Maryland DUI Lawyer
If you are arrested for driving under the influence, finding a Maryland DUI Lawyer qualified to handle your case should be your highest priority. Beginning with your traffic stop, you will be confronted with important decisions that impact your rights and your defense. Making those decisions with the legal advice of an attorney can increase the likelihood of a successful outcome in your case.
MARYLAND DUI LAWYER PROFILES
David Benowitz is a founding partner of Price Benowitz LLP, and has built an exemplary reputation handling DUI cases in the state of Maryland. He has a perfect 10/10 rating on AVVO, has been named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association and is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. In addition to his work as an attorney, Mr. Benowitz is a professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School as well as a faculty member of the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop. He defends every client with the same level of fervor, and he is not afraid to take a case to trial to fight for a positive result on your behalf.
Kush Arora has dedicated his life to fighting on behalf of his clients in DUI and criminal cases in the state of Maryland, where he has almost a decade of experience. He will leave no stone unturned in his pursuit of a positive result, and he will make sure that you are as comfortable as you can be throughout a typically difficult process.
The best DUI lawyers in Maryland will not only have experience in criminal defense; they will also have specific education and training in the law, science, and procedures pertaining to drunk driving and other alcohol related offenses. Our attorneys are extensively trained in all aspects of DUI defense, from field sobriety testing to chemical blood analysis. Our attorneys bring specific knowledge that makes them uniquely qualified to handle even the most difficult cases. In addition to extensive trial experience, some qualifications of our attorneys include:
- Membership in the National College for DUI Defense
- Prosecuting background
- Qualification as a trainer for the NHTSA’s Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
- Former Administrative Law Judge presiding over DUI related license suspensions
- Training in the calibration and maintenance of breathalyzer equipment
The experience and training of our Maryland DUI lawyers give them the ability to see your case from all angles, allowing every opportunity for successful defense. We are extremely passionate about getting a positive result in every case we handle, and we will work tirelessly until the final resolution of your case. Our knowledge and experience gives us a solid foundation for defense, but it is our desire to help our clients that is truly our most valuable characteristic.
Our firm has attorneys ready to serve you throughout the state of Maryland. With numerous office locations, our firm provides convenient access to an experienced Maryland DUI lawyer near you.
Driving Under The Influence
Driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while impaired (DWI) are criminal charges that are punishable by fines, jail, probation, suspension of driving privileges, and other penalties that restrict your freedom and impact your finances. A conviction carries a criminal record that can have a negative effect on your ability to find or keep employment.
A DUI conviction has both legal and administrative consequences. In fact, the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) suspends your driver’s license almost immediately upon a DUI arrest, even before you are brought before a judge or convicted. If you do not request a hearing with the MVA within ten days of your arrest, your license suspension will remain in effect until your trial. Your Maryland DUI lawyer will help you meet all of the important deadlines to protect your rights and your driving privileges.
Even a single DUI conviction could bring life altering penalties. The maximum penalties for a first time driving under the influence conviction is up to a year in prison, $1,000 in fines and 12 points on your driving record. With a second DUI the jail time and the fine double to 2 years and $2,000 respectively. These penalties continue to escalate as convictions pile up. So not only does a single DUI conviction carry fairly significant penalties, it sets you up for increased penalties down the line. If you have been pulled over and you believe that you might eventually be charged, or if you have already been formally charged and you are concerned about the effects these penalties can have on your life, our attorneys will do everything they can to help you.
Driving While Impaired
A DWI will carry less severe penalties upon conviction than its more common counterpart, driving under the influence. A first time driving while impaired charge will carry a maximum penalty of two months in prison and $500 in fines. You could also be assessed eight points on your driving record and could also be facing a suspension of your driving privileges. A second DWI conviction would bring a much more severe prison term of one year, and the same fine of $500.
Montgomery County is home to some of the busiest roads in all of Maryland; a section of the Capital Beltway, which is typically filled with commuter traffic and also the southernmost part of I-270. During rush hour, the entrance to I-270 and the 270 Spur are typically extremely crowded. As a result, the presence of drunk drivers becomes even more dangerous. Citizens of towns like Rockville, Silver Spring, Bethesda and Gaithersburg travel these busy streets every day, and if an extended commute is part of your everyday schedule, you can’t afford to have your driving privileges compromised. Most DUI cases in Montgomery County are heard at the County’s district court along Jefferson Boulevard in Rockville.
Because of its location right between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Howard, particularly the stretch of I-95 that runs through the Eastern part of the County, sees a lot of regular travel on a daily basis. Despite being an independent city and not technically part of the County, many of the residents of Columbia travel through the County streets to get to and from work. Populated areas like Ellicott City and Glenwood also contribute to the amount of traffic on those streets every day. This is also a major commuter area, and losing the ability to drive with a DUI arrest could be a major issue. Our attorneys are ready to represent clients at the major County court houses on Court Avenue in Ellicott City, where most drunk driving trials will be held.
Prince George’s County
Prince George’s County sees a lot of driving under the influence arrests every year, in part because it is home to the University of Maryland and also the home of the Washington Redskins. These are both areas where drunk driving happens quite frequently, and as a result, police are constantly on the lookout for perpetrators. If you are a student who is arrested for a DUI, you risk losing your educational opportunities as well as the standard legal consequences. Prince George’s County is also home to many of the larger suburbs of Washington D.C. like Bowie, Greenbelt and Laurel. That makes it crucial for you to contact an attorney who has experience representing clients in a similar situation, and who will be able to fight for a positive result in your case. Cases will typically be heard at the district court houses either on Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville or on Main Street in Upper Marlboro.
Baltimore is both a County, and an independent city in Maryland. The County is home to a large portion of the highly crowded Baltimore Beltway, while the City itself sees a lot of traffic every day because of the amount of people that live and work there. There are also Ravens and Orioles games, which bring thousands of new, possibly intoxicated, people to the City whenever there is a game. Driving under the influence and driving while impaired are two charges the County and city both take extremely seriously. Our attorneys will make sure you are being represented with the passion and ability that your case deserves.
Being charged with DUI in Maryland can be overwhelming, stressful, and intimidating, whether you are charged with a first offense or subsequent offenses. Our attorneys are committed to providing the best DUI defense possible can help alleviate some of the associated stress by offering sound legal advice, guiding you through the criminal justice process, and mounting an aggressive defense. For a free case evaluation by a knowledgeable DUI lawyer in Maryland, call (301) 458-0955.