DUI IN FEDERAL JURISDICTION
In the real estate world, the saying goes “Location, Location, Location” but did you know that location can also make a huge difference when you get pulled over for a DUI? Getting stopped in places with federal jurisdiction such as a military base or the Washington/ Baltimore Parkway also has an effect on location. Getting stopped in one of these places means you get tried in a federal court instead of the state court. If getting tried for a DUI is bad, getting tried for a DUI in a federal court is even worse.
What to expect when getting charged in a Federal Court
If you’re caught driving under the influence while in federal jurisdiction and you find yourself in federal court, it’s important to realize that this is a very serious charge. The implications and outcomes of being tried in federal court will have a far-reaching impact that can very easily affect the rest of your life. While the proceedings will be handled very similarly in a federal court as they are a state court the punishments but the punishments can be far more severe than they would be otherwise. Especially if you refuse to submit to chemical testing, which adds to the penalties of being convicted of a DUI including subsequent charges, added fines or even jail time.
The best outcome that you can hope for if you find yourself in federal court is the employing of the civilative crimes act, which means the federal court will apply Maryland state DUI laws as opposed to federal laws. Whatever laws you’re being tried by, being tried in a federal court is one of the worst places to situations you can find yourself in.
Your Next Steps
Being charged for a Federal DUI is not a matter to take lightly, your next steps are crucial if you are to have any chance in court. A DUI conviction can impact you for the rest of your life. From the loss of driving privileges, your job, steep fines and even jail time, a DUI conviction, especially a federal DUI conviction, is a life-altering event. If you’re charged with a DUI on federal grounds then you’re going to need legal counsel and representation from a DUI attorney that has both Maryland state and Federal DUI experience. Contact the legal offices of Alpert Schreyer at (301) 321-7277 for a free legal consultation with an experienced DUI attorney today.