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- Trevino, Joseph:
serious and minor traffic violations
divorce, custody and other areas of family law
personal and work accidents
- Kaufman, Vail :
A DUI conviction can leave you with steep fines, sky-high insurance rates and loss of driving privileges. You might even wind up in jail. But with a knowledgeable defense lawyer on your side, you have a good chance of avoiding these harsh criminal penalties.
- Saltz, Debra:
Child Abuse / Neglect
Driving Under the Influence (DUI/DWI)
Driving while Suspended
Driving without a License
Drug Trafficking, Sale, Possession
DUI Manslaughter & DUI Serious Bodily Injury
Firearm and Weapons Offenses
Fleeing and Eluding
Fraudulent Use of Credit Cards
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Injury/Death
Reckless and Negligent Driving
Stalking and Harrassment
- Waranch, David:
* Economic Crimes
* Drug Offenses
* Domestic Issues
* Protective Order/ Peace Order Violations
* Property Crimes
* Weapons Offenses
* Handgun Violations
* Sexual Offenses
* Violation of Probation/Parole Hearings
* Bond Hearings
* Preliminary Hearings
* Driving under the influence (DUI)
* Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
* Driving while suspended or revoked
* Driving without a license
* Fleeing and eluding
* Hit and run
* Traffic tickets
* Driving uninsured
* All other traffic violations
* Business Formation
* Operating Agreements
* Powers of Attorney
* Personal Injury
* Divorce and Family Law
- Brennan, Sullivan & McKenna:
The last thing a person living and working in the Washington, D.C., area needs is a drunk driving (DUI/DWI) or traffic offense citation, charge or arrest. DWI and traffic offense penalties can include license revocation, jail time or worse, including a damaged reputation. It is essential that you understand how to minimize the negative impact of a DUI arrest or conviction if you want to avoid license suspension and jail time.
- McNamee Hosea:
* DUI and DWI
* Wire fraud
* Tax fraud
* Healthcare fraud
* Securities fraud
* Business fraud and theft
* Computer-based fraud
* Accounting fraud
Federal white collar fraud cases tend to be extremely complex. Government authorities can use the bureaucratic resources to spend years investigating such cases before even filing charges. As opposed to defendants who are accused of other kinds of criminal charges, many times individuals charged with federal white collar offenses may not even be aware that they are under investigation.
- Goldstein & Stamm:
Effect of a Breath or Blood Test in Maryland state court
In Maryland, the approved breath testing device is currently the Intoximeter EC/IR. It is intended to give a measurement of deep lung air in grams of alcohol (a weight) per 210 liters of breath (a volume). For blood tests the result is measured in grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.
The test results have legal significance. If the result is .08 or more the driver is per se under the influence.
If the test result is .07 or more, but less than .08, it is considered prima facie evidence the driver is impaired by alcohol.
If the test result is more than .05 but less than .07, the test evidence is considered neutral.
If the test result is .05 or less, the driver is presumed not to be under the influence of alcohol.
For the driver who is under 21 years of age, the legal limit is .02. The driver may lose their driver's license or privilege for 6 months and be fined. It is important to consult with a lawyer to gain a further understanding of the ramifications of these tests.
A refusal to submit to a test may be considered as evidence of the driver's guilt.
Drunk driving laws contain possible enhanced penalties for repeat offenders. A person who is convicted a second time of driving under the influence in violation of ¤ 21-902(a) within 5 years of a prior "a" conviction receives a mandatory one year suspension of their driver's license or privileges. There is no work permit or interlock restriction allowed for the one year. After the year the person is required to put an interlock on all vehicles they own for from 3 months to one year. They are entitled to a hearing for an Adminstrative Law Judge to determine the length of the interlock restriction and whether there is financial hardship involved with installing an interlock on more than one car.
Additionally, a second "a" conviction within 5 years of the first carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 days incarceration or 30 days community service. A third "a" conviction within 5 years carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 days incarceration or 60 days community service. Incarceration includes house arrest or in patient treatment.
A person with a test result of .15 or more is not eligible for a work permit. Instead the applicable license or privilege suspension periods are 90 days for a first offense and 180 days for a subsequent offense. If the person needs to drive they may only continue to drive if the Administrative Law Judge grants an interlock for a minimum of one year. This option is also available if the person installs an interlock, gives up the hearing, and signs up for the ignition interlock program within 30 days of arrest.
A person with a second administrative offense of failing or refusing a chemical test within 5 years of a prior failure or refusal is also ineligible for a work permit, but may request an ignition interlock to continue driving.
