It’s clear that all across the country, law enforcement is taking DUI much more seriously. It seems like each year the laws become stricter and the consequences become more severe. Maryland law provides for substantial penalties if you are convicted of an alcohol-related traffic offense including both heavy fines, significant jail time and the loss of driving privileges. If you or a family member has been charged with DUI or DWI it is important to contact a lawyer immediately. Certain significant rights must be exercised within a short period of time or you may lose these rights. The Annapolis DUI and DWI attorneys at Fratus Brady understand how serious these charges are, and they have the experience necessary to handle your case correctly.
If you have been charged with driving while impaired or driving under the influence, the attorneys of Fratus Brady, LLC, will work diligently to investigate all aspects of the case against you by examining critical issues, including:
- Was your initial traffic stop legal?
- Was the police officer properly trained to administer a field sobriety test or breath test?
- Was the breath testing equipment functioning properly?
- Did the police officers involved in your case properly comply with all required rules and procedures?
There are several factors involved in a DWI/DUI charge that can be successfully challenged but your attorney must have the knowledge and skill to aggressively defend your rights and to guide you through what is a complicated process involving your interaction with law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, the court system and the Motor Vehicle Administration. We prepare for each and every case as if it was going to be decided by a trial.
However, as we prepare for trial we make every effort to communicate effectively with law enforcement, the courts, prosecutors and the Motor Vehicle Administration to evaluate whether your case might be more favorably resolved without a trial. Either way, we are with you at every step of the process to ensure that you are treated fairly and with respect and to be certain that your case is resolved in a way that is as favorable to you as possible.
Let’s be honest: yes, there is a reason people don’t like lawyers but there is also a reason why people don’t like drunk drivers. It could be you, or your mother, father, son or daughter riding in the car that gets hit by a drunk driver. We know our clients did not hire us to be lectured or preached to about the evils of drunk driving and a lecture or sermon is not what you’ll get. But we also know that some of our clients will need help that has nothing to do with a courtroom and everything to do with a classroom or counselor’s office. This is why we also offer our clients the chance to find and enroll in an appropriate alcohol and/or drug education, counseling or treatment program before the scheduled court date. For some clients it may not be necessary, for others it might not make a difference, but for us, it means we still care about our clients and our community.