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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.

Accused Drunk Driver Hits Cop Car, Hands Officer a Beer

Posted On: May 14, 2014
By Tracy Manzer, Price Benowitz LLP Senior Editor of Content
May 14, 2014
A Georgia man who allegedly struck a police car while driving under the influence of alcohol and then offered the cop a beer has made national headlines this month.
People are arrested every day across the country for DUI-related offenses, but Damon Tobias Exum, 37, is standing out from the crowd for his ill-timed generosity.
According to initial police reports, Exum was “heavily intoxicated” and completely unaware Read More...

Maryland Governor O’Malley Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Posted On: April 15, 2014
By Julia Cole, Price Benowitz Junior Editor
Yet another U.S. state has passed legislation decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana. According to the Washington Post, on April 14, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed a bill that reduces the penalty for possession of less than 10 grams of the drug to a civil fine, much like a traffic ticket. Once the law goes into effect on Oct. 1, offenders will no longer risk facing jail time if convicted of Read More...

Maryland Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Posted On: April 9, 2014
By Tracy Manzer, Price Benowitz Senior Editor of Content
Maryland lawmakers on Monday signed off on a number of historic and important pieces of legislation before adjourning for the year, including a bill that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana.
The Washington Post reports that the General Assembly finalized a cache number of bills, including one that outlaws “revenge porn” and another that increases the penalties for those found guilty of causing car accidents while using a handheld cell Read More...

Maryland Man Charged With DUI After Hitting Police Cars, Other Drivers

Posted On: March 24, 2014
By Julia Cole, Price Benowitz Junior Editor
The consequences associated with driving an automobile after drinking excessive amounts of alcohol are wide-reaching and, sometimes, even lethal. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 alone, over 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes. According to WUSA9, one drunk driving-related crash that occurred last month in Waldorf, MD did not lead to any deaths, but it did result in injuries to several people — including two police Read More...

Affluenza Teen Sentenced

Posted On: February 6, 2014
By Price Benowitz Staff Writer
February 6, 2014
When one thinks of legal justifications for manslaughter, typically three arguments come to mind: self-defense, “heat of passion”, and insanity. However, a recent event that has captured the national media and general public’s attention has introduced a new element into the equation – “affluenza”.
In June of 2013, a 16-year-old driving a pickup truck in Tarrant County, Texas hit and killed four individuals and seriously injured two passengers. At the time of Read More...