Charged With DUI In Maryland? We Can Help.
Driving under the influence of alcohol (or drugs) is a crime that provides for penalties of incarceration, and if convicted as a second or subsequent offender the maximum amount of incarceration can be increased. In addition, Maryland provides for possible incarceration of up to 60 days for refusal to submit to a breath or blood test in certain circumstances.
Will A DUI In Maryland Affect My Driver’s License In Another State?
If a person who is licensed to drive by a state other than Maryland is convicted of driving under the influence in a Maryland court, the Interstate Compact Agreement provides for the transfer of that conviction to the home licensing state. The result could be the suspension or revocation of the license in the home state of the licensee. Every state has unique laws in this regard. If the court grants probation before judgment, removing the conviction from the record, there is no conviction to be forwarded to the other state. If the person is a Maryland licensee, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration will seek a suspension or revocation if there is a conviction and if probation before judgment is not granted.
What If I Refused Sobriety Testing?
In addition to possible criminal penalties of incarceration and fines, you could be subject to administrative license suspensions for refusal to submit to a breath or blood test or for submitting to a breath or blood test with a result of .08 or more. A test result of .07 or more creates a prima facie case (presumption) that you are impaired by alcohol. Driving while impaired also is punishable by possible incarceration. A test result of .08 or more is by law considered under the influence of alcohol per se, which carries up to one year in jail for a first offense.
However, it is often possible to have DUI charges reduced or even dismissed, depending on the facts of the case. To know what is possible in your specific situation, it is crucial that you contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Put An Experienced DUI Defense Attorney On Your Side
The law on drunk driving in Maryland changes almost every year, and dealing with the complexities of the law in this area requires a highly experienced lawyer. Defense against DUI charges requires an intimate knowledge of the facts in each case and the law of evidence in Maryland courts. This includes administrative hearings, where allegations are often made with regard to refusal to take a breath or blood test or failing a breath or blood test. We handle criminal court proceedings and administrative proceedings with regard to DUI charges.
A Record Of Success In Difficult Cases
Attorney M. Dean Jenkins has successfully defended charges of homicide by a motor vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol, where expert witness testimony from an accident reconstructionist was critical to the defense.
In many cases, the outcome will depend on pretrial motions filed and litigated regarding the legality of the police conduct and police investigation of the case. You will need a lawyer with experience and dedication who will thoroughly prepare your case. That is the key to a successful defense.
If you are charged with DUI, the most important decision you will have to make is the choice of the lawyer to represent you. Make the right decision now and contact attorney M. Dean Jenkins in Ocean City. Call 410-723-1400 or complete our contact form to set up a consultation. We can help.