A Perry Hall DWI Lawyer Can Help Fight Driving While Impaired by Alcohol or Other Drugs (DWI) Charges
Facing charges for DWI can be stressful as a conviction wreaks havoc on all aspects of your life. To ensure you have a defense that best supports your case, confer with a Perry Hall DWI lawyer at The Law Office of Cynthia Christiani, LLC. We focus on defending people against criminal charges and stand ready to help you.
Overview of DWI Laws By A Perry Hall DWI Lawyer
DWI is defined by MD Criminal Law Code §21-902(b), which states, “a person may not drive or attempt to drive any vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other drugs.” A first conviction of this misdemeanor can include a penalty not exceeding $500, imprisonment of not more than 2 months, or both. You also face a six-month license suspension. Subsequent convictions will carry stiffer penalties.
MD Criminal Law Code §21-902(c) further clarifies that it is a violation of law to drive while impaired with a minor in the vehicle. Stiffer penalties are imposed if at least one minor is present in the vehicle. For a first-time conviction, under MD Criminal Law Code §27-101(q)(2)(i), a person convicted of DWI while a minor is in the vehicle faces a fine of up to $1,000, imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.
A Perry Hall DWI lawyer from The Law Office of Cynthia Christiani, LLC, can advise you as to the exact penalties and fines you face under your DWI charge.
A Perry Hall DWI Lawyer Explains Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits
BAC measures how much alcohol is in a person’s bloodstream. It is typically measured by a breathalyzer test administered by law enforcement after you are stopped, although it can be determined via a blood analysis. It measures how many grams of alcohol are present per 210 liters of breath or grams of alcohol per 100 liters of blood.
Per MD Criminal Law Code §10-307, when discussing BAC concentrations of more than 0.05 but less than 0.07, “this fact may not give rise to any presumption that the person was or was not under the influence of alcohol or that the person was or was not driving while impaired by alcohol, but this fact may be considered with other competent evidence in determining whether the person was or was not driving while under the influence of alcohol or driving while impaired by alcohol.”
Per MD Criminal Law Code §10-307, for BAC concentrations under 0.05, “it shall be presumed that the person was not under the influence of alcohol and that the person was not driving while impaired by alcohol.”
Speak with A Perry Hall DWI Lawyer at The Law Office of Cynthia Christiani, LLC
A Perry Hall DWI lawyer can play a very important role in crafting a defense that best supports you. They can investigate all aspects of the charges against you and the evidence that is presented. The importance of having counsel to assist you through this process cannot be overemphasized. Contact The Law Office of Cynthia Christiani, LLC, to learn more about the full spectrum of criminal defense legal services we offer.