Being charged with a DUI is a serious traffic offense. If you’re convicted of DUI, you may face jail time, lose your driving privileges, pay steep fines, or all of the above. Having an experienced Baltimore County DUI attorney can help ensure your case is treated fairly, and your rights are protected, but you have to act fast.
There are two parts to a DUI case in Maryland. The first aspect of a DUI is related to your license through an administrative hearing. Administrative penalties associated with a DUI in Maryland relate to your driving privilegesand what happens to your license. Based on your administrative hearing you could receive a full license, a restrictive license, or your license could be suspended. You have the right to a hearing with an administrative law judge but you must do so within the particular time limits that are explained on the back of your temporary license. A judge may also require that an ignition interlock device be installed in your vehicle as a condition of your driving. In addition, the Maryland General Assembly has recently changed the law in Maryland to mandate greater use of the ignition interlock in certain situations.
What happens to your driver’s license depends on what your blood alcohol content (BAC) was when you were arrested. This can get confusing if you have a commercial driver’s license. Commercial drivers are subject to stricter BAC limits, and can lose their CDL immediately because of a DUI. If you have a CDL, it is especially important to have a qualified Baltimore County DUI attorney who understands the law and how to protect your CDL.
The administrative part of a Maryland DUI case goes through the Office of Administrative Hearings. Knowing the rules, codes, and Maryland transportation laws are especially important during this process. Not all attorneys are knowledgeable about these areas of law, which can hurt your case.
The other parts of a DUI in Maryland are the criminal penalties. Criminal penalties include jail time and fines. When you have been arrested for a DUI, you’re probably wondering whether you’ll have to serve time in jail, and if so, for how long. While there is no mandatory jail sentence for first time DUI offenders, you can serve up to one year in jail. You may also be required to pay up to $$1,000 in fines. To help defend you during your DUI proceedings, an experienced Baltimore County DUI attorney will review the facts of your case to make sure the arresting officer followed the law when pulling you over. Did they have reasonable suspicion to pull you over? Did they have probable cause to arrest? Did they follow proper procedure? These are the types of questions an attorney will be able to answer.
Being charged with a DUI is a scary time. DUIs are often a crossroads for someone’s life, and can change your life forever. Since DUIs have such permanent legal implications that can affect your life, it is important that you have an attorney to protect you. An experienced Baltimore County DUI attorney can help you through this period of time so there is no permanent damage to your life.
Zirkin and Schmerling Law will not only help protect you during your DUI proceedings, but also help you get the treatment you need — if you need it. Alcohol treatment is not only good for you and the safety of others, but courts look favorably upon DUI defendants who are proactive in curbing alcohol usage and getting alcohol treatment.
Contact one of the experienced attorneys at the Zirkin and Schmerling Law to assist you with your DUI case.