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What is a PBJ?

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Maryland law permits a judge in many situations to offer a person Probation Before Judgment (PBJ). Before a disposition of PBJ can be offered, there must first have been a finding of Guilty. The PBJ then is said to strike the “guilty” finding. Under Maryland law on a traffic charge the PBJ keeps points from being applied to a driving record, or prevents the guilty form being reported to the home state if it is an out of state license.

This can be valuable in many circumstances. However those employed by the federal government, the military or government contractors and licensed professionals have additional concerns. The PBJ does not prevent those employers from seeing the finding and treating it as a conviction, and in some cases it still must be reported to the employer or licensing authority. While the benefit of no points and “striking the guilty” can be valuable, it is not a solution for everyone and accepting a plea for a PBJ can have significant impact on continued employability.

Lastly, a PBJ on a DUI/DWI cannot be expunged.

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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
Phone: 410-729-1080
Toll Free: 866-743-6853
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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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