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DUI - DWI - Drunk Driving Defense Attorney

Experienced Maryland DUI - DWI Drunk Driving Attorney

Drivers arrested for drunk driving in Maryland may lose their licenses and their freedom. Quick action is required to protect their rights. Representation by an experienced DUI - DWI defense lawyer is essential. Contact the Law Office of Richard Kodzis for more information about our services or to schedule a free initial consultation.

Richard Kodzis is a former Baltimore City prosecutor who focuses his private practice on DUI/DWI defense. He uses his knowledge of prosecutor's tactics to spot the weaknesses in the cases against his clients.

Maryland's Two-Tier System

In Maryland, drivers stopped for drunk driving may be charged with DWI or DUI, depending or blood alcohol level. If the blood alcohol level is .07 or greater, drivers may face the lesser charge of DWI; if it is .08 or higher, this will result in a DUI charge. In both cases, drivers face both an administrative process and a court proceeding. A test refusal can also result in charges.

Administrative Consequences

Drivers charged with either DWI or DUI have only 10 days from the date of the arrest to request an MVA hearing to avoid the automatic suspension of a driver's license. In addition, a DWI conviction could lead to the imposition of 8 points on the driver's record. A driver convicted of DUI may have his or her license revoked and 12 points assessed on his or her driving record.

Criminal Penalties

Aside from the administrative penalties drivers may face, they will also face criminal charges, with the possibility of fines and imprisonment. For a first DWI offense, a driver may be subject to a fine of up to $500 and two months in prison. A driver convicted of DUI faces up to $1,000 in fines and one year in jail for a first offense. For a subsequent offense, the fines and penalties can be multiplied.

The good news is that drivers can prevail at the hearing and in court. For example, the police officer administering the roadside sobriety test may not have followed proper procedures, or the device measuring blood alcohol level may not have been properly calibrated. DUI/DWI defense attorney Richard Kodzis will explain how this information can help a client avoid conviction. Contact our office today for a free initial consultation.


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free initial consultation

Attorney Kodzis offers anyone who has been arrested (and those who are seeking an attorney to represent another who has been arrested) a free initial meeting. He is also willing to make in-home, hospital and prison visits if clients cannot meet him at his office in Pasadena, Maryland.

Law Office of Richard Kodzis
Phone: 410-729-1080
Toll Free: 866-743-6853
Fax: 443-926-9612
Physical Address: 8611 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena, MD 21122
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 502 Millersville, MD 21108

Dismissals & Wins

Attorney Kodzis's client was stopped for speeding on a rural road early in the morning.
Our Client allegedly had a “moderate” odor of alcohol. Officer had the Client step out of vehicle to perform standardized field sobriety tests
(SFSTs) which he said the Client did not do to his satisfaction.

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When the officer attempted to perform the Horizontal Gaze Nystgmus
(HGN/”eye check”), the client explains to the officer (truthfully) that he has a glass eye. The officer does the HGN anyway,

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Client had been up all night and had two glasses of wine five hours earlier.
Police say he drove erratically, moderate odor of alcohol and appeared
unable to comply with simple questions.

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