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If you have been charged with drinking and driving in Maryland, a skilled Maryland DUI lawyer can help you minimize the impact that a DUI/DWI charge has on your life.
Maryland is known for having one of the toughest criminal DUI laws in the country. In addition to penalizing drivers for blood alcohol content (BAC) above .08, Maryland also penalizes drivers with a blood alcohol content above .06. The offense of driving with BAC of .08 or above is known as a DUI, driving under the influence, in Maryland. Driving with a BAC between .06 and .079 is a DWI, driving while impaired. Maryland also classifies the offense of driving with a BAC of .15 or above as an aggravated DUI.
An arrest for drunk driving in Maryland carries serious consequences that you should consult a DUI lawyer in Maryland. Individuals charged with DUI/DWI face time in jail, suspension or revocation of their driver’s license, expensive fines, required alcohol screening, and required alcohol education classes. Additionally, as a result of recent changes, Maryland law now mandates vehicle interlock devices for drivers convicted of certain alcohol offenses. If your BAC is above .15 you will be subject to mandatory suspensions or the ignition interlock program in order to maintain your driving privileges under certain conditions. A DUI/DWI conviction could also affect your current employment, your future career options and raise your insurance rates.
However, being charged with DUI/DWI does not necessarily mean that you will be convicted and lose your license. The state has the burden of proving the criminal charges against you and you are entitled to challenge the strength of the state’s case and to contest the suspension of your driver’s license. Hiring a skilled Maryland DUI lawyer will better enable you to defend your rights against criminal DUI/DWI charges and minimize the impact that the DUI charge has on your life.
Many people ask me “How can I beat a DUI/DWI in Maryland?”. Every DUI/DWI case is unique and the strength of your case will depend on your particular facts. However, your chances of successfully challenging a DUI/DWI charge are much greater if you hire an experienced Maryland DUI lawyer. Certain defenses or circumstances may entitle you to suppress evidence, dismissal of the charges or reduced charge or penalty. The police may not have had reasonable suspicion to stop your car or to require a BAC test. There may have been an error with the BAC testing procedure or you may have credible witness who will say you were not intoxicated. Speaking with an experienced Maryland DUI lawyer is vital to understanding your options when faced with a DUI/DWI charge.
DUI/DWI charges are not to be taken lightly and you need a highly experienced DUI lawyer in Maryland who is competent in handling DUI/DWI charges. Our law firm is highly experienced in representing Maryland drivers charged with drunk driving and have successfully had charges dismissed in prior cases as well as securing “Not Guilty” verdicts at trial. Our law firm will provide you with the best representation possible from the outset fighting your case.
Driving under the influence and driving while impaired are serious crimes in Maryland. First offenses for DUI carry up to one year in jail and fines not exceeding $1,000.00.
The minimum suspension time from the MVA regarding your license is six months. For second time offenders, the penalties get enhanced or doubled, including up to two years in jail, fines not exceeding $2,000.00 and the MVA will suspend your license for a minimum of one year. There is the possibility of the installation of an ignition interlock device.
Third offenses carry up to three years in jail, fines not to exceed $3,000.00, a minimum license suspension of up to eighteen months and the installation of an ignition interlock device is almost guaranteed. Other consequences include increased insurance premiums, community service and other probation requirements, and, of course, the installation of an ignition interlock device.
“Obviously, the penalties for DUI/DWI are serious and they only increase with multiple convictions. With our extensive trial experience, we know how to defend you in the courtroom. If there is a way to get your DUI/DWI dismissed, or at least minimize the damage of a conviction, we will find it. I am committed to helping you get the best results possible in your criminal defense.” – Thomas E. Pyles, Esquire
The Law Office of Thomas E. Pyles, P.A. has successfully defended clients against every kind of DUI/DWI and every offshoot of drunk driving arrests:
We work to prevent suspended licenses, defend against breathalyzer refusal, avoid ignition interlock device installation, and in some cases, negotiate ignition interlock device installation. If this is your first DUI, you can’t afford a conviction. If you have previous DUIs on your record, you really can’t afford a conviction. If you have just been arrested, do not talk to the police. They may seem helpful but their interests are the opposite of yours. Call Waldorf DUI/DWI defense lawyer Thomas E. Pyles and let him talk to them.
Work with an attorney who knows the defenses, who knows the local courts, who knows the constitution, and knows how to cast doubt on the prosecution’s case. When conviction is unavoidable, Thomas E. Pyles can help you obtain a sentence you can live with.
Contact us either online or toll free at 1-877-705-5006.
A DUI is a serious criminal charge that has a harsh and lasting impact on your finances and your future. Accepting these charges means facing heavy fines, years of increased insurance premiums, many hours of drunk driving school and community service. We focus on fighting your DUI charges to reduce the consequences and penalties you may have imposed. Our results speak for themselves.