LEGAL GUIDE
Written by attorney Ross Wesley Albers | Apr 19, 2016

Defenses to a Maryland DUI

If you are currently facing Maryland DUI charges, then you probably feel like your case has no defense. You may have been speeding, admitted to drinking and failed the standard field sobriety tests. However, the worst mistake you can make at this time is to believe that you can either defend yourself without an attorney, or plead guilty and allow the State’s Attorney’s Office to not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Unlawful Police Stops

Almost all Maryland DUI cases begin with a traffic stop. A traffic stop is where a police officer observes you commit a violation of the traffic laws of Maryland. For example, speeding and unsafe lane changes are common traffic violations that result in DUI arrests. This contact with the officer is the first element of your DUI case. Mr. Albers will scrutinize the reason the police officer stopped you and prepared a defense to prevent the prosecution from proving its case.

Faulty Field Sobriety Tests

Mr. Albers will carefully assess the police officer’s implementation of the Standard Field Sobriety Tests. Did the law enforcement officer accurately and clearly demonstrate the tests to you? Did the police office ask you if you have any medical conditions that would prevent you from performing the tests?

Improper Breathalyzer Procedure

If you take the breathalyzer and blow .08 or higher, then you are presumed to have been driving while intoxicated. However, did the officer follow the proper procedure in giving the test to you? Did the police officer obtain a sample within two hours of your arrest? Were you read your DR-15 rights? Did an officer observe you for 20 minutes prior to the test? Was the machine properly calibrated? Mr. Albers has been successful in court in keeping out of evidence the result of the breath test.

Contact Maryland DUI Attorney Ross W. Albers

Mr. Albers will help you prepare an aggressive defense. The Law Offices of Ross W. Albers litigates DUI cases throughout Maryland. Call 443/538-8717 to speak directly to Maryland DUI Attorney Ross W. Albers.

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