- Wescott Rowe:
DWI/DUI (Serious Traffic)
Real Estate & Business Transactions
- Mitchell, Timothy:
Criminal Misdemeanors, DWI, White Collar Crime á Conspiracy and Racketeering á Gang-Related Crime á Money Laundering á Murder
- Daniels & Lardieri:
It is crucial that an advocate defends the rights of people that have been charged with crime. When you are under investigation or have been arrested and charged with a crime, count on experience to get you the best result possible in the particular circumstances. We can represent you in both state and federal court. Our busy court schedule reflects our success and our colleagues' confidence in our ability to defend people charged with a wide range of criminal offenses.
- Weatherspoon, Gladys:
When you are arrested the police advise you of your right to remain silent, and then do everything they can to get you to waive that right. Many police officers will promise you help if you just tell them your side of the story. You should NEVER speak with the police without an attorney present. Remember that police officers do not work for you and they are not trying to help you. Speak to an attorney who will work for you and is trying to help you. In the meantime remember you do have the right to remain silent - exercise that right. You can always talk to them later, but you can never take your words back.
- Neptune, Kelli:
If you face a drug charge, DUI/DWI or theft charge in Washington, D.C. or Maryland, the consequences are potentially serious. You need an attorney who will protect your rights and provide you with the vigorous litigation you deserve.
- Lawlor & Englert:
Charges are usually brought in the district court initially. The case will either be tried in district court or, if the defendant is indicted, the case will be tried in the circuit court.
Following sentencing in most cases, a defendant has the right, within 30 days of sentencing, to file an application for review of sentence by a three judge panel. Additionally, within 90 days of sentencing, a defendant has the right to file a motion for modification of sentence, requesting that the sentencing judge reconsider the sentence.
Following trial, a defendant may appeal his or her conviction to the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. Issues raised on direct appeal are typically trial or sentencing errors that were objected to by trial counsel. A defendant who pleads guilty has more limited rights of appeal that are generally restricted to attacking the voluntariness of the guilty plea.
If the Court of Special Appeals affirms the convictions and sentences, a defendant may petition the Court of Appeals of Maryland for permission to appeal the case to that court. Whether or not the Court of Appeals chooses to hear the case is entirely within the courtÕs discretion.
After the direct appeal has been exhausted, a defendant may bring a petition for post-conviction relief in the circuit court. This is the forum to raise issues that are not always evident in the record, such as ineffective assistance of trial and/or appellate counsel. Petitioners who were sentenced after October 1, 1995, have ten years from the date of sentencing to file a petition for post-conviction relief.
If the petition for post-conviction relief is denied, a petitioner may file an application for leave to appeal, seeking permission to appeal the circuit courtÕs decision. If granted, the petitioner may then appeal the circuit courtÕs denial of the post-conviction petition to the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. The denial of an application for leave to appeal cannot be appealed to the Court of Appeals of Maryland.
Federal Habeas Corpus Proceedings
Once all state remedies have been exhausted, a petitioner may file a petition for writ of habeas corpus in federal district court alleging violations of federal constitutional rights. Federal habeas petitions are subject to a narrow statute of limitations period and higher standards of proof.
If the federal district court denies the petition, a petitioner may appeal to the appropriate United States Court of Appeals only if he or she is granted a certificate of appealability. An application for certificate of appealability is filed first in the appropriate United States district court and, if denied, in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit.
- Houlon Berman:
If you are taken into police custody, you have the right to be informed of the charges against you and the maximum penalties; to remain silent; to be represented by counsel, including the right to have one appointed if you cannot afford one; and have a judge decide whether you should be released from jail until your trial.
- Nakia Gray:
If you are charged with a crime, you are entitled to competent legal
representation. It is your constitutional right to be represented by an
Drunk driving is one of the most serious charges an average person will
face. Not only can you lose your driver's license and face costly fines
and penalties, it can increase your insurance rates for years or even
cause your insurance company to cancel your policy. It is essential to
fight every DUI charge.
Don't assume there is no defense to a DUI charge. Talk to a DUI/DWI
lawyer before you head to court. Protect Your Rights
* DUI, or driving under the influence, may be charged when the
personÕs blood alcohol content is .08 or more. Conviction for DUI,
could result in up to a year in jail, up to $1,000 fine and 12
points on your license. Potential punishment may be enhanced for a
subsequent DUI offense.
* DWI, or driving while impaired, is charged at a lower threshold
usually .07 BAC. Conviction for DWI could result in, up to 60 days
in jail, up to $500 fine and 8 points on your license.
* Refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test or other field sobriety
tests can result in an automatic 120-day suspension of your license,
and can be admitted in court as evidence of guilt.
