Being charged with a criminal offense or municipal violation can be a very serious matter. If you have the unfortunate experience of being charged with a crime, your first move should be to contact an experienced Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney. If you have been arrested for a DWI or a serious traffic violation, time is of the essence. Timian & Fawcett, LLC has significant experience helping clients with all criminal and municipal matters. Contact our firm for a consultation to discuss your legal matter.
Timian & Fawcett, LLC provides effective criminal defense for clients in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Regardless of the amount of jail time you may be facing, it is important to understand your rights and ensure that you keep your record clean. Being charged with a crime can be devastating. Our firm handles a wide range of criminal cases, including, but not limited to:
- Violent Crimes
- Drug Crimes
- Domestic Violence
- Gun Crimes
- White-Collar Crime
Felony charges: Some examples of felonies include murder, robbery, burglary first-degree assault, fraud, sexual assault and rape, and theft over $1000. Felony charges often come with significant jail time and fines. In addition, a person with a felony on his or her criminal record could also lose some civil rights, including voting, joining the armed services, and holding public office.
Misdemeanors: Misdemeanors are serious offenses as well. Many of these offenses result in serious fines and no more than a year in prison. Examples misdemeanors include Theft under $1000, drunk driving (DUI/DWI), reckless driving and other traffic offenses, vandalism, minor drug possession, second-degree assault and failure to appear in court.
Whether you face a felony charge or a misdemeanor, it is imperative that you fight these charges. A criminal record can have a serious impact on your life and livelihood. Contact our firm to discuss your legal situation.
Once you are charged with Driving While Intoxicated (“DWI”) or Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”), it is important to discuss your legal matter with an experienced attorney. The charges you face are serious and should not be taken lightly. In addition to significant fines, you could be subject to points and the possibility of incarceration.
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) Consequences
- First Offense: up to a $1,000 fine, up to one year in jail, 12 driving record points, and up to 6 months of license suspension.
- Second offense: up to $2,000 fine, up to two years imprisonment (with a mandatory minimum of five days), 12- points to your license, and up to 1 year of license revocation.
In addition, for two convictions within five years, a mandatory period of suspension will be followed by a minimum required period of participation in the Ignition Interlock Program. You may be required to participate in an alcohol abuse assessment and program.
Driving while Impaired by Alcohol (DWI) Consequences
- First Offense: up to a $500 fine, up to 2 months in jail, 8 driving record points, and up to 6 months of license suspension.
- Second offense: up to $500 fine, up to 1-year imprisonment, 8 points to your license, and up to 1 year of license revocation.
Our attorneys have extensive experience in handling DWI/DUI charges in the state of Maryland and Washington, D.C. Our attorneys have significant knowledge of police tactics, police procedures, Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) procedures, and all other aspects of DWI arrests and license suspension hearings.
It is important to note that a person arrested for a DUI or DWI will face two hearings. One with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to address what will happen to one’s driving privileges and a criminal case to address jail time and other penalties.
Traffic violation defense
Traffic offenses do not often result in jail time, however, almost all traffic offenses carry the potential for a hefty fine and points on your license.
Some of the most serious traffic offenses include:
- Driving with a suspended (or revoked) license
- Vehicular Manslaughter
- Negligent Driving
- Reckless Driving
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident (hit & run)
- Fraudulent use of a license
If you are accused of a serious traffic offense, you need the services of an effective attorney. Some of these offenses are quite serious and can subject you to fines, jail time, and points to your license.
Contact an experienced criminal and municipal defense law firm
Timian & Fawcett, LLC offers decades of experience for all criminal and municipal violations. We recognize the significance of these legal matters. Whether you are facing a felony, misdemeanor, or a serious traffic offense, our firm is ready to help. We will work tirelessly defending your case. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC for a free consultation with an effective legal team.