Columbia DUI & Traffic Offenses Lawyer
If you have been charged with serious traffic offences or a DUI, you may be terrified about the potential consequences of your legal troubles. To be sure, the penalties you may be facing can be arduous, and may impact your career, relationships, reputation, and pocketbook. With so much at stake, you need a truly dedicated and talented legal team on your side. At the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA, you will get nothing less. The minute you encounter legal issues related to drinking and driving or other serious traffic issues, contact the Columbia DUI & traffic offenses lawyers who have experience in these issues: the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink.
Criteria for Traffic Stops in Howard County
Law enforcement officers must have a legal basis for any traffic stop. In other words, they must have observed you making a traffic violation, or otherwise have reasonable articulable suspicion (RAS) that you are intoxicated. The Supreme Court defines RAS as “more than inchoate and unparticularized suspicion or hunch.”
In the case of a witnessed violation, such as speeding, the impetus for detaining the driver is clear. In the case of an RAS, the officer must be able to explain with even less than a probable cause or preponderance of evidence standard the reason for the stop.
Fifth Amendment Rights
We remind clients of their right to remain silent when questioned by law enforcement. The Fifth Amendment does protect individuals from providing incriminating evidence against themselves, and you can be sure that police officers are looking for whatever they can find to bolster their case against you. So keep quiet and request to speak to your attorney at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink.
Is it Necessary to Submit to Testing?
But what about taking a Breathalyzer or other test to verify whether or not you’ve been drinking or using drugs? Recently, the state of Maryland has determined that refusing to take a test to determine blood alcohol or drug level concentrations can result in the confiscation of your driver’s license for up to 270 days for a first offense, and for 2 years for subsequent offences. Conversely, if you take, and fail a test, you might lose your license for just 180 days. But you should know that the test will be used as evidence to prove that you were inebriated.
In the event we request and schedule an administrative hearing, your legal team may be able to show cause as to why your driving privilege should be reinstated. Alternatives to the driving suspension might include having an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle, or allowing limited driving for specific purposes, such as to and from work.
Rely on Aggressive Legal Counsel
Your future is at risk: don’t leave it to inexperienced or uncommitted amateurs to help you out of this bind. Let the knowledgeable, hard-hitting attorneys at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink take care of you. Contact our Howard County DUI and traffic offenses lawyers for a confidential consultation today at 410-964-0050.