Wednesday, September 14, 2016

PBJ for First Time DUI in Bel Air? – Don’t Take it for Granted

Throughout Maryland, every county treats DUI cases a little bit differently in terms of how they punish them.  Harford County is one of the toughest counties in Maryland if you’re facing criminal charges, and it is no different for drinking and driving cases. Compared to other counties in the State, Harford County prosecutors offer some of the least attractive plea deals and the judges tend to order harsher sentences, even for first time offenders. Other counties, such as Prince George’s County, make it very easy to automatically get a PBJ by simply paying a fine.

While first time DUI offenders are eligible for a PBJ, assuming that you will get one in Harford County is a huge mistake.  While it is always important to hire an attorney for your DUI case, it is even more important to make sure you hire an experienced DUI attorney for a Harford County case if you want to have a chance at a PBJ.  Don’t get stuck taking a mediocre offer because you retained an attorney who didn’t fight to get you the best result. Unlike a lot of other attorneys, our lawyers aren’t afraid to go to trial and will leverage the strengths in your case to get the best possible result for you.

Litigation News September 2016

This month, our attorneys achieved an outstanding result in a DUI trial in Montgomery County. Our client was charged with DUI(a)(1) and DUI(b)(1), failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to obey a properly placed traffic control device.  The State's initial officer was to plead to a DWI and failure to stop at a stop sign, and there was no opposition to a PBJ.  The Prosecutor insisted that our client should get a point on his license for the stop sign.  The State's best evidence against our client was his admission that he had alcohol prior to driving, which was made through a Korean officer interpreting to the arresting officer.  The State did not produce the Korean officer for trial, which our attorney, Ms. Ruhl, insisted on before agreeing to a plea.  The State was forced to nol pros the drinking charges and our client walked away with a simple stop sign violation.  Our client will have the DUI charges expunged from his record.