A defense lawyer works to protect your rights and driving privileges
Traffic violations may seem minor, but the effects can have a major impact on your life. Paying a ticket is an admission of guilt, and it can go down on your record as a conviction. If you are stopped again, then you start to look like a habitual offender. And no one needs to remind you that a DWI or DUI charge in Maryland can be very serious.
Advice and representation from the Law Office of Ralph W. Powers, Jr. P.C. could reduce the negative consequences of a traffic stop and help protect your driving privileges, which could lead to considerable savings down the road.
DWI and DUI – Different But Both Serious
DWI refers to driving while impaired. While this offense is not as serious as driving under the influence or DUI, it is still punishable by up to two months in jail for a first-time offense, plus fines. Drivers convicted of DWI can have their licenses suspended for up to six months. If there is a minor in the car, the jail time can be as long as a year. Penalties increase substantially for second and third offenses.
For a DWI conviction, the driver does not need to be legally drunk. If there is evidence that alcohol consumption or drug use impaired the driver’s skills or judgement, then they can be found guilty. A driver can be convicted of the more serious DUI offense with increased penalties if they have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher or if other evidence indicates that they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
However, an experienced defense lawyer could challenge the evidence, even if the evidence involves a chemical test. Because subsequent violations carry such heavy penalties, it makes sense to defend your rights at every opportunity to protect your reputation and driving privileges.
Points and Other Consequences
Getting a citation for a traffic offense like speeding or reckless driving may not seem very dramatic, but these offenses can be very costly. In addition to fines, you could end up with points on your record that can dramatically increase your insurance rates. If you have subsequent offenses, you could face license suspension or revocation. By investing in legal defense now, you can minimize the negative consequences and save money in the long run.
An Experienced DUI and Traffic Offense Lawyer Can Advocate for Your Rights
If you are facing a DUI, DWI, or other traffic offense in Prince Geroge’s County, a knowledgeable defense lawyer from the Law Office of Ralph W. Powers, Jr., P.C. could explain your options for fighting the charges. Contact us now to learn how we could protect your rights and your driving privileges.