Facing A DUI/DWI Charge In Maryland

The state of Maryland takes driving under the influence and driving while impaired very seriously. Those who are charged with an alcohol-related offense face fines, jail time, points on their driver's license and the threat of losing their driving privileges altogether. Consequences can escalate depending on the circumstances of the driving offense.

If you rely on your license to maintain employment or do not wish to have a DUI/DWI charge affect your reputation or future employment, then it's important to assert your right to an attorney when facing criminal charges. An experienced and knowledgeable lawyer knows the best way to handle a drunk driving charge, and is better able to defend your rights and reputation if your case requires litigation.

The Charges You Face

If you are pulled over for suspicion of driving while impaired, an officer will ask you to submit to a blood alcohol test, which is required by Maryland's implied consent law. If you refuse to take the test, your license will be immediately suspended. If you agree to take the test and your BAC is .07 or less, you will be charged with driving while impaired, which is a misdemeanor charge. If your BAC is .08 or higher, you will be charged with driving under the influence, also a misdemeanor charge.

Note: Typically, you will be charged with both DUI and DWI for a BAC of .08.

DUI/DWIs And Their Harsh Consequences

In addition to fines, jail time and the threat of points on your license or losing your license, DUI/DWI charges also carry the threat of installation of an ignition interlock device. You may also be required to attend a motor vehicle administration (MVA) hearing or more serious litigation. If you are convicted of an alcohol-related offense, the conviction remains on your record for life and can never be expunged.

Hiring An Attorney And Protecting Your Rights

As with any criminal offense, you have the right to hire an attorney who will act as your advocate during criminal proceedings. The lawyers at Marts & Kettell, LLC, have more than 50 years of combined legal experience, defending Maryland drivers in DUI/DWI cases. We understand the complexities of Maryland law, how to successfully navigate it, and how to explain your options in a clear and understandable way.

We will help you make sound decisions that will offer the best results for your case.

To schedule a free initial consultation with attorney Chris Marts or Doug Kettell, contact our firm by calling our Abingdon office at 410-877-3966 or by filling out our online intake form. We serve clients throughout Harford, Cecil and Baltimore counties.