Published on Mar 27, 2014
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VIRGINIA DUI DEFENSE, MARYLAND DUI & DWI DEFENSE
Lawyers in Virginia & Maryland
In Maryland & Virginia, operating a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol or other drugs may result in being charged with drunk driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol, drunk driving, drinking and driving is commonly referred to as a DUI or DWI. Depending on the state you have been charged in, the charging document may refer to the charge as a DUI or DWI.
Another type of offense is a DUID. DUID is driving under the influence of drug(s) or a combination of alcohol and drugs. Regardless of whether you have been charged with a DUI, DWI or DUID, the penalties are very serious in Virginia & Maryland. The penalties you receive from the court is only the beginning. You stand to loose your job, pay an exorbitant rate for car insurance, loose your ability to drive either completely or have your driving privileges extremely restricted. The courts have had a lot of pressure put on them lately to not give any kind of break to those charged with an offense where alcohol and driving are involved. These laws apply not only to automobiles, but also to boats and aircraft as well.
The Law Offices of SRIS, P.C. has client meeting locations in Virginia & Maryland to better serve you.
• Virginia: Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Lynchburg, Manassas, Richmond & Virginia Beach.
• Maryland: Rockville & Baltimore.
If you wish to consult with us about a DUI/DWI/DUID case, our attorneys in Virginia & Maryland can be reached at 888-437-7747.
Please click on the state if you wish to see some of the drunk driving laws in:
o Virginia DUI Laws
o Maryland DWI Laws
The attorneys of SRIS, P.C. have pooled their combined knowledge answer some frequently asked questions about DUI/DWI & DWID.
When the laws against drunk driving were originally passed in Virginia & Maryland, a person was convicted based on a variety of factors such as driving symptoms, field sobriety tests. The drunk driving laws have evolved considerably and now the standard for determining if a person is driving under the influence is a lot more objective in Virginia & Maryland. The drunk driving statutes in Virginia & Maryland today call for a variety of standardized tests and scientific test to determine if the person who is charged with a DUI had a blood alcohol content over the legal limit.
The three main factors the Virginia courts & Maryland courts use to determine whether a person is guilty of a DUI is the officer's observations of the accused at the time of offense, field sobriety tests (FSTs) and the intoxilyzer. The current model is the Intox ECR/II. The Intoxilyzer is used to determine a person blood alcohol content (BAC). Through out the entire United States, a BAC of .08% or higher is deemed to be an illegal if driving.
Drinking while driving is illegal in Virginia & Maryland. However, it is only illegal to drive after drinking if your BAC is higher than the legal limit.
If you are under the age of 21 and you drink and drive, even a BAC as low as .02% is enough to convict someone of drinking and driving. The blood-alcohol limit for aircraft pilots is 0.04%, and for commercial drivers 0.04% or 0.05%, depending upon the jurisdiction.