What can you do if charged with drunk driving?

On behalf of Jack B. Rubin, PA posted in Drunk Driving on Friday, June 12, 2015.

The penalties for being convicted of driving drunk in Maryland can often be severe. Depending on the perceived severity of the offense, any previous convictions and factors such as the presence of children in the vehicle or whether anyone was injured, you could face anything from fines to a prison sentence. You may also lose your license or be ordered to fit an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. Furthermore, the marks on your criminal record can be detrimental to various areas of your life.

If you have been charged with drunk driving, your first concern may be how to form your defense. A good defense may enable you to clear your name completely or at least enable you to get the charges against you reduced. There are several lines of defense you can take, but the one that will be most effective for you will depend on the circumstances of your arrest.

For example, as this article on DUI defense explains, if you did not know that you were intoxicated, then this may count in your favor. This could happen if your drink was spiked with liquor and you were unaware that you had consumed any alcohol. It may also help your case if you can show that you drove under duress or to escape a dangerous situation.

It can be difficult to prepare a defense when you are worried about your future, but an attorney may be able to assist you. He or she can evaluate your case and might be able to suggest the best way to present your side of the story in order to avoid conviction or secure a plea deal.

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