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Maryland DUI Lawyer

The Maryland DUI Lawyers blog was created to report on notable drunk driving and criminal cases and provide useful information for anyone facing one of these charges in the State of Maryland. We have Maryland DUI lawyers and Maryland criminal attorneys that can help guide you through the legal process in what is sure to be a stressful time. Being charged with drunk driving or a similar violation is serious, but it does not have to have significant ramifications on the rest of your life. We can help you fight the charge and obtain the best possible result in your case. Click this link to see our Maryland DUI lawyers website. If you are seeking a Maryland criminal lawyer, please click here.

With national attention and media scrutiny so high for these cases, the State of Maryland has imposed strict penalties for these infractions; even on your first offense the maximum penalties for a first-time DUI charge in Maryland are severe.

  • Up to one year in jail
  • $1000 fine
  • Suspension of driver’s license
  • Increase of insurance premiums

Our DUI lawyers can help prevent you from receiving these penalties. These are very serious penalties that could have a significant impact on your life moving forward. You do not have to face this process alone; our drunk driving lawyers can help you fight the charges you face. An aggressive DUI attorney can help you fight the charge successfully, to get you a reduced sentence (including probation) or could get the charge dropped entirely.

There are a countless number of circumstances surrounding your arrest that dictate if the state has a good case against you. Here are some of the details our attorneys examine when trying to fight your charge.

  • Did the police stop you legally?
  • Did the police violate any of your constitutional rights when they arrested you?
  • Failure to advise you on the Maryland Implied Consent Law, and the rights you are awarded by it.
  • The integrity of the Breathalyzer machine or the blood test that ultimately determined your BAC. Failure to maintain these systems correctly could result in an acquittal in your case.

Our attorneys have experience practicing all over the State of Maryland. So if you are pulled over in Montgomery, Baltimore, Calvert, Harford, Cecil, Carroll, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Charles, Prince George’s or any other county in Maryland, we can help.

When you are pulled over, you are afforded a set of rights that dictate the procedure of the arrest. If an officer violates any of these rights while conducting your arrest, our lawyers can help you to fight the charge you face on this basis.

  • The arresting officer should read your Miranda rights, which include the right to remain silent when the police ask you questions about the circumstances surrounding your arrest. It is recommended that you act politely and cooperate with the police at the time of your arrest, but you do not have to answer any questions about how many drinks you may have had or any other events leading up to the arrest until you have first consulted an attorney.
  • While refusing to submit to Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) could likely lead to an immediate arrest for a DUI, not participating could help you down the line as you and your attorney try to fight the charge in court. The results of the SFSTs will only be used as evidence against you if you fail. Refusing the test gives the prosecution less of an argument against you. There is a good chance you will be arrested either way; don’t give the prosecution greater evidence against you.
  • Perhaps most importantly, you have the right to speak to an attorney before talking with the police at all about the circumstances regarding your case. This is the smartest move you can make, and probably the first one that should be made when you get near a phone.

We also have DWI Lawyers in Virginia ready to handle your defense, so if you are charged with an alcohol related traffic violation in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Manassas, Falls Church, or Fauquier County, or any other town in Northern Virginia, our attorneys will be able to help you obtain the best possible result in your case. You can also contact DC DUI Lawyers if you are pulled over in the District of Columbia.

MD Bishop Defrocked Following DUI Charge in Fatal Crash

Posted On: May 6, 2015
After facing manslaughter charges for the death of a bicyclist in a DUI crash, Maryland Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook has been defrocked and is no longer ordained by the Episcopal Church. Cook was serving as the assistant bishop for the Diocese of Maryland when she was involved in the Dec. accident that killed cyclist Tom Palermo. She is is facing 13 charges related to the accident including DUI, texting while driving, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Sterling Driver Arrested For DUI After Hitting Pedestrian

Posted On: May 5, 2015
A Sterling woman was arrested on DUI charges Sunday after hitting a pedestrian crossing the street. The driver was arrested at the scene and is being held on $5,000 bond. The victim of the accident was taken to the hospital but released.

Howard County School Bus Driver Crashes With 44 Students on Board, Charged For DWI

Posted On: May 1, 2015
A school bus driver in Howard County is being charged with DWI, drug posession, and negligent driving after running off the road and hitting a mailbox and water drain. The bus had 44 students aboard from Forest Ridge Elementary at the time of the accident although no one was injured. Stacy Jean McKinney was arrested and is suspended from transporting students.

NFL Draft Pick P.J. Williams Not Charged For DUI After Dash Cam Failure

Posted On: April 30, 2015
Potential 1st round pick P.J. Williams will not face DUI charges after a malfunctioning dash cam in the police cruiser kept the arrest from being recorded. Williams was allegedly seen driving dangerously in a MacDonald’s parking lot, however he did not consent to blood or breath testing leading prosecutors to drop the case. Williams admitted to having a few drinks before being arrested.

Man to Serve 20 to 50 Years For Fatal DUI Crash

Posted On: April 29, 2015
A New Providence man has been ordered to serve a record 20-50 year jail sentence for a head on crash that resulted in the death of a high schooler. Thomas Gallagher admitted to being drunk and high on heroin at the time of the accident. The sentence is the longest ever in Lancaster County Court for an intoxicated driver. Gallagher was facing DUI, third degree murder, and other related charges.