Your Rights Under Maryland DUI Law
Perhaps the last thought going through your head once pulled over and suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol is what your rights are.
You may be made to feel that you have no legal rights according to the charging law enforcement officials. However, the fact is that you do have rights under Maryland law. Knowing these rights can help you in this situation.
In the state, driving under the influence is a serious charge with serious consequences. When initially pulled over by a peace officer, you are required to show proof of a valid driver’s license, the vehicle’s registration and proof of insurance for the automobile. There is no law that requires you to answer any questions regarding your sobriety. Officers may pick up the scent of alcohol on your breath and/or see or hear slight speech impairments. Use short, simple answers like yes and no, or shake your head for yes or no answers. You also have the right to inform the arresting office that you want to engage your legal right to counsel.
Everything that you say and do in front of the officer can, and probably will, be used as evidence against you in the court of law. It is important to remain calm and polite when addressing the officer and the situation. However, remember you do have the right to legal counsel and the right to remain silent so as not to incriminate yourself any further with dialogue.
You also do not need to agree to take a field sobriety test. These tests are usually not a good idea to agree to take because they are often administered on the side of the road, at night and under a stressful situation, which can skew the results.
Maryland DUI Defense Lawyers
Even though you may be scared and unsure when pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, remember you do have rights that can help you in your case. Law enforcement officials are trained to get as much incriminating information as he or she can at the time of the arrest. However, you do not have to give them that information.
If you have already been charged with drunk driving and need the advice of tried and true Frederick DWI defense attorneys, contact Alpert Schreyer, LLC today. Your initial consultation is free and the counsel you receive may be priceless. Call us or fill out our online case evaluation form to schedule your free case evaluation.