A DUI in Maryland is a serious offense that can come along with a steep fine, license suspension and even jail time. If you get pulled over for a DUI in Baltimore or the surrounding cities in Maryland, it is important to stay calm and do several things to help minimize penalties. Let’s take a look at what you should do if you are pulled over for a DUI in Maryland.
First and foremost listen carefully to everything the officer says and tells you to do. Listening to the officer and calmly acquiescing to his directions is essential and can help prevent any further charges. The officer will likely administer a sobriety test, read you your rights, and ask you to get into their squad car. Do everything the officer asks, but no more than that. Do not offer any additional information, simply answer the officer’s questions and comply with their directions. The officer will undoubtedly ask you if you’ve been drinking, but you do not have to answer this question should you choose not to. Should you choose to not answer this question, you will still likely be given a breathalyzer test, but your answer will not be included in documentation that the court will use against you. Confessing to even one drink will be documented and used against you. If you choose not to answer this question (as is your right according to the 5th Amendment of the Constitution), respectfully decline to answer that question. Do not lie to the officer and say you have not been drinking if you have, just say you wish to not answer that question. You also have the right to decline the breathalyzer test, however this isn’t recommended. The penalties for refusing the test are often more harsh than those you’d receive if you did take the test. For repeat offenders however, refusing the test may be the better option.
Contact Your Attorney
The next thing you will want to do is ask to speak to your attorney, before saying anything else. Once you have been processed and booked at the police station you have the right to speak with an attorney. You will also need to deal with any documentation you need for your hearing, an attorney can help you navigate this. Once you are released you’ll need to set up a hearing as quickly as possible, as well as obtain a temporary license (because yours will have been revoked at the time of your arrest). As soon as you’ve found an attorney you’ll need to meet with them to discuss your case.
If you are facing a DUI in Maryland, contact our team of professionals at DRA e-Law today to discuss your options. A DUI in Maryland comes with both criminal charges and administrative consequences, so it is important you have a lawyer to help you with your case to mitigate the damage your DUI cases.