3 Myths Surrounding Maryland DUI Law

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There are many myths and urban legends surrounding DUI convictions. With over one million DUI arrests made per year, some misinformation is bound to be spread over time. In the aftermath of an arrest, it’s critical to differentiate between these myths and the truth in the interest of securing the best possible outcome for your case. As such, let’s observe the most common misconceptions surrounding Maryland DUI law.

There is Nothing a Lawyer Can do to Help if You are Charged with DUI

It is true that there are sometimes open and shut cases where an overwhelming amount of evidence stacks up against a driver and leads to a DUI conviction. However, this is seldom the case. More often than not, arguments can be made in the driver’s favor that will either reduce the consequences of DUI or eliminate them altogether. This highlights the fundamental importance of hiring an attorney experienced in Maryland DUI law. Whether the officers lacked probable cause, attained evidence incorrectly, or made an improper stop, we will leave no stone unturned to negotiate a fair outcome.

You Should Always Refuse a Breathalyzer Test

If you don’t consent to a breathalyzer test, law enforcement will have no way to prove you are intoxicated, right? Wrong. Officers can rely on erratic driving and physical symptoms alone for a DUI arrest. Considering a breathalyzer test can lead to an arrest and a 120-day license suspension, it is generally in a driver’s best interest to comply with the test when requested.

A DUI is Just a Hefty Traffic Charge

To put you at ease after a DUI arrest, others may simply console you with the knowledge that a DUI conviction is just a hefty traffic charge. This is simply not the case. At maximum, a DUI conviction could lead to the following consequences:

  • Misdemeanor crime (or felony if an individual is seriously injured)
  • Maximum 12 points added to driving record
  • Maximum of one year imprisonment
  • Maximum 6-month license suspension
  • Mandatory participation in Maryland’s ignition interlock program
  • Increased car insurance rates

We share these potential consequences not to scare you, but rather to illustrate the severity of the crime and urge you to seek professional legal counsel if you find yourself charged with DUI.

We Can Help You Avoid a Maryland DUI or DWI Conviction, or Minimize Your Punishment

There are facts about each specific case that can significantly reduce penalties if an experienced attorney who understands this area of law presents the case. The Law Office of Elizabeth A. Lawrence offers high-quality legal representation, personal attention, and professionalism to help defend the harsh penalties of DWIs, DUIs, and other serious traffic offenses in Maryland and District of Columbia. Click here or call (410) 986-0088 to consult with an experienced attorney today.

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