A 25-year-old woman of Great Mills faces a number of charges after being pulled over for erratic driving including DUI (driving under the influence) and neglect of a minor. According to a Southern Maryland News Net report, the alleged DUI incident occurred on Route 235 south of Route 237 in California.
A trooper allegedly observed her traveling at a high rate of speed, making a U-turn, and then continuing through a red light. During the traffic stop, she was unable to locate her license or registration and allegedly smelled of alcohol. She agreed to take a preliminary breath test which showed a result of .16. Following the test she was placed under arrest for DUI/DWI. She also faces charges for neglect of a minor and confining an unattended child because her two-year-old was at home without supervision at the time of the arrest.
Drivers over the age of 21 are considered above the legal limit once their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 percent or higher. Under Maryland law, you can face driving while impaired charges for having a BAC as low as .07 percent. Drivers with a 0.08 BAC or higher will face DUI charges. If a driver has a BAC of .15 or higher at the time of the arrest, he or she may be ineligible for modification of a license suspension or for issuance of a restricted license.
Breathalyzer tests are tools used by officers as a way to determine if a driver is impaired. It is important for all drivers to remember that Maryland has an implied consent law. This means that if an officer has reasonable cause to believe that you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she may request that you take a breath and/or blood alcohol test. Refusing a chemical test of your blood, breath, or urine can result in a 120-day license suspension.
All drivers should remember, however, that high blood alcohol level test results do not automatically result in a conviction. A skilled California, Maryland criminal defense attorney can review how your test was taken, why you were pulled over, how your lab samples were handled, and if your rights were violated. In some cases, it is possible to have evidence suppressed and charges dismissed.