DUI and DWI Defense

Conviction on a charge of DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), can result in serious repercussions and should be taken seriously. Accepting DUI charges can have a detrimental and lasting impact on a person’s future. As the state of Maryland, along with other states, stiffens penalties and changes aspects of DUI and DWI laws, John C. Monahan stays up to date on the evolution of such laws and continues to provide strong legal representation to clients facing charges related to drunk driving and driving under the influence of other illicit substances. The DUI and DWI process is complex. If you are charged with one of these offenses you will likely have a lot of questions and concerns following your arrest. Will I be sentenced to time in jail? Will I lose my drivers license? How much will this cost me? What happens at the arraignment? What is the difference between a DUI and a DWI? Is it possible to beat a DUI or DWI? What kind of attorney do I need to hire? These are common questions that John C. Monahan can help answer for you.  It is also important that you understand your rights before you go into court. John C. Monahan will meet with you to explain the intricate details of your individual case and discuss possible defenses that will help to achieve the best possible outcome for you. As a member in good standing with the National College of DUI Defense, Monahan has the expertise needed to represent clients needing a DUI or DWI lawyer through to verdict.  John C. Monahan is dedicated to defending DUI and DWI cases from first offenses to felony drunk driving. Monahan is experienced and available to work with clients throughout the entire DUI/DWI defense process. Monahan provides the best defense for clients charged with DUI or DWI offenses. His aim is always to reduce or dismiss the charges you are facing.

If facing a DUI or DWI charge in Montgomery County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, or other areas of the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area, contact John C. Monahan to learn how he can provide the legal representation you need when charged with a DUI or DWI.

Following are some answers to some common questions associated with a DUI or DWI offense in Montgomery County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, or other areas of the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area:

 

What is the difference between a DUI and a DWI?

The distinction between driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and driving while impaired (DWI) is important, as the consequences of one are more severe than the other.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) is the more serious offence of the two. A DUI can be determined by receiving a breath test result of 0.08 or higher in the state of Maryland, or a finding that the alcohol that the driver has consumed has substantially impaired the driver’s “normal” ability to operate a vehicle.

Driving While Impaired (DWI) is the less serious crime between the two and is categorized as the result of a breath test scoring between a 0.07 and 0.08 or a finding that the alcohol the driver has consumed has impaired normal driving coordination to “some” extent.

 

Is it possible to beat a DUI or DWI charge?

The police and prosecutor may want you to think that there is no defense for a DUI or DWI charge, but there are numerous defenses available to either reduce or beat a DUI or DWI charge. For clients facing a DUI or DWI charge, John C. Monahan will evaluate the case, and if appropriate and applicable, will determine a defense for your case and work diligently to defend you against conviction or reduce your charges. Some examples of potential defenses against DUI charges are:

  • A lack of evidence
  • Illegal arrest
  • Miranda rights violations
  • Mistakes in acquiring an accurate blood or breath test
  • A lack of probable cause for making the initial stop by the officer

 

What Happens at the Arraignment?

An Arraignment is your first court appearance following your DUI or DWI arrest. During your arraignment, the charges that are being filed against you will be read and you will have the opportunity to enter a plea of either, “guilty”, “not guilty” or “no contest”. If you wish to challenge the charges against you, you should plea “not guilty”. You will then be given a future trial date. Facing an arraignment can be confusing, intimidating and overwhelming. John C. Monahan can accompany you to your arraignment to ensure that you are treated fairly and that all administrative details are handled properly.

 

What types of consequences might I be facing?

If you have been arrested for a DUI or DWI in the state of Maryland in Montgomery County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, or other areas of the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area, you may face jail time, loss of your driver’s license and incur expensive fines and costs. Even a first time offense could result in substantial penalties including jail time, fines, suspension of your license, and/or alcohol education classes. If you have been arrested for a DUI or DWI in Maryland, John C. Monahan can help you determine what defenses might be available against your case.