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The Maryland attorneys at Eldridge, Nachtman, and Crandell are different. We conduct extended investigation and discovery services for all matters involving criminal and charges of DWI/DUI in Maryland.
Because we are paperless and have an electronic case management system we can keep overhead low. With low overhead, we can instead invest this money in investigating your case and defending your rights.
Information on DWI/DUI in Maryland
Read our answers to frequently asked questions to DWI/DUI in Maryland and drunk driving laws.
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Maryland DWI AND DUI FAQs
Can I represent myself? What can a lawyer do for me?
What can a lawyer do?
What are the consequences for drunk driving?
Maximum 1-year incarceration and/or $1,000 fine, 12 points on your driving record and revocation of your driving privilege
Maximum 2 years incarceration and/or $2,000 fine and revocation of your driving privilege
3rd Offense: maximum 3 years incarceration and/or $3,000 fine and revocation of your driving privilege
DWI (Driving While Impaired)
Maximum 60 days incarceration and/or $500 fine, 8 points on your driving record and suspension of your driving privilege
Maximum 1-year incarceration and/or $500 fine and revocation of your driving privilege
What is a PBJ?
With a PBJ, the driving points are not imposed against you, and the guilty finding does not show on your complete driving record. Law enforcement, however, will always have access to your record, and your DUI/DWI PBJ cannot be expunged.
Moreover, if you have not been convicted of drunk driving within the previous ten years, you are eligible for a PBJ.
I have never been in trouble before, and this is my 1st drunk driving offense, what can I expect?
With a PBJ, the driving points are not imposed against you, and the guilty finding does not show on your complete driving record. Law enforcement, however, will always have access to your record, and your DUI/DWI PBJ cannot be expunged. Moreover, if you have not been convicted of drunk driving within the previous ten years, you are eligible for a PBJ.
Why can a police officer pull my car over?
If the judge finds the officer did not have a basis to make the stop that may be a defense in court. It is not a defense at Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) hearings unless it can be shown that the officer was acting in bad faith.
What should I say if I'm stopped by a police officer and he asks me if I've been drinking?
By answering potentially incriminating questions, you provide police with evidence of your intoxication. That being said, if you are sober, answer their questions so you can go home.
What is the officer looking for during the initial detention at the scene?
- Flushed face
- Red, watery, glassy and/or bloodshot eyes
- Odor of alcohol on your breath
- Slurred speech
- Fumbling with wallet trying to get a license
- Failure to comprehend the officer’s questions
- Staggering when exiting vehicle
- Swaying/instability on feet
- Leaning on car for support
- Combative, argumentative, jovial or other “inappropriate” attitude
- Soiled, rumpled, disorderly clothing
- Stumbling while walking
- Disorientation as to time and place
- Inability to follow directions
If the officer asks me to perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST), do I have to?
Why is the officer asking me to take SFSTs?
Do I have a right to an attorney when I'm stopped by an officer and asked to take a field sobriety test?
What are the SFSTs?
1. Leg Stand test:
The officer will ask you to stand on 1 leg, and the officer watching to see if you put the foot down before 30 seconds, hopping, swaying, and raising the arms more than 6 inches.
2. Walk and Turn test:
The officer is looking to see whether the person started before the instructions were complete, was unable to stand with one foot in front of the other while being instructed, failed to touch heel to toe on every step, failed to stay on the line, stopped walking, raised arms more than 6 inches, took the wrong number of steps, or turned improperly.
Why did the officer make me follow a penlight with my eyes to the left and right?
The smoothness of the eyes’ tracking the penlight (or finger or pencil) is also a factor, as is the type of jerking when the eye is as far to the side as it can go. In Maryland, the legal effect of this test is evidence the defendant consumed alcohol.
If I pass the SFSTs can the police still place me under arrest?
The officer never gave me a 'Miranda' warning, or advised me of 'my rights,' will my case be dismissed?
The officer should also give a 5th Amendment warning after he arrests you, which consists of your right to remain silent and your right to counsel. Often, however, they do not. The only consequence is that the prosecution cannot use any of your answers to questions asked by the police after the arrest.
If the police officer asks me to take a chemical test, what should I do?
Your driver’s license will be suspended for 120 days for a first offense and one year for a subsequent offense.
Instead of a license suspension, you may be allowed to drive if you install and maintain an interlock device on your car for at least one year.
If you have a legal defense the outcome in some cases could be minimized, or even nullified.
Do I have a right to consult with an attorney before deciding whether to submit to a breath test?
Can I elect a blood test instead of a breath test?
Why am I being charged with multiple crimes?
In Maryland, all of these offenses are normally charged. A defendant can be convicted of multiple offenses but can be punished for only one. If the case involves a refusal to submit to chemical testing, of course, the per se charge will be omitted.
The officer confiscated my license and served me with notice of suspension, how can he do that if I am presumed to be innocent?
If you have a valid Maryland license, the police will confiscate it and issue you a temporary license to drive for the first 45 days after your arrest. Additionally, it may be necessary to request an MVA hearing within 10 days of the date of your arrest, such that you will receive an extension of your driving privileges.
What is a sentence 'enhancement?'
Do I need counseling or alcohol/drug education before going to court?
What is the best way to get a free comprehensive legal consultation?
They will represent you if your case is in any of the following counties and court locations:
- Montgomery (Rockville and Silver Spring)
- Prince George’s (Upper Marlboro and Hyattsville)
- Howard (Ellicott City)
- Anne Arundel (Annapolis and Glen Burnie)
- Calvert (Prince Frederick)
- Charles (La Plata)
- St. Mary’s (Leonardtown)
- Baltimore City (Patapsco, North Avenue, Wabash)
- Baltimore County (Owings Mills, Essex, Towson, Catonsville)
- Caroline (Denton)
- Frederick (Frederick)
- Kent (Chestertown)
- Queen Anne’s (Centreville)
- Talbot (Easton)
- Dorchester (Cambridge)
- Wicomico (Salisbury)
- Somerset (Princess Anne)
- Worcester (Ocean City and Snow Hill)
- Cecil (Elkton), Allegany (Cumberland)
- Washington (Hagerstown)
- Garrett (Oakland)
- Carroll (Westminster)
- Harford (Bel Air)
The firm also handles federal cases in Greenbelt, Baltimore, Andrews Air Force Base, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, and Fort Detrick. We also handle appeals in the Maryland appellate courts and post-conviction work in the Circuit Courts including Petitions for Coram Nobis and Post-Conviction relief.
Can I get my DUI arrest records, court records, and MVA records expunged?
If your case result is guilty and you receive either a conviction or a probation before judgment (PBJ) you can only get court records expunged if you get a pardon from the Governor. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) does not expunge records of drunk driving convictions and PBJs.