Towson University Student Criminal & DUI Defense
Many times when a young man or woman goes off to college they do more than just socialize, study and mature. They can also party, experiment with alcohol and drugs and get into trouble. If, during this time, they go too far they can also do things that will haunt them for years to come such as get arrested for fighting, DUI, drug possession and resisting arrest.
Alcohol consumption is very common at the many colleges and universities located throughout Maryland, including Towson University. Even though it is illegal for someone under the age of 21 to consume alcohol in Maryland many college students still do. Once alcohol and drugs come into the picture all bets are off and your judgment is severely impaired and you make decisions you would not make when not intoxicated. One of these bad decisions after indulging in alcohol is deciding to operate a motor vehicle. This is not only highly illegal and very irresponsible but it is also dangerous as someone could get hurt or killed in a motor vehicle accident.
If you are a Towson University student and are caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol you can be arrested. A DUI arrest will not only exert it’s effects on your life legally and financially but your academic status can also be compromised. If you have been charged with DUI on or near the Towson University campus you should speak with a skilled Towson Maryland DUI Defense Attorney immediately.
Maryland DUI Laws
If you are under the age of 21 and are charged with driving under the influence, you face the very real possibility of losing your driving privilege for one year by the DMV. This will make it very difficult for you to get to class, work and other necessary destinations. A DUI will also get very expensive very quickly due to fines, fees, court costs, etc. Typically college students have limited funds so you can see how a DUI charge can wreak havoc on your financial life.
If you are over age 21 and are convicted of a first offense DUI you also face loss of driving privileges, possible jail time, fines, court costs.
Towson University Drunk Driving Defense
A Maryland DUI charge can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. Factors such as prior DUI offenses, your BAC level, peripheral charges, property damage and personal injury caused by the DUI will determine if you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges.
The defense strategy devised will be determined by the exact circumstances and events leading up to your DUI arrest.
In addition to DUI defense The Law Office of John P. Downs also represent college students for all other types of criminal charges such as:
Open container law violations
Theft and shoplifting
Even if you reside in another part of Maryland, or even another state, but attend Towson University you will need to retain a local DUI lawyer to help with your case. This is due to the fact that you will have to appear in court locally to resolve your pending charges.
The absolute worst thing you can do is ignore the charges and not show up for court. This leads to a bench warrant being issued for your arrest. If and when this happens any interaction with police in Maryland, even a minor traffic ticket, will lead to you being arrested right then and there. Most judge’s deal with bench warrants by imposing very harsh legal penalties. The best thing you can do if facing criminal charges is hire a criminal attorney handling Towson University student criminal cases.
How A Maryland Criminal Attorney Can Help You
By retaining an experienced criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of John P. Downs you will be assured that your rights are protected throughout the entire legal process. Enlisting the aid of a skilled Baltimore County criminal attorney will ideally help your case by achieving the best possible outcome.
The Law Office of John P. Downs offers free consultations to those facing criminal charges in Maryland.