Frequently Asked Questions
Should I take the breath test in Maryland?
If you are pulled over by a police officer or stopped at a sobriety checkpoint, you will at some point likely be asked to submit to a breath test. I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked this question. My general advice is to take the test. The penalty for refusing the…Read More
I was arrested for DUI but I was asleep in my car, what will happen?
I was parked in front of a Royal Farms after I dropped off a few friends and I was very tried. I was in a very deep sleep when the officers opened my car door and said there was an odor of alcohol in my car. I ask them since they think I’m not able…Read More
What is a Not Guilty Plea With an Agreed Statement of Facts?
A Not Guilty Plea With an Agreed Statement of Facts is when a Defendant to a criminal or traffic case enters a plea of Not Guilty and the State, through the Assistant State’s Attorney, reads an agreed-to statement of facts as if the Defendant pled guilty to the charge(s). The Agreed Statement of Facts is usually…Read More
Will a 120 day suspension for insufficient breath test hurt me in Court in Howard County?
You need to speak with an experienced DUI lawyer. It is possible to find out down to the milliliter how much if s breath sample you provided. This, along with other information that the lawyer can help you gather may be the difference. MVA penalty for refusal is either 120 day straight suspension or interlock for a year. You…Read More
In Maryland can an officer run your tags randomly?
The police office can absolutely run your plates. Many police cars (including most Maryland Transportation Authority Police Department cruisers) have plate scanning technology. The officer must make a visual check to make sure that the operator of the vehicle matches the picture of the driver that appears on the officer’s screen. Just because the stop may be “good”…Read More
My first DUI was 10 years ago and just received my 2nd DUI. Will it count as my 1st or 2nd DUI in Court?
This most recent DUI will likely count as your second DUI. Depending on the County (and more importantly) the Judge, incarceration is absolutely a possibility. You have several issues to deal with. First is your driving privilege. With a .18 BrAC (Breath Alcohol Content), you will be facing at a minimum either a 90 day complete suspension…Read More
Are online DWI classes accepted in Maryland courts?
Online classes are typically NOT accepted by the Maryland Courts. There are, however, several providers that will conduct classes by telephone and/or through Skype. There are also providers that have alcohol programs that can be completed in one weekend (provided your assessment is appropriate).Read More