MARYLAND DUI LAWYER
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A 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. An outright case dismissal is always our #1 goal.
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, reduction of the charges or acquittal.