Being convicted of a DUI can have major consequences that affect all areas of a person’s life. A DUI can impact the opportunities that are offered, such as jobs or housing, and it can carry a heavy social stigma that can extend far into the future. People who have been charged with a DUI in Easton, Maryland, should do whatever they can to avoid a DUI conviction, which is why they should get in touch with an attorney that works with the Rice, Murtha & Psoras.
The attorneys at the Rice, Murtha & Psoras can help their clients mount a defense against their DUI charges in an attempt to receive minimal penalties or to have the charges dropped altogether. If you have been charged with a DUI in Easton, Maryland, get in touch with the Rice, Murtha & Psoras today. Call 410-694-7291 to learn more or to schedule a free and confidential legal consultation.
Defining a DUI in Maryland
Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is .08 or higher may result in a DUI charge. BAC is the amount of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood in the human body. Police may determine the BAC of a driver by using a portable breath test (also commonly known as a breathalyzer test). Refusing to take a breathalyzer test that is requested by police officers, it should be noted, is treated the same way as a positive result by law enforcement. Refusal of a breathalyzer test can result in the confiscation of your license, after which you will be issued a temporary license that lasts 45 days.
Penalties for a DUI Conviction in Maryland
Penalties for a DUI conviction that happens in Maryland differ based on the number of prior offenses the person has committed. A first-time DUI offense can carry a penalty of a year in jail and a fine that can be as much as $1,000. The second DUI offense a person receives may result in up to two years in jail and a $2,000 fine; a third offense can result in three years in jail and a $3,000 fine.
Penalties for DUI convictions are more severe if the offender was driving while there was a child in the car. Doing so can result in the addition of one year and $1,000 in penalties for every tier of the offense.
It is also possible that people who receive DUI charges may face revocation of their license. A DUI results in 12 points being added to a person’s license, which is also the minimum amount for license suspension according to the Maryland Vehicle Administration. It is possible, however, for an attorney to work with the courts to prevent all 12 points from being added to your license.
DUI penalties are slightly different if the offender is under the age of 21. Drivers who are above the age of 18 but under the age of 21 are guilty of a DUI if their BAC is above .02. As a penalty, they are more likely to be required to participate in a community service program or an alcohol education program, in addition to or instead of license revocation, fines, or jail time. DUI charges for offenders who are under the age of 18 are dealt with in juvenile court.
How an Attorney Can Help You with DUI Charges in Easton, MD
An attorney can help you through all of the stages in the process of dealing with your DUI charges. One of the most important things an attorney can do in the wake of serious allegations is to make sure that any DUI charges are valid and in accordance with the law. An attorney can check whether the evidence presented against you was gathered credibly and professionally. They can make sure that police followed all of the proper procedures and were qualified to administer the breathalyzer test and field test that showed a BAC above the legal limit.
Another way an attorney can help you with your DUI charges is by helping you construct a defense that can decrease the likelihood of a conviction. One possible defense is the lack of probable cause on the part of the police, or the lack of Miranda warnings given at the time of your arrest. If police violated protocol while arresting and booking you, the charges may be dropped.
Other possible defenses are entrapment (which entails the police officer requiring the defendant to drive while under the influence) or involuntary intoxication.
Contact an Easton, Maryland DUI Defense Lawyer Today
Don’t risk a conviction for your DUI charge; seek the help of an attorney today. Get in touch with the attorneys at the Rice, Murtha & Psoras to set up a time for a free consultation during which you can learn about your charges and discuss your options as your case begins to move through the legal system. Call 410-694-7291 today.