Facing a Traffic Violation or DUI in Rockville MD?
DUI lawyers in Rockville MD – including all traffic offenses
Bours & Lucero, LLC., offers services for traffic problems ranging from minor to serious offenses.
In Maryland new drivers are required to have a provisional license, and this license can be suspended under what MVA calls the “Graduated Licensing System” program, GLS for short. The first moving violation a provisional driver gets results in a referral to the driver improvement program. After that, suspensions of 30 days for a second moving violation, and 180 days for subsequent violation, can be imposed. It is important to contact our office on the first violation and consider contesting each violation to avoid proposed suspensions and other sanctions that will keep you from driving or raise your insurance rates.
Provisional drivers should almost always request a trial if a ticket received carries points. We can help defend charges, and also defend suspension of license sanctions, which are automatic unless an MVA hearing is requested.
Even minor moving violations affect younger drivers, and parents can pay a penalty if insurance rates are increased on teens who accumulate points. Insurance cancellation is possible if the younger driver is suspended. Getting expert advice and effective representation is essential.
Even if you were older and have a standard license, just paying a ticket may cost you thousands of dollars in increased insurance penalties you didn’t consider. Standard traffic violations require an immediate response and the favored action always is to obtain a trial and seek legal advice before paying a citation that can cost you penalties that you did not anticipate.
Contact our DUI & Traffic Law Attorneys
Fill out the form below or call (301) 340-7600 to arrange a free consultation in Rockville, MD.
Alcohol Offenses – Drunk Driving – “Noah’s Law”
At the other end of the spectrum is what some have called “the most frequently committed criminal offense by non-criminals,” drinking and driving, or DUI. Maryland law on these offenses typically provides for BOTH license suspension and court sanctions, and all DUI offenses carry the possibility of jail and severe point consequences on your license.
There are four different types of alcohol or drug related charges under Maryland law. Although the names have changed over the years, “Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol” currently refers to the most serious type of drunk driving, where the defendant is extremely drunk or substantially affected by the consumption of alcohol. First offenders face up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000.00 and 12 points, if convicted. An alternative approach is a charge for “DUI per se” where the State has a reduced burden to prove substantial impairment but the defendant took a breath test of .08 or greater, which establishes that he or she was under the influence because of that test [per se] alone.
If you took a breath test there are a number of technical issues that can be applied to prevent the breath test from being admitted in court.
The lesser charge involving alcohol and driving is now called “Driving While Impaired by Alcohol,” and carries up to 60 days in jail, fines of up to $500.00, and 8 points. Obtaining a reduction of the more serious charge is a realistic option in many cases because judges are reluctant to acquit any alcohol offender completely. But if the evidence supports the more serious charge, you need an excellent trial lawyer to negotiate the lesser offense or obtain that verdict after trial.
Two other charges deal with driving while impaired by drugs, or drugs and alcohol in combination, the same penalty as driving impaired by alcohol alone, and driving while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance, same penalties as DUI. Drug related arrests often involve an extra police witness called a “Drug Recognition Expert,” and few lawyers have actually become involved in the type of in depth research and practice that is necessary to defend these cases successfully.
Our firm offers expert guidance by one of the preeminent attorneys in DUI defense, and solutions for both court and MVA issues. An early consultation is essential, as DUI license suspensions can occur quickly and automatically unless steps are taken to request an MVA hearing or enter programs that permit driving with an “ignition interlock” device.
Preparing for a good result in court also requires immediate attention to obtaining an alcohol evaluation, education or treatment. Every client and every case is different. We know that small things can make a big difference, but look to results, not volume discounts. Our fees are reasonable and are based on the facts of each case. Call us today to ensure you have DUI lawyers that are ready to go to bat for you. With over 60 combined years of legal experience, we’ve protected the rights of countless people, their friends, and family members. We’re ready to do the same for you.