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Mar 21
                                          

Is DUI in Maryland a felony or misdemeanor? In the State of Maryland, a DUI is a misdemeanor. DUI stands for “driving under the influence of alcohol.”

Maryland Transportation Article 27-101classifies a DUI as a misdemeanor. Maryland Transportation Article 27-101(a), which contains the penalty for DUI, states, “it is a misdemeanor for any person to violate any of the provisions of the Maryland Vehicle Law unless the violation: (1) Is declared to be a felony by the Maryland Vehicle Law or by any other law of this State; or (2) Is punishable by a civil penalty under the applicable provision of the Maryland Vehicle Law.”
 
The Maryland DUI laws are found at Maryland Transportation Article 21-902. The Maryland drunk driving laws do not declare the crime of DUI to be a felony, therefore a DUI in Maryland is a misdemeanor. In addition, a DUI is not punishable by a civil penalty under any provision of the Maryland Vehicle laws.
 
DUI is the acronym for “driving under the influence” while DWI is an acronym for “driving while impaired.” The Maryland drunk driving laws criminalize the act of driving or attempting to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. A driver suspected of drunk driving in Maryland may be charged with:
Driving under the influence of alcohol; or
Driving under the influence of alcohol per se.
 
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL
 
Driving under the influence of alcohol charges will be pursued by the State when there is sufficient evidence that a driver was under the influence of alcohol that constituted a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 or more. A driver may be charged with DUI even if they do not submit to a breath or blood test. If there is evidence of impairment of .08 or more, based on clues, then a driver can be charged and convicted of DUI.
 
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE PER SE
 
In Maryland, the legal limit if .08. That means that a driver who’s BAC is .08 or more, based on test results, is “per se” under the influence. If a driver returns test results of .08 or more, then the charge of DUI will be filed against the driver.
 
IS DUI IN MARYLAND A FELONY OR MISDEMEANOR?
 
A DUI in Maryland is classified as a misdemeanor.
 
IS DWI IN MARYLAND A FELONY OR MISDEMEANOR?
 
A DWI in Maryland is classified as a misdemeanor.
 
DUI LAWYERS IN MARYLAND
 
Maryland drunk driving defense lawyer Randolph Rice has represented thousands of individuals charged with drunk driving in Maryland. He is a former prosecutor and has been defending individuals charged with DUI since 2009.
 
CONTACT:
Law Offices of Randolph Rice
1301 York Rd #200
Lutherville, MD 21093
Phone: (410) 929-8241
Fax: (410) 288-2988
Toll Free: 800-470-7423
Email: info@ricelawmd.com
Mar 20
                                    

 

What will happen with a first offense DUI in Maryland? Most first offense DUI charges in Maryland result in a PBJ as the outcome. A PBJ is an acronym for “probation before judgment.” A PBJ is defined in Maryland Criminal Procedure 6-220(b).
 
BENEFITS OF A PBJ IN A DUI CASE
 
A PBJ means that the defendant has not been found guilty. The law states, “a court may stay the entering of judgment, defer further proceedings, and place the defendant on probation subject to reasonable conditions…” When the Court “stay the entering of judgment” it is not entering a guilty finding and instead enters a PBJ for the charge or charges.
 
If the Court “stays” the entering of judgment, then the Court has not found you guilty and you can say in the future that you have not been convicted.
 
Another benefit of a PBJ is points will not be assessed to the driver’s Maryland driving record. Maryland Transportation Article 16-402 states, “After the conviction of an individual for a violation……or of the vehicle laws or regulations of this State or of any local authority, points shall be assessed against the individual…”
 
Since the driver has not been convicted and the judgment of guilty has been stayed, points will not be assessed to the driving record for the driver.
 
FIRST OFFENSE DUI IN MARYLAND
 
A PBJ for a first offense DUI in Maryland is not automatic. The driver/defendant must appear in Court with a lawyer that presents mitigation on behalf of the defendant. If the defendant appears without a lawyer or “pro se,” the likelehood of receiving a PBJ for a first offense DUI is must lower. In addition, if a defendant does not has an attorney at trial, Judges will typically increase the fines and conditions of probation.
 
A lawyer may also be helpful is litigating your DUI/DWI charges. This means challenging the State’s evidence and pleading “not guilty.” If a defendant pleads not guilty, they can elect a bench or Judge trial or a jury trial. When this happens, the Judge or jury must determine if the driver violated the law.
 
