Criminal convictions are public records, so there isn’t much that can be done when DUI/DWI convictions are published in Maryland newspapers. In the times of quick and easy online access to public records, it is difficult to hide these facts. For some people, it is a reason to consider fighting DWI or DUI charges in court.
Insights into Penalty Differences
These drunk driving conviction records do give us an interesting view on how penalties for pleading guilty can vary, even with the same offense in front of a different judge.
For example, one particular judge appears to insist on the defendant abstaining from alcohol as a condition of probation, and getting an alcohol restriction on your license.
This may be a fairly minor distinction, but the larger point is that judges have specific tendencies. Some are very fair to defendants, and some are very tough. Some judges may be reasonable on process and motion issues, but extremely tough when it comes to sentencing.
This is just another area where an experienced Maryland drunk driving defense lawyer can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. An attorney who knows the judges who preside in a particular court, and his or her tendencies may be able to anticipate certain situations you would like to avoid.
You can’t pick the judge in your case, but if you do end up with a judge that might be more likely to rule unfavorably in a certain situations, then you might be more likely to ask for a continuance, or agree to a continuance if the prosecutor requests one for some reason.
That kind of specific experience really does matter, and can make a real difference in your case.
So when you call for a consultation, be sure to ask about specific experience with cases just like yours, as well as experience in the court where you are assigned. An experienced defense attorney will know the court, the judges, and their tendencies, and will be able to factor that information into whatever recommendations you are given.
For a free case evaluation on a DUI or DWI charge in Maryland, please contact us today!