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Maryland DUI Lawyer - MD Drunk Driving & DWI Attorney

If you received a DUI or DWI charge recently, you may be scared of facing your case alone. The prospect of losing your license, your job, and your liberty are terrifying. The stress of an upcoming Court date and the confusion of the mountain of paperwork you've been handed are eating away at you.

You don't need to face your Maryland DUI alone. The seasoned attorneys with FrizWoods have helped countless drivers overcome the charges against them and return to the road as a licensed driver.

Top DUI Lawyers in Maryland - We have the experience

Max FrizMax Frizalone has built a solid reputation as a DUI specialist by securing acquittals by jury and Judge in numerous counties, and is well versed in the intricacies of DUI cases. He has successfully handled cases involving alcohol, drugs, and vehicular manslaughter resulting from driving under the influence. Max's prior experience includes working as a States Attorney for Prince George's County, and as a Maryland State Public Defender. Max brings his years of experience in the public sector with him, which he can use to help leverage the best outcome in your case.





Luke WoodsLuke Woods is a veteran trial attorney with over two decades of purely criminal defense experience. Luke held numerous roles in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps (Army JAGS), and thereafter served as a District Public Defender for Calvert County for over a decade. Luke has tried hundreds of criminal traffic offenses, including countless DUI cases. Luke practices in both Circuit Court and District Courts across Maryland and is a locally recognized authority on DUI defense. Luke has secured not guilty verdicts, acquittals, and dismissals for a wide array of cases, to include DUI cases in jury trials and bench trials. Luke is a highly experienced Maryland DUI lawyer and Maryland criminal defense lawyer. Just like his law partner Max, Luke is well versed in the ins and outs of DUI defense and is able to identify and analyze legal and factual defenses in drunk driving cases.



Diana Akinsoyinu

★★★★★

When it comes knowledgeable, professional, hardworking and down to earth criminal lawyers, look no further than FrizWoods! Max and Luke are the best lawyers me and my husband have ever worked with. To tell you we are just happy, will be understatement ! we are beyond thrilled 😊 with the outcome of the DUI case today 😀! the case was dismissed, ALL charges dropped!

Brittany Johnson

★★★★★

I first would like to start off by saying that Max is one of the most amazingly professional and knowledgeable lawyers I have ever had the please of working with! I had a jury trial for a 3rd offense DUI/DWI and was concerned because I had never done a trial before let alone a jury trial. Both criminal DUI charges were dropped and Instead was given a reckless driving ticket.

Justin W.

★★★★★

I met Max Frizalone after receiving DUI charges. He answered my call late one evening and immediately began working on my case(s). At the time I had a long road of court dates in different counties with a high probability of jail time. Max worked tirelessly on each one and as they came and passed I received no jail time. Max sincerely cares about his clients as a person not as a case number. He is truly one of a kind.

Gabriel Enrique Ceballos

★★★★★

The best attorney in Maryland. He will fight your case with anything he can to win. I was charged with a DWI. He went to trial and they found me not guilty because of FrizWoods. I didn't have to pay anything at the end and all my charges were dropped. I really can't thank him enough. Thank you.

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Where do I start?

Our law firm will address what to expect if you are charged with a drunk driving offense in Maryland. Each DUI case presents two major hurdles for a person who is charged, 1. criminal charges 2. effects on licensing.

If you are charged with a Driving Under the Influence ("DUI") or Driving While Impaired ("DWI") charge, the most important thing you can do is consult with one of the experienced DUI attorneys at FrizWoods LLC. Jurisdictions throughout Maryland take DUI cases seriously, and you should too. Consulting with a seasoned litigator will ensure that you address both potential legal defenses and take proper steps ahead of Court to avoid harsh punishment on the day of your trial.

FrizWoods LLC brings together two of the best Maryland DUI Attorneys, Max Frizalone and Luke Woods, who specialize in taking driving under the influence cases to trial. We have secured not guilty verdicts in jury trials, bench trials, and through suppression of evidence for our clients. We have experience with DUI cases involving refusal of breath tests and DUI cases involving accidents. Our veteran attorneys, Max Frizalone and Luke Woods, specialize in taking DUI cases to trial.

What type of drunk driving charges could I receive in Maryland?

There are five major DUI/DWI charges in Maryland:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol perse
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Driving while impaired by alcohol
  • Driving while too far impaired by drugs and/or alcohol
  • Driving while under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance

Frequently Asked Questions


I've been charged with my first DUI, what do I do?

Read our first time DUI frequently asked questions article, or five steps you should take after getting a DUI in Maryland

What if I think I can't afford a lawyer?

