Getting a DUI or DWI charge in Maryland can be a serious offense. Call Timothy A Cook, DUI/DWI Attorney today for legal consultation. The maximum penalties carry jail time and the MVA will assess substantial points to your driving record which may result in suspension or revocation of your license. If you are charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Driving While Impaired by Alcohol there are a number of things you need to know and do immediately after receiving the charges.
I’m not going to give you a treatise on Maryland DUI/DWI law. That’s not why you clicked on my page. There are many sites that can give you the technical aspects of the laws. What you need to know right away is below:
- Contact Timothy A. Cook, DUI attorney immediately because there are time limits on when you may need to request an MVA Hearing or have the ignition interlock put on your vehicle so you can continue driving. Loss of driving privileges is often the first and, sometimes, the most devastating consequences of a DUI.
- Meet with an attorney to discuss the facts of your case. There may be a defense to the charges and any good lawyer needs time to properly prepare a defense. Motions for Discovery must be filed and all State’s evidence reviewed to determine if a successful defense can be mounted.
- If the case is one in which a plea bargain must be reached, it may be best to move the case to Circuit Court depending on the State’s recommendation and the Judge in District Court. All good DUI lawyers know their local judges and whether to avoid a certain judge or stay in that courtroom.
- Timothy A. Cook has been representing clients and defending DUI and DWI cases in Harford County, Cecil County and Baltimore County since 1988. I am familiar with all the Judges and State’s Attorneys. I can advise you on whether to defend the charges or work out a plea bargain. I know what judges to avoid and how to put you in the best position to avoid jail time and license suspensions.
DUI Charges in Maryland
A DUI ( Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol) is considered a serious traffic offense in Maryland. It is a misdemeanor but does carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a fine of $ 1,000 for a first time offense. For second or subsequent offenses the penalties are increased. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is at or above 0.08% or higher it is a DUI.
Your second offense of DUI could mean your license being revoked and could require an ignition interlock device. You could also face a fine of $2,000, 12 points added to your MVA record, imprisonment for up to two years and mandatory participation in an alcohol abuse program .
Don’t chance going to court alone or with an inexperienced DUI attorney. Contact Timothy A. Cook, DUI/DWI Attorney today. I have been representing people charged with DUI/DWI since 1988. I know how to handle these cases and what judges to avoid. Some lawyers think these cases are easy. They are not ! There is a lot of strategy that needs to be planned and options to be considered before court. Let me help you. I don’t charge for consultations and the sooner you call after getting charged the more I can help you.
DWI Charges in Maryland
DWI ( Driving While Impaired by Alcohol ) is the lesser of the alcohol driving offenses. You can be charged with a DWI if your BAC is at least 0.07% or lower. Often the State will not have breath test evidence or insufficient evidence to prove the DUI and a DWI will be prosecuted instead.
If it’s your first DWI offense, the maximum penalties are a 60 day jail sentence, $500 fine, and eight points on your license. If you have a prior conviction for a DWI the penalties are enhanced to imprisonment of up to one year, a fine of $500 and a license suspension of up to 12 months. DWI penalties are increased if a minor is in the car or if you are facing your third or higher charge.
If your license is revoked due to a DWI or DUI offense in Maryland, you will most likely have to attend an alcohol education program to have your license reinstated at the MVA. I can help you with finding the right program and applying for reinstatement of your license.
Contact Legal Representation Today
Contact Timothy A. Cook, Attorney at Law, today if facing a DUI or DWI offense in Harford County, Cecil County or Baltimore County. I understand good people sometimes make bad choices. I have extensive experience in representing clients in District and Circuit in Bel Air, Elkton and Towson for DWI and DUI. I can help you get through the court system and the MVA system and get this behind you.