DUI/DWI

Arrested for DUI/DWI?

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Have you or someone you know been arrested for a drunk driving offense? I represent individuals who have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) or while impaired (DWI) by alcohol throughout Maryland, including, Montgomery, Prince George's, Frederick, and Howard Counties. Whether you have failed a Standardized Field Sobriety Test, refused to take a alcohol breath test or failed it, I am ready to make sure your rights are protected.

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When you are arrested for a DUI/DWI in Maryland, you will have to face both MVA License Suspension Penalties and Criminal Penalties. These are two separate processes. More importantly, in Maryland, you have 10 days to make a decision on whether requesting an MVA hearing challenging your suspension or requesting a modification of the suspension is in your best interest. Contact me today to begin your free consultation.

Getting arrested is one of the most traumatizing and scary things that could happen to you. As a result, I may be meeting you as you are experiencing one of the worst times in your life. My first goal is to assure you that it is not as bad as it seems. There are solutions. I will make it my job to thoroughly understand your specific situation and tailor a resolution to your exact needs. My approach is to clearly explain all of the possible outcomes. After determining the best strategy, I will prepare you for your day in court step by step.  
 
Aside from dealing with the legal challenges, I consider it part of my job to ease your worries. It is important to me to hear all of your concerns. It is also important to me to offer you competitive rates. I believe everyone, has the right to a robust legal defense. I have an excellent track record of getting charges dismissed or  reduced to a lesser charge.   
 
More than anything, I want you to get the help that you need. Sometimes bad things happen to good people.  When they do, I will be there to help.

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Because the stakes are so high, it is important to work with someone with experience and a proven track record. I have over 15 years experience in DUI/DWI defense. I have been included in both the Maryland and DC Super Lawyer's list since 2010, an honor given to the top 5% of attorneys in the area. In 2018, I was one of 13 lawyers listed in the published Maryland Super Lawyer's magazine under their category for DUI/DWI Defense Attorneys.

Have a question?

What are DUI/DWI Charges and Criminal Penalties?

The distinction between driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and driving while impaired by alcohol (DWI) is one of degree.

Driving Under the Influence of alcohol (DUI) is the more serious crime and requires either a breath test result of 0.08 or more (“DUI Per Se”) OR a finding that the alcohol the driver has consumed has substantially impaired the driver’s normal coordination. The maximum penalties are as follows:

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My license was confiscated by the police officer, what should I do?

If your license was taken away from you upon your arrest for DUI/DWI, you were most likely issued a “Temporary Driver’s License”. This white piece of paper authorizes you to continue driving for 45 days. After the 45th day, your license will be suspended, unless you timely request a hearing (10 days to guarantee the extension or 30 days to guarantee a hearing, but possibly not an extension of your temporary license*) and the MVA sends you a notice extending your temporary license.

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How long will my license be suspended? (Noah’s Law became effective 10/1/2016)

The length of your suspension depends on whether you agreed to take the breath/blood test and the test result.

For breath test results over 0.08 but less than 0.15:

1st Time= 180 Days (6 months)
2nd or More= 180 Days (6 months)

For breath test results of 0.15 or more:

1st Time= 180 Days (6 months)
2nd or More= 270 Days (9 months)

For breath or blood test REFUSALS:

1st Time= 270 Days (9 months)
2nd or More= 2 Years

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Can I avoid suspension of my license?

If you request a hearing, the MVA, through documentary evidence (usually your driving record, pink form advising of your rights with respect to the breath test, and the breath test results) must prove to the administrative law judge the following elements:

1. There was reasonable grounds to believe that you were driving or attempting to drive while under the influence of alcohol.
2. There is evidence of the use of alcohol.
3. You were advised of your rights to submit or not submit to the breath test at the police station.
4. That you were requested to take the breath test.
5. You drove with 0.08 or above OR refused to take the test.

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I had a license suspension hearing at the MVA, why do I have to go to the District Court?

Do not confuse your MVA license suspension hearing date with your District Court DUI/DWI court date. Maryland punishes you by taking your license in an administrative proceeding and then punish you again in court on your criminal charges.

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Common Penalties


Jail or Prison Time

License Suspension

License Revocation

Ignition Interlock Device

Court Fees & Fines

Alcohol Treatment

MADD Victim Impact Panel

Community Service

Probation

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