Knowledgeable Assistance For Accused Motorists In Maryland
Getting pulled over for a DUI is distressing to say the least. Arrested and treated like a common criminal, you now face consequences that include loss of your license, fines and even jail time. If you’re wondering what you have to do to mitigate some of the damages, look no further than Robert A. Siegel with the Law Office of Marla Zide, LLC. Our commitment to personal service means you never have to wonder about the status of your case. We give you the emotional support and aggressive defense representation you need throughout the process.
Because we know you have many questions, we offer you this short list of frequently asked questions and answers:
- What are some factors that result in aggravated DUI/DWI charges?
- What is the look-back period in Maryland for prior DUI convictions?
- How can I challenge forensic evidence for a DUI?
- If the court suspends my license for DUI, is it possible to get a restricted license?
For answers to these and more questions on Maryland DUI law, schedule a consultation.
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When facing serious DUI charges in Maryland, Robert A. Siegel with the Law Office of Marla Zide, LLC, can help. We provide aggressive representation for all types of traffic violations, including misdemeanors and felonies. To schedule a consultation, call us at 410-760-9433 or contact our Glen Burnie office online.
What are some factors that result in aggravated DUI/DWI charges?
Aggravated or enhanced DUI/DWI charges result from a number of factors, including:
- One or more prior DUI convictions
- Having a minor in the car
- Causing an accident that results in property damage, bodily injury or death
Aggravating factors allow for enhanced sentencing, which means longer jail time and stiffer fines. To fight such charges, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
What is the look-back period in Maryland for prior DUI convictions?
Maryland looks back five years to discover whether you have had a prior DUI conviction. If your last DUI conviction was more than five years ago, your present charge will count as a first, regardless of how many prior DUIs you’ve actually had.
How can I challenge forensic evidence for a DUI?
It all starts with the traffic stop. If an officer cannot prove that reasonable suspicion justified the stop, any evidence that proceeds from the stop is inadmissible. As far as the actual chemical test goes, there are numerous grounds for challenging the results based on authorities not adhering to standard protocols for collecting, processing and preserving evidence. Was the machine maintained properly? When was the machine last calibrated? Was the officer who performed the test properly trained and certified? Did the authorities maintain a property chain of custody for the physical evidence they collected? These are the types of questions that we answer to determine if there are grounds to exclude forensic evidence from trial.
If the court suspends my license for DUI, is it possible to get a restricted license?
It is sometimes possible to get a restricted license if you can demonstrate extreme hardship. A court may allow you to drive to work or to school to earn a living or continue your education. All other driving purposes would be prohibited. The court can also order you to install an ignition interlock device that prevents your car from operating if you have consumed alcohol.