Every time you get behind the wheel, there is a reasonable expectation that you will behave in a responsible manner. However, life events tend to distract the most responsible drivers causing them to speed, drive recklessly, or worse. While violating traffic laws may not seem like a major offense, they are crimes that can have a profound effect on your quality of life. If you or a loved one has been ticketed or arrested for or charged with any of the following, you need the expert advice of a traffic defense attorney:
- Reckless Driving
- Vehicular Homicide
- Street Racing
- Driving an Unregistered Vehicle
- Violating traffic laws
- Driving Without a License
- Driving an Uninsured Vehicle
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) vs. Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
Baltimore has some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the country. In Maryland, you can be arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) with a blood alcohol content between .04 and .08 percent. For example, a 150-pound man who has had two 12 ounce beers could be considered legally intoxicated. Charges of Driving Under the Influence begin when a person has a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. Whether a person is convicted of DWI or DUI, the consequences are similar. Both carry hefty fines, potential jail time, and the loss or limitation of the individual’s driver’s license or mandatory participation in the State’s Ignition Interlock Program. This program requires an ignition lock be installed on the person’s car that administers a breathalyzer test before the car can start.
Do I Need an Attorney for my Traffic Defense?
While many ticketed offenses will never see the inside of a courtroom, seeking the advice of an attorney for traffic violations can make a difference in the severity of the punishment you receive. For more severe offenses, such as vehicular homicide, hit-and-run, and DUI/DWI, having an attorney on your side is vital to ensuring your rights to a fair trial are preserved.
For more information on traffic defense or to discuss your case, contact Catherine Flynn for your consultation.