It can happen to anyone. You’re driving your car, heading home after a couple of drinks with friends and all of a sudden, you see red and blue flashing lights behind you. You’re being pulled over. You may have only had one drink, or you may not even have had anything to drink at all – however, you may still be questioned about driving under the influence. In Maryland, if you are stopped by an officer of the law, you have certain rights.
- You do not have to answer any questions before you speak with your lawyer.
- You have the right to contact your lawyer at any time.
- You have the right to have your lawyer present during any questioning.
- If you are unable to reach your lawyer, you do not have to answer any questions at all.
- Even if you are taken into custody, you still have the right to decline to answer any and all questions.
- You have the right to refuse field sobriety tests including walking a line, saying the alphabet backwards or any other similar field sobriety test.
- You do not have to consent to a search of your person or vehicle unless you are arrested.
- If you are not under arrest, you have the right to leave.
- You have the right to be advised that you are under arrest and to be read your rights under Maryland law.
- You have the right to speak to your lawyer before giving a breath sample at the police station.
If you have been charged with a DUI, it is essential that you contact a seasoned DUI lawyer as soon as possible. Call Felipe Santo Domingo today. 1-800-Have-DUI.