DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving

Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyers – Montgomery County, MD DUI Defense

If you have been arrested in Maryland for DUI/DWI, do not panic.  An arrest does not always mean a conviction or a loss of your license.  As members of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association (“MCDAA”), our lawyers have the same if not more training than police officers and prosecutors in regards to drinking and driving laws.  We exhaust all legal options in order to try and obtain a good result for our clients.

We conduct a thorough investigation of the incident.  Did the police officer have a probable cause to make a stop?  Was there reasonable suspicion to have a person removed from the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests? Was the client advised of the consequences of refusing field sobriety tests and or breathalyzer and/or blood tests? Were you in fact driving?

We handle the criminal/traffic cases in the District Court of Maryland, Circuit Court of Maryland, and in the United States District Court in Maryland.  We walk our clients through the Court case and prepare each case as if we are going to trial.

While examining your defenses to the action, we simultaneously work to retain your administrative privilege to preserve your driver’s license. In Maryland, if you blow either a .08 or above or refuse to submit to a breathalyzer, you have 10 days to request and Administrative Hearing from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (“MVA”) or your license will automatically be suspended. We will handle MVA hearings in addition to the criminal/traffic matters in Court.

The penalties for a first offense in Maryland are severe. Subsequent convictions carry much harsher penalties. Contact an attorney that will fight for your rights and not simply default to a guilty plea.

Contact David Merkin and the Law Offices of Merkin & Taylor, LLC, an experienced DUI attorney in Rockville, Maryland at 301-762-9200.

DUI Law Firm

The Rockville lawyers working at the Merkin & Taylor, LLC are knowledgeable in the Maryland Laws surrounding DUI/DWI and can represent you with aggressive legal skills, professionalism and dedication. Our firm prides itself in representing clients in a personal and individual manner geared to the specifics of each individual case.

A DUI/DWI charge is a serious criminal offense in Maryland and you need to hire an outstanding and talented criminal defense law firm. The charge of DUI brings the possibility of spending time in jail, significant fines and costs, periods of supervised probation, and community service. There is also a significant risk that your driver’s license maybe revoked and/or suspended as a result of a DUI conviction. Also, because there are sobriety tests and breathalyzer machine results to analyze, you need an experienced law firm to understand and challenge the results and validity of the tests and to challenge police officers administration of tests. Merkin & Taylor, LLC is your law firm.

If you have been charged with DUI in Montgomery County, Frederick County, Howard County or Prince George’s County, Maryland call David Merkin at Merkin & Taylor, LLC at 301-762-9200 for a free initial consultation. We welcome the chance to discuss your DUI/DWI case and to devise a solid legal defense. We are ready to defend the DUI/DWI charges with the experience and legal skills to match.

DUI Defense

The Rockville lawyers working at the Merkin Law Group are knowledgeable in the Maryland Laws surrounding DUI/DWI and can represent you with aggressive legal skills, professionalism and dedication.  Our firm prides itself in representing clients in a personal and individual manner geared to the specifics of each individual case.

Maryland DUI/DWI Laws

DUI Stop: What are Maryland Law Enforcement Officers allowed to do?

If you are stopped by a Maryland Law Enforcement Officer for possible DUI/DWI, the officers are allowed to carry out the following actions:

    • Search your vehicle if suspicion of illegal activity or if officer suspects her or his safety is in jeopardy

 

    • Conduct a search of your vehicle or person if there is a suspicion of illegal activity or illegal paraphernalia

 

    • Ask questions surrounding possible alcohol or drug consumption, as long as not in formal custody

 

    • Ask you to leave the vehicle

 

    • Administer field sobriety tests such as horizontal gaze nystagmus, walk & turn, and one-leg stand

 

    • Administer a sobriety test such as a Breathalyzer Test

 

    • Transport you to hospital to have blood tests performed if involved in an accident that involves bodily injury or death

 

You have every right to refuse a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test but keep in mind that Maryland’s implied consent laws mandate that you are obligated to take a breathalyzer test if the officer feels you are driving under the influence of alcohol. If you do refuse, the administrative penalties can be more severe than if you fail a breathalyzer test. Refusing will get you a suspended driver’s license of up to a year. Also keep in mind that if take the breathalyzer and your alcohol concentration is 0.15 or more you are subject to enhanced administrative penalties.

Understand Your Rights

The Rockville, Maryland DUI attorneys at the Merkin & Taylor, LLC will gladly explain the Maryland laws governing drunk driving and your rights. To schedule your free initial consultation, call 301-762-9200. We welcome the opportunity to share our vast wealth of information in regards to DUI laws and trial experience.

DUI Arrests

If you have been arrested for DUI and are in police custody, and the officer wants to ask you questions, you must be read your Miranda rights. If you have been arrested, please be aware that the best course of action is to assert your rights to remain silent and indicate that you want to speak to an attorney. You have up to 2 hours in the State of Maryland to take a breathalyzer test to evaluate your alcohol concentration and the Courts have required that if you request to speak to a lawyer, the law enforcement officers must allow you to contact a lawyer.

If police officers continue to ask you questions after you assert your rights to remain silent and speak to a lawyer, then anything you have said afterwards will not be allowed to be used in a court of law.

Understand Your Rights

The Maryland DUI attorneys at the Merkin & Taylor, LLC will gladly explain the complicated Maryland laws governing drunk driving and your rights. To schedule your free initial consultation, call 301-762-9200. We are conveniently located blocks from the courthouse in Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland and our lawyers practice throughout the State of Maryland. We welcome the opportunity to share our vast wealth of information in regards to DUI laws and trial experience.