Being charged with drunk driving is a serious offense. Your license may be suspended or revoked depending on the severity of the circumstances of your case. You may be facing felony or murder charges and a lengthy stay in prison if someone is seriously hurt or killed due to your actions.
There are several affirmative defenses a person charged with DUI can use. A defendant may be able to assert that the Breathalyzer test police used wasn’t correctly calibrated. The defense may also argue that the law enforcement officer made a mistake in they thought they observed.
You may have what you think is a valid reason for driving under the influence (DUI). You may argue that it was necessary to get an injured person to the hospital for much-needed medical attention. You may say that there was no way to call an ambulance as it would have taken them too long to arrive.
There are some instances in which an individual may have forced you to drive, whether at gun or knifepoint, while you were intoxicated.
You may have even been at the bar and have had an undercover officer entice you to get drunk and then arrested you for on suspicion of a DUI when you started driving out of the parking lot.
Another argument that you may decide to use is that you didn’t know that you were intoxicated. You might have just thought you were a little tired and that you were drinking nonalcoholic beverages. Someone may have spiked your drink, and you may have been feeling a bit buzzed as opposed to exhausted.
Your life isn’t entirely over if you’re facing drunk driving charges here in Prince George’s County. If you don’t put up an aggressive defense in responding to the allegations, then your future may be a lot less bright than you initially planned for it to be, though. An experienced attorney can advise you on the many defense strategies you may employ in your Maryland case to mitigate any future damage to your reputation.