Sunday, January 4, 2015

Why Choose Portner & Shure as your DUI Attorney?

If you have been arrested for a DUI/DWI it is important that you consult an experienced Maryland DUI attorney immediately because DUI is a criminal offense and carries potentially severe penalties.  An experienced attorney can guide you through the court process and find any possible defenses that can either mitigate the penalties in the case, or in some instances, lead to an acquittal or dismissal.

Mr. Portner has a proven track record of successfully defending clients charged with DUI in Maryland.  He knows the severe penalties and all the possible negative effects of having a DUI conviction on your criminal record.  Some of the direct and indirect consequences include jail time, substantial monetary fines, demotion at your job, losing your job, losing security clearance at your job, being deported if in the United States illegally or using a temporary visa.  Mr. Portner has been defending DUI clients for over 20 years.  Portner & Shure has several five-star reviews on Yelp and Avvo, with clients stating their appreciation to Mr. Portner for working tirelessly on their case.  With such severe life-changing penalties possible as a result of a DUI charge, it only makes sense to choose an experienced and knowledgeable DUI attorney to defend you.

For example, Mr. Portner achieved an extremely favorable result for his Chinese-speaking client who was charged with an aggravated DUI when he crashed his car into a guardrail on Route 29 in Howard County, Maryland.  The client’s car was totaled with $28,000 and the client fractured his thumb in the accident.  When police arrived at the scene, the client agreed to perform various field sobriety tests and to a breath test in which he blew a 0.11.  The client was born in China, went to Montgomery College for three years, is a United States citizen, and has had no problems with the law before this incident.  Mr. Portner emphasized the fact that this was the client’s first offense and he had made one terrible mistake.  The Court and the State’s Attorney’s office both agreed with Mr. Portner in that it would be too onerous with the language barrier to sentence the client to supervised probation and that this was the right case for a probation before judgment.  The client was sentenced to unsupervised probation, a rarity in a case akin to this one; however, it was clear that the client had been punished enough by the injuries he sustained and damages to the car.

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