Glen Burnie DUI Defense Lawyer
Drunk driving attorney in Maryland for vigorous DUI or DWI defense
Including charges of driving while under the influence of drugs
If you have been charged with a DWI/DUI, the defense of your case depends on the reason for the stop, probable cause for the arrest and the results of the breath/blood test or lack thereof. In September 2013, I successfully completed the 24 hour National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Student Course. This is the same type of training that police officers receive before they are able to make alcohol related arrests.
Many people’s first encounter with law enforcement is a drunk driving arrest. If you have been charged with DUI or DWI, you may think that you have no choice but to plead guilty and accept your punishment, but there may be other options. Do not go it alone. Call Robert A. Siegel with The Law Office of Marla Zide, LLC in Glen Burnie, Maryland for prompt aggressive legal help.
MVA hearings—preventing the suspension of your driver’s license
As soon as you have been charged with drunk driving, the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) initiates the suspension of your license. After your arrest, you only have 30 days to request an administrative hearing to fight the license suspension. These MVA hearings can be abrupt and you can easily lose your license before you even realize it is your turn to speak.
I speak for you at the administrative hearing. I understand the issues that the MVA considers, and I am skilled at finding defenses that can help you avoid or shorten the term of your driver’s license suspension. Do not go to the hearing without my representation.
Drunk driving charges in Maryland
The charges you face when pulled over for drunk driving are determined by the combination of your performance on standardized field sobriety tests and the amount of alcohol found in your system. A conviction for drunk driving can result in a high number of points on your license, and can lead to the suspension and revocation of that license in addition to fines and jail time. Driving while under the influence of drugs carries similar penalties.
Driving while impaired (DWI)
If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is found to be in the range of .02% to .07%, you may be charged with driving while impaired (DWI). You may also be arrested under this charge if you refuse to take a breath test and the police officer has other reasons to believe that you are impaired by drugs or alcohol. If you are convicted of DWI, you may face—
- Driver’s license suspension
- Eight points on your driving record
- A $500 fine
- Two months in jail
Driving under the influence (DUI)
A BAC of .08 or higher leads to the more serious charge of driving under the influence (DUI). Penalties for a DUI conviction include—
- Driver’s license suspension
- 12 points on your driving record
- A $1000 fine
- One year in jail
Driving under the influence of drugs
If you are convicted of driving under the influence of drugs, the penalties are as severe as those for a DUI:
- Suspension of your driver’s license
- Up to12 points on your driving record
- A fine of up to $1000
- As much as one year in jail
Subsequent convictions lead to much more harsh penalties, including longer license suspensions as well as up to three years in jail. If you have previously been convicted of DUI or DWI, you have an even greater need of experienced assistance from a criminal defense lawyer.
Fighting your criminal DUI or DWI charges
With over a decade of experience defending DUI or DWI charges , I understand the Maryland legal system and I have developed many defense strategies to protect your freedom. I review the evidence carefully and challenge the circumstances of your arrest:
- Did the officer have reasonable suspicion to pull you over?
- Did the officer follow proper procedures during the field sobriety tests?
- Did the officer have probable cause to arrest you?
- Was the breath test conducted properly?
Let me reduce your stress by helping you fight your criminal drunk driving charges.
Hire a confident DUI lawyer
For a free initial consultation about your drunk driving charges in Glen Burnie or elsewhere in Maryland, contact the Law Office of Robert A. Siegel, P.A.