Did a vacation to Ocean City, Maryland end with a drunk driving arrest? Speak with our Ocean City DUI lawyer today and learn how we can help with your drunk driving charges.
Call the office today and ask for attorney Randolph Rice at 410.288.2900 or 800.470.RICE.
DUI and DWI are interchangeable terms when it comes to drunk driving arrests. DUI stands for driving under the influence of alcohol. Whereas, DWI stands for driving while impaired. The substance that can impair a driver may be alcohol, drugs, a combination of drugs and alcohol or controlled dangerous substance (i.e. cocaine, marijuana, etc).
The judge and prosecutors in Ocean City can be tough on drunk drivers and often will seek some period of incarceration of increased fines based on the circumstances of the arrest. Ocean City District Court has one judge that sits and hears impaired driving arrests and cases.
If an Ocean City police officer stops and suspects you have been driving and are intoxicated, the officer will typically ask you to perform standardized field sobriety tests (SFST). These tests may include the:
Based on your performance during these tests, the officer will determine if he/she has probable cause to make an arrest for driving while impaired.
If arrested, you will be taken to the Ocean City Police station and offered a breath or blood test. If you refuse to take this test, there may be administrative penalties to your license and privilege to drive in Maryland for a period of time.
During the winter months (Labor day to Memorial day) there are fewer visitors and thus less police in Ocean City druing these months. However, during the summer months, the community swells with visitors from all over the mid-atlantic, including Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York among the most popular states.
During the summer months, Memorial day to Labor day, the Ocean City police force increases and they are on the hunt for drunk drivers. Most drunk driving arrests occur on Coastal Highway or while patrons are leaving popular bars like Seacrets Ocean City, Md.
After the police have processed a driver for drunk driving, the individual will be allowed to leave or picked up by a sober driver. The driver will provided with various documents from the police officer and usually given a trial date. That date is the trial date for the DUI and DWI charges. This is the time drivers want to contact an Ocean City DUI lawyer to discuss their options.
Trial dates are typically assigned 2-4 months after the arrest and will occur in the Ocean City District Court located at 6505 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland 21842. Ocean City is located in Worcester County, Maryland. While there are two District Courts in Worcester County, most DUI and DWI arrests in Ocean City, will be heard in the Ocean City location.
Finding the best Ocean City DUI lawyer is not tough, but you have to know what to look for. Choosing a lawyer is an important step in the process of defending your rights and freedom. Choose a impaired driving lawyer that has experience defending DUI and DWI clients. Attorney Randolph Rice has been defending drivers arrested under suspicion of drunk driving in Ocean City since 2009. Let his experience in the courtroom go to work for you.
Yes and no, most criminal defense lawyers also defend DUI and DWI cases. But, there are some lawyers that “specialize” in DUI and DWI arrests, case law and trying drunk driving cases. Choose a DUI lawyer that you feel comfortable with and has experience defending these types of cases.
An Ocean City DUI may charge between $2000 and $3500 for a first time drunk driving arrest, but they may charge more if the driver has a history of drunk driving arrests. Read more about the how much a DUI lawyer costs.
For Worcester County, which is the Maryland county where Ocean City is located, the number of DUI case filed by the police were:
In 2017 there were 819 DWI cases charged in Worcester County, most of them in the summer months in Ocean City. The outcome breakdown of those drunk driving charges were:
You have to weigh the cost and potential outcomes for your case and your own self when deciding if it is worth getting a DUI lawyer for your charges. A DUI lawyer will guide you through the process and work to get you the bets possible outcome of disposition. In addition, your DUI lawyer will advise you on the best choices when it comes to your driver’s license and whether you should request and MVA hearing or participate in the ignition interlock program.
If you’re reading this page, then you’ve already started with your search for a good Ocean City DWI lawyer. Our DWI lawyers are former prosecutors and know the Judges and prosecutors that will be handling your case. Don’t trust your future and freedom to any, speak with our experienced defense lawyers today.
If you do not live in Maryland and you receive a DUI, there could be consequences against your home state license. You should speak with a DUI lawyer in your home state as to the potential ramifications for the DUI/DWI arrest in Ocean City.
While you may not be from Maryland or Ocean City, that still does not mean that the judge could sentence you to some jail time. If you are sentenced to jail in Ocean City, you will serve the time in the Worcester County Detention Center.
PBJ or probation before judgment is an outcome of disposition for criminal and traffic cases in Maryland. PBJ means that the judge has sticken the finding of guilt and typically places the defendant on a period of probation. If you receive a PBJ, then you can answer that you have not been convicted. However, PBJ for a DUI in Maryland cannot be expunged down the road.
If you’ve been charged with DUI or DWI in Ocean City, speak with our beach drunk driving defense lawyers today. Contact the office at 410.288.2900 for immediate legal help.