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- Shapiro, David:
Drug possession and distribution
- Silverman Thompson Slutkin & White:
Several things can happen to you after you are arrested for a traffic related offense; You may face jail time and/or other forms of punishment, lose your license, be fined, be put on probation, and see large increases in you car insurance premiums. Maryland drivers should be knowledgeable of their rights under the law and seek out a skilled Maryland DUI/ DWI defense attorney.
Attack the government’s drunk driving case from
the moment you were stopped by the police all the way through your
arrest and blood alcohol content testing to make sure the police acted
legally and treated you fairly.
Were you illegally stopped?
Did the police conduct the field sobriety tests correctly?
Were you properly advised of your rights?
Was your arrest legal?
Was the equipment used by the police to test your blood alcohol content properly maintained and calibrated?
Were you denied your right to speak to an attorney?
- Vizzi, Taras:
The following is not advice on a particular criminal defense or traffic offense case; it is only intended as information which generally applies to the types of cases involved in criminal law and traffic law. To obtain advice and determine what you should do in a specific traffic or criminal case, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
Traffic offenses and criminal matters fall into an entirely separate category from those cases involving personal injury and recovery for monetary losses. While actions involving claims for money are typically “civil actions,” traffic and criminal matters are brought by the State against an individual. In traffic and criminal cases, the State is seeking to punish an individual for violating either a statute or a common law and for that violation; punishment may be incarceration, a fine, or both.
When charged with a criminal or traffic offense, it is important to know that there are certain rights that each individual has regardless of whether they are ultimately proven guilty or acquitted. For example, once a person is arrested or taken into custody they have the right to remain silent and are entitled to an attorney if they cannot afford one. In addition, a person has the right to know what they are being charged with and therefore is entitled to the “charging document” upon which the State intends to prove its case. At trial, it is the State’s burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt each and every element of those violations with which the person is charged. In such a case, an individual has no obligation to either testify or to produce any evidence on his behalf and can be acquitted in the event that the State does not meet its burden.
The State, in both traffic and criminal cases, has a much heavier burden of proof than what a plaintiff does in a civil matter. The State is required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt each and every element of the crime with which it has charged an individual. This means that if a judge or jury has any reasonable doubt as to whether the State has proven any element of the crime being charged, the individual must be acquitted.
In addition, it is not just the police or some law enforcement agency that may bring charges against an individual. One individual can charge another individual with a crime, and at that point the State takes over the prosecution. For example, a person may assault another person, and then the person who was assaulted may go to the local police department to fill out a criminal complaint against the individual who did the assault. Once the charge has been made, however, the State then has the responsibility of prosecuting the person who is being charged with the assault. It is also important to remember that it is ultimately the State who will decide whether the prosecution should proceed.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense, DWI or DUI offense, or driving offense, it is essential that you consult with a criminal defense lawyer soon as possible. Do not assume that a prosecutor will be sympathetic to your criminal or traffic case, or that the witness who has made the charges will not show or appear for trial. Furthermore, a judge who is presiding over the case is not there to act as your criminal defense attorney and they are not there to give you advice as to how to proceed with your traffic or criminal case. If you cannot afford a traffic or criminal defense lawyer, you need to apply for services of the public defender’s office as soon as possible.
- Pinder Legal Team:
- Owens, Flynn:
Time is of the essence in talking to an attorney following your arrest. You could lose your license before any decision is made on your guilt or innocence.
- Silverman, Thompson & White:
Driving Under the Influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) and Driving While Impaired (DWI), Driving with a suspended license, Driving without Insurance and Leaving the Scene of an Accident are serious criminal offenses in the State of Maryland. This may be your first contact with the criminal justice system and now you have been arrested. You need an experienced Maryland DUI defense and traffic attorney.
When you are arrested for drunk driving in Maryland or other serious traffic offenses, several things can happen to you; the most serious is you can face up to a year or more in jail depending on the circumstances of your case. Additionally, you may lose your privilege to drive, face large fines, probation, community service and large increases in your insurance premiums. It is crucial that Maryland drivers be familiar with their legal rights and have an effective Maryland DUI/ DWI defense attorney.
