FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are my legal rights?
If the officer asks me if they can search my vehicle do I have to consent?
Do I have to speak to the officer?
What should I do if I have been pulled over for the suspicion of DUI/DWI?
The officer may ask you to perform standard field sobriety tests. These tests include the nystagmus test, walk and turn test, and the one leg stand test. You do not have to take these tests. The officer will have to decide, at that point, if he/she believes that you are impaired. If they believe so, then you will be responsible for either taking the breathalyzer test or blood test. If you refuse either, you could be subjected to more severe penalties.
Regardless, you should always be polite and cooperative with the police officer.
Will I lose my driver’s license for DUI/DWI?
If your test result is between a .08 and .15 you should request that hearing within 30 days, otherwise you will be unable to do so. The MVA can suspend your license for 180 days if you have a blood alcohol content of that level. You can request through an MVA hearing that your license be modified to permit you to travel to and from work, within work, as well as for educational purposes, and medical purposes.
Additionally, if you are convicted of the crime and do not receive a Probation Before Judgement (PBJ), a DUI conviction carries 12 points, and the DWI conviction carries 8 points. This would exceed the number of points you can have and trigger a suspension notice from the MVA. Again, you would need to request a hearing and a modification to allow you to travel for permitted purposes.
What is the legal limit in Maryland for DUI/DWI?
What clues do Maryland police officers look for when searching for suspected drunk drivers?
Should I take the standard field sobriety tests?
What are the consequences/penalties associated with a DUI conviction?
What are the penalties for theft crimes?
- Stolen property or services of $100.00 or less – a misdemeanor charge with possible imprisonment of up to 90 days and/or fines up to $500.00.
- Stolen property or services under $1000.00 – a misdemeanor charge with possible imprisonment of up to 18 months and/or fines up to $500.00.
- Stolen property or services between $1000.00 and $10,000.00 – a felony charge with possible imprisonment of up to 10 years and/or fines up to $10,000.00.
- Stolen property or services between $10,000.00 and $100,000.00 – a felony charge with possible imprisonment of up to 15 years and/or fines up to $15,000.00.
- Stolen property or services greater than $100,000.00 – a felony charge with possible imprisonment of up to 25 years and/or fines up to $25,000.00.
If I have a drug charge pending, what are the penalties in Maryland?
- Possession of marijuana less than 10g – a civil charge with possible $100.00 fine.
- Possession of marijuana greater than 10g – a misdemeanor charge with possible imprisonment of up to 1 year and/or fines up to $1,000.00.
- Possession of CDS not marijuana – a felony charge with possible imprisonment of up to 4 years and/or fines up to $25,000.00.
- Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute – a felony charge with possible imprisonment of up to 5 years and/or fines up to $15,000.00.
- Possession of CDS not marijuana with intent to distribute – a felony charge with possible imprisonment of up to 20 years and/or fines up to $25,000.00.
Do I have to hire an attorney if I plan on pleading guilty?
Even if the state can prove its case, you should still hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. A lawyer can help mitigate whatever sentence that you would otherwise receive if you had initially pled guilty yourself.
What types of crimes does your firm handle?
- Domestic violence;
- Fraud and identity theft;
- Drug offenses;
- White collar/financial crimes;
- Misdemeanor traffic offenses;
- Sex crimes;
- Weapons and firearm violations;
- Violent crimes (murder, robbery, aggravated assault).
Regardless of whether this is your first offense or a subsequent offense our firm can help you.
What is probation before judgement (PBJ)?
Why should I hire your firm?
One key factor that you should look for in any attorney is there history of success in the courtroom. This is important because whichever practice area you are engaging that lawyer in, they need to be well-known and well-respected in their practice area. In criminal defense, I am well-known among state’s attorneys across the state. I have tried numerous cases in each jurisdiction.
My history of winning cases in criminal court speaks for itself. Most of my clients receive a favorable judgement and often expunge their charges. I have extensive trial experience in the field of DUI/DWI, drug possession, and violent crimes. If you need an experienced criminal defense attorney call my firm at (301) 705-5006.