They have had no contact with me since I qualified so I went in on my own volition can you find out what's going on could not get much information. I do not feel that they are acting in my best interest is there anyway I can get a postponement to change counsel and if so how do I do that
If you can afford to retain a private lawyer, and make at least a substantial down payment on their fee, then the lawyer can request the postponement to allow more time to prepare the case. That will give you the time needed to pay the balance of the fee. You will need to call around to find a...Read more »
You only need to be provided the opportunity to read the DR-15 before signing it, and that must happen before you refuse the breath test. Call a lawyer to discuss the details. There is a brief (10 day) deadline to request an MVA hearing on the test refusal to avoid suspension before the hearing can...Read more »
Unless you were found not guilty after trial, or the case was dismissed, then you can never get a DUI charge expunged, even if you received a probation before judgment disposition (meaning the judge still put you on probation but did not enter the conviction). It is one offense the statute...Read more »
You are not required to perform any field sobriety tests. You do not “resist”—you politely decline to do any of their tests. If they transport you to the station under arrest, and offer you a breath test at the station (not the one on the side of the road) and it’s your first offense, then...Read more »
Yes. Maryland DUI laws apply to all vehicles, and a bicycle is defined as a vehicle. Therefore, when you ride a bike, you are subject to the same laws as drivers in other motorized vehicles. Hire a lawyer, because the same penalties, fines and points apply if convicted as if you were charged in a...Read more »
You won’t be penalized in court, but you will face a longer suspension on your driver’s license by the MVA (or a longer time on the ignition interlock in order to continue driving). You have 10 days (to guarantee a hearing before a suspension after 45 days) from the date of arrest to request a...Read more »
Are you employed in Maryland or Virginia? In my experience the answer is that it may impact your job. Usually employees are subject to background checks and every employer is different on how they treat these. A DUI in Virginia and in most states will result in a license suspension and that can...Read more »
Yes, if by that do you mean a judge or prosecutor will take that into consideration at sentencing. However, for purposes of being a subsequent offender under any enhanced sentencing penalties, or for actions by the MVA in connection with suspension or revocation of your driving privileges, then...Read more »
No. You will receive a letter notifying you that your license will be revoked as of a stated date, but that you have the right to a hearing regarding the revocation. The letter may also provide you with the option of electing the ignition interlock for a year. Both options, either requesting a...Read more »
They are trained to use specific tests which have been developed and approved for testing motor skills affected by alcohol or narcotic substances; however, their general observations are also used to assist them and the trier of fact at trial (judge or jury) to determine intoxication.
Were you charged with DUI? It doesn't matter if they were jaywalking. It may be that you're not guilty of failing to yield to a pedestrian crossing outside of the cross-walk, and it may also be that the pedestrian is contributorily negligent for his injuries, and it may even be none of your fault...Read more »
Yes, driving under the influence of drugs. Just like alcohol you voluntarily consumed the drug, and either knew or should have known the effects. There are potential defenses based on facts not shared in your post.
There are two bases to lose your driving privilege: first, if you refuse the breath test or test above the legal limit; second, upon conviction and assessment of points. Under the first scenario you can get the ignition interlock and still drive. Under the second, you may get revoked for up to 18...Read more »
Pleading guilty, as opposed to being found guilty after trial, shows “acceptance of responsibility” which a judge can consider to be a positive factor in mitigation of any sentence. Further, in many cases, the prosecutor will offer to let you plead guilty to the lesser charge of Driving While...Read more »
No, you cannot expunge a DUI PBJ disposition. A PBJ is not, by the way, a conviction, and the fact that you were granted the PBJ means you are not guilty of the DUI (even if you pled guilty or were found guilty after trial). It will, however, continue to show on a criminal background check as a...Read more »
Yes, you are under no obligation to perform stupid human tricks—Er, field sobriety tests. However, once you are arrested and transported back to the police station and asked to take a breath test, your choice will have a significant impact on your driving privilege, so as the Knight Templar said...Read more »
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