Criminal Defense

Driving Under the Influence

A person charged with a DUI or DWI charge can lose their driving privileges and face jail time, particularly if this is not a first-time offense.

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Driving under the influence

Blood or breath alcohol concentration

A blood or breath alcohol concentration of .08 or more is considered to be driving under the influence of alcohol. Where an individual’s blood or breath alcohol concentration is .05 or less, he or she is presumed not to be under the influence of alcohol, nor driving while impaired.

Driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while impaired (DWI) by alcohol differ by the degrees of intoxication. Both crimes require that normal coordination be reduced due to alcohol intoxication. A blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reading is often taken by a breathalyzer or a blood alcohol test.  A blood alcohol concentration is the amount of alcohol present in a 100 milliliter volume of blood.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is the more serious crime and requires that the amount of alcohol consumed substantially impaired the person’s normal coordination.

Driving while impaired is the less serious crime and only requires that the alcohol consumed has impaired normal coordination to some degree. Even if there is evidence that a defendant consumed alcohol, a defendant cannot be found guilty unless he or she was under the influence of or impaired by alcohol.

Evidence of being impaired by alcohol can come from a breathalyzer, blood alcohol tests and field sobriety tests.  Law enforcement in Maryland is supposed to utilize standardized field sobriety tests.  The reliability of these tests can be impacted by numerous factors.

The potential criminal penalties for DUI and DWI are documented by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.  The charges can result in the suspension of your driver’s license, the assessment of points, fines and imprisonment.   A first offense  for DUI can result in one year in jail, the assessment of 12 points, a six month revocation of your driver’s license and a $1,000 fine.  Maryland offers interlock programs and requires interlock participation before certain drivers may regain full licensure.

Bowie criminal defense lawyer, Maria Patterson may be reached at 301-383-1522 to discuss representation for DUI and DWI cases.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated, please call DUI lawyer, Maria Patterson, at 301-383-1522 to schedule an appointment at the Bowie office of Patterson Law in her Prince George's County offices. Patterson Law is conveniently located on Melford Boulevard, which is an exit off of the intersection of Route 50 and Route 301. Maria Patterson handles criminal cases in Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Charles, Calvert, and Montgomery Counties.

Maria Patterson, Lawyer

DUI lawyer Maria Patterson has handled dozens of cases involving Driving Under the Influence. Maria Patterson has routinely dealt with toxicology experts, particularly involving cases where injuries were caused by someone charged with driving under the influence.

Attorney Maria Patterson is well versed in the science behind blood alcohol tests, sobriety tests, and their admissibility in court. Criminal attorney, Maria Patterson, has successfully defeated DUI charges in Court.

Maria Patterson handles criminal DUI cases in most of Southern Maryland’s counties.

Prior to handling these cases criminally, Maria Patterson spent over 12 years defending serious personal injury cases for private law firms and for State Farm Insurance Company.  She tried over 100 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials before a Judge.

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If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident where alcohol was involved please click here for more information about you or your family member's options of pursuing an injury claim. Injury claims of passengers of drunk drivers are often contested by insurance companies. The insurance companies typically allege that the passenger assumed the risk of his or her injuries and is not entitled to compensation. Attorney Maria Patterson has tried dozens of personal injury cases on behalf of drivers and passengers where alcohol was or was alleged to be a factor.

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