- Alexandra Miller:
If you have been charged with Driving while Under the Influence (DUI),
Driving While Impaired by Alcohol (DWI), or other traffic violations
that jeopardize your liberty and your driving privileges, it is
critical that you obtain a proper defense to protect your interests in
these specific types of cases. You are facing the loss of your Driver’s
License, a criminal record, and increased insurance costs. A DUI or DWI
exposes you to a variety of potential punishments including
incarceration, fines, points, and you can lose your privilege to drive
regardless of whether you are ultimately found guilty in court.
Furthermore, the penalties change based on whether or not a breath test
was administered, refused, and, if taken, the results of the breath
These offenses involve many phases, from the initial traffic stop and
detention, to conducting Field Sobriety Tests, to the arrest, evidence
collection, and post-arrest protocol, which require law enforcement to
strictly comply with established procedures and to validly enforce the
law. Often, there are errors by law enforcement officers during these
phases, which can result in an improper traffic stop and illegal
arrest. I can identify the officer’s failure to comply with procedure,
and effectively defend you in court against the charges. Errors during
these stages may result in excluding at Trial the evidence obtained
- Mead, Flynn & Gray:
The possible consequences of doing nothing range from paying a fine and
having points added to your record, to license revocation and time
spent in jail. If you want to protect your license and avoid the
maximum penalty, it is important to act quickly to protect yourself. A
knowledgeable attorney can help you deal with the traffic violation and
possible get the matter dismissed.
Speeding ticket defense presents several difficulties. Experienced
practitioners like the attorneys of Mead & Flynn can challenge the
technology police used to determine your speed. We may be able to
successfully challenge the validity of a radar gun reading, or other
method of determining an illegal rate of speed. We know how police
equipment works and we are prepared to challenge law enforcement if a
reading was the result of improper use.
Traffic stops may be routine, but the consequences can be devastating
to your insurance rates or lead to the loss of driving privileges.
Either way, it is bound to impact your job and your family. If you had
been arrested for DUI or DWI, you cannot afford to waste time. If you
delay in securing a proper defense, you might miss an opportunity to
resolve the matter in a hurry.
- George Golomb:
you are facing the need for legal services, you want an attorney who
will treat your problem as a matter of great importance.
- You want an attorney with many years of experience.
- You want an attorney who will make himself available to you at times which are convenient for you.
- You want an attorney who is widely respected by other lawyers for
the quality of his professional work and for his excellent character.
- You want an attorney who will charge you reasonable legal fees.
- You want an attorney who will treat you in a thoughtful and reasonable way.
- You want an attorney who knows it is important to return clients' telephone calls promptly.
- Engel & Engel:
Traffic Offenses / Driving While Intoxicated - Revocation or suspension
of your driver’s license can have a significant impact on your life.
Driving is considered a privilege and not a right, and a DWI or DUI charge puts one's driver's license in peril. Penalties can be painful in terms of fines and even jail time.
- Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg:
Although the possibility of jail time is reason alone to be fearful,
the consequences of a criminal record can affect your life for years to
A drunk driving arrest can have a profound impact on your daily life.
Talk to a lawyer who can help you understand all parts of the DWI/DUI
process and how it will affect you.
* Did the arresting officer have a legitimate reason for pulling you
over? Was the arrest properly handled? If there were mistakes in the
breathalyzer test or the field sobriety test, your case may be
dismissed. * Your license will be
automatically suspended ten days after your arrest unless you
request a hearing with the DMV.
You do not have to go into a courtroom or a DMV administrative hearing
- Phillip Sutley: When an officer pulls you
over on the suspicion that you are driving under the influence (DUI) or
driving while impaired (DWI), it is important to first understand that
you have legal rights. The arresting officer may attempt to give you a
field sobriety test (FST), but you are not obliged to take it. These
tests are subjective and are often designed so that you fail them.
Instead, you have the right to request a more reliable breath test.
- Mark Kotlarsky:
If you are not a United States citizen and you are charged with any
jailable offense, do not accept any deal without first contacting an
attorney knowledgeable in INS deportation law. Even if you already have
a lawyer, a second opinion is much cheaper than fighting deportation
proceedings. The laws regarding deportation are confusing, obscure, and
inconsistently enforced. Few criminal lawyers understand them well. The
consequences of bad legal advice could be truly tragic for you.