Frederick, Maryland DUI & DWI Lawyers
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Being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI) in Frederick, Maryland is a serious and perhaps life-altering situation. It is essential that you hire an experienced DUI/DWI attorney who knows how to prop up a strong defense that will shield your driving privileges, finances, and maybe even your freedom. This is exactly what our attorneys from Portner & Shure, P.A. have been doing for more than 25 years. We would like to get the chance to represent you, too.
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Legal Definitions of DUI & DWI Charges
In Maryland, individuals can be charged with driving under the influence if they are driving and have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater. An individual can also be charged with driving while impaired if they are driving a vehicle and are impaired by the effects of alcohol. Unlike driving under the influence, a driver’s blood alcohol content is not required to be charged or convicted for driving while impaired. When a person is pulled over and found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more, they are generally charged with driving under the influence and driving while impaired, meaning there is twice as much work to do in their defense.
When you are issued a driver’s license you automatically give an “implied consent” to submit to a breath, urine, or blood test if there is probable cause that you are driving under the influence. Although you can refuse these tests, your refusal will result in an automatic suspension of your driver’s license. This suspension’s duration increases depending on if it is your first, second, or third DUI.
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How Portner & Shure, P.A. Can Help
During our initial intake and preliminary conversation with you, we will discuss all of the circumstances surrounding your DUI charge.
We will review the following:
- The basis for the initial stop
- The nature of the field sobriety tests taken (whether the tests were recorded)
- Whether there was a refusal of a sobriety test or the results of the breath test
- Whether the officer provided advice on the consequences of failing or refusing the sobriety tests
- A complete copy of your prior driving record
- Your current family situation, work status, education, and military status
After our initial consultation, we will work diligently to build your defense. Our attorneys will obtain the police report, your personal file, and any other relevant evidence for your case. Then, we will discuss treatment options like a victim panel class or alcohol rehabilitation course. Usually, the court will recommend treatment as a way to prevent future drunk driving incidents and to minimize penalties. By completing alcohol treatment before your day in court, you will appear proactive and demonstrate your remorse for your actions, giving them less reason to think you are a danger to others on the road.
Through your treatment options, we can secure an alcohol counselor who may come to court and speak on your behalf. This is often beneficial because an alcohol counselor can discuss your growth and progress since being charged with the DUI/DWI. Lastly, we can gather character statements to demonstrate your individuality and unlikeliness to commit crimes in the future.
Potential Defenses to Consider
We will want to ask if these defense strategies and questions apply to your case:
- Was there a valid basis for the initial stop?
- Did the officer administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) correctly?
- Was a breathalyzer sample provided within 4 hours of the stop?
- Did the officer advise you on the consequences of failing or refusing the sobriety tests or breathalyzer?
Potential Penalties for a DUI Conviction
The statutory penalties for DUI vary depending on whether this was your first, second, or third offense. Penalties will increase if there was an accident, injuries, or other people in the car. At Portner & Shure, P.A., our clients are rarely sentenced to the mandatory penalties listed due to our extensive experience with challenging such charges.
Penalties for a first offense DUI may include:
- Up to a $1,000 fine
- Maximum of one year in jail
- Minimum six-month suspension of your driver’s license
Penalties for a second DUI offense may include:
- Maximum of two years in prison
- Maximum $2,000 fine
- One-year suspension of your driver’s license
Penalties for a third DUI offense may include:
- Maximum of three years in prison
- Maximum $3,000 fine
- 18-month suspension of your driver’s license
Potential Penalties for DWI Convictions
Overall, the penalties for a DWI are less severe than the penalties for a DUI. However, they are still consequences you will want to avoid.
For a first DWI conviction:
- Maximum 60 days in jail
- Maximum $500 fine
- Minimum six-month suspension of driver’s license
For a second DWI conviction:
- Maximum one year in jail
- Maximum $500 fine
- One-year suspension of driver’s license
A Legal Team That Proudly Stands Apart
Portner & Shure, P.A. is proud to be unlike any other DUI/DWI defense law firm in Frederick, Maryland. Our attorneys have an extensive history of fantastic case results and professional awards for our excellent legal services. We also have a great team of paralegals and legal assistants who can speak multiple languages – Spanish, English, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) – for client convenience.
See what makes us so different for yourself. Call (855) 954-4141 now!