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DUI Attorney in Ocean City

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If you’re convicted of a DUI, you face the possibility of jail time, whether it’s your first offense or your fourth. Hiring the right attorney to represent you ensures that they will look at the basis for the stop to make sure it was lawful, the training of law enforcement to ensure they were properly trained to perform field tests or breath tests, and the certification of the testing equipment.

Many other facts and circumstances will determine what the state can prove at trial, such as whether you were polite and cooperative, made any admissions or statements, and performed on field sobriety tests. Remember, you don’t have to do the field sobriety tests, and you can refuse the breath tests. You might face MVA consequences for refusing to take a breath test, but you also might limit what evidence the state has to convict you.

Contact Our DUI Lawyers in Ocean City, MD

Being charged with a DUI/DWI can have serious legal and personal consequences. It's important to understand the potential penalties and long-term effects of a conviction. Our experienced Ocean City DUI attorneys can provide you with the knowledge and guidance you need to navigate through this challenging time.

At Law Office of Steven W. Rakow, LLC, we are dedicated to providing aggressive and effective representation to protect your rights and minimize the impact of a DUI/DWI charge. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and start building your defense.

The Law Office of Steven W. Rakow, LLC is here to help you address the charges against you as quickly as possible. Call (443) 856-6376 today to speak to a knowledgeable Worcester County DUI lawyer.

Maryland DUI/DWI FAQs

Are there specific factors that can impact the state's case in a DUI trial?

Several factors can influence the state's case in a DUI trial, including demeanor during the arrest, any admissions or statements made, and performance on field sobriety tests. It's important to note that individuals have the right to refuse field sobriety tests and breath tests, which may impact the evidence available to the state.

What are the potential consequences of refusing a breath test in Maryland?

Refusing a breath test in Maryland may lead to MVA (Motor Vehicle Administration) consequences. However, it may also limit the evidence available to the state for conviction. It's advisable to seek legal counsel to understand the implications of refusing a breath test.

How can a DUI attorney help in addressing DUI charges?

An Ocean City DUI attorney can provide valuable assistance in addressing charges by conducting a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding the arrest, assessing the legality of the stop, law enforcement training, and certification of testing equipment. Additionally, legal counsel can offer guidance on the best course of action and representation in court.

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Understanding DUI vs. DWI 

DUI refers to driving while under the influence of alcohol, while DWI – the lesser offense – is driving while impaired by alcohol.

These offenses differ in degree. The DUI means you’re substantially impaired by alcohol. If you participated in a breathalyzer and blew above a .08, you will also be charged with DUI Per Se. That means once the state introduces evidence that you blew a .08 or above, you are presumed to have been substantially impaired by alcohol. A DWI means you were impaired to some extent. You may also be charged with DUI or DWI while impaired by drugs, which will also require the state to prove that fact through expert testimony.

Choosing the Best DUI Defense Attorney in Worcester County

Now you’ve found yourself charged with a crime, you may be unsure what to do. At the very least, you need to refrain from talking to law enforcement without counsel present and begin the search for a lawyer. 

Though of course the internet is the natural place to start, it is important to do your due diligence with so much on the line. Research the background of the attorneys you find and call a few to find out if they’ve handled your type of case before. Ask what they think the expected outcome would be based on similar facts. Remember, the police and the police report will always tell a story different than your version of events, so be prepared for that. A good attorney will be honest with you and won’t sugarcoat the possible outcomes. If you find an attorney promising that you’ll “get off,” don’t believe it and keep searching. If the facts of your case are bad, not even the best attorney in the world can change that. But a good attorney will ensure that your rights are protected, motions are litigated, and every angle is reviewed in your case.

The cost of representation is always going to be a factor. If you’re unemployed and can’t afford an attorney, you have the right to be represented by the public defender. If you can afford counsel, the cheapest attorney is not necessarily the best choice. Like everything in life, there are discount attorneys and you always get what you pay for. Remember that not all attorneys will do a payment plan with you; in fact, most will not. Attorneys, once they enter their appearance in your case, are stuck whether they get paid or not. So, don’t expect a payment plan. Experience comes at a cost—and so does your freedom. Ask yourself what that’s worth to you and choose accordingly.

Overall, you must feel comfortable with the attorney you hire, the cost you will pay, and the expected outcome in your case. A good attorney, who is paid well and has a lot of experience, can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Choose wisely.

Consequences of DUI/DWI: MVA Penalties

So you’ve just been stopped and arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence or driving while impaired. The next thing law enforcement will want you to do is submit to a breath test. If you submit and blow over a .08 BAC, you will be charged with DUI Per Se, which makes it easy for the state to convict you if the test result comes into evidence. If you refuse to take the test, the MVA (Motor Vehicle Administration) will suspend your license.

If this is your first refusal, your license will be suspended for 270 days. If you have a CDL and refuse, you’ll lose your CDL. If you agree to put an ignition interlock (commonly called a blow and go) device in your car, your suspension will be modified to allow you to drive, but you’ll need to keep that device in your car for a year. If this is a second or more refusal, the penalties increase significantly and you should discuss this with counsel.

Even if you get a modified suspension and install a blow-and-go, if convicted of a DUI or DWI, you might also face points on your license that can lead to other suspensions. If you had a high BAC, you might have to submit to the Medical Advisory Board before you can have your suspension modified or lifted.

There are ways to challenge the imposition of a suspension, but these require a hearing with the Office of Administrative Hearings. These hearings are conducted before an Administrative Law Judge who will listen to certain facts and circumstances surrounding your case and the statutory provisions involved in the type of suspension you’re facing. An experienced DUI/DWI attorney in Worcester County will know and understand how to present your case before the Administrative Law Judge to try to get you a favorable outcome.

If you are facing these kinds of charges, I invite you to reach out to my firm at (443) 856-6376 or fill out my online contact form today.