Maryland DUI and Traffic Defense Lawyer Scott Athen

Noah’s Law, also known as The Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016, is named after Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver in December 2015.What does Noah’s Law do?Noah’s law changed the law in two big waysIt significantly increases the suspension periods for breath test results above .08…

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We have all been there. Driving down the road, listening to our favorite music on the radio, or talking with family or friends in the car. Then, out of nowhere, a police officer is right behind you with his lights on. You’re getting pulled over. It is not a fun experience, to say the least.…

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It is Christmas eve, and I would really rather be spending time with my family right now, but this is just too important to NOT inform everyone. In an incredibly asinine ruling, the Maryland Court of Appeals (Maryland’s version of the Supreme Court) said yesterday that YOU face the loss of your license for 45, 90,…

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A traffic stop is one of the highest-risk things a police officer does. When an officer is walking up to your car, they have no idea what they are about to encounter.Anything you can do to make the officer more at ease especially when approaching vehicle will make things go better for you.If you are stopped…

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Prior to your taking a breath test, the breath test operator is required to check your mouth for any foreign objects. Even if you were able to sneak a penny under your tongue, it wouldn’t have any effect on your breath test result. So in short, there really are no secret tricks to fooling the…

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Will I lose my license?If your breath test result was under .15 and this is a first DUI then you will likely be able to keep your license for getting to and from work, driving for work purposes, school, alcohol education or treatment, and court. If your breath test result was .15 or more or if…

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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…

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