Anne Arundel County DUI Lawyer
Drunk driving charges are very serious matters that should be handled with caution by a legal professional.They are so serious, in fact, that even one conviction can spell out certain outcomes that are not pleasant to consider. These outcomes include jail time, points on your license, higher insurance premiums, and loss of employment. In Anne Arundel County, prosecutors eagerly seek stiff penalties for those charged with a DUI. Fortunately, an Anne Arundel County DUI lawyer is here to help you beat your charges and get on with your life. Call today and discuss your case with a Maryland DUI lawyer.
Qualified Anne Arundel County DUI Attorney
One of the reasons prosecutors are so eager to ask a judge for harsh penalties for drunk driving is the fact that Anne Arundel County is a center of tourism for Maryland. Located in the central part of the state and home to the state capital, Annapolis, its scenic beauty and tourist industry attract thousands of people every year. Prosecutors use the danger that a person who is driving drunk can pose to crowds and the interest of preserving the peace in this tourist spot as justifications as to why someone charged with a DUI should be punished severely. The Anne Arundel DUI attorneys with our firm can build a defense for you and demonstrate why reasons like tourist attractiveness are not reasons for why people should be more severely punished when they get a DUI. Your attorney can craft compelling arguments on your behalf and can present these arguments at every stage of your case.
If someone has been arrested for a DUI and is subsequently released from holding, they will need information on tracking down their vehicle and getting it back into their possession. With an experienced local attorney, the process can be expedited because the attorney will have knowledge on places the vehicle may be.
Knowledgeable Anne Arundel County DUI Lawyers
DUI law is complicated and often difficult to understand. In Maryland, the Shelter Doctrine plays a large role in DUI cases in addition to discussions on the definition of driving. Additionally, if someone has been charged with a DUI while they are on probation for another criminal offense, navigating those circumstances becomes much trickier. Luckily, the knowledgeable attorneys with our firm understand this area of law very well and are able to use that knowledge to better represent you in your case.
Our attorneys not only know about the relevant state laws as they currently stand, but they stay on top of all developments and new findings that the courts issue. They can apply the latest case law and statutes that help your case and can explain those parts of the case to you. Our attorneys have no problem taking the time to clarify difficult or confusing concepts and want you to stay informed of all stages of your case. An experienced local attorney can keep clients informed on possible mitigating factors they can consider, like voluntarily participating in a DUI educational program.
Part of a strong defense includes knowing what additional steps can be taken to provide evidence of a person’s innocence. A lawyer who has experience and has handled these cases before will be able to advise a person on whether or not they should submit to independent testing, but that can only be done if a lawyer is retained as soon as possible after a DUI arrest.
Finding an Experienced Local Attorney
Our attorneys can play a huge role in your case’s success. Far too often, those facing criminal charges mistakenly believe that they are well-versed enough in the law that they can handle their cases on their own. Far too often, these individuals encounter an unpleasant surprise when they realize their case is overwhelming to them and that they have damaged it by trying to manage it without legal help. Arrest records are public, meaning that any person interested in researching your history can access that information. Don’t make that mistake – let us help you with your case starting today; experience the difference that a competent, licensed legal professional can make for you. When you hire an attorney early on in the process, they can guide you through the pre-trial release and bond process.
If you have been charged with drunk driving in Anne Arundel County, call (401) 734-2675 today for your free initial case evaluation. Our attorneys have a good understanding about the local laws that will play a big part in your case as well as familiarity with the courtrooms where your trial may ultimately be held. Please allow us to use our experience to help you get a positive result in your case.
Anne Arundel County Courthouse
The Anne Arundel County Circuit Court is located at 7 Church Circle in Annapolis, Maryland. The courthouse is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Anne Arundel County Courthouse is accessible by both personal and public transportation. Further details about driving and parking directions are outlined in the sections below. Cell phones are permitted but must be on silent or turned off in the court room. Failure to abide by these rules will result in additional consequences and legal penalties.
Anne Arundel County District Court is located in the George M. Taylor Multi-Service Center at 7500 Gov. Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie, Maryland. This facility is located near parking lots for personal vehicles and an MTA bus stop. Both the parking lot and street parking spots next to the court house are free of charge. The center is within walking distance of the Baltimore Annapolis Blvd Ritchie Highway SB bus stop.
