Criminal Law

Driving Under The Influence

A person charged with a DUI or DWI charge can lose their driving privileges and face jail time, particularly if this is not a first-time offense.

Maria Patterson handles DUI cases in Southern Maryland’s counties.


Blood or breath alcohol concentration

A blood or breath alcohol concentration of .08 or more is considered to be driving under the influence of alcohol. Where an individual’s blood or breath alcohol concentration is.05 or less, he or she is presumed not to be under the influence of alcohol, nor driving while impaired.

Driving under the influence and driving while impaired by alcohol differ by the degrees of intoxication. Both crimes require that normal coordination be reduced due to alcohol intoxication.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is the more serious crime and requires that the amount of alcohol consumed substantially impaired the person’s normal coordination.

Driving while impaired is the less serious crime and only requires that the alcohol consumed has impaired normal coordination to some degree. Even if there is evidence that a defendant consumed alcohol, a defendant cannot be found guilty unless he or she was under the influence of or impaired by alcohol.

DUI lawyer Maria Patterson has handled dozens of cases involving Driving Under the Influence. Maria Patterson has routinely dealt with toxicology experts, particularly involving cases where injuries were caused by someone charged with driving under the influence.

Attorney Maria Patterson is well versed in the science behind blood alcohol tests, sobriety tests, and their admissibility in court. Criminal attorney, Maria Patterson, has successfully defeated DUI charges in Court.

Maria Patterson handles criminal DUI cases in most of Southern Maryland’s counties.

Prior to handling these cases criminally, Maria Patterson spent over 12 years defending serious personal injury cases for private law firms and for State Farm Insurance Company.  She tried over 100 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials before a Judge.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated, please call DUI lawyer, Maria Patterson, at 301-888-4878 to schedule an appointment at the Bowie office of Patterson Law. Patterson Law is conveniently located in the Omni Medical Building, 4000 Mitchellville Road, Suite A202, Bowie, Maryland. The Annapolis office is located in the Patterson Law Building at 1 Willow Street, Annapolis, Maryland. Maria Patterson handles criminal cases in Anne Arundel and Prince George's Counties.

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