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Saint Mary’s County DUI Lawyer
Law enforcement officers in Saint Mary’s County and across Maryland are always on the lookout for potentially impaired drivers. To determine if you are impaired, they often use a battery of tests (field sobriety tests) that can be difficult to pass even for sober individuals. Facing a DUI in Saint Mary’s County can be scary and confusing, particularly if you have never encountered the criminal justice system in the past. If you are in this situation, a Saint Mary’s County DUI lawyer can provide valuable legal assistance to you. Call and schedule a consultation with a DUI lawyer in Maryland today.
DUI and DWI Charges in Saint Mary’s County, Maryland
Almost all of us know someone who has been pulled over, arrested, and charged with a DUI, but no one expects that it will happen to them at some point. A charge can result from something as simple as being telling an officer you had one drink earlier in the evening. It may also come from the use of faulty equipment, such as a Breathalyzer machine that was not calibrated correctly and gives a false blood alcohol content reading. Your attorney can examine all of the evidence against you and determine a course of action to take. Whether it is refuting evidence presented against you or arguing for less severe penalties, your attorney can assist you by helping you make the correct decisions for your case.
The Importance of Legal Representation
Our St. Mary’s County DUI lawyers bring a wealth of experience with them when they accept a case and they use it to guide them in court proceedings. We know what to ask for, when to ask for it, and what kinds of things to avoid in a criminal case. For example, if this is your first charge, your attorney may ask for Probation Before Judgment (PBJ), payment of fines, or community service requirements as opposed to jail time. If this is not your first offense, your attorney may ask for alcohol education classes or a reduced sentence for jail time. Regardless of the circumstances of your case, your attorney can remain flexible and adjust his or her approach to take your case’s circumstances into account.
These charges can be scary, complicated, and often messy if you do not know how to handle them. But we know what it takes to maneuver though a trial and can handle your case with care and respect. Our attorneys recognize that each case has different elements; no two cases are exactly alike. As such, your attorney will individualize his or her efforts to your specific case. Your case is not “just another case” like the rest and you are not “just another client.” Our attorneys will develop a defense strategy based on the fact-specific circumstances of your case.
If you have been charged with DUI in St. Mary’s County, call (301) 761-4842 today for your free initial case evaluation.
St. Mary’s County Courthouse
If your attorney is unable to negotiate the dropping of your charges, your trial will likely happen at the St. Mary’s County Circuit Courthouse, which is located at 41605 Courthouse Drive in Leonardtown, Maryland. For more information about the court, including its operating hours, you can reach the clerk directly at (301) 475-7844.
If you are coming from Baltimore, start out on I-97 South and take 301 South. Then merge onto Route 4 Southeast, and continue over the Thomas Johnson Bridge. After about four miles, take a right onto Route 235. Then take a left onto Route 245. You will drive for roughly five miles before you get to Leonardtown. The street will eventually turn into Washington Street. Take a left onto Courthouse Drive/ The court will be located on your left.
If you are coming from Northern Virginia, cross the Woodrow Wilson Bridge into Maryland. Take the first exit to Indian Head Highway/Route 210 South. Take a left onto Route 228 toward Waldorf. After crossing 301, that street will turn into Route 5. Take Route 5 to Route 235. The rest of the directions will be the same as they were coming from Baltimore.
If you are coming from Washington, D.C., take I-95 South. Take Exit 7A to Branch Avenue to Route 5 South. Route 5 joins Route 301. After approximately two miles, follow Route 5 bypass signs toward Leonardtown. Follow Route 5 to Route 235. Follow directions as above from Route 235.
If you are coming from Richmond, take I-95 North to 207 East. From there, take 301 across the Harry Nice Bridge, which will take you into Maryland. After about four miles, you will take a right turn onto Route 234. Take Route 234 to Route 5. The directions will then be the same as they were coming from Washington, D.C. from there.