FIRST OFFENSE DUI/DWI LAWYERS IN MARYLAND
 
If you’ve been charged with a first offense DUI in Maryland, you want to hire the best DUI lawyerfor your charges. The Law Offices of Randolph Rice is a top rated DUI/DWI defense law firm in Maryland. Contact their office today at 410.288.2900 if you’ve been charged with drunk driving in Maryland.

CONTACT:
Law Offices of Randolph Rice
1301 York Rd #200
Lutherville, MD 21093
Phone: (410) 929-8241
Fax: (410) 288-2988
Toll Free: 800-470-7423
Email: info@ricelawmd.com
Website: http://ricelawmd.com
Blog URL: https://ricelawmd.com/blog/first-offense-dui-dwi-maryland/  
Mar 20
                                            
 
When you are in a car accident, the last thing that you want to worry about is dealing with your insurance company. The harsh reality is that all drivers in an accident will have to deal with their insurance company following an accident.
 
Filing an insurance claim should be a relatively easy process. Sadly, many times it is not. Car accidents and insurance claims follow the “at-fault” system in Maryland. This means that your claim must prove the other driver was at fault before you can recover money for damages. After proving the other driver is at fault, you can recover compensation by either:
Filing claim with your insurance company;
 
Filing a claim with the other driver’s insurance company; or
 
a lawsuit against the other driver
 
FILING A CLAIM WITH YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY
 
You pay for insurance for coverage in the event of an accident. Therefore, it’s important that you take advantages of the services you pay for. When filing a claim with your insurance company, follow these basic steps:
 
Follow the company’s directions. They will tell you what information you will need to provide.
Avoid discussing any injuries or even your health.
 
Provide insurance company with the information requested with regards to time and place of the accident, circumstances leading to the accident, weather conditions, any names and contact information obtained, and photos.
 
Keep records of any and all accident-related expenses such as repairs and medical expenses.
Consult a skilled car accident attorney if you receive any settlement offer.
 
DEALING WITH THE OTHER DRIVER’S INSURANCE COMPANY
 
An insurance company’s goal is to avoid paying out money. Therefore, the other driver’s insurance company will be attempting to pay out the smallest possible settlement, if they pay out any money at all!
 
You are not required to speak to the opposing party’s insurance company. You have no obligation to provide any recorded statements. Make sure to direct them to your insurance company or your attorney.
 
FILING A LAWSUIT TO RECOVER DAMAGES
 
Your claim may be denied or you may not receive full compensation for your injuries. Whenever this is the case, you should consider filing a lawsuit to recover damages.
 
Filing a lawsuit will trigger a lengthy legal process. Although you may end up recovering more in damages, it may require several months if not years to receive your compensation.
 
Maryland law requires drivers to maintain insurance policies to cover personal injury. The personal injury protection (PIP) must cover at least $2,500. This small amount may not be enough to cover all of your accident-related injuries. A lawsuit allows an injured party to seek additional compensation for expenses such as lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical bills.
 
WHAT IS CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE?
 
Maryland drivers are able to recover damages so long as they are not partially at fault for their own injuries and damage. Maryland implements the “contributory negligence” theory. Under this theory, which was recently upheld in court, a driver is completely barred from recovery if he or she was even one percent at fault. Therefore, determining fault is imperative in Maryland car accident cases.
 
GET HELP FROM A BALTIMORE CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY TODAY
 
If you have been in a car accident, the Law Offices of Randolph Rice can help you recover just compensation. We understand the complexities and stresses of dealing with insurance companies. We will carefully review the facts of your case in order to ensure that we help you recover the compensation you deserve. Schedule an initial consultation by calling 410-288-2900 today.
 
CONTACT:
Law Offices of Randolph Rice
1301 York Rd #200
Lutherville, MD 21093
Phone: (410) 929-8241
Fax: (410) 288-2988
Toll Free: 800-470-7423
Email: info@ricelawmd.com
Mar 01

Maryland DUI lawyer

You’ve been out enjoying a few drinks and realize it’s time to head home. These are the 10 signs you should invest in a DUI lawyer:

  • You have a few drinks to many, but decide to
  • drive yourself home. On your way home you’re
  • pulled over, and to your surprise the officer tells you that you were swerving or speeding. The officer asks you to
  • step out of the vehicle and perform some field sobriety test.
  • You fail the various test administered to you and are subsequently
  • arrested for DUI. After being processed and released, you head home. A few days have passed and you finally get your
  • court papers in the mail and they are informing you of
  • your court date. As your court date nears, you become nervous because you either know
  • you are guilty of or falsely charged with driving under the influence. You also know that you are
  • not familiar with the court system and will not be able to navigate the system in a way that will minimize your consequences.

