Allegany County DUI Lawyer
Almost all drivers who are arrested for DUI will be taken to the police station, issued citations and then released to a sober driver. In the rare set of circumstances, a driver can be booked into the jail, but this is typically reserved to serious cases involving bodily injury, leaving the scene or uncooperative suspects. After being arrested for DUI, a driver will typically be issued multiple citations such as reckless driving, negligent driving, failure to remain on the right side of the roadway and failure to control vehicle if there was an accident. Most drivers are also issued a driving while impaired or DWI citation. DWI carries a lower fine, lower maximum penalty and 8 points instead of 12 if there is a conviction. Since marijuana was legalized in July of 2023, police have been on the lookout for high or buzzed drivers, though arrest numbers for driving under the influence cannabis have not increased significantly. Arrests for driving under the influence of other drugs such as narcotics and prescription medication are more common than marijuana arrests, but this type of case may be winnable if there was no drug recognition expert on the scene.
Benjamin Herbst specializes in all types of Allegany County DUI cases including cases involving repeat offenders, juveniles, out of state residents and leaving the scene of the accident. He has handled cases initiated by the Frostburg Police and at Frostburg State University as well as cases originating within the city limits of Cumberland. Benjamin has also successfully defended numerous traffic infractions and criminal offenses where the Maryland State Police is the arresting agency. The state police typically patrols Interstate 68 and can also conduct stops along Route 40 and Route 220.
If you have been arrested or cited with any criminal or traffic infraction contact Allegany County DUI lawyer Benjamin Herbst. Anyone charged with impaired driving should start preparing for his or her case as soon as possible. There are also deadlines with the MVA, and acting quickly may prevent further license suspensions. Under Maryland law, anyone who refuses a breath test or tests over .08 will face a license suspension. Refusals and test results over .15 require the installation of an interlock device in order to keep driving, while tests results under .15 may allow for the driver to request a restricted license at an administrative hearing. Benjamin handles administrative hearings and can also assist with finding an interlock device provider. Contact Benjamin today at 410-207-2598.