Carroll County DUI Defense Lawyer Protects Your Future
Experienced criminal law attorney advocates for your rights in Maryland
A conviction for driving under the influence, or DUI, carries severe penalties in Maryland. At the Law Office of James F. Brewer in Westminster, I understand what is at stake in your case. Since 2001, I have provided clients in Carroll and the surrounding counties with trusted counsel and skilled legal support. Drawing upon my experience as a prosecutor, I strive to address the challenges of your DUI/DWI case effectively and efficiently. Whether you face charges for a first-time DUI/DWI, subsequent DUI/DWI, or another type of traffic offense, I defend your rights with skill and passion at every turn.
Knowledgeable Maryland attorney builds defense strategies for DUI/DWI cases
Driving while impaired, or DWI, is a less serious offense than DUI, but both charges have serious repercussions. In Maryland, DWI is charged when a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is between 0.07 and 0.08 percent. A DUI is charged when a driver has a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher.
However, the real difference between the two offenses comes down to the penalties. A first-time DUI offender faces up to $1,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, 12 points added to their license, and a license revocation of up to six months. First-time DWI offenders face up to $500 in fines, up to two months imprisonment, eight points added to their record, and a six-month license suspension.
Whether you are charged with DUI or DWI, I am committed to helping you fight back. There are a number of DUI/DWI defense strategies I can employ:
- Lack of probable cause for arrest — Depending on the circumstances of your case, I may be able to challenge the legality of the police stop and therefore subsequent arrest.
- Failure to Mirandize — If you are stopped for suspicion of drunk driving and a law enforcement officer places you under arrest, he or she must read you your Miranda rights. Should an officer fail to Mirandize you properly, I may be able to have certain evidence against you dismissed.
- Challenge the blood or urine test — BAC tests must be properly maintained and calibrated in order to provide an accurate assessment of a driver’s level of intoxication. After reviewing your case, I may discover that the police failed to either maintain or calibrate the BAC testing device used on you, which would allow me to challenge the results.
- Medical condition — If you have a medical condition that causes you to exhibit certain symptoms associated with DUI/DWI — bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, limited mobility — I may be able to prove to the court that your arrest was unjustified.
When you are arrested for drunk driving, you can request a license suspension administrative hearing to explain why you deserve to keep your driving privileges. I will attend this hearing with you, protect your rights, and challenge the alleged reasons for your suspension. If your license is suspended, I can assist you in appealing the court’s decision.
Former prosecutor helps you fight traffic tickets
My law office routinely helps Carroll County clients fight traffic citations for the following offenses:
- Failure to stop at a crosswalk
- Cellphone use while driving
- Not wearing a seatbelt
- Parking tickets
- Failure to yield
- Failure to stop
- Reckless driving
- Illegal U-turn
- Driving without registration
- Driving without a license
- Driving without insurance
If you’ve been issued a traffic citation, I will provide you with the same personalized attention and quality counsel I provide to my criminal defense clients. I recognize that traffic tickets cost you time and money and, if left unchecked, can wreak havoc on your driving record.
Contact a reputable DUI/DWI defense lawyer in Carroll County today
The Law Office of James F. Brewer delivers strong representation to people in Carroll and surrounding counties accused of DUI/DWI and other traffic offenses. Call 410-517-7308 or contact my firm online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with me at my Westminster office.