the criminal defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC, can assist you. First, we will listen to the circumstances of your arrest and examine the charges issued by the prosecutor. We can outline a defense strategy appropriate to your case and assist with the following and more:
- Argue for the judge to reduce your bail or release you on personal recognizance, so you do not have to wait behind bars during your case.
- Identify all legal defenses that may apply in your case.
- Conduct an investigation and discovery to gather evidence to support your defense.
- Determine whether police or prosecutors violated your constitutional rights and use any violations to the benefit of your defense.
- Identify where we can challenge the prosecutor’s evidence against you.
- Represent you at all court hearings and settlement conferences.
- Help you decide whether to plead guilty or fight your charges at trial, including informing you of all possible consequences of either decision.
- Determine your eligibility for any alternative sentencing or diversion programs.
- Negotiate with the prosecutor to try to obtain a favorable plea agreement if you do choose to plead guilty.
- Represent you at a jury trial, including enlisting the help of expert witnesses when needed.
- Represent you at a sentencing hearing.
The criminal justice system is complicated and confusing. Even if you had a criminal case in the past, any differing circumstances, court assignments, prosecutors, and more could completely change your experience and what must be done to protect your best interests. Trying to handle a criminal charge on your own can result in wrongful conviction or unnecessarily harsh penalties.
Our defense law firm handles many types of criminal cases, including:
- Sexual assault and other sex crimes
- Drug possession and other drug offenses
- Firearm and weapons offenses
- Vehicular homicide
- Theft crimes
- Misdemeanor charges
- Felony charges
Do Not Wait to Call Our Bethesda DUI and Criminal Defense Lawyers
If you’re facing charges involving DUI, guns and gun laws, drug charges, or other criminal charges, police and prosecutors are building their case against you while you are reading this. We understand that not all people who are charged with a crime are necessarily guilty and you must have a knowledgeable and experienced attorney by your side to protect your legal rights.
The dedicated criminal defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC, have many years of experience building aggressive defenses against criminal charges throughout Maryland, and we will fight to protect the legal rights of clients we represent and achieve the best possible outcome in each case.
The clock is ticking. Contact us today or call (866) 444-6363 for a confidential consultation with our experienced Bethesda DUI Lawyers.
Alpert Schreyer, LLC
4915 Auburn Avenue, Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814
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