These are 10 signs you should invest in a DUI lawyer.

WHY INVEST IN A DUI LAWYER
Sometimes, people associate lawyers with high bills and minimal results. They often feel that they have a good shot if they defend the DUI on their own without the help of a lawyer. But the truth is, a DUI lawyer is your best option when facing a DUI charge, which ultimately can land you in jail along with a host of other negative effects such as fines and loss of employment. A drunk driving lawyer can do a few beneficial things for you:
  • DUI lawyers have connections in the legal field. DUI lawyers deal with the same arresting officers and prosecuting lawyer’s day after day. A DUI lawyer will often have information on which officers are qualified to administer field sobriety test, who has been subject to disciplinary actions, etc. This is the kind of information you want to have when defending a DUI charge.
  • DUI lawyers can provide opinions on your case. A DUI lawyer knows the state laws surrounding DUI’s and can essentially tell you the likely outcome in the situation based on your specific facts. This expertise will allow the lawyer to determine how you should plea to minimize the damages.
  • DUI lawyers can bargain your sentence. In general, a lawyer’s job is to get their client the best outcome possible given the facts and the law. This bargaining skill will be useful in minimizing possible guilty verdicts or even avoiding jail by bargaining for drug treatment programs.
MARYLAND DUI LAWYERS THAT ARE WORTH INVESTING WITH
The Maryland DUI lawyers with the Law Offices of Randolph Rice have been defending clients throughout Maryland since 2009. Attorney Randolph Rice is a former prosecutor in Baltimore Countyand ins’t afraid to take your case to trial and win. With a skilled DUI lawyer, you increase your chances of a better outcome. Keep your privilege to drive and avoid jail time with a DUI lawyer by your side in court.
CONTACT:
Law Offices of Randolph Rice
1301 York Rd #200
Lutherville, MD 21093
Phone: (410) 929-8241
Fax: (410) 288-2988
Toll Free: 800-470-7423
Email: info@ricelawmd.com
Blog URL: https://ricelawmd.com/blog/10-signs-invest-dui-lawyer/
Website: http://ricelawmd.com

Mar 01

Let’s set up the scenario. You’re pulled over by a police officer and issued three separate tickets. The first and second tickets are payable tickets. Payable tickets in Maryland are less serious offenses and typically moving violations. If a driver receives a payable ticket, they have three options:
  • pay the ticket and potentially receive points to your driving record;
  • request a waiver hearing; or
  • request a trial.

PAY THE TICKET

If a driver elects option 1, paying the ticket, then they can go online and make payment or visit any District Court and pay the preset fine on the ticket. However, by paying the ticket, the driver is admitting fault and guilt.
By pleading guilty and paying the ticket, points will be assessed to the drivers motor vehicle administration record.
WAIVER HEARING OPTION

If a driver elects to “request a waiver hearing,” the driver must mail in the ticket with the waiver hearing boxes selected and wait for a court date. This is not a preferable method as the driver will appear in court and the only option is to plead guilty. When a waiver hearing is selected, the police officer is not summoned to court and thus a trial cannot be held.

REQUEST A TRIAL FOR A TICKET IN MARYLAND

If a driver elects option #3, requesting a trial, then the driver is telling the court that it wants the police officer present and has the option to plead not guilty. In addition, if the police officer does not appear in court, the state will have no evidence to offer against the driver and the ticket is typically dismissed.
Going back to our original example, the first two tickets are payable tickets and the third ticket is a “must appear.” Must appear tickets are more serious and carry the potential of jail time if convicted. If a driver pays out or pays the payable ticket before the trial date for the most appear, this leaves the driver at a disadvantage.
Often, a traffic lawyer can use the payable tickets as a negotiating tool with the state’s attorney to resolve the must appear ticket. It is often the case, that your lawyer can also use the payable tickets as leverage to resolve the case without admitting guilt to the more serious traffic offense.

WHAT IS THE LESSON LEARNED?

If you receive payable tickets and must appear tickets for the same stop, do not pay the payable tickets before you appear in court. If you are facing a trial date for a must appear ticket, like driving on a suspended license or driving without insurance, the help of a Maryland traffic lawyer may result in the dismissal of the tickets. Contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today to schedule a free consultation and learn how his experience can help you with your traffic tickets in Maryland.

