Frequently Asked Questions About DUIs
Oct. 27, 2021
According to statistics from the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, there were 18,160 total DUI arrests in Maryland in 2019. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense under Maryland laws. Unfortunately, due to the false information surrounding Maryland DUI cases, an uninformed defendant could easily end up in a worst-case scenario without proper guidance. An experienced Maryland DUI/DWI defense attorney can answer some of your frequently asked questions regarding DUIs and offer you the reliable representation you need.
Bradley Shepherd has devoted his career to handling criminal cases and defending individuals wrongfully accused of drunk driving. As your legal counsel, he can review and investigate all the surrounding details of your case and craft an effective defense strategy to improve your chances of getting the best possible outcome for your case. Bradley Shepherd will fight vigorously to protect your rights, your driving privileges, and dispute the allegations against you with substantial evidence. BSS Law, LLC proudly represents clients in Catonsville, Columbia, Baltimore, and across the state of Maryland.
FAQs About DUIs
Can I refuse the breath and/or blood test when pulled over on suspicion of DUI?
Under Maryland's Implied Consent Law, any driver in the state is required to submit to a chemical test – breath, urine, or blood test – when pulled over by law enforcement on suspicion of driving impaired. If you refuse to submit to a chemical test, you could face automatic license suspension for up to 120 days and other penalties.
If I've been charged with a DUI, will I go to jail?
Being arrested and charged with a DUI in Maryland can be a scary experience. However, you will only go to jail if convicted. Therefore, it is imperative to hire a knowledgeable DUI defense attorney immediately to help protect your rights and strategize your defense.
Will I lose my license? How will I get to work?
A DUI conviction in Maryland may result in administrative or judicial license suspension, depending on the surrounding circumstances. However, you can apply for a restricted license if your chemical test result was a BAC of less than 0.15%. An ignition interlock device will be installed while you have your restricted or temporary license. You can use this to get to school or work.
Is it worth it to fight a DUI?
A DUI charge in Maryland is serious and may attract harsh penalties. For a first DUI conviction, you could face up to one year in jail, a maximum fine of $1,000, license suspension for up to six months, and other devastating, immediate, and long-term ramifications. The vast and severe nature of the consequences of a drunk driving conviction in Maryland makes fighting your DUI charges absolutely worth it.
Are there any ways to reduce my sentence?
To reduce your prison sentence in Maryland, you can file a "motion for reconsideration of modification of sentence." The sentence modification motion must be filed with the clerk of the court within 90 days after your sentencing. Alternatively, you can write a letter to the sentencing judge clearly stating your case number, your current sentence, and your reasons for requesting a reduction of your sentence.
How long does a DUI conviction stay on my driving record?
Under Maryland laws, a DUI conviction will remain on your driving record for three years from the date of the violation. Within the period, the demerit points will be considered "current" to the public and may be accessed by your insurance providers and employers.
Is hiring an attorney necessary?
Defending your drunk driving charges without experienced representation can expose you to the risks of getting convicted and suffering the maximum penalties. This is why it is important to hire a skilled attorney when facing DUI allegations. Your attorney will review all the facts of your case, conduct a thorough investigation, and strategize an effective defense to help pursue a favorable outcome for your unique situation. Having an attorney can make a big difference in your drunk driving case.
BSS Law, LLC Is Here to Help
Facing DUI charges can be a scary and unsettling experience. If convicted, you could face devastating punishment, including a lengthy prison sentence, hefty fines, license suspension or revocation, and other life-altering ramifications. However, knowing what to expect can make your situation feel more manageable. A highly skilled criminal defense attorney can advocate for your rights and offer you the strong representation you need to fight your drunk driving charges.
Bradley Shepherd is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal guidance and aggressive representation to clients facing DUI charges. Using his extensive knowledge and in-depth legal understanding, he will help you navigate the Maryland criminal justice system and represent you in every phase of the legal proceedings. He will fight vigorously on your side to defend your driving privileges and do everything within his ability to help keep your record as clean as possible.
Contact BSS Law, LLC today to schedule a simple case assessment. Bradley Shepherd can offer you the detailed legal counsel, advocacy, and strong representation you need to fight your drunk driving charges. The firm is proud to represent clients in Catonsville, Columbia, Baltimore, and across the state of Maryland.