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Published on 5/20/2024, 3:12:00 PM

Navigating DUI Charges in Maryland: Legal Strategies and What to Expect

Facing a DUI charge in Maryland can be an overwhelming and stressful experience. The complexities of the legal system combined with the severe penalties associated with DUI convictions make it crucial to have a clear understanding of what to expect and how to navigate the process effectively. At FrizWoods LLC, we specialize in providing robust legal defense for those charged with DUI offenses. Here, we'll walk you through the DUI charges in Maryland, explain the legal strategies available, and highlight the benefits of hiring an experienced attorney.

Understanding DUI Charges in Maryland

Driving under the influence (DUI) in Maryland is a serious offense with stringent penalties. The state categorizes DUI into two main types: DUI per se and DUI.

  • DUI Per Se: This occurs when a driver has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, regardless of their driving performance.
  • DUI: This can be charged if a driver exhibits impaired driving abilities due to alcohol or drugs, even if their BAC is below 0.08%.

Penalties for DUI in Maryland

The penalties for DUI convictions in Maryland are severe and can include fines, license suspension, and even imprisonment. Here�s a breakdown:

  • First Offense: Up to $1,000 fine, up to 1 year in jail, 12 points on your driving record, and a license suspension for up to 6 months.
  • Second Offense: Up to $2,000 fine, up to 2 years in jail, 12 points on your driving record, and a license suspension for up to 1 year.
  • Third Offense: Up to $3,000 fine, up to 3 years in jail, 12 points on your driving record, and a license suspension for up to 18 months.

Enhanced Penalties

Certain factors can lead to enhanced penalties, such as:

Legal Strategies for DUI Defense

An effective DUI defense strategy requires a comprehensive understanding of Maryland DUI laws and meticulous attention to detail. Here are some common defense strategies:

Challenging the Traffic Stop

A DUI case often begins with a traffic stop. An attorney can challenge the legality of the stop, arguing that the officer lacked reasonable suspicion to pull you over.

Questioning Field Sobriety Tests

Field sobriety tests are subjective and can be influenced by various factors such as medical conditions, fatigue, or uneven surfaces. An attorney can argue that these tests were improperly administered or unreliable.

Disputing BAC Results

Breathalyzer and blood test results can be challenged on several grounds, including improper calibration of the testing device, incorrect administration of the test, or contamination of the sample.

Investigating Officer Conduct

An attorney can review the conduct of the arresting officer to ensure that proper procedures were followed. Any deviation from standard protocol can be used to question the validity of the arrest.

Benefits of Hiring an Attorney

Navigating a DUI charge without legal assistance can be daunting. Here�s why hiring an experienced DUI attorney from FrizWoods LLC is beneficial:

Expertise in DUI Laws

Our attorneys have a deep understanding of Maryland DUI laws and keep up-to-date with any changes or new precedents that can impact your case.

Personalized Defense Strategy

We tailor our defense strategies to the specifics of your case, ensuring that every possible angle is explored to achieve the best outcome.

Negotiation Skills

An experienced attorney can negotiate with prosecutors to reduce charges or secure alternative sentencing options, such as probation or alcohol education programs.

Court Representation

Having an attorney represent you in court provides a professional and knowledgeable advocate who can effectively communicate and argue on your behalf.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I'm pulled over for suspected DUI?

Stay calm, be polite, and cooperate with the officer. Provide your license and registration, but remember that you have the right to remain silent and the right to legal counsel.

Can I refuse a breathalyzer test?

You can refuse a breathalyzer test in Maryland, but this refusal comes with its own set of penalties, including a potential automatic license suspension.

How long will a DUI conviction stay on my record?

A DUI conviction in Maryland stays on your record permanently. However, you may be eligible for expungement under certain conditions.

What are the costs associated with a DUI conviction?

Costs can include fines, court fees, increased insurance premiums, and costs for mandatory alcohol education programs. Hiring an attorney can also be an expense but is crucial for a strong defense.

Can a DUI charge be reduced or dismissed?

Yes, with the right legal strategy, it is possible to have a DUI charge reduced to a lesser offense or even dismissed. Factors such as lack of evidence, procedural errors, or successful plea negotiations can contribute to this outcome.


Facing a DUI charge in Maryland is a serious matter, but you don�t have to navigate it alone. At FrizWoods LLC, we are committed to providing you with a strong defense and guiding you through every step of the legal process. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you fight your DUI charges and protect your future.