Montgomery County DUI Attorneys
Montgomery County DUI Defense Attorney

Avid Law Firm provides top notch DUI defense for anyone facing DUI (Driving Under the Influence) charges.

You Need Excellent Legal Representation After an Arrest

Maryland law enforcement personnel are constantly looking for drivers who may be illegally operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI, it will be imperative that you immediately obtain the assistance of an experienced legal professional from Avid law Firm.

Maryland Law Enforcement Is Serious About DUI

Not only does Law Enforcement in the State of Maryland take DUI extremely serious, once you have been pulled over and processed, you still have to face your day in court. Maryland’s prosecutors certainly do not take DUIs and other alcohol-related offenses lightly. Even first-time offenders could be penalized by some of the state’s harshest penalties. We strongly believe that our clients shouldn’t have to live the rest of their life with the negative connotations of having a permanent criminal record.

Have you been arrested for multiple DUI offenses?

Anytime a driver is facing multiple DUI offenses in the state of Maryland, he or she could be subject to enhanced penalties under the law. Third, fourth, or subsequent DUI offenses could result in steep consequences, which could include years of imprisonment, excessive fines, and revocation of a drivers’ license.

Other penalties could include:

  • Increased insurance premiums
  • Payment of restitution to victims (if involved in an accident)
  • Community service and other probationary sentences
  • Installation of ignition interlock device
  • Possible vehicle impound

At our law firm, we are proud to provide trusted, one-on-one representation to clients in and around Maryland. Our legal team will work diligently to help protect your rights, defend your freedoms, and safeguard your driving privileges.

DUI Defense:

  • Driving Under The Influence
  • Breath and Blood Tests
  • General DUI Defense
  • DMV Hearing
  • Multiple DUI
  • Felony DUI
  • Field Sobriety Tests
  • Underage DUI
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • DUI FAQ

 

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Stopped On Suspicion Of A DUI?

Follow These Steps…

 

If you’ve been pulled over by the police and have been drinking, it’s important to remain calm. Here are the first vital steps you should take to protect your rights.

 

Use your turn signal to indicate your intent to pull overcome to comfortable stop and remain in car
Place your hands on the steering wheel and wait for the officer to approach your car
When asked, provide your license, registration and insurance card to the officer
Do not answer questions about whether you have been drinking, where you have been, where you are going, or if you take any medicines, etc. No matter how persistent the officer is, do not answer any of these questions. Politely respond with “I have nothing to say, officer
If the officer asks if he/she can search your vehicle, politely say no. The 4th Amendment protects you from illegal searches and seizures. An officer is not allowed to reach into your pockets or open a locked glove compartment or trunk without your permission. The only way you or your vehicle can be searched is if the officer has a“specific articulable suspicion” that there is an illegal item present or can see it in plain view.
Decline field sobriety tests”]An officer may ask you to step outside the vehicle to perform balance and coordination tests. They may use your performance on these tests as probable cause to arrest you. A criminal defense and DUI Lawyer may tell you that these tests are voluntary and almost impossible to pass. You will not be punished for refusing to participate in these tests.
Decline to blow into a portable breath test (PBT) at the scene, you are not legally obligated to submit to a PBT.
If you are arrested, you are legally obligated to take a breath or blood test at the police station. Opt for the breath test. This is less accurate than a blood test and easier to attack in court
Write down everything you remember about what transpired. The more details you can provide, the better defense we can build
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Penalties For Drunk Driving In Maryland

 

The repercussions of a Drunk Driving conviction varies from case to case
but some of the most common penalties imposed include:

  • Possible Imprisonment
  • Imposed Fines
  • Loss of driving privileges
  • Installation of ignition interlock device
  • Substance abuse education/treatment
  • Imposed Probation

Given the seriousness of penalties that can result from a DUI conviction,
it’s important to consult a qualified criminal defense and DUI attorney.

What is the Difference Between a DUI and DWI?
Under Maryland law, drunk driving can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI).

Driving Under the Influence of alcohol (DUI) is the more serious crime and requires either a breath test result of 0.08% or higher (“DUI Per Se”) OR a finding that the alcohol you consumed substantially impaired your normal coordination.