Our firm prides ourselves on offering representation for clients with all different financial situations. We can work on flexible payment plans, which many of our clients prefer. It's no secret that DUI cases can be costly. Between paying fines, court costs, attorney's fees, treatment classes, and motor vehicle fees - we know that costs can rack up quickly. Speak with one of our attorneys about how we can make our services work within your budget.

I cant lose my license! Can you help me keep it?

Both Luke and Max have extensive experience working with our clients and the motor vehicle administration to help keep our clients on the road. Every DUI case is different, but we can assure you that we will be able to advise you on the best way to proceed with the motor vehicle administration. A large majority of our clients never have their driving privileges interrupted; however, time is of the essence when it comes to licensing. Some actions must be taken as soon as within 10 days of your DUI charge to preserve your ability to drive.


Top five Mistakes to Avoid

1. Failing to request an administrative hearing on your license suspension.

So many drivers charged with DUI fail to adhere to the time restrictions related to their license suspension. Whether it's fear of dealing with the problem, or not appreciating the severity of losing their license, many people ignore the tight deadlines associated with DUI cases.

Drivers must request an administrative hearing within 10 days of receiving their DUI charge and suspension if they would like to continue to drive while waiting for their hearing date. Drivers have 30 days to either enroll in the ignition interlock program, or request a hearing (and serve a suspension while they wait for it).

After 45 days, drivers are automatically suspended.

Even if you've waited more than 45 days to speak with a DUI lawyer, we can still help you get a valid license and put you back on the road.

2. Failing to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.

Many drivers opt to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle instead of challenging their suspension. Failing to do so within 30 days raises new issues, as a mandatory suspension is imposed after 45 days.

During your initial consultation with FrizWoods we will identify which options are best for you, and instruct you on what needs to be taken care of right away.

3. Ignoring your treatment needs

Whether you think you have a problem or not no Judge is going to take you at your word. So many dissatisfied DUI defendants go to Court, months after their charge, without ever addressing the root cause of their DUI charge.

An important part of our process is identifying the issue that caused the charge and ensuring that we go to Court with a bullet proof safety net enabling us to recommend a trial without fearing any potential sentence.

4. Going to Court without a lawyer

You have a constitutional right to represent yourself. Just because you can - doesn't mean it's a good idea.

Day in and day out people choose to represent themselves, or use the services of the Public Defender. And while court may go smoothly - DUI cases involve much more than just a Court date. That's where our firm excels. We prepare you for all of the collateral consequences of a DUI case, and foresee issues like licensing suspension before they occur.

5. Entering a guilty plea without considering trial

It's no secret that most lawyers will take a DUI case without a second thought. This results in a vast majority of DUI cases following the same track.

  1. Charge

  2. Retain a lawyer

  3. Enter a plea.

So many innocent people never consider the possibility of a trial in their case, all because their choice of counsel isn't a DUI specialist. Don't make the same mistake they did!

How Will a DWI Charge Affect My Driving Privileges?

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration oversees the potential administrative penalties you may face from receiving a DUI or DWI charge. The potential administrative penalties you could face are based on a number of factors specific to your case. These factors could include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • If you submitted to an intoximeter breath sample or blood sample;
  • What the result of that sample was;
  • If you refused a breath/blood sample;
  • If there was an allegation of driving under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance;
  • If you receive points on your license from a conviction;
  • Prior DUI charges/convictions/breath tests.

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Will I go to jail for a DUI in Maryland?

Jail time is a possibility for a DUI or DWI in Maryland. If you are convicted, the penalties could include hefty fines and jail.

It is essential to consult a qualified DUI lawyer who knows the criminal justice system to avoid harsh punishment on the day of your trial. Generally, first-time offenders can avoid being locked up by taking proper steps and following the advice of their DUI defense lawyer

Maryland DUI Penalty chart

Your potential for jail could be based on the following aggravating factors:

What is going to happen to my license?

Licensing is handled by Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration, ("MVA"). If you were charged with a DWI offense and had a valid Maryland State License at the time of your arrest, you were likely issued a temporary paper copy of your license that will be valid the next 45 days. Within that 10 days of your DUI arrest it is essential that you contact a qualified DUI lawyer to analyze what potential licensing issues you could be facing.

We can analyze your driving record, and will keep this confidential or sensitive information private. You are entitled to request a MVA hearing within 10 days of your license being taken, so time is of the essence. If you produced a breath sample, you can expect the following framework to apply for a first dui:

Maryland DUI License suspension chart

  • Under .08 - No suspension you passed the test
  • Between .08 - .14 - May be eligible for a work restricted license after a MVA hearing
  • Over .15 - Mandatory ignition interlock

If you refused a breath sample, mandatory ignition interlock will apply, or you will receive a 270 day suspension for a first offense or 2 years for a second.

