College Park DUI/DWI Defense Lawyer
College Park, Maryland is a city in Prince George's County Maryland. College Park is bordered by Beltsville, to the north, Berwyn Heights, to the east, University Park, to the southwest, Riverdale Park, to the south, Adelphi, to the west, and Hyattsville, to the southwest. It is the home of the University of Maryland. It is patrolled by the University of Maryland Police, Prince George's County Police, and the Maryland State Police. Cases arising in College Park end up initially in the District Court for Prince George's County, in Hyattsville.
Leonard R. Stamm has represented individuals charged in College Park, Maryland with driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while impaired (DWI) by alcohol for almost 30 years. He was formerly President of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association. He also the Dean of the National College for DUI Defense. (Click here to read and watch a video of his Dean's Address). He wrote West's Maryland DUI Law, the authoritative text on Maryland drunk driving law. He is recognized as a Super Lawyer, a Best Lawyer, he is given the highest rating of AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, and Avvo rates him as a "10-Superb."
Drunk driving defense is one of the most complex areas of the law. It is important to choose a lawyer with experience and expertise. Every aspect of the State's DUI case should be reviewed by a lawyer, from the basis for the initial stop, to the exit from the car to perform standardized field sobriety tests, to the administration and interpretation of NHTSA's standardized field sobriety tests, to the decision to arrest, the advice of penalties for refusing or failing a breath or blood test, and the administration of the test itself.
Before the initial consultation with a lawyer, clients may be sent extensive questionnaires to enable to lawyer to properly assess the case. In many cases, the driver may have a medical condition which the officer is confusing with signs of impairment by alcohol. At the consultation, the lawyer will review the events in detail, to determine the likely defenses at the MVA and in court. It is important to act quickly after an arrest, because if the driver wishes to contest a proposed suspension by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration for failing or refusing a breath test, a hearing request must be mailed with the required $150 fee, within 30 days from the arrest.
Unfortunately, most lawyers in College Park assume the case is too difficult to win in court or at the MVA and fail to challenge the State's case. Some lawyers never challenge the State's case. This can be a huge mistake since most DUI cases have issues that can be raised in defense, and with zero or very minimal penalty. In other words, the result of fighting and losing is rarely worse than just pleading guilty or not requesting a hearing at the MVA. So why would you want to choose a lawyer who will not fight your case? When interviewing a lawyer, you should ask if your lawyer intends to fight the case, and if not, why not.
If you have been pulled over, stopped at a drinking and driving sobriety checkpoint, accused and/or charged with a DUI or DWI, failed a field sobriety test given by a police officer, given or refused a breathalyzer, or just have questions about fines and punishments that go along with DUI and DWI charges or other traffic or criminal related charges please contact Leonard R. Stamm for a free consultation.
We represent clients that have been pulled over for DUI or DWI or some form of drunk driving or driving while impaired charges by Maryland State Police, Prince George's County Police, and University of Maryland Police in College Park, Maryland. If you need to be defended or represented for a drunk driving arrest in College Park, Maryland, call 301-345-0122 for a free consultation.