Drunk driving is a criminal charge. Conviction of driving while under the influence in the State of Maryland can result in a sentence of four years in jail and a $4,000 fine. Driving while impaired is also serious. In addition, a convicted drunk driver may have his license revoked by the Motor Vehicle Administration and his insurance rates are likely to go up dramatically.
Because you are a defendant in a criminal case, you are entitled to the same constitutional protections as a defendant in any other criminal matter. This means you have the right to be represented by a lawyer, to confront the witnesses against you, to cross examine them and make the state prove its case against you beyond a reasonable doubt.
Even if the case goes against you at trial, the veteran attorney will ensure that you are prepared for sentencing. This means that he may have you evaluated for a drinking problem.
What Judges Look For
If you do not usually have a lot to drink, and are a social drinker, the judge will want to know this. He will take this fact into account when passing sentence upon you. On the other hand, if an individual does have a drinking problem, it is important that the defendant receive appropriate treatment and counseling before trial. The lawyer should know how to advise you in either circumstance. Consult a lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest. This makes it easier for him to help you.
Experience is Essential
An experienced lawyer will review the entire arrest procedure, including what you were doing prior to being stopped. He will know what facts to look for to help your defense in court. The skilled lawyer will interview your witnesses and the arresting police officers. He will also review all reports made by the police as well as the documents which the prosecutor will attempt to use in court against you.
Please contact Richmond Davis at 410-730-5550 for further information and an appointment.
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