Many people have been charged with DUI offenses. Most DUI charges allege that the person was driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs to a level that makes it unsafe to drive. When a person is charged with a DUI offense, the most important consideration is the reason for the stop of the vehicle. The reason must come within certain Constitutional guidelines. If the traffic stop is found to be illegal, dismissal of the charges could result.
A person’s level of intoxication is usually shown by a measurement of blood alcohol content (B.A.C.) by a breath test. In Maryland, a person is presumed to be under the influence of alcohol if the B.A.C. is .08 or over. Most people arrested for DUI in Maryland are not required to take a breath test. An attorney can set forth the reasons to take and to decline the breath test.
When people are charged with DUI, they are usually focused on the penalties that could be imposed in Court. The maximum penalty for a first DUI offender is one year incarceration and a $1000 fine. That penalty could go up to three years if someone is a repeat offender. A judge could order probation or treatment. It is important to have a veteran attorney available to advise you of the potential penalties and to present your case to a judge.
When someone is charged with DUI, the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will also impose penalties. MVA notices usually require immediate decisions and written notifications. If you do not properly respond to the MVA, you could lose important rights and your driver’s license is in jeopardy. DUI charges can result in the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license and disqualification for a Commercial Driver’s License. It is important that you get advice about these potential penalties before you make any decisions.
People who have been charged with DUI offenses should seek immediate advice from experienced trial attorneys. Attorneys who specialize in DUI defense know the law, the courts and have experience assisting people charged with such offenses. DUI laws are constantly changing. Don’t risk your freedom and your license without consulting an experienced DUI defense attorney.