Being a defense attorney is my passion and I am dedicated to protecting and enforcing your rights. I am a zealous advocate and strive to achieve the best possible results. I believe in being receptive & responsive to my clients concerns.
If you have been charged with a DWI/DUI, the defense of your case depends on the reason for the stop, probable cause for the arrest and the results of the breath/blood test or lack thereof. In September 2013, I successfully completed the 24 hour National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Student Course. This is essentially the same training that police officers receive before they are able to make alcohol related arrests. If you have been charged with driving on a suspended license, driving without a license, driving without insurance or with leaving the scene of an accident it is critical that you have an experienced attorney review your citations, the police report and your driving record for potential legal and factual defenses. You may not even be aware of certain defenses available to you such as defects in the charging document, incorrect charges, inadmissible evidence or the lack of reasonable articulable suspicion to stop. Whether you are charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, I understand that good people can make mistakes. I appreciate that this is your case and you deserve an attentive and detail oriented advocate. Your hopes and needs are just as important to me as they are to you in strategizing and preparing an appropriate defense. Criminal law is very dependent on the rules of evidence and a skilled attorney can ensure that the State follows these rules in presenting evidence against you. It is critical that you have an experienced attorney review your charges, the police report, chain of custody, lab analysis and business records for potential legal and factual defenses. You may not even be aware of certain defenses available to you such as defects in the charging document, incorrect charges, inadmissible evidence or lack of probable cause. While I cannot guarantee the specific outcome of any case, I can guarantee that I will do everything I can to secure the best possible outcome for you. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
7310 Ritchie Hwy Suite 910
Glen Burnie MD 21061
For a free initial consultation about your drunk driving charges in Glen Burnie or elsewhere in Maryland, contact the Law Office of Robert A. Siegel, P.A.
If you have been charged with a DWI/DUI, the defense of your case depends on the reason for the stop, probable cause for the arrest and the results of the breath/blood test or lack thereof. In September 2013, I successfully completed the 24 hour National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Student Course. This is the same type of training that police officers receive before they are able to make alcohol related arrests. Many people's first encounter with law enforcement is a drunk driving arrest. If you have been charged with DUI or DWI, you may think that you have no choice but to plead guilty and accept your punishment, but there may be other options. Do not go it alone. Call the Law Office of Robert A. Siegel, P.A. in Glen Burnie, Maryland for prompt aggressive legal help. MVA hearingspreventing the suspension of your driver's license As soon as you have been charged with drunk driving, the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) initiates the suspension of your license. After your arrest, you only have 30 days to request an administrative hearing to fight the license suspension. These MVA hearings can be abrupt and you can easily lose your license before you even realize it is your turn to speak. I speak for you at the administrative hearing. I understand the issues that the MVA considers, and I am skilled at finding defenses that can help you avoid or shorten the term of your driver's license suspension. Do not go to the hearing without my representation. Drunk driving charges in Maryland The charges you face when pulled over for drunk driving are determined by the combination of your performance on standardized field sobriety tests and the amount of alcohol found in your system. A conviction for drunk driving can result in a high number of points on your license, and can lead to the suspension and revocation of that license in addition to fines and jail time. Driving while under the influence of drugs carries similar penalties. Driving while impaired (DWI) If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is found to be in the range of .02% to .07%, you may be charged with driving while impaired (DWI). You may also be arrested under this charge if you refuse to take a breath test and the police officer has other reasons to believe that you are impaired by drugs or alcohol. If you are convicted of DWI, you may face Driver's license suspension Eight points on your driving record A $500 fine Two months in jail Driving under the influence (DUI) A BAC of .08 or higher leads to the more serious charge of driving under the influence (DUI). Penalties for a DUI conviction include Driver's license suspension 12 points on your driving record A $1000 fine One year in jail Driving under the influence of drugs If you are convicted of driving under the influence of drugs, the penalties are as severe as those for a DUI: Suspension of your driver's license Up to12 points on your driving record A fine of up to $1000 As much as one year in jail Subsequent convictions lead to much more harsh penalties, including longer license suspensions as well as up to three years in jail. If you have previously been convicted of DUI or DWI, you have an even greater need of experienced assistance from a criminal defense lawyer. Fighting your criminal DUI or DWI charges With over a decade of experience defending DUI or DWI charges , I understand the Maryland legal system and I have developed many defense strategies to protect your freedom. I review the evidence carefully and challenge the circumstances of your arrest: Did the officer have reasonable suspicion to pull you over? Did the officer follow proper procedures during the field sobriety tests? Did the officer have probable cause to arrest you? Was the