This 4th of July, many of us in the Baltimore area will be celebrating our nation’s independence by spending time with friends and family, eating, watching fireworks, and drinking. Alcohol is an integral part of most celebrations in the United States, which often results in an increase in the number of drunk drivers on the road around the holidays. Law enforcement is aware of this fact, which means that police are actively on the lookout for drunk drivers around the 4th of July and other holidays.
Not Every Drunk Driving Arrest Leads to a Conviction
It is without question that the police will make drunk driving arrests during this upcoming holiday weekend. If you happen to be accused of DUI, you should keep in mind that an arrest is not the same thing as a conviction, and there are often many ways that a Baltimore criminal defense lawyer can help you. Some of the more common defenses used in Maryland DUI cases include the following:
- Challenging the reason for the initial stop – police are required to have reasonable suspicion before pulling you over, and sobriety checkpoints are required to comply with certain legal requirements in order to be valid. If you can show that the police violated the law when the stopped you, any evidence they gathered can often be suppressed – which often results in the case being dropped.
- Establishing that you have a medical condition that can affect breathalyzer results – studies indicate that gastroesophageal reflux disease can result in inaccurately high breathalyzer results.
Even if a defense is not available in your case, a lawyer can often help by negotiating a plea bargain that avoids the most serious potential consequences of a DUI. In some cases, a plea bargain may be able to help you avoid a conviction altogether.
Call Us Today to Speak with a Baltimore DUI Defense Attorney
The state of Maryland takes drunk driving very seriously, and even a first-time offense can result in significant legal penalties. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can. To schedule a free consultation with a Baltimore DUI defense lawyer, call us today at (410) 694-7291 or send us an email through our online contact form.