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Enjoy The Super Bowl & Party Responsibly

By Price Benowitz LLP on February 3, 2012 12:13 PM | Permalink

Many of our attorneys here at Price Benowitz are avid New York Giants fans and looking forward to the big game. GO GIANTS! But at the same time we are preparing for a busy Monday morning and the influx of phone calls for a DUI lawyer from prospective clients who received criminal traffic charges on the way home from Super Bowl festivities.

DUI charges pose significant consequences, even if you have not been convicted. Take University of Maryland’s Assistant Basketball Coach for instance. Last month, he was charged with drunk driving in Anne Arundel County, MD and experienced a severe aftermath through both the media and the University. Aside from his mug shot being plastered in the papers, the Terps Assistant was suspended for at least two games and faces an automatic six months license revocation for having refused to provide breath samples to law enforcement. The latter consequence happens to any driver who refuses to provide test sample when requested, pursuant to implied consent laws. DC, MD, and VA all have the same law but with different penalties. While Maryland imposes an automatic 6-month license revocation for refusal, the District and Virginia impose automatic revocation for an entire year.

Keeping this penalty in mind, the decision of whether or not to provide a test sample becomes all that more complex. If you provide the sample, be it by breath test, urine test, or blood test, you supply authorities with evidence against yourself. If your blood alcohol content was particularly high, you may face increased penalties and, in some cases, jail time. If you choose not to give a sample, you face an automatic and un-rebuttable license revocation for 6 months to a year depending on your location.

The DC Metropolitan Police Department now exclusively imposes urine testing on DUI suspects and makes arrests on the basis of field sobriety tests alone. This testing system hails from the faulty breathalyzer machines that the Department failed to maintain that resulted in hundreds of wrongly convicted drivers. Be aware also that field sobriety tests are designed for you to fail if you have consumed even a small amount of alcohol; seriously, try one during halftime just to see for yourself.

While the D.C. system for DUI possesses flaws in and of itself, the better option is to avoid getting involved with it in the first place. There will be uncountable road checkpoints set up for this entire weekend. Plan ahead and arrange for alternative transportation after the game. However, should you find yourself in a bit of a DUI pickle, a DUI attorney is ready for you call. We will continue to fight for the rights of our clients and strive to achieve the best possible outcome for each and every one. We will attempt to minimize alternative penalties as well as legal ones, including license suspension, employment and security clearance consequences, and insurance issues.

To drive or not to drive, or, to test or not to test…it is up to you which decision to face post-game. Either way, have a safe and happy Super Bowl celebration from your friends at Price Benowitz LLP.

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...