When it comes to DUI in Baltimore, Maryland, an arrest is not a guarantee of conviction. With skilled legal representation from a Baltimore DUI lawyer, you can fight and beat your DUI charge.
Even with evidence from blood alcohol analysis or breathalyzer tests, your attorney can build a DUI defense that results in a dismissal or reduction of charges. You may feel that your conviction is certain, but an experienced Baltimore DUI attorney has the legal knowledge to successfully defend you. From negotiating reduced sentencing to challenging the legality of your arrest, your lawyer has an arsenal of resources for use in your defense.
If you are pulled over in a traffic stop and suspected of DUI in Baltimore, there are two critical mistakes you can make that jeopardize the outcome of your DUI case:
Your right to silence to avoid self-incrimination begins not with the reading of your Miranda rights but at the minute you are pulled over. Provide your identification to police when asked, but do not say anything else without the advice of your Baltimore DUI attorney. You do not have to tell police where you have been; you do not have to tell them whether or not you have had anything to drink—or how much you may have had to drink; you do not have to perform field sobriety tests or take a roadside breath test from a portable device. If you are arrested, you will be asked to take a blood alcohol analysis test at the police station or a hospital. This is the official test; you may refuse the test, but if you do so, your license will be automatically suspended, and an attorney cannot help you get it reinstated.
For the best protection and the best start to your defense, politely decline to speak with police until you have had a chance to consult an attorney. Your Baltimore DUI lawyer will help you understand your options and make wise choices throughout the process.
Baltimore DUI cases are generally heard by the Baltimore City District Court. Your Baltimore DUI attorney will defend you before a judge or jury at either the Borgerding District Court Building, located at 5800 Wabash Avenue or the Eastside District Court Building, located at 1400 E. North Avenue.
Baltimore DUI attorney Ed Tayter has experience working with the Baltimore City District Court and understands how to use the nuances of the local court to best defend your case. In addition, he provides help with the MVA hearing that accompanies the DUI criminal proceedings.
Mr. Tayter represents clients in DUI cases across the state of Maryland, but if you are seeking information or representation regarding other criminal charges, please visit Maryland attorney Kathryn Jaffe’s website.