MARYLAND DUI LAWYER

SERVING ALL OF MARYLAND – Offices in Laurel, Silver Spring, Rockville & Ellicott City

Rely on Our Experience | Let’s Win Your Case

DUI ArrestA night of bad judgment and now you’re facing the consequences – a DUI charge. The experience of being pulled over by a police officer after consuming several drinks often elicits mind-numbing fear.  Many drivers then proceed to answer a litany of questions from the officer about having consumed drinks or coming from a bar or sporting event before consenting to a roadside breath test, also referred to as a “Preliminary breath test” (PBT), and to performing field sobriety tests.  This compliance is natural when you are facing an armed police officer with the power to haul you off to jail.

The motivation for compliance is often rooted in the mistaken belief that the evidence used in DUI/DWI cases are based on reliable science so your chances of avoiding a conviction are slim to none. The reality is very different if you entrust your case to our DUI lawyers. We carefully analyze the basis for the initial stop, interactions during the stop, field sobriety tests (SFSTs), chemical testing, police conduct and observations, handling of blood evidence exemplars and other evidence to develop the most effective defense strategies.  While each case is different, and specific legal results cannot be guaranteed, our team of legal professionals will mount the strongest defense case possible on your behalf.

Inside the DUI Stop

Many people who are pulled over and investigated for a DUI or DWI are arrested because police officers exploit the driver’s lack of knowledge of his or her legal rights.  When an officer pulls you over, the reason typically will be related to a traffic violation or poor driving.  (DUI checkpoints are an exception to this general rule). Typically, the officer knows you will not pass SFSTs before they are even administered.  People fail these tests because of illness, injury, disability, lack of coordination, anxiety, intimidation, darkness, proximity to high-speed traffic, and dozens of other reasons that have nothing to do with being intoxicated.  The officer asks you to do these tests to create “probable cause” for an arrest, and so the results can be used against you later at trial.  If you refuse, you preserve defense strategies that we may employ to seek a dismissal or acquittal.

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) and Penalties

In Maryland, there is a legal difference between a DUI and DWI. As is shown in the information table below, a DUI conviction is possible if your BAC is .08% or greater. If your BAC is between .04% and .08%, a conviction for DWI is possible. Also shown below are the penalties for a first, second or third offense. Please note that the “look back” period is 5 years, which means that if you are convicted of a DUI or DWI and have had a previous conviction not more than 5 years ago, you will be sentenced as a multiple offender.

Under 21 ⇒ .02%
21 or older ⇒ .08% or higher = DUI; Between .04% and .08% = DWI
Commercial ⇒ .04%

Jail – Up to 1 year (DUI); up to 2 months (DWI)

Fines & Penalties – Up to $1,000 (DUI); up to $500 (DWI)

Auto License Suspension – Min 6 months (DUI & DWI)

Jail – Up to 2 years (DUI); up to 1 year (DWI)

Fines & Penalties – Up to $2,000 (DUI); up to $500 (DWI)

Auto License Suspension – 1 year (DUI & DWI)

Ignition Interlock Device Required

Jail – Up to 3 years

Fines & Penalties – Up to $3,000

Auto License Suspension – 18 months minimum

Ignition Interlock Device Required

Winning Your Case

Whether you consented to field sobriety tests, a PBT or formal alcohol screening through blood, breath or urine or you refused all of these tests, an attorney at Azari Law LLC may use a multitude of defenses to prevent you from suffering the harsh consequences associated with a DUI/DWI conviction. Even if you have refused all of these forms of DUI screening, the prosecutor might attempt to prove you were driving while impaired based on your driving conduct or observations by the officer during the stop, such as bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, the odor of alcohol, or an obvious lack of coordination.

Notwithstanding, there are a multitude of effective defenses that we might assert to obtain a lesser charge or avoid a conviction of any charge.  While the defense tactics we employ will be fitted to the unique facts of your case, some examples might include:

  • Insufficient basis for the initial stop
  • Improper administration or scoring of SFSTs
  • Mishandling of a blood sample
  • Contamination of a blood or urine sample
  • Chain of custody issues
  • Misrepresentation of officer observations during the stop
  • Lack of probable cause for the arrest
  • Improperly maintained or calibrated breath testing device
  • Lack of reliability of SFSTs
  • Alternative causes of poor SFST results
  • Failure to provide a Miranda rights after the accused was “in custody”
  • Inaccurate breath test results because of acid reflux, low-carb diets, or other causes

Call 24/7 | Free DUI Legal Consultation

DUI and DWI charges can be beaten or reduced. Rely on our legal experience and influence to prevent further damage to your career and livelihood. If you’ve been charged with DUI or DWI in Maryland, call us 24/7 at (301) 362-3300, or email us for a free consultation or to schedule an office appointment. We are conveniently located in Laurel, Silver Spring, Rockville, and Ellicott City MD.  Rest assured that any information provided to us is completely confidential. We look forward to helping you.