MARYLAND VETERANS LAWYER FOR DUI DEFENSE
Facing DUI Charges in Maryland?
Our criminal defense attorneys can help you navigate these testing times and get your life back on track.
According to several studies, veterans are likelier than civilians to land on the wrong side of the law. Risk factors include PTSD, substance abuse, sexual trauma, combat injuries, and adverse childhood experiences.
In a statement, Army Col. Jim Seward, who led the development of criminal and juvenile justice reforms for South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, said, "We honor our veterans with parades, medals, and praises when they come home. But we do so little to help them manage the trauma and other lasting damage their service can inflict."
The experts at Atkinson Law believe that our veterans deserve better. We have the most respect and gratitude for those who have served our nation. But in reality, veterans can find themselves entangled in legal troubles, especially DUI charges. When that happens, we can help.
DUI/ DWI in Maryland
In Maryland, DUI charges occur when you're found driving with a BAC (Blood alcohol concentration) of 0.08% or higher. If convicted, it can lead to severe consequences, including hefty fines, potential jail time, license suspension, and mandatory participation in alcohol education programs.
Maryland also recognizes a lesser charge – Driving While Impaired (DWI) – applicable when your BAC comes between 0.04% and 0.08%.
If you were drunk driving in a school zone, had a child in the vehicle, found possessing drugs, or run into someone else's property, resulting in serious harm, it can further augment the consequences.
The specific penalties for these offenses can vary based on your BAC level, whether it's a repeat offense and many other factors.
Do You Need A Lawyer For Your Case?
After you're held for a DUI or DWI, you cannot change what has happened. The important thing now is to address the matter tactfully and safeguard your future. A Maryland DUI attorney with the right experience can help you shield yourself from stricter penalties. An attorney who handles DUI cases will have a thorough understanding of the laws concerning your case.
But do you really need a lawyer? Legally, you don't. If you think sensibly, you do.
Maryland's impaired driving charge can be multifaceted and financially draining. Apart from the fines, you could be paying for court fees, ignition interlock charges, and treatment center costs. Add to it the loss of reputation and a host of other problems.
So, do not attempt to represent yourself for such offenses. The laws can be tricky, and you can jeopardize your impeccable service record. Hiring an attorney can help you do away with a lot of these troubles and help you navigate the specifics with considerable ease.
Experience the Atkinson Law Difference
At Atkinson Law, we've had the privilege to represent many veterans and even law enforcement personnel, first responders, and more.
One of our clients was pulled over for a DUI and had a BAC slightly over the limit. When they contacted us, our experts looked deeply into the matter and found out that our client had recently started a new medication for PTSD, unaware of how it might interact with alcohol. We worked hard to pull out their service record, indicate the trauma they endured, and present expert testimonies about the side effects of this particular medication. The court was empathetic towards the whole situation, reducing the charges while recommending counseling over severe penalties.
That's the kind of difference we're striving to make in every victim's life.
Contact A DUI Defense Attorney in Maryland Today
Veterans have given up so much for our nation. At Atkinson Law, we believe in giving back by ensuring they receive fair and compassionate legal representation.
If you or a loved one is a veteran facing DUI charges in Maryland, we're here to help, bringing a nuanced understanding of the unique challenges faced.
Contact us at 410-882-9595 for a free consultation with our DUI defense attorneys.