Lexington Park DUI Lawyers
Defense Attorneys Dedicated to Protecting Your Future
As with anywhere in the United States, it is illegal to drive under the influence (DUI) of drugs and/or alcohol in Maryland. The state takes such offenses very seriously, making it important to hire a lawyer if you have been charged with a DUI.
Our Lexington Park legal team at Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC is committed to protecting the futures of individuals charged with DUIs. We have fought to preserve the rights of countless clients, as we understand the long-term ramifications that a DUI conviction can have on one’s life, from having to serve jail time to being required to install an ignition interlock device, and more.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence, call a Lexington Park DUI defense attorney at (301) 321-7277. All initial consultations are offered free of charge.
Know Your Rights as a Lexington Park Driver
If your rights were violated in any way during the arrest, your charges should be dropped. That is why it is integral to know and understand your rights and to ensure that you have a competent legal representative on your side.
Should you be pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence, you could be subjected to numerous field tests to gauge your sobriety, potentially starting with a field sobriety test. If you fail these tests, the police officer will have reason to take you down to the station. While Maryland residents are not legally obligated to take a field sobriety test or a preliminary breath test, your refusal to participate may give the arresting officer sufficient reason to bring you into the station. Then, once you are at the station, the law requires that you take an official breath test. Refusal to take an official breath test can result in additional penalties and citations.
Please note: An officer only needs to observe a driver’s personal appearance or hear them admit fault to have enough reason to bring them down to the station for a mandatory breath test.
What Is a Field Sobriety Test?
There are a number of field sobriety tests that a Lexington Park police officer may administer, including:
- One-Leg Stand Test: This is a divided attention test. The officer will ask you to raise one foot off the ground while counting out loud to 30. Swaying, needing your arms to balance yourself, or making mistakes while counting are ways to fail this test.
- Walk-and-Turn Test: This is another divided attention test. An officer will ask you to take nine steps forward, pivot, and then take nine steps back while counting the number of steps out loud. The police officer will look for missing steps, swaying, turning balance, and incorrect counting.
- Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test: Police will use an object, usually a pen, to test how steadily the eye moves back and forth. The officer will ask the suspect to follow the pen as it moves from side to side. If the eye cannot move back and forth smoothly, it could be a sign of intoxication.
A police officer needs extensive training to make sure they can administer these tests properly. Many of these tests are imperfect, and they can be misread due to the driver’s nervousness or anxiety, among other reasons. Thankfully, charges brought against a driver because of a failed field sobriety test are often defensible in court.
About Preliminary Breath Tests
A preliminary breath test is when a driver is required to blow into a breathalyzer, a device that measures the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) via their breath. These devices are often calibrated improperly, resulting in numerous individuals being wrongly taken to the police station after “failing” one.
One upside of breath tests is that they are not admissible in court; rather, they provide cause for the officer to bring you into the police station if your results are too high — per law, a BAC of 0.08% or higher is considered too inebriated to operate a vehicle.
How Much Does BAC Affect My Case?
In Lexington Park and throughout the state, it is not required by law for a person with a BAC of 0.11% to be punished more severely than a person with a BAC of 0.08%. Nevertheless, judges are likely to take your BAC at the time of your arrest into consideration and deal out a tougher punishment than what is fair.
Often, individuals charged with a DUI must also appear for a Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) hearing in which BAC will be duly considered. You will be required to install an ignition interlock device inside your motor vehicle from 180 to 270 days depending on your BAC. However, Lexington Park drivers will not have their personal vehicles confiscated as a result of a DUI.
When Should I Contact a Lawyer?
Unfortunately, the clock starts running once you are arrested. From then on, you could be subject to (a) an MVA hearing and (b) a criminal court hearing. You may also face hefty fines, increased insurance rates, license suspension, community service, and jail time — all of which can greatly impact your future. Therefore, it is advisable to reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible.
Save Your License. Call (301) 321-7277 Today.
The attorneys at Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC have a successful track record of defending the rights of Lexington Park residents. Our DUI attorneys thoroughly understand the procedures involved in a DUI arrest, as well as how to handle these cases efficiently and effectively. No firm can guarantee that your charges will be dropped or reduced, but the sooner you begin, the more likely that will be.
Give your case an edge; work with acclaimed lawyers who have extensive experience with DUI cases. As former prosecutors, Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC’s legal advisers know how the “other side” operates and how to spot mistakes committed by law enforcement officers. Industry organizations and clients alike have recognized us as one of the top-rated DUI defense firms in the state as a result of our success and legal prowess.
If you or a loved one is facing DUI charges in Lexington Park, contact a skilled lawyer online today.
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