Drunk driving can result in two charges in Maryland. Driving under the influence (DUI) is used for drivers with more alcohol in their system than driving while impaired (DWI), and it carries more severe consequences. Yet both are considered serious offenses, and you need to look for a way to contest them.
You can challenge the blood alcohol reading of the breathalyzer machine the police used to justify the charge. These machines could develop errors with time if the police force does not have them serviced regularly.
You could also try to explain why the machine gave the reading it did. Perhaps you take an asthma medication which affected the reading. Maybe you are on a keto diet, which can cause you to test high on a breathalyzer. Or perhaps you had been gargling with a mouthwash that contained alcohol as you were on your way to a job interview and wanted to ensure your breath smelled fresh.
You could challenge a DUI if the police did not follow procedures
Another option people often use is to challenge the police themselves. You can look at why they decided to stop your car and how they acted once they did. Even minor technical errors on their part could be enough for a court to dismiss the charges against you.
These are only some of the ways you can defend a DUI or DWI charge. It is crucial to have help to decide upon the best line of defense for your particular situation. Accepting a drunk driving conviction without a fight and resigning yourself to dealing with the consequences is a sure-fire way to ruin your life, not only in the short term but for years afterward.