Driving Directions to Circuit Court
P. O. Box 2395
7 Church Circle
Annapolis, MD 21404 – 2395
From Baltimore: Take I-695 East towards Key Bridge/Glen Burnie. Get off at the exit for I-97 South toward Annapolis. Watch for signs for Route 50 and merge left onto Route 50 East. Take the exit for Route 70/Rowe Boulevard and stay to the right as the road forks past the exit ramp. Continue straight on Rowe Boulevard and bear right at the intersection with Bladen Street. Then bear left onto Northwest Street. Take Northwest Street up to Church Circle and proceed right into the circle. The courthouse will be on the right between Franklin and South Streets. Approximate distance from Baltimore: 30 miles. Approximate travel time: 45 minutes.
From the Eastern Shore of Maryland/Delaware: Take Route 301 South to merge with Route 50 West toward Bay Bridge. Once over the Bay Bridge, stay on Route 50 until you get into the Annapolis area. Take the exit for Route 70/Rowe Boulevard. Continue straight on Rowe Boulevard and bear right at the intersection with Bladen Street. Then turn left onto Northwest Street. Take Northwest Street up to Church Circle and proceed right into circle. The courthouse will be on the right between Franklin and South Streets. Approximate distance from Easton, Maryland: 42 miles. Approximate travel time from Easton, Maryland: 65 minutes.
From Western Maryland: Take I-270 South towards Washington, D.C. I-270 South will become the Capital Beltway. Proceed on the beltway to the exit for Route 50 East. Continue on Route 50 East and take exit for Route 70/Rowe Boulevard and stay to the right as the road forks after the exit ramp. Continue straight on Rowe Boulevard and bear right at the intersection with Bladen Street. Then turn left onto Northwest Street. Take Northwest Street up to Church Circle and proceed right into the circle. The courthouse will be on the right between Franklin and South Streets. Approximate distance from Frederick, Maryland: 72 miles. Approximate travel time: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
From South County/Prince Frederick areas: Take US Route 301 North towards Baltimore and look for US Route 50/US Route 301 toward Washington/Annapolis. Stay to the right and merge onto Route 50 East towards Annapolis. Continue on Route 50 East and take the exit for Route 70/Rowe Boulevard and stay to the right as the road forks past the exit ramp. Continue straight on Rowe Boulevard and bear right at the intersection with Bladen Street. Then turn left onto Northwest Street. Take Northwest Street up to Church Circle and proceed right into the circle. The courthouse will be on the right between Franklin and South Streets. Approximate distance from Prince Frederick, Maryland: 45 miles. Approximate travel time: 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Parking at Circuit Court
Once you arrive in Annapolis, parking can be found at various locations around the courthouse. The two closest parking facilities are the Whitmore Garage and the Gott’s Court Garage—both of which can be accessed off Calvert Street.
To get to the Whitmore Garage, take Calvert Street and turn right onto Clay Street. The entrance will be on the left. The Gott’s Court Garage is located near the Annapolis Visitors Center—the entrance is on the left off of Calvert Street. There is also the Hillman Garage on Duke of Gloucester Street, but due to a number of offices and retail stores in that area, it tends to fill up faster.
The court recommends that you use its alternate parking location at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Circuit Court parking is available on the blue side of the Stadium. You must enter/exit through Gate #5 on Taylor Avenue (do not use Gate #7, this entry is for district court parking). There are two City of Annapolis buses (State Shuttle and Navy Blue) that provide free shuttle service to downtown Annapolis, including a stop immediately in front of the circuit courthouse. Shuttle buses pick up and drop off at the two stadium bus shelters location in the blue parking lot. There is a $5/day fee for parking at the stadium.
Clerk at Circuit Court
Robert G. Wallace
Driving Directions to District Court
George M. Taylor District Court/Multi-Service Center
7500 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD 21061 – 3756
From 695, take Exit 3 to Route 2 (Ritchie Highway). The court is located at the intersection of Route 2 and Route 648 (Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd).
From Route I-97 take Quarterfield Road (Exit 13) toward Glen Burnie. Make a left onto Crain Highway. Make a right onto Fifth Avenue. Make a left onto Ritchie Highway (Route 2). The court is located on the southbound side of Ritchie Highway and B&A Boulevard (MD 648), next to La Fontaine Blue.
Parking at District Court
There is free parking on the street and in the parking garage next to court.