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Maryland DUI & DWI Defense Attorney

Being charged with a DUI or DWI in Maryland is a frightening experience that no one ever really expects to happen. While DUI arrests can help keep the road safer, many people who are pulled over and charged with drunk driving have been wrongfully accused.

If you are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, your life will be impacted in several ways, including potentially losing your license, serving jail time and being ordered to pay exorbitant fines or significantly higher insurance rates.

First Time Charges & Probation Before Judgment

If you’ve never been charged with a DUI/DWI before, you may be eligible for a Maryland procedure called “probation before judgment.” This means that you may be able to avoid many of the negative consequences that are related to a DUI conviction, but you will have to adhere to the specific terms of the probation outlined by the court.

DUI/DWI Defense Strategies

There are a number of different defense strategies for a DUI charge, depending on the circumstances surrounding the stop and the arrest. An experienced criminal defense attorney will take a thorough look at each of these defense strategies to determine those that are most likely to be successful in your case:

  • The stop itself was not valid. For example, the officer must have probable cause to pull you over in the first place, such as you were weaving in and out of your own lane of traffic or failed to stop at a stop sign.
  • The roadside sobriety tests results are invalid. For example, the there may not have been probable cause to detain the suspect for testing, or the tests themselves may not have been performed according to proper procedure.
  • The officer’s testimony of your appearance and/or behavior can be challenged with alternative explanations. For example, red, watery eyes may have been caused by fatigue or contact lenses, or you may be taking medications that cause slurred speech.

Contact an Experienced Maryland DUI Attorney Today

If you’ve been charged with a DWI or DUI in Greenbelt, MD, it’s important that you contact a qualified criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible following your arrest. Attorney Rhodes has the skills and expertise to challenge each aspect of your arrest, and can increase the chances that the charges against you will be dismissed or reduced.

Contact the Rhodes Law Firm, LLC today for a consultation to discuss the charges against you at (301) 332-4774.