DWI Attorney in Salisbury
20+ Years of Experience and a History of Excellent Results
Under the law in Maryland, being found driving while intoxicated/impaired
(DWI) is regarded as a serious crime that entails severe penalties. If
you are facing DWI charges, it is important that you consult with an experienced
Salisbury DWI lawyer.
Not only will you face criminal proceedings, but you will also need to
take steps to protect your driving privileges with the MVA.
I am a
former Assistant State's Attorney who has served thousands of clients all across Salisbury and the surrounding
areas. My former prosecutorial insight can be valuable not only in defending your DWI
criminal charges, but in helping to protect your rights during your driver's license
hearing with the MVA.
FREE DWI consultation with a skilled DWI defense lawyer. Call (410) 205-1684 today.
The Stakes Are High in DWI Cases
In DWI cases, it is important that you understand the penalties you may
be facing. I am dedicated to ensuring that my clients have a thorough
understanding of the DWI process so you know what to expect.
My team and I can work to investigate the circumstances surrounding your
DWI arrest, gathering evidence, and putting together a solid defense strategy.
My goal is to get your charges dismissed or at least have the penalties
reduced in order to achieve a positive outcome.
If convicted, you may face the following penalties:
- Increased insurance rate
- Fines and fees
- License suspension
- Jail time
- Criminal record
You could also face further penalties if you were driving recklessly, speeding,
have a prior DWI conviction, had an excessive BAC (blood alcohol content), had a
minor child in your car, or
refused a breathalyzer or blood test.
Stopped for DWI? Know Your Rights
Let’s start with the obvious: you should never drink and drive. Not only can drunk driving endanger
your life and the lives of others, a DWI conviction can bring serious
consequences and negatively affect your life for years to come. With that
being said, in the real world, you do not have to be legally drunk in
order to be pulled over and charged with DWI.
Even if you are behind the wheel with only a fractional percentage of alcohol
in your system, you can still find yourself in handcuffs. Fortunately,
by maintaining an awareness of your rights during a DWI traffic stop,
you can minimize your chances of being wrongfully accused of DWI and stay
out of trouble.
When Can I Be Pulled Over?
You may only be pulled over if a law enforcement officer has a reasonable
suspicion to believe you may be doing something wrong, known as probable
cause. A police officer must be able to see some visible sign of wrongdoing
before stopping you, such as a busted taillight, erratic driving, or expired
registration tags on your license plate. Otherwise, you may not be pulled over.
Should I Speak to the Police Officer?
It is important that you remain calm and compliant with the officer, but
other than providing your identifying information, you do not need to
answer any questions they may ask. The officer will likely ask you a series
of questions in order to determine if you have been drinking, such as
your destination, where you were previously, or flat out asking if you
have had any alcoholic beverages. It is important you do not answer these
questions and that you exercise your Fifth Amendment rights. Since anything
you say can be held against you later on in court, it is best to just
The police will be on the lookout for the following signs of intoxication:
- Bloodshot eyes
- Slurred or confused speech
- Smell of alcohol on your breath
- Uncoordinated, jerky movements
Should I Take a Handheld Breathalyzer?
If you have not been arrested, you are not required to consent to any sort
of handheld breathalyzer or roadside sobriety test that the officer may
request. Like the questioning that likely precedes these them, field sobriety
tests conducted only for the purpose of giving an officer probable cause
to secure your arrest and only serve to hurt you in the long run. Do not
consent to these tests, even if you think you may easily pass them.
This may frustrate an officer and prompt them to threaten you. If you are
threatened to take a field sobriety test, clearly state that you will
perform them but do not provide your consent. This statement can be used
later in court to suppress the results of these tests. The only time you
will be required to take a breath test is if you have already been arrested.
Chemical tests in Maryland are mandatory and can bring a long driver’s
license suspension if refused. If you are arrested, it is highly recommended
you submit to a chemical test and get in touch with a skilled lawyer at
your earliest convenience.
Can the Police Search My Car?
The police officer may wish ask to search your vehicle during this time,
as they will be looking for open alcohol containers or drugs in order
to pile more charges onto your situation. Police officers are not allowed
to search your vehicle without your consent or a search warrant. Do not
ever knowingly permit a law enforcement official to search your vehicle
without a warrant.
Contact a Salisbury Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer Today: (410) 205-1684
At my firm, I work to protect my clients' rights and defend you aggressively
against serious accusations. I understand the severity of a DWI charge
and the consequences that it can have on your life and future.
Call my firm at (410) 205-1684 if you would like to
schedule a FREE evaluation!