CONTACT:
Law Offices of Randolph Rice
1301 York Rd #200
Lutherville, MD 21093
Phone: (410) 929-8241
Fax: (410) 288-2988
Toll Free: 800-470-7423
Email: info@ricelawmd.com
Blog URL: https://ricelawmd.com/blog/not-pay-traffic-ticket-maryland/
Website: http://ricelawmd.com

Feb 28

Finding a Baltimore car accident lawyer can be tricky. Yet hiring the best lawyer can mean the difference between a successful outcome and settlement after your accident. A car accident lawyer in Baltimore specializes in representing victims of car accident. You know you need a car accident lawyer if you can answer these two questions as “YES”:

I was injured in a car accident; and
The accident the fault of someone else.

If you answered yes to these two questions, then it is essential that you retain a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Randolph Rice can help if you’re the victim of a car accident. Contact their office today to discuss your claim and learn how they can help.

WILL A BALTIMORE CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY HELP? 
Statistics show that victims of a car accident receive 3.5 more money when they hire a lawyer after their car accident compared to people that don’t hire a lawyer. The insurance companies know victims of a car accident may not have the tools requires to pursue the claim to the end. That means filing a lawsuit and hiring the necessary experts to prove their case. People who don’t hire a car accident lawyer in Maryland will see that the process takes longer and the settlement offers will be significantly lower. Don’t be at a disadvantage after your car accident, contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today to get the legal help you deserve. 

BALTIMORE AUTO ACCIDENT LAWYER 
Baltimore auto accident lawyer Randolph Rice fights for his clients after their car accidents. And the best part is the clients don’t have to pay a single penny for him to pursue their claim. Their lawyers don’t charge a penny up-front and there is no fee unless they win. In most legal matters, the client must pay a retainer, but not the auto accident lawyer Randolph Rice. His team works on the claim and the client doesn’t have to pay for their investigation and claim filing. Have questions, contact his office today and learn about the no fee unless we win guarantee. 

BALTIMORE CAR CRASH LAWYER
Baltimore car crash lawyer Randolph Rice works to ensure you get every penny from the insurance company and the negligent driver that struck your car and caused the accident. There are various rules of the road in Maryland that must be followed. Some of the most commons violated rules that lead to accidents are: 

Illegal turns at intersections; 
Improper U-turns; 
Failure to yield; 
Failure to stop to avoid an accident; 
Speeding; 
Following too closely; 
Various violations of the rules of the road.

BALTIMORE AUTO ACCIDENT ATTORNEY 
After an accident, you may have a lot of questions about your car and your health. Our Baltimore auto accident attorney Randolph Rice is here to help. He has aided thousands of victims after their auto accident in Baltimore. Let his experience with the Maryland insurance laws and procedure go to work for you. He knows how to make the insurance company pay you to dollar for your auto accident in Baltimore. He will battle to ensure you medical bills are paid in full, your lost wages are reimbursed and you get the money for the time and hassle you had to incur after the auto accident.

HOW TO FIND THE BEST CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER IN BALTIMORE 
Stop searching and call today to speak with the “best car accident lawyers in Baltimore.” Attorney Randolph Rice is ranked by Super Lawyers, Avvo 10 out of 10 Superb and Lead Counsel Rated! He has secured $100,000.00 for his clients and will work just as hard on your case. Don’t negotiate with the insurance company, let our experienced car accident lawyers in Maryland do the heavy lifting while you recover and return to the life you had before the accident. 

CONTACT: 
Law Offices of Randolph Rice 
1301 York Rd #200 
Lutherville, MD 21093 
Phone: (410) 929-8241 
Fax: (410) 288-2988 
Toll Free: 800-470-7423 
Email: info@ricelawmd.com 
Website: http://ricelawmd.com
Blog Url: https://ricelawmd.com/blog/how-find-baltimore-car-accident-lawyer/

Feb 28
Whiplash, a common neck injury in automobile accidents, can cost victims, their employers, and the economy at large significant sums of money. A 1999 study found that whiplash injuries in the United States cost more than $8.5 billion each year. That number certainly is greater now. Even with such high costs and common occurrences, however, most people do not understand the injury very well.

WHAT IS WHIPLASH?

