Published on 8/10/2023, 4:32:00 PM
Defending DUI Cases in Maryland: Common Mistakes to Avoid
It's a night like any other, but as you drive home, flashing blue lights appear in your rearview mirror, and a chill runs down your spine. You're pulled over, and before you know it, you're facing a DUI charge in Maryland.
DUI cases are complex and filled with potential pitfalls that can lead to severe penalties. Navigating this intricate legal maze without proper guidance can be a costly mistake. This blog post aims to educate you about common errors to avoid when dealing with DUI charges, ensuring you're prepared to face the legal system.
Understanding the Charge: DUI in Maryland
Definition and Laws
Driving under the influence, commonly referred to as DUI, is a serious offense in Maryland.
It involves operating a vehicle while your normal motor functions are significantly impaired by the ingestion of alcohol. Maryland's DUI laws are stringent, with first time penalties ranging from fines and license suspension to up to one year of imprisonment.
Maryland also has a less serious offense, driving while impaired, which can also carry up to eight points on a person's license and sixty days in jail.
B. Initial Reactions and Misconceptions
The shock of a DUI arrest often leads to panic and misconceptions. Some may mistakenly think admitting guilt or talking to the police without an attorney will help their case.
For example, a hypothetical driver named John might believe that apologizing and admitting fault at the scene would show responsibility. In reality, these actions can be used against him in court as his own statements can be used against him.
III. Common Mistakes to Avoid
A. Mistake #1: Ignoring the Charge
Ignoring or downplaying a DUI charge is like playing with fire. Immediate action is required to protect your rights. If you fail to appear in court, a warrant may be issued for your arrest, and your case can become more complicated.
Ignoring your charge won't make it go away and can result in needless incarceration.
B. Mistake #2: Handling the Case Alone
DUI cases are not to be taken lightly, and self-representation is a perilous path.
You might think you can handle your case, but legal complexities are vast, and mistakes can be costly. Seek professional legal help before making any significant legal decisions.
If you're wondering, "Do I need a lawyer for my first DUI?" - yes, you do.
C. Mistake #3: Failing to Challenge Evidence
Often, individuals fail to challenge evidence like breathalyzer tests. An experienced attorney knows that these tests can be flawed.
For example, in an improperly calibrated breathalyzer can lead to an inaccurate reading. By challenging this evidence, a Judge might find a Defendant not guilty of a DUI Per Se.
D. Failing to address licensing issues
Ignoring a license suspension can lead to devastating consequences. In Maryland, you must request an administrative hearing to challenge a suspension or partake in igntion interlock. If you do neither - your license will be suspended and you could be arrested.
Failing to request a hearing or sign up for an ignition interlock device within fourty five days of your can lead to suspension, affecting your livelihood and daily life. This is why it's important to review the DR-15A you received when you were charged with a DUI.
E. Failing to address the root cause of a DUI
Ignoring the underlying cause of a DUI, such as alcohol addiction, can lead to repeated offenses and harsher penalties.
Alcohol treatment is not only beneficial for personal growth but may be necessary to earn a PBJ (Probation Before Judgment). Courts often view treatment positively, leading to more favorable outcomes.
If a person is awarded a PBJ, then they will receive no points on their license as a result of the DUI.
IV. How FrizWoods LLC Can Help
FrizWoods LLC is dedicated to providing expert legal assistance for DUI cases in Maryland. Our experienced team understands the unique challenges and is committed to guiding clients through the legal maze. Here's how we can help:
- Personalized Strategy: Crafting a defense plan tailored to your specific case.
- Challenging Evidence: Using legal expertise to challenge and potentially dismiss key evidence.
- Navigating Licensing Issues: Assisting with administrative hearings and ignition interlock processes.
- Addressing Underlying Issues: Helping clients connect with treatment options and showcasing positive steps in court.
- Success Stories: Read about the real-life cases we've successfully handled on our reviews page.
DUI charges in Maryland are fraught with legal complexities, potential pitfalls, and severe consequences. Ignoring the charge, attempting self-representation, failing to challenge evidence, or not addressing licensing issues and underlying causes can lead to disastrous outcomes.
FrizWoods LLC stands ready to assist, employing a comprehensive approach that has proven successful in countless cases. Don't face this challenge alone; let our expertise guide you through this critical legal journey.
Immediate Assistance from FrizWoods LLC
The clock is ticking, and time is of the essence. Reach out to FrizWoods LLC for immediate assistance. Call us today or schedule a consultation on our contact page. We believe in your right to a vigorous defense, and we are committed to fighting for you.
Facing a first DUI charge in Maryland? Trust FrizWoods LLC. Let our experience be your guide and our dedication be your strength. We've been there, and we know the way.