Maryland DUI Defense Attorneys
Fighting Your Charges with a Client-Focused Approach
You hear about drunk driving arrests every day, but no one ever thinks it will happen to them. When it happens, a DUI arrest is scary, stressful, and intimidating — plain and simple. A DUI arrest can change your life for the worse, leaving a negative impact on your immediate future and following you for the rest of your life. Fortunately, a DUI arrest isn’t the same as a conviction, and you can fight the charges you are facing.
From the moment police arrested you, the clock began ticking, and events and deadlines fell into place — you may have 10 days from the date of your arrest to save your driver’s license, you may have to attend a Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) hearing to fight for your driving privileges, and you will face a criminal court date.
Although you probably feel overwhelmed — and may want to put your arrest out of your mind and “deal with it later” — you must act fast to take the necessary steps to help save your license, protect your legal rights, and fight the criminal charges against you. Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC can help.
DUI Statutes in Maryland
Although the state of Maryland does impose stricter penalties by law for repeat offenders, Maryland criminal courts are not required to impose enhanced penalties upon those convicted of DUI with excessive breath or blood alcohol levels like other states do. No stricter penalties are required for those operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .15 or greater compared to a BAC of .08. However, many judges will take a higher BAC into consideration during sentencing and may impose stricter punishments upon those convicted of operating a motor vehicle with a high level of alcohol in their system.
Unlike in the Maryland criminal courts, a higher BAC does come into play during the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) hearing. If you lose at your MVA hearing and have a blood alcohol level of .08 to .14, the administrative law judge will require the installation of an ignition interlock device for 180 days for a first offense. If your BAC was .15 or above, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device for 180 days or 270 days for second or subsequent offense. Maryland does not confiscate personal vehicles for DUI convictions.
Maryland is one of several states that has an implied consent law. What this means is that drivers alleged to be driving under the influence of alcohol must agree to take a breath test. If you do not cooperate and refuse to subject yourself to the breath tests, additional penalties can be leveled against you, including the suspension of your driver’s license for at least 279 days.
Potential Penalties of DUI
A DUI in Maryland could cost you a lot of money and affect your life on many levels, so remember what is on the line when getting behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle
Potential penalties for DUI include:
- Expensive fines
- Suspension of a driver’s license
- Required community service
- Higher insurance rates
- Jail time
- Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device
DUI Defense Tips
Every case is different, and it is in your best interest to work with a Maryland DUI defense attorney who has extensive experience handling these types of cases. However, it can also help to familiarize yourself with the situation you are facing.
To help improve your DUI case defense, you should:
- Find out how your DUI charge might impact your ability to drive
- Make sure your attorney files all relevant preliminary motions
- Consider plea bargaining
- Consider pressing for a trial
Andy got my case done and away with, like it never happened on the criminal side. He was honest and upfront as to what he could affect and what he could not.- Germain
I was impressed by Andrew Alpert and his knowledge of DUI laws and his ability in the courtroom.- J.P.
No points off my license and best of all - no jail time, no probation before judgment & ultimately, no conviction!- A.C.
Our legal team boasts over 70 years of combined experience defending the rights of the accused.
Our attorneys are former prosecutors who know how to recognize mistakes made by law enforcement.
We have an established reputations as one of Maryland's top-rated DUI defense firms.
Our attorneys are committed to taking the time to clearly communicate & understand your case.
We have the resources to investigate cases, provide expert witnesses in court & advocate for you.
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