Driving under the influence charges in Maryland can have serious consequences, but there are potential defenses that may challenge the allegations.
It is important to be aware of these defenses to ensure a fair legal process.
1. Faulty traffic stop
A common defense is questioning the validity of the traffic stop that led to the DUI arrest. If law enforcement lacked reasonable suspicion to pull you over, it may compromise the entire case. For instance, if pulled over without proper cause, it might weaken the prosecution’s case against you.
2. Inaccurate field sobriety tests
Police officers often use field sobriety tests to assess a driver’s level of impairment. However, these tests are not foolproof, and various factors, such as medical conditions or environmental conditions, can impact the results. Challenging the accuracy of these tests may cast doubt on the evidence presented.
3. Breath test calibration
Breath test results are a key component of DUI cases, but the accuracy of the device depends on proper calibration. If the device was not incorrectly calibrated or maintained according to regulations, the results may be unreliable. A defense strategy could involve questioning the calibration records and procedures.
4. Medical conditions
Certain medical conditions can mimic signs of impairment, leading to false accusations. Conditions like diabetes or certain medications can affect breath or blood test results. Demonstrating that a medical condition, rather than alcohol consumption, caused observed impairment is a potential defense strategy.
In 2022, Maryland law enforcement made 14,859 drunk driving arrests. While a trying time, each case is unique. Exploring different defenses can be an important step in building a strong defense strategy.