Protecting Your Rights Against DUI Charges
Unlike most criminal charges, drunk driving charges (DUI or DWI) involve two legal processes in Maryland – the administrative process and the criminal process. At the Shipley Law Firm, we aggressively defend clients in both processes.
With more than two decades of criminal law experience, we will thoroughly investigate your DUI charges and protect your rights. Call 410-822-7660 or contact us online to schedule an appointment to discuss your situation with an experienced lawyer. Our lawyers know how the other side approaches DUI cases. We use this experience and knowledge when preparing your case.
Fighting DUI Charges
Many factors contribute to DUI charges. We will thoroughly examine your situation and help you determine the best course of action. The answers to these questions can be vital in defending you against drunk driving charges:
- Why did the officer decide to pull you over?
- Were the field sobriety tests properly administered?
- How were the results of those tests determined?
- Did you have any conversations with the arresting officer?
- Were you properly advised of your rights regarding the Breathalyzer?
DUI charges can have serious consequences. You could lose your privilege to drive, be forced to pay high fines, see your insurance costs skyrocket and even be sentenced to spend time in jail. We will complete a detailed investigation of your case and represent your interests in every part of the defense process.
Administrative Process – If you are arrested for DUI on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, you only have 10 days to request an administrative hearing to avoid any proposed suspension of your driving privilege based on a test result of .08 (BAC) or a test result. Our staff will gladly walk you through the hearing request process. We will prepare you for the MVA hearing and represent you before the administrative judge. If you failed or refused to take a breath test, it is very important to have an experienced attorney to protect your rights at this hearing.
Criminal Process – Apart from the administrative portion of the DUI defense process, we aggressively represent you in the criminal court. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we will either aggressively negotiate a plea in your case or prepare your case for trial either before a judge or jury. We do not hesitate to take cases to trial.
Having handled more than 1,000 criminal cases, we are confident in both negotiating plea agreements and taking cases to trial, be it court or jury. We will give you a realistic idea of what could happen in your situation and protect your best interests.