(A) skilled Maryland DUI lawyer...
will be able to present your case to the judge, challenge the
prosecution's evidence, and seek to either have the charge dismissed or
have the sentence mitigated or reduced. This evidence may include
breathalyzer readings, field sobriety tests and urinalysis or blood test
results. Repeat offenders face much steeper penalties, so proper
handling of a DUI / DWI charge by an experienced and aggressive attorney
is even more imperative. Protect Your Driving Privileges
In Maryland, if you are stopped and charged with driving under the
influence or driving while intoxicated, you should immediately file a
request for a hearing with the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH)
within the required time frame. If you fail to request an MVA hearing,
the MVA will automatically suspend your driverÕs license for 45 days. It
is critical to contact a Maryland DUI / DWI defense attorney immediately
if you are issued such a citation.
A conviction for DUI counts 12 points against your Maryland driverÕs
license. A conviction for DWI counts 8 points. Your insurance company
will either cancel your policy or raise your rates substantially for a
drunk driving conviction. Assuming you are convicted of one of the
above, your attorney should argue for probation before judgment. If
granted, the points would not be assessed for the alcohol offense,
thereby protecting your license. Contact an Experienced DUI / DWI Lawyer
- Richard Arnold:
In Maryland, if you are stopped and charged with driving under the
influence/ driving while intoxicated (DUI / DWI), you have 10 days to
file a request for administrative hearing, or else your license will
automatically be suspended in 45 days. In the meanwhile, you will be
driving under a temporary license; the DR-15 form that you will be
presented with at the time of the stop contains other critical
information that you should be aware of. There are many things that you
can do to aid your defense in the short time you have available, so it
is very important to contact a Maryland DUI / DWI defense attorney
immediately if you are issued such a citation.
- Meng & Alpert:
The first thing that someone arrested for drunk driving in Maryland
needs to do (other than immediately schedule a consultation with a
lawyer) is to request a hearing with the Office of Administrative
Your Constitutional rights don't disappear after an arrest for DWI/DUI in Maryland -- but it might seem like they do. In every part of the United States, a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) over a specified limit is enough to allow law enforcement to charge you with drunk driving and take away your license. They don't know whether you were actually drunk, how safely you drove or what other circumstances might apply. But that doesn't mean you cant defend yourself. Drivers can and often do mount successful defenses against intoxicated-driving charges, using law enforcements own misconduct and mistakes as well as the latest science on alcohol absorption and testing.
In their haste to crack down on unsafe, intoxicated drivers, Capitol-area legislators have made some of the nations harshest laws against drunk driving. Maryland and Washington. D.C. are two of a minority of jurisdictions that penalize people over 21 for driving with a blood-alcohol concentration below the legal per se limit. A test showing a BAC of 0.07 will get you criminally charged with driving while impaired (DWI) in Maryland and driving under the influence in Washington, D.C. A BAC of 0.08 or more gets you a more serious charge of DUI in Maryland and DWI in Washington, D.C.
In both jurisdictions, a DWI or DUI arrest automatically triggers a drivers license suspension or revocation separate from the criminal case. Maryland drivers can contest these license suspensions through the MVA, but must request a hearing within ten days of their arrests in order to keep driving.
On a first conviction in Maryland, drivers could get:
¥ A 45-day license suspension for DUI and up to 60 days for DWI.
¥ Up to $1,000 in fines for DUI and up to $500 for DWI.
¥ Up to one year in jail for DUI and up to 60 days for DWI.
¥ Twelve license points for DUI; eight for DWI.
In addition, all DUI/DWI charges come with skyrocketing auto insurance costs, an embarrassing criminal record and possible trouble at work, especially if you need a drivers license or security clearance for your job. Repeat DUI offenders could get higher fines, jail time and license suspension time, as well as possible installation of an ignition interlock device (a breathalyzer you must pass before the car can start). Refusing to take a breath test in Maryland or Washington, D.C. will be used as evidence of your guilt in court, and it could get your license suspended for four months in Maryland.
CROSSING CENTER LANE JUSTIFIES TRAFFIC
State, 144 Md.App. 325, 798 A.2d 1
(2002). A trooper noticed DowdyÕs
vehicle continuously slowly drift from side to side in lane two of the
highway and observed that the car was not being driven in a straight
line. On two occasions the vehicleÕs tires crossed the lane
markings into lane one. The second cross-over occurred 1Ú2 mile
after the first and during that time one fourth of the vehicle crossed
over the line. The trooper testified he stopped the vehicle
because he believed the operator was intoxicated. Dowdy failed
sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI. A search incident to the
arrest resulted in the recovery of controlled substances.
nbsp; The CSA held that a traffic stop for violation of 21-309 was
justified under the facts of this case and distinguished this case from
Rowe finding that the conduct of Dowdy created the type of
potential danger to other drivers that the COA found absent in