Building a Defense For Montgomery County DUID Charges

DUID, or driving under the influence of drugs, charges are very serious and are a high priority for Montgomery County law enforcement officials and prosecutors. Below, a Montgomery County DUI Drug lawyer explains some possible defense strategies for those who have been charged with driving under the influence of drugs in Montgomery County, Maryland. If you’ve been arrested or charged with a DUID, call a Montgomery County DUI lawyer today to start building your best defense.

Possible Defense Strategies for DUID Charges in Montgomery County

Defense strategies for DUI drug charges will vary from case to case. In some cases, it’s going to be a defense that occurs right at the beginning of the process. For example, the attorney can argue that there wasn’t a reasonable articulable suspicion to pull over his or her client in the first place, or that the officer didn’t actually enumerate a traffic violation or a belief that there was a traffic violation. There can also be challenges to the sufficiency of an officer’s probable cause to justify an arrest that indicate that there is no evidence that the client was impaired at all and that no chemical tests or field sobriety tests should have been initiated. Finally, there can be challenges to actual level of impairment. These can include challenges to the drug recognition evaluator’s report or challenges to the admissibility of the blood test.

The important thing to remember that it takes an experienced, local DUI attorney to make these defenses effectively in Montgomery County.

Biggest Mistakes to Avoid in Montgomery County DUID Cases

The first and biggest mistake to avoid is talking to the police, or rather, not knowing when you have the right to remain silent. People admitting too much to a police officer is one of the most common mistakes I see drivers make when they’re being charged with a DUI. People frequently admit impairment, consumption, or possession, and all of these are incriminating admissions that should not be made.

The next big mistake people frequently make is agreeing to do an interview with a drug recognition evaluator (DRE). There is no legal penalty at all for refusing to speak to a DRE. In fact, it can be a mistake to speak to a DRE even if the state’s going to have a hard time admitting the evidence. It’s a lot better that there’s no evidence for them to try to admit in the first place.

Finally, it’s important to know whether or not it makes sense to do a blood test. Given your individual circumstances and the facts of your case. Sometimes it is appropriate. Sometimes it’s not appropriate. And being aware of what the law is, really we’ll help you make the correct decision in those cases. This is where speaking to an experienced DUI attorney can make a big difference.