DUI without your licenseIf you are pulled over for a DUI without your license, there could be significant penalties imposed. To ensure that your rights are protected and that you understand your options, you should contact the Maryland DUI lawyers from Thompson Legal Group.

What happens when you are pulled over for a DUI?

If you are pulled over for a suspected DUI, the police may request that you participate in certain evidentiary tests. This could include field sobriety tests, where the police ask you to perform certain tasks. Your performance in these tests will indicate to law enforcement whether you are under the influence.

The police may also request that you submit to a breath test. The breath test results may indicate whether you are above the legal limit to drive. If you do not pass the tests conducted by law enforcement, then they may place you under arrest for DUI.

What happens after an arrest?

After you are arrested and booked into jail, you may be able to be released by posting bail. A court hearing will be set where you will be advised of your rights and given the opportunity to enter a plea. If you enter a not guilty plea, you will have the opportunity to review the evidence and enter into plea negotiations with the prosecution. If a plea agreement is reached, then the case will conclude. If you cannot reach an agreement, then your case will proceed to trial. At trial, the prosecution must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. You will have the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses and present a defense.

What should you do if charged with DUI?

If you receive DUI charges, contact a lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer will protect your rights and advocate for a just result. Our Maryland DUI lawyers at Thompson Legal Group are experienced and can represent you in the process. Call us to learn more.