Driving While Impaired (DWI) is the less serious crime and can be charged if your BAC was between 0.07 and 0.08% OR a finding that the alcohol you consumed impaired your normal coordination to some extent.

 


 

 

DUI AND DWI Penalties

 

DUI Penalties

  • First offense
    • Fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to one year in jail
    • driver’s license suspension up to six months
    • 12 points on driving record
  • Second offense:
    • Fine of up to $2,000 and/or up to two years in jail
    • driver’s license suspension up to one year
    • 12 points on driving record
  • Third or subsequent offense:
    • Fine of up to $3,000 and/or up to three years in jail
    • 18-month driver’s license suspension
    • 12 points on driving record

DWI Penalties

  • First offense
    • Fine of up to $500 and/or up to two months in jail
    • 60 days license suspension
    • 8 points on driving record
  • Second offense:
    • Fine of up to $500 and/or up to one year in jail
    • up to 120 days license suspension
    • 8 points on driving record
  • Third or subsequent offense:
    • Fine of up to $3,000 and/or up to three years in jail
    • up to 12 months driver’s license suspension
    • 8 points on record

 


 

How Refusing A Breath Test Impacts Your Driving Privileges

If you refused to submit to a breath test when you were arrested, and this is your first offense, your license might be suspended for
120 days or you might have an interlock fitted on your vehicle for one year. If this was your second offense and you refused the test,
your license, your license might be suspended for one year. Ge a hold of our office for thorough criminal defense and DUI representation.

Alternative Sentencing For DUI and DWI


In order to prevent losing your license on the 46th day, you must request a hearing with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA)
within 10 days following the date of your arrest. Failure to request a hearing results in an automatic suspension of 120 days

If this is your first DUI or DWI offense, or you’ve been without a prior for the last 10 years, you may be eligible for a probation
before judgment (PBJ). This means that instead of being convicted, you would get a “slap on your wrist.” A judge will put you on
probation and ask you to participate in either alcohol rehabilitation classes, MADD Impact panel, community service, and/or driving
school. Once you successfully complete probation, the offense can be expunged three years after the date of your arrest.
After your DUI or DWI arrest, you will face two separate proceedings: a criminal hearing in a Maryland District Court where a judge will determine your guilt; and an administrative hearing conducted by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to assess whether you should have your license suspended or revoked. For the best result, you’ll need to involve a criminal defense and DUI attorney as early as possible.
After a DUI arrest, the clock starts ticking on your ability to save your driver’s license. The citation you were given by the police officer is a temporary license for 45 days. Get ahold of our office for experienced criminal defense and DUI representation.

 

Strategies For Beating A DWI Case

No matter how hopeless your case may seem, there are a number of defenses available that can lead to a positive outcome in your case.

Law enforcement must adhere to strict rules, procedures, and regulations from the time they pull you over through your arrest. As experienced criminal defense and DUI attorneys, believe it or not, there are many instances in which police officers make mistakes that can ultimately result in getting a DUI case thrown out.

The first line of criminal defense and DUI strategy is to challenge the legality of the traffic stop. The police officer must have had reasonable suspicion to believe that you committed a crime when he/she pulled you over. If the stop that resulted in your DUI arrest was not legal, the evidence
collected during the course of the investigation is not admissible in court.

Contrary to what you may have heard, breathalyzers are not foolproof indicators of intoxication. A criminal defense and DUI lawyer knows that just because you blew over the legal limit, doesn’t necessarily mean you are guilty. There are many factors that can trigger a false positive, such as:

  • the machine was not properly calibrated
  • there was radio frequency interference from a police radio in the vicinity
  • mouth alcohol contamination occurred meaning you vomited or belched within the 20 minutes prior to blowing
    into the machine
  • you may have a health condition such as gastroesophageal disease or chronic heartburn
  • Unqualified or inexperienced testers — your blood may have been drawn incorrectly
  • test tubes may be outdated or poorly maintained, non-sterile
  • blood may have been contaminated or tampered with during chain of custody