How will a DUI charge affect my Driving Privileges

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration oversees the potential administrative penalties you may have from receiving a DUI charge. The potential administrative penalties you could face are based on a number of factors specific to your case. These factors could include:

  • If submitted to an intoximeter breath sample or blood sample;
  • What the result of that sample was;
  • If you refused a breath/blood sample;
  • If there was an allegation of driving under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance;
  • If you receive points on your license from a conviction;
  • Prior DUI charges/convictions/breath tests.

Building a DUI Defense with the FrizWoods Attorneys

The first step in defending a DUI case is to build a defense that addresses potential issues with an experienced Maryland DUI lawyer. Some common examples include:

How will a DUI charge affect my driving privileges?

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration oversees potential administrative penalties based on factors specific to your case, including:

  • Results of an intoximeter breath sample or blood sample
  • Refusal to submit a breath/blood sample
  • Allegation of driving under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance
  • Points on your license from a conviction
  • Prior DUI charges/convictions/breath tests

How should I prepare for my case?

Consulting an attorney and creating an individualized defense strategy is the most important thing to do ahead of your trial. An attorney can help you prepare by anticipating applicable MVA administrative penalties, directing you towards an appropriate treatment provider, and giving you an idea of what type of potential penalty to expect. Probation before judgment, or PBJ can be an option for avoiding a DUI conviction.

I've been charged with my first DUI, what do I do? Read our [first time DUI frequently asked questions article](https://frizwoods.com/first-time-dui-faq) or [five steps you should take after getting a DUI in Maryland](https://frizwoods.com/blog/dui-guide)

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an lawyer for a DUI in Maryland?

It is not required by law to hire an attorney to represent you in your DUI or DWI case. However, attempting to handle your criminal case alone is a big mistake. In fact, defendants who represent themselves fare far worse than those who are represented by experienced counsel.

The law is extremely complicated, and it requires years of experience to develop the ability to successfully navigate the criminal justice system. When you hire an attorney to handle your case, your odds of a successful outcome improve drastically.

How can a Maryland DUI lawyer help me?

If convicted of DUI or DWI in Maryland, you face steep penalties, including hefty fines and jail time. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can increase your odds of success in your case by:

  • Negotiating with prosecutors
  • Meeting all deadlines for legal filings
  • Using knowledge of the local courts to your advantage
  • Protecting your rights

Do you lose your license for a first DUI in MD?

Typically a first time DUI does not involve total loss of a person's license - so long as the driver seeks an attorney's help. There are always options to retain a driver's license like participation in the interlock program, or a modification of license suspension.

If a driver does nothing after receiving a DUI they will face a suspension between 180 days and 270 days depending on the facts of the case.

How Can a Maryland DUI Lawyer Help Me?

If you are facing a DUI or DWI charge in Maryland, consult with a seasoned DUI attorney at FrizWoods LLC. Max Frizalone and Luke Woods specialize in taking driving under the influence cases to trial, and have secured not guilty verdicts in jury trials, bench trials, and through suppression of evidence for their clients.

An experienced Maryland criminal defense lawyer will help you prepare for the charges by anticipating applicable MVA administrative penalties, directing you towards an appropriate treatment provider, and giving you an idea of what type of potential penalty to expect. With an experienced Maryland criminal defense lawyer on your side, your odds of success increase drastically.

Can a DUI be dismissed in MD?

DUI charges can be dismissed in Maryland by the porsecutor's office for the County that your case is in.

The State of Maryland can decline to prosecute your case by entering it nolle pros. Your lawyer may be able to convince the State to do so based on a flaw in the prosecution, or by forcing a trial when the State is not prepared.

Do you lose your license immediately after a DUI in Maryland?

The suspension of a person's license for a DUI will not begin immediately. License suspension will begin fourty five (45) days after a license confiscation from a DUI charge.

This date will be explained on the DR-15A form.

What to look for in a Maryland DUI lawyer

When looking for legal representation in your Maryland criminal case, consider these criteria:

  • Specialization in criminal defense law and DUI and DWI cases
  • Vast experience defending clients against DUI and DWI charges
  • A track record of success in defending DUI and DWI cases

Locations we serve and Practice Areas

Our criminal defense attorneys provide free consultations to clients 24/7 and work across Maryland to defend DUI cases. We cover Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County DUI cases, Prince George's County, and Howard County. If you're in Columbia, or Ellicott City, and looking for a DUI attorney, you've come to the right place.

We can help you with a wide range of criminal offenses, including DUI, assault, and felony cases. Visit our practice areas page for more information.

Contact our DUI lawyers today to schedule a consultation at one of our law offices.