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Q: Should I have a lawyer represent me for my DUI, DWI?

A: Yes, you should always have a lawyer present at all stages of a DUI, DWI arrest. There are important rights and defenses that can be argued by a qualified DUI/DWI attorney in Maryland. If you have been arrested or charged with a DUI or DWI, contact my office at 410.288.2900 for immediate help.

Q: Can I trick the breath machine in Maryland for a DUI / DWI?

A: No, you cannot trick the breath machine. These devices are calibrated and check every month by the State of Maryland and they make sure that any trick that you may have read on the internet or believe will fool the machine does not work.

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Q: What should I do if I have been drinking and pulled over by the police?

A: You don’t have to do anything but give the police officer your license, registration, and insurance information. You do not have to make any statements, you don’t have to take any tests, you don’t have to allow them to search your car. You can ask that they proceed with the investigation, but you are not obligated to provide any information or perform any tests. Remember, if you do not take the field tests, then they State does not have that evidence. However, if you are arrested under the suspicion of DUI or DWI, you are required to take the breath or blood tests. You do not have to take the blood or breath tests, but if you don’t, you can suffer MVA consequences that include a loss of your privilege to drive. The State does not only rely on the field tests or the blood/breath tests to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are impaired or under the influence. They can use your dress, condition of clothing, manner of speach, how you were driving, and a number of other observations by the police officer.

Q: What should I do once I am at the police station, detained under the suspicion of driving while impaired or under the influence?

A: Call my office at 410.288.2900, we are available 24/7 to guide you through the process and can speak with the police officer or state trooper on your behalf.

Q: Can I lose my Driver’s License for Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Impaired?

A: You can lose your license if your breath or blood tests are above .08, the legal limit in Maryland, or you refuse to take the blood or breath test.

Q: What is the legal limit in Maryland for Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Impaired?

A: The legal limit of alcohol in Maryland is .08 grams or alcohol per 210 liters of breath.

Q: Can I be arrested for DUI/DWI on a go-cart, scooter, or any other moving machine other than a car?

A: Yes.

Q: What clues do Maryland law enforcement look for when searching for suspected DUI and DWI drivers?

A: If you have been arrested or charged with DUI/DWI in the State of Maryland, hire an experienced DUI/DWI Defense Attorney that is ranked in the Top 10 Best Baltimore DUI/DWI Defense Attorneys. Contact the office 24/7 for immediate DUI/DWI Help at 410.288.2900 or email us at RiceLawMD@gmail.com

Will a DUI Affect A Job Search?

It may, however, a DUI is not as bad a some other crimes on your record. Employers recognize that DUI and DWI convictions are not as serious as felony or other misdemeanor criminal acts. A DUI or DWI conviction will affect a person seeking a job that requires driving a company vehicle. Many employers insurance carriers will not allow them to hire an employee that has a DUI conviction on their record if they are required to drive a company vehicle. If you are working at a desk, then you should be fine. Also, construction and labor jobs typically do not discriminate against potential employees that have a DUI conviction.

Maryland police officers and law enforcement searching for drunk drivers use a variety of different clues to determine whether or not they should pull over a driver under reasonable articulable suspicion of drunk driving. But remember, they don’t have to pull you over under suspicion of driving while impaired, if the officer observes a traffic violation, they are allowed to make a traffic stop. Once the police officer approaches the driver and smells alcohol, then the investigations turns to a stop for DUI/DWI. Although some of these actions may be repeated by sober drivers, they are indicators of distracted, unfocused, and therefore dangerous driving. According to research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), particular driver behaviors are better indicators than others of drunk driving.

Will DUI Affect My Citizenship Application

Yes, a DUI can affect you citizenship application. The best advise is to speak with an immigration lawyer in your State. The United State immigration policies are changing by the day. A conviction for drunk driving will certainly be considered when you apply for citizenship.

Will a DUI Ruin My Life?

No, a DUI will not ruin your life. Thousands or individuals are charged and convicted of DUI and DWI in American every year. What can be a problem is if an individual starts to accrue multiple DUI or DWI convictions. That may result in jail time. However, a first time DUI will usually end with a period or probation, court costs and fines. It will not ruin your life, take a minute, breath and hire an experienced DUI lawyer to protect you and fight for you in court.

Will a DUI Affect Background Check?

A DUI does appear on your driving record and that may be accessible for background checks. That means, if you background is obtained, then the DUI conviction may appear. Each company performs various forms of background checks. Some employers use private companies to obtain an individual’s background. In some states, like Maryland, if a driver receives a PBJ, then that record will not appear on the driver’s record.

Will I Go To Jail for a DUI?

Each State is different in their prosecution and jail time for a DUI. First time DUI convictions don’t result in jail time for most defendants. However, if there is an injury from a crash, then the Judge may consider a short stay in the detention center. Each case is handled differently and there is no clear cut result. 

Will DUI Affect Employment

Most drunk driving convictions do not affect employment. Unless the employer drives a company vehicle as part of their job, then it should not affect employment.

Will DUI Affect Security Clearance

It depends on the type of security clearance an individual possesses. Each employer and the Federal Government have their own set of rules when it comes to security clearance. We will our clients to check with their human resources department or read their employment contract to determine if a DUI or DWI convictions will affect their security clearance.

Will a DUI Ruin My Career?

No, DUI does not ruin your career. In our years as DUI defense attorneys, I have not seen a person’s career ruined as a result of a DUI. It may set a person back in achieving their career goals, but as more time passes after the DUI, most employers are willing to excuse a mistake made in the past.

Will DUI Affect Teaching Job?

Teaching jobs typically do not discriminate against teachers that receive a DUI conviction. The process of drinking and driving does not affect the children the teacher is teaching. The school, however, may not allow the teacher to driver school vehicles, as their insurance will preclude individuals with DUI convictions to use their company vehicles.

The following are various reasons cited by officers as ways to identify drunk drivers:

Maryland police officers are looking for drivers that perform any of the above actions in addition to any technical violation of tab or tag discrepancies. If an officer pulls a vehicle over and the driver is intoxicated, he or she may be charged with drunk driving.

Even if the driver is not over the legal limit, which is .08 in Maryland, he or she may be arrested and charged with Driving While Impaired, which does not require the driver to perform field sobriety tests or breath/blood tests. Maryland law enforcement is able to determine that a driver is under the influence or impaired based on observations that are drivers may try to hide. Such as odor or alcohol, driving behavior, clothing, speech, and many other observations.

For more information about drunk driving laws, sobriety tests, and DUIs, visit the website of Maryland DUI Attorney G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC at Maryland DUI Defense Lawyer. Contact is at 410.288.2900 for Immediate DUI and DWI help and advise.

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