Attorney Kush Arora explains the three major impacts getting a DUI in Maryland could have on you.
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.
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.
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Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff has plead guilty to driving under the influence, stating that he has learned from his mistake and that he is now undergoing treatment for alcohol abuse. Prosecutors dropped charges of negligent driving and headlight violation after Huff agreed to a plea deal. Baltimore County Circuit Judge Timothy Martin is presiding over the case. Huff, 44, told the judge that public scrutiny has made the whole ordeal very difficult for him. Judge Martin stated that he would consider whether to hold Huff to a higher standard because of his office. The judge noted Huff's outstanding work history, but was troubled by his blood alcohol content the evening of his arrest and comments he made to police officers.
Anthony Brian Tecca, charged last year with endangering three children and another motorist while driving under the influence of alcohol, was sentenced in District Court April 16, 2013. He will serve 13 months in state custody, followed by three years of probation. The judge also ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine and recommended Tecca for the stat's alcohol treatment program. The surrounding charges against Tecca were dropped as part of a plea agreement.
Idaho Senator Michael Crapo was arrested in Alexandria, Virginia for suspicion of driving under the influence on December 23, 2012. Senator Crapo was released from police custody after posting a $1,000 bail bond. His court date is scheduled for January 4, 2013.
An Illinois man pleaded guilty today to a charge of aggravated DUI in a boating accident that took the life of a boy last summer. David Hatyina, 51, was accused of being over the legal alcohol limit when his boat struck young Tony Borcia on July 28. Hatyina also had cocaine in his system during the incident. He faces up to 14 years in prison. Hatyina will return to court for a pre-sentencing hearing on May, 16. He's due to be sentenced in June. Hatyina is currently free after posting ten percent of a $1 million bond. He will remain free until he is sentenced.
Under a proposed law, drivers convicted of DUI who register at least .08 BAC would be required to install an ignition interlock system on their vehicle before they could receive a restricted, Class D license. Current law requires a convicted driver to have registered at least .15 BAC before an interlock device can be mandated.
All states and the country as a whole have DUI arrest statistics that are trotted out periodically to prove one side or another in the constant battle about drivers who ignore all common sense and decency and drive after they have been drinking or using drugs. One side will say that the arrest statistics prove the laws are too lenient because so many drivers are arrested over and over again for the same violations. Others will say that the laws are strict but are not doing an adequate job of keeping impaired drivers off the roads. Highly skilled DUI lawyers will agree that there aren't any reasonable arguments that could be made that law enforcement officials are doing too much to keep DUI drivers off the roads.
This blog post was written by Maryland DUI lawyer Ed Tayter. Before entering private practice, he was an Administrative Law Judge, where he presided over 15,000 driver's license suspension and revocation hearings. He received his JD and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan. As a Maryland DUI attorney, he is a member of the American Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association.
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