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Criminal and Traffic Law

 

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DWI/DUI

You made a mistake.  You are charged with a DUI.  Actually, if in MD, you are charged with about 4 different charges.  Then there is the MVA hearing.  There are many things to evaluate when defending a DUI/DWI.  Chief among them are the stop, or the reasons for the stop.  If there was no legal reason for the stop, everything else can go away.  The administration and results of the field sobriety tests also need to be evaluated.  You would be amazed how many officers do not know how to administer field sobriety tests.

 

DUI/DWIs are an area of law where people sometimes just call to shop prices.  I understand that.  However, without a serious consulation you may be waiving certain rights, not litigating certain possible defenses, and usually looking at taking a plea.  While the best option available sometimes is a plea, one should not arrive to that decision without an indepth review of your case and your situation.  And it is hard to do that in a 2 minute phone call.  

 

So, give me a call, or send me an email and set up a consulation.  Leave me your cell phone, where you can get a text, and your email address.  My assistant or I try to return all calls within a few hours.

Drug Possession and Distribution
Assault

The crime of assault can range from spitting on someone to beating someone senseless.  First degree, second degree, and reckles endangermen all fall under the heading assault.  The punishment can be from a PBJ to 25 years for a first degree assault fellony.  Sometimes, individuals who are charged with assault were actually engaged in self-defense, or actually committed a lesser assault.  Assault is also a very common charge in Protective Orders.  

Driving Violations

Driving while Suspended can carry a jail sentence.  There are three diferent subsections that a driving while suspended can be charged under.  I can help you decide how best to address your charge, depending on the circumstances, the prosecutor, and the judge hearing your case.  

 

The good news is that possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana (without indicia of distribution) is now a fine only.  The funny part is that paraphernalia is still a crime.  So is, of course, the distribution of marijuana.  The Devil's dandruff, Cocaine, is still illegal.  So are the rest of the opiates and pills.  So..until some of these laws are changed, you will need an attorney to defend you.  If you qualify for the Public Defender, go there!  I find that most public defenders are smart, caring individuals who know their craft.  If you decide to go with a private attorney, then give me a call and lets talk about it.  Sometimes Drug Court is an option, sometimes what the police called distribution is only a possession charge.  Call my office and lets talk about it.