Whiplash is an injury to the neck caused by sudden, rapid back-and-forth movements of the neck or head. Whiplash is most commonly suffered in rear-end traffic accidents, where the head drives forward by impact and then snaps back as seat belts or airbags restrain the body, forcing the neck through a sharp forward-backward cycle, much like the action of a bullwhip—hence the name.
Whiplash symptoms generally develop soon after the accident that caused the injuries. These symptoms include:
  • Neck stiffness and pain
  • Restricted range of neck or head motion
  • Headaches
  • Pain in the shoulders, upper back, or arms, as well as tingling or numbness in the arms
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Symptoms of more severe whiplash may include:
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Problems with concentration and memory
  • Depression
While whiplash injuries are common, they usually do not last long. The majority of whiplash victims recover fully in a matter of a few weeks, or, less often, months. Still, a small minority suffer from whiplash symptoms for longer periods, including months or years after the injury. Only about 3 to 5 percent of people who suffer whiplash still suffer symptoms sufficient to keep them on disability after one year.
HOW DO YOU TREAT WHIPLASH?

In most whiplash cases, the goal is to manage pain while the body heals. The most common treatments for whiplash include:
  • Rest. Doctors generally recommend a lot of rest for the first day after the injury, but then call for more activity.
  • Applying ice or heat. Ice reduces inflammation while heat helps muscles relax. Doctors commonly recommend both treatments multiple times per day for short periods.
  • Over-the-counter painkillers. For minor whiplash injuries, acetaminophen and ibuprofen generally are sufficient.
  • Prescription pain medications and muscle relaxers. For more severe cases, stronger painkillers may be appropriate.
  • Injected painkillers. Injections of lidocaine are often used to reduce pain to a level where physical therapy is possible, typically in more severe cases.
More severe cases of whiplash can require significant amounts of prescription painkillers, pain treatment, and physical therapy for prolonged periods. Missed time at work often results from such cases. You also may find yourself unable to participate in many common family activities, such as cooking, gardening, mowing the lawn, playing with children, and other activities most people take for granted.

IF YOU SUFFERED A WHIPLASH INJURY IN THE BALTIMORE AREA, CONTACT THE PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS OF THE LAW OFFICES OF G. RANDOLPH RICE JR., LLC

If you suffered whiplash as a result of an accident in the Baltimore area, consult a personal injury attorney to explore your options and potential compensation for your injuries. The Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice Jr., LLC, can help. Reach us at (410) 288-2900 or through our online contact form.

CONTACT:
Law Offices of Randolph Rice
1301 York Rd #200
Lutherville, MD 21093
Phone: (410) 929-8241
Fax: (410) 288-2988
Toll Free: 800-470-7423
Email: info@ricelawmd.com
Blog URL: https://ricelawmd.com/blog/whiplash-injuries-can-cost-many-ways/
Website: http://ricelawmd.com

Jan 30

If you’re considering making a personal injury claim after an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you probably want to know how much money you can expect to receive in compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

96% of personal injury claims result in a settlement. That means an out of court payment to the victim for their injuries and damages. If the case does go to trial, the verdict amount is unpredictable as juries can award any amount they deem appropriate in their minds.

The extent of your injuries will have the most impact on how much you can expect to receive for your personal injury claim. The more serious your injuries, the more likely it is that you’ve had substantial medical expenses, lost income, and other damages.

More severe injuries typically result in higher settlement offers and verdicts. Insurance policy limits can restrict settlement offers from the insurance company. Insurance companies don’t offer a settlement that’s over their policy limits as their insured’s coverage does not allow them to pay more than was purchased.

Having a personal injury lawyer to work for you and your claim makes it much more likely that you’ll get compensation for your damages. Statistics show that clients who hire a lawyer receive 3 1/2 times more money than a individual who does not hire a lawyer. Lawyers will work to negotiate a larger settlement and advise their clients reject a first offer from the insurance company.

When it comes to getting the most out of your personal injury claim, retaining a personal injury lawyer to stand up for your rights and fight for the best result is the preferred method. Put your case in the hands of an attorney rather than leave thousands of dollars on the negotiating table. If you’re thinking about making a personal injury claim, the first step should be sitting down and discussing your accident with an experienced attorney today.

CONTACT:
Law Offices of Randolph Rice
1301 York Rd #200
Lutherville, MD 21093
Phone: (410) 929-8241
Fax: (410) 288-2988
Toll Free: 800-470-7423
Email: info@ricelawmd.com
Website: http://ricelawmd.com

Blog URL: https://ricelawmd.com/blog/important-personal-injury-settlement-information-must-watch-before-you-settle-your-injury-claim/