The most frequent run-in with the law that people have results from driving. Police and highway patrol officers keep our streets and highways safe by ticketing those who violate the rules of the road. But traffic tickets can mean more than merely paying a fine. Multiple violations can result in the loss of your driver’s license and driving privileges. If you were in an accident, you may face civil liability and, in some cases, punitive damages. Your insurance rates can skyrocket. And repeat offenders can be put in jail. But there are alternatives.
Lotze Mosley, LLP represents drivers throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C. when they have been arrested or ticketed for—
What Are DUI/OWI Charge Penalties in Washington, D.C. and Maryland?
For driving under the influence or operating a vehicle while intoxicated, there are different penalties. For a first offense, the penalty is 180 days and/or $1,000 fine if the client’s BAC is below .20. There are mandatory minimums for incarceration when the BAC is above .20 or if there is a repeat conviction.
The Department of Motor Vehicles also imposes consequences on those who have been convicted of or arrested for DUI. The DMV will suspend a person’s license for a period of one year if he or she has been arrested.
What Are Next Steps?
If you have been charged with a DUI, you should contact a lawyer to obtain legal representation. After you have contacted a lawyer, meeting with him or her to go over your case is important. Your attorney can gather facts, identify potential witnesses, and interview them. If you wait a long time to speak to any potential witnesses, memories may have lapsed, and your DUI defense may be harmed.
It is also important to contest any DMV infraction. This must be done within a certain amount of time after receiving a ticket or notice of infraction. A hearing to contest the infraction must be scheduled as soon as possible. Our attorneys will establish a relationship with an expert who can review your police report and identify any weaknesses the case may have.
Should I Contact My Insurance Company?
You should never contact your insurance company without consulting with your lawyer. Insurance companies often record interactions had with them, and this could be used adversely against you later on in your case.
Can I Receive an Expungement of a DUI/OWI?
Cases that are resolved in a client’s favor by dismissal, acquittal, or success of a diversion agreement can, for the most part, be expunged.
How Lotze Mosley LLP Can Help
Our firm represents clients in Superior Court and at the Department of Motor Vehicle hearings. We will help you explore your options, fight for your rights, and counsel you through various stages of your case. We also have established a strong relationship with an expert who can help provide you with potential defenses and poke holes in the case the police may have against you. Call us for help with your DUI charge today <a href=”tel:2023930535″>(202) 393-0535</a>.