When you are arrested and charged with a DUI in Maryland, you can face severe consequences, including heavy fines, jail time and the loss of your license. However, there is a good possibility that the officer who pulled you over and arrested you was not following the law at the time he or she pulled you over, or during the arrest.
For an officer to lawfully stop your car, he or she must have probable cause to pull you over. This does not mean that he or she “thinks” you might be drinking, or anything of that nature. The officer must have a legitimate reason for pulling you over, such as speeding or weaving in and out of traffic. Often, officers who are trying to meet a traffic stop or arrest quota will patrol certain areas around bars and nightclubs, and stop people without probable cause hoping to get lucky.
When it has been proven that the officer that arrested you committed an unlawful traffic stop, evidence against you may be thrown out of court. The breathalyzer or field sobriety test results may no longer be admissible in court, and the charges against you may in fact be dropped entirely.
An experienced DUI attorney knows how to argue for unlawful police stops in court. Felipe Santo Domingo has the expertise and resources you need to fight for your rights and keep your driver’s license after a DUI arrest. Call today to schedule an appointment for a consultation.