Month: June 2013

Most people, on some level or another, would be terrified to face criminal charges. Whether you’re facing charges for driving under the influence of alcohol, or you’ve been arrested and charged for murder, finding yourself involved in criminal court proceedings is a frightening prospect. Many people are unaware that certain interactions with the police, no matter how seemingly insignificant, can result in criminal charges, either misdemeanors or even felonies. Regardless of the eventual verdict, there’s no denying that criminal charges can be incredibly disruptive to your life and your future opportunities.

Unfortunately, many people will find themselves facing criminal charges at some point in their lives, even in the Washington DC area. Between criminal charges, possible jail time and finding the right criminal defense attorney to represent you, a court case is incredibly disruptive to one’s lifestyle and future prospects. Many employers will terminate employees who are facing criminal charges; an actual conviction will most certainly change the trajectory of your life and future. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers recommends that every person facing criminal charges contact a criminal defense attorney immediately upon learning that they will be being charged with a crime. The consequences for failing to do so can be severe.

Any person facing criminal charges must retain adequate legal counsel. Inadequately experienced criminal defense attorneys are often incapable of arguing a sound case. As a result, defendants struck with inexperienced criminal defense attorneys are more likely to face time in prison – or even the death penalty. If you are facing criminal charges, you should do the appropriate research and contact an experienced attorney like Michael Bruckheim.

An experienced criminal defense attorney like Michael Bruckheim will be able to calmly and confidently walk you through each and every step of your criminal court proceedings. From ensuring that you’re released from jail on bond during your trial, to guiding you through each day in court, an experienced criminal defense attorney will know how to best serve you throughout criminal court proceedings. Furthermore, experienced criminal defense attorneys like Michael Bruckheim will know how to best argue your case to acquittal. At the very least, an experienced criminal defense attorney will help you determine when it is appropriate to settle your case through a plea.

If you are facing criminal charges in the Washington DC area, do not panic. As soon as you possibly can, do the research necessary to find an adequately experienced criminal defense attorney like Michael Bruckheim. If you have the right criminal defense attorney, you will be able to confidently manage your criminal court proceedings. Do not risk your life and future opportunities if you are facing criminal charges. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Generally, the Law Office of Michael Bruckheim (LOMB) advises drivers detained on suspicion of driving while intoxicated NOT to submit to breathalyzer, blood, or urine tests. By submitting to chemical tests, you subject yourself to the risk of mandatory jail time, and you give prosecutors more evidence to use against you at trial.

If this is your first DUI offense, the risks of refusing the chemical tests are less severe: your D.C. driver’s license (or your privilege to drive in D.C.) may be revoked for 12 months. But this revocation is not necessarily final, and the LOMB can help you maintain your driving privileges. Specifically, the LOMB could contest your license revocation and suspension by showing that the law enforcement officer did not have reasonable grounds to believe you were intoxicated while driving, or that the officer did not properly inform you of the consequences of your refusal to submit to chemical tests.

In other words, if you refuse chemical tests, the government will have to work harder to prove its case against you, and you can still fight your license revocation.

If you do submit to chemical testing of your blood, breath, or urine, you should be aware of a hidden danger contained in the District of Columbia’s new DUI statute. Specifically, although only two “specimens for chemical testing” may be collected from you and submitted as evidence, a single specimen may consist of multiple breaths into a breath test instrument. In other words, a police officer may ask you to repeatedly blow into a breathalyzer machine until he or she is satisfied that your breath test is “valid.” The other two types of specimens are urine samples, and blood samples (so long as the blood is drawn by a medical professional acting at the request of a law enforcement officer).

In other words, after your arrest, don’t think you can fool the breathalyzer by breathing in a certain way—the officer can require you to keep blowing until he or she is satisfied with the breathalyzer result. Alternately, the officer may elect to skip the breath test, and have your urine and blood samples taken instead.

But if you didn’t know all this, and provided blood, urine, or breath evidence anyway, all is not lost. The LOMB is proud of its experience in challenging the results of chemical tests. To discuss the process of challenging improper or faulty chemical evidence in court, call Michael Bruckheim at 240-753-8222.

Call Now Button