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DUI/DWI – Long Term Collateral? Effects

A DUI/DWI is forever.?

Some believe that a first time DUI/DWI at least in some parts of Maryland has very little impact.? Indeed, with no “bad facts” – no outrageous conduct, no extraordinarily high breath test, many people pleading guilty will end up with a moderate fine, probably under $500.00, a period of probation that may or may not be unsupervised, one time attendance at the Victim Impact Panel sponsored by MADD, and completion of alcohol? classes, and very likely Probation Before Judgment (PBJ), meaning no conviction and no points on the driving record.

The reality can be far different.? I have received calls from several people asking for help to have DUI/DWI charges expunged now that they have completed probation and several years have passed.? Unfortunately, DUI/DWI’s in Maryland can not be expunged, regardless of how much time has elapsed, even if the outcome was a PBJ.? Unlike most criminal charges, Maryland law specifically precludes expungement.?

The common thread in each of the calls is that the DUI/DWI happened several years ago.? However, potential employers are finding these old charges and denying employment or contracts because of them.? Two individuals had similar stories: both had previously done contract work going back several years, but were denied new employment with the same employer – one a private company, the other a government agency, hence their desire to expunge.

Both cases shared a common factor:? People charged are scared, embarrassed, and “just want the case over”.? A quick plea with the likelihood of that PBJ which carries no points appears attractive.? However, attorneys who do not defend a significant number of these cases may not even be aware of the long term collateral effects of that guilty/PBJ.

Sometimes a plea may be the best way forward if it avoids more serious charges or results in some better outcome than might otherwise be available.? But, before rushing into what appears to be the easy way out, people need to consider all the consequences.?

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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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
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Physical Address: 8611 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena, MD 21122
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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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