Bethesda MD DUI and Criminal Defense Attorneys

DUIAre you facing a Bethesda MD DUI, DWI or other criminal charge?  With the legal representation of one of the skilled criminal defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, you may be able to avoid a conviction for drunk driving.  Our defense lawyers are highly skilled in DUI laws. We have the experience to defend clients facing the most serious drunk driving offenses.

The following information will be helpful to our intoxicated driving defense lawyer during your free case evaluation:

  • 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.

You should take a DUI arrest very seriously, as you are facing severe consequences. Do not hesitate to contact Alpert Schreyer for a free case evaluation.

BETHESDA MARYLAND DUI/DWI Defense

“Innocent until proven guilty” means that an arrest for DUI or DWI in Maryland isn’t enough to take away your legal rights.  Unfortunately, a driving under the influence arrest feels like it does exactly that.  Your driver’s license may be suspended, you may be taken to jail, and your vehicle may be impounded – all before you have heard the exact nature of the charges you face or begun to build a case on your own behalf.

Protecting your legal rights and fighting for the best possible result in your case are crucial steps to take, and the experienced attorneys at Alpert Schreyer can help you do just that.

DUI vs. DWI: What’s the Difference?

DUI and DWI are related charges, but they are not exactly the same crime, and they don’t carry exactly the same penalties.

A person may face a DUI charge if his or her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.08 percent or higher at the time of the arrest. Driving with a BAC of 0.08 or higher is illegal in Maryland (and all 50 states) even if the driver doesn’t feel impaired or show signs of impairment when it comes to driving safely.

Because proving a DUI often depends on the blood alcohol concentration reading, an accurate BAC reading that reflects the driver’s actual blood alcohol levels at the time of the arrest is crucial in most cases.  Officers may test BAC with either a breath or blood sample.  Both methods are prone to error if they are not carried out using accurately-calibrated equipment and proper scientific procedures.  As an official ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer Scientist and a a Certified NHTSA Field Sobriety Test Instructor, Andrew Alpert knows these procedures and what to look for.

A DWI charge may be brought if the driver’s BAC was 0.07, or if the driver’s BAC was below this limit but the driver was clearly impaired. To test for impairment, police officers generally use a combination of observing the person’s driving and conducting field sobriety tests.  Field sobriety tests must be carried out properly to provide any accuracy, and a police officer must carefully make and record their observations.

Penalties for DUI and DWI

The penalties for DUI and DWI also differ from one another. For a first-time drunk driving conviction, a person may face the following:

  • Up to one year in jail
  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • Six months without a driver’s license
  • 12 driver’s license points
  • Installation of ignitional interlock device for 6 months
  • Other penalties, including probation, community service, or mandated alcohol treatment

A first DWI carries penalties including the below:

  • Up to 60 days in jail
  • Up to $500 in fines
  • Sixty days without a driver’s license
  • 8 driver’s license points
  • Other penalties, including probation, community service, or mandated alcohol treatment

Penalties for DUI or DWI become more severe if a particular conviction is not the person’s first DUI/DWI conviction or if the individual was transporting a minor. Whether or not you are facing your first drunk driving charge, having a skilled Bethesda DUI/DWI defense attorney on your side can help ensure that the best course of action is taken for your particular situation.

For a free case evaluation, contact us today.

Criminal Defense and DUI/DWI Resources

Facing criminal charges of any kind can feel overwhelming.  Police and prosecutors build their case against you while you scramble to determine what happened, why you’ve been charged with a crime, and what you can do to answer the accusations you face.  Protecting yourself should be your first priority when facing criminal charges.

Every person who faces a criminal charge is not guilty. However, every person who faces criminal charges has the right to seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect his or her legal rights in court.

At Alpert Schreyer, our dedicated criminal defense attorneys have years of experience building aggressive defenses against criminal charges throughout Maryland.   We strive to protect the legal rights of each client we represent and to win the best possible outcome in each case we handle.

Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in Maryland

In Maryland, different crimes carry different penalties based on the type and seriousness of the situation involved. However, all criminal convictions have one thing in common: they turn lives upside-down for years after the final court appearance.

Maryland law divides most crimes into one of two categories:  felonies and misdemeanors.   In many states, misdemeanor crimes are punishable by less than one year in jail and felonies are punishable by longer jail terms; however, that is not the case in Maryland.   In the state of Maryland, it is possible for you to be sentenced to decades in jail and ordered to pay significant fines if you are convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony charge.

In addition to jail or prison time and fines, a person convicted of a crime in Maryland may face penalties like:

  • probation or parole;
  • community service requirements;
  • drug or alcohol counseling, rehabilitation, or treatment;
  • court costs or fees;
  • payment of restitution to anyone harmed;
  • anger management or other counseling requirements; and
  • loss of driver’s license or other professional licenses or credentials.

Courts in Maryland have the power to impose a wide range of penalties, including some that are not listed here.

Contact us today for a confidential consultation.

 

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