When charged with a DUI or DWI in the state of Maryland, consulting an experienced DUI attorney is the first step to protecting yourself. DUI or DWI convictions often carry weight that may damage your record. In the State of Maryland, DUI and DWI charges are prosecuted aggressively and representation from an experienced DUI or DWI litigator can help you assemble a strong defense with your best interests in mind. Bruckheim & Patel’s proven track record with DUI and DWI cases in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties ensures you receive the best legal representation available.
Contact Bruckheim & Patel for your free legal consultation today at (240) 753-8222.
Experience and Qualifications
With extensive experience in criminal defense and prosecution for bench and jury trials, founding partner Michael Bruckheim, has completed more training in DUI defense than any other practicing lawyer in the District. Some of his qualifications for DUI and DWI defense include:
- Over 11 years of experience in litigation for the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for the District of Columbia
- Trained as an Administrator and Instructor of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
- Trained in Forensic Drug Analysis
- Trained in The Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) program and Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) Analysis
- Member of the National College for DUI Defense
- Training in the calibration and maintenance of breathalyzer equipment
- Adjunct Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law
Mr. Bruckheim’s background in DUI and DWI ensures your case receives the close attention it deserves. In preparing our defense, we closely observe the circumstances surrounding your initial traffic stop and ensure that proper measures were taken to protect your rights. The smallest of details may make or break your case. Bruckheim & Patel’s aggressive defense ensures these details do not go unnoticed.
Driving Under the Influence Charge
If you are found guilty of driving under the Influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI), you may face fines, jail, suspension of driving privileges, probation, and a variety of other penalties that may restrict your daily life. Having a DUI or DWI conviction on your record may restrict your finances, ability to advance in a career, pursue new employment opportunities, insurance, immigration status, and may even restrict your ability to attend a university or receive educational funding. Additionally, the immediate impact of a DUI conviction is life-altering. For first time offenders, maximum penalties include up to one year in prison, $1,000 in fines, and 12 points on your driving record. If convicted of a second DUI, you may face up to $2,000 in fines, two years in prison, with the sentencing rising up for subsequent offenses.
Upon arrest for a DUI charge, Maryland-licensed drivers lose their license and are provided with a temporary license which is good for 45 days. It may benefit you to request a hearing at Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). It is VERY important to seek counsel to determine the best options for preserving your driving privileges in Maryland. Bruckheim & Patel can represent you in any MVA hearings in the best interest of maintaining your driving privileges.
Driving While Impaired | DUI vs DWI
Although they carry less severe sentences, driving while impaired (DWI) convictions are prosecuted just as aggressively. These charges are usually brought about when driving under the impairment of marijuana or other drugs. With first time convictions carrying up to 60 days of prison time, $500 in fines, and eight points on your driving record, DWI offenses are still a serious matter and may impact your driving privileges. Secondary offenses also carry higher penalties.
Montgomery County Drunk Driving Defense
Cases involving DUI and DWI’s are heard at the Montgomery County District Court in either Rockville or Silver Spring. Commuting into the District of Columbia by car is common, especially from towns like Rockville, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Kensington, Takoma Park, Chevy Chase, and Gaithersburg. If you commute to work, you understand how a simple compromise, like a Montgomery County DUI, to your driving record can have serious consequences to your daily life.
Prince George’s County
Home to a large number of students, DUI cases in Prince George’s County are particularly prominent. Cases in this county are heard in Upper Marlboro on Main Street or in Hyattsville on Rhode Island Avenue. If you are a student facing a DUI conviction, you are at risk of losing your eligibility for continuing or pursuing educational opportunities. You may also be in jeopardy of losing your financial aid. Bruckheim & Patel has experience representing individuals in these unique circumstances.
If you have been charged with DUI or DWI in Prince George’s County or Montgomery County, contact Bruckheim & Patel for a free, confidential evaluation at (240) 753-8222.
A few of our Maryland Success Stories
NOT GUILTY verdict on all counts of DUI, DWI, and Negligent Driving in Montgomery County District Court of Maryland for client where Officer observed multiple clues on the field sobriety tests, odor of an alcoholic beverage, bloodshot eyes, and an admission of drinking two glasses of wine within 90 minutes of being stopped.
The judge found client NOT GUILTY on all counts!