If you are suspected of drunk driving in Montgomery County MD, you may be charged with a DWI or worse, a DUI, and would be wise to hire a Montgomery County drunk driving attorney as soon as possible. Without a competent drunk driving attorney in Montgomery County MD, you are more likely to face unlawful testing, improper processing, and disproportionate punishments for your situation. With extensive knowledge, years of experience and assertive advocacy, our drunk driving attorneys in Montgomery County, MD have helped a great many clients ensure just treatment under the law, and rebuild their lives after a drunk driving arrest.
Our attorneys will keenly analyze each facet of your matter. Your drunk driving matter will always include a “Stop” a “Field Sobriety Test” and a “Breath Test” and we will defend you throughout each step of the process.
- The Stop- Our Montgomery County MD DUI attorneys will analyse your stop, examining whether the police officer had a valid reason for stopping your car. If we can prove that your stop was in any way improper or unconstitutional, we may be able to have your charges dismissed.
- Field Sobriety Test- Field Sobriety Tests are used to determine if a driver is intoxicated or under the influence, and to justify a later breath test. These tests are often unreliable, as they test concepts like coordination, memory and ability to follow instructions, which can be affected by a host of factors, including the anxiety drivers feel in the situation. Field sobriety tests can and should be challenged.
- Breath Test- In the state of Maryland, when a driver signs his or her license, that driver is giving “implied consent” to the breath test, meaning that, by having a license, he or she agrees to take a breath test. A driver may still refuse to take the breath test. However, this will result in license suspension. There are two breath tests: the official breath test, for which drivers give their “implied consent,” and a preliminary breath test– which is significantly less reliable and easier for a Montgomery County drunk driving lawyer to fight. The former test is given at the police station. In either case, improper administration of these tests can result in a dismissal of charges. However, even if your name is cleared, your license suspension (for refusing to take the test) will stand.
If you are charged with a DUI or DWI and the charge holds, there are different penalties for different circumstances. Drunk driving in a school zone, or drunk driving that results in an accident with injuries will, naturally, result in harsher penalties. Our DUI lawyers in Montgomery County MD are highly experienced in such matters and can help defend you in these instances. Our extensive knowledge of all potential penalties will help determine whether going to trial or negotiating a plea is in your best interest.
Our Montgomery County drunk driving attorneys understand the great emotional, financial, and temporal costs of a trial. We will work with you to decide on the simplest and most beneficial solution for your circumstances. If you have been charged with drunk driving, contact our Montgomery County DUI lawyers for assistance.