If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Maryland, you may be wondering what to expect during your trial. Going to court can be a daunting experience, but understanding the process can help ease some of the anxiety. In this blog post, we will walk you through what to expect during a DUI trial in Maryland.
The Pre-Trial Phase
Before your trial, there will be a pre-trial phase where you and your attorney will have the opportunity to review the evidence against you and prepare your defense. Your attorney may also negotiate with the prosecutor to try to reach a plea bargain, which could potentially result in a reduced charge or sentence.
If you and your attorney are unable to reach a plea bargain or you choose to plead not guilty, your case will proceed to trial. Here is what you can expect during the trial:
Jury Selection: If you have opted for a jury trial, the first step will be to select a jury. The court will ask potential jurors questions to ensure they are impartial and able to make an unbiased decision
Opening Statements: After the jury is selected, the prosecution and defense will make their opening statements. The prosecutor will present the evidence against you, while your attorney will outline your defense.
Witness Testimony: The prosecutor will call witnesses to testify against you, such as the police officer who pulled you over or the breathalyzer technician who administered your test. Your attorney will also have the opportunity to cross-examine these witnesses.
Presentation of Evidence: The prosecution will present any physical evidence they have, such as the results of your breathalyzer test or dashcam footage of your arrest. Your attorney will have the opportunity to challenge the admissibility of this evidence.
Closing Arguments: After all of the evidence has been presented, the prosecution and defense will make their closing arguments. This is their final opportunity to persuade the jury to their side.
Jury Deliberation: The jury will then deliberate in private to reach a verdict. They must find you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict you.
Sentencing: If you are found guilty, the judge will then hand down your sentence, which could include fines, community service, probation, and/or jail time.
Appeals: If you are not satisfied with the verdict or sentence, you may have the option to appeal the decision to a higher court.
Additionally, it is important to note that Maryland has strict DUI laws and penalties, and a conviction can have long-lasting consequences, including a criminal record, increased insurance rates, and a suspension of your driver’s license
It is also worth noting that Maryland has an implied consent law, which means that if you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI and refuse to take a breathalyzer test, your driver’s license may be automatically suspended. It is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after your arrest to understand your legal options and potential consequences.
In addition to the legal consequences, a DUI charge can also have personal and emotional repercussions. It can strain relationships, affect job opportunities, and impact your reputation. It is important to take the charge seriously and work with an attorney who can provide guidance and support throughout the process.
If you are facing a DUI charge in Maryland, remember to be honest and respectful with law enforcement, seek legal representation, and follow the guidance of your attorney. With the right support and preparation, you can navigate the trial process and work towards a positive outcome.
Alpert Schreyer, LLC is a law firm with extensive experience in handling DUI cases in Maryland. Our attorneys have a deep understanding of the laws and procedures surrounding DUI trials in the state and can provide you with the guidance and support you need throughout the process.
Here are some ways that Alpert Schreyer, LLC can help with your DUI case in Maryland:
Explaining the DUI Trial Process: Our attorneys can explain the legal process of a DUI trial in Maryland, including what to expect at each stage of the trial, your legal rights, and potential outcomes.
Building a Strong Defense: Our attorneys can review the evidence against you and build a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific case. We will work to challenge the prosecution’s evidence and protect your legal rights.
Negotiating with Prosecutors: Our attorneys have experience negotiating with prosecutors to obtain favorable plea bargains or reduced charges for our clients.
Representing You in Court: Our attorneys have the trial experience necessary to represent you in court and advocate for your interests before a judge and jury.
Providing Emotional Support: Facing a DUI charge can be a stressful and emotional experience. Our attorneys can provide you with the guidance, support, and resources you need to manage the personal and emotional aspects of your case.
At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, we are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of legal representation and support. If you are facing a DUI charge in Maryland, contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced DUI attorneys.