Cited or Arrested for a DUI Offense in Rockville?

Our Skilled Rockville DUI Defense Attorney Fights for Your Rights

Were you pulled over and given a ticket for a traffic violation? If so, you need to contact a Rockville DUI attorney right away. Did you know that if you were pulled over for no particular reason, you can challenge the ticket or driving under the influence (DUI) charge?

Call (301) 608-3000!

The police must have a reasonable cause to arrest you or to stop you on the road. Failure to do so could mean your rights have been violated as a result of the law enforcement officer's blatant overstepping of the law. At Kennedy & Dolan, our Rockville DUI and traffic offense attorneys have represented countless individuals whose rights have been violated due to police misconduct and erroneous arrest.

Whether you need to fight a traffic ticket or a DUI charge, we are here to help.
Call our criminal defense lawyer in Rockville at (301) 608-3000 for a free consultation.

We Know the State's DUI Laws

In Maryland, offenses involving Driving Under the Influence (DUI) can be harshly prosecuted. DUI refers to the illegal act of driving or operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In order to determine if a driver is under the influence, law enforcement officers will subject drivers to chemical or sobriety tests. Unfortunately, it is often during this process that police officers violate the rights of drivers in order to obtain the evidence needed to charge an alleged drunk driver.

Penalties for DUI can be far reaching, even for first-time offenders:

  • First DUI: Up to 1 year in jail, fines not exceeding $1,000, and license suspension for up to 6 months
  • Second DUI: Up to 2 years in jail, fines, and license suspension for up to 1 year
  • Other repercussions: Possible installation of Ignition Interlock Device (IID) at driver's own expense, increased insurance premiums, permanent criminal record, and possible completion of a court-approved alcohol education class

Maryland has a "lookback" period of five years, which means that multiple DUIs within a five-year period add up as second, third, or fourth DUIs that carry more severe consequences. If you are arrested for DUI in Maryland, you will want legal defense right away. With the right Rockville criminal defense lawyer on your side, you may be able to prove that you were arrested under unjust circumstances or that the DUI charge was not legitimate because of a faulty Breathalyzer or blood test.

You Cannot Afford to Plead Guilty to a Ticket Offense

Though you may consider a traffic ticket to be a minor inconvenience at first glance, they can actually have greater implications. You may be tempted to simply pay off your traffic ticket just to make the situation go away. Unfortunately, paying a ticket is the equivalent of pleading guilty to the offense. As a result, you will see an increase in your insurance premiums.

Paying for a ticket, therefore, can cost you so much more than just a one-time fine. It can end up costing you much more in insurance money. Additionally, you may have to pay for traffic school at your own expense just to clear the ticket from your driving record.

Being pulled over for any of the following can count as a traffic violation:

  • Speeding
  • Running a traffic signal
  • Running a stop sign
  • Swerving
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving without insurance
  • Driving with a suspended license

If you are pulled over for a traffic violation such as these or any another offense, you need to talk with an attorney at the firm. Attorney Kathleen Dolan understands how to challenge traffic violation tickets. She may be able to help you save hundreds or thousands of dollars if you are able to beat your ticket. Don't hesitate to call the firm today for more information!

Rockville Criminal Lawyers Protecting Your License

At Kennedy & Dolan, the firm wants to help you protect your license in a traffic violation or DUI case. Retain Ms. Dolan to stand by your side as you fight for your license. You may have to handle this aspect of your case at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) as the MVA has the authority to revoke a license. Argue for your right to keep your license at a MVA hearing with a trained attorney on your side.

Call Kennedy & Dolan today if you want to learn more about traffic violations, DUI penalties, and how to fight these accusations in court. We can be reached at (301) 608-3000 or via e-mail by filling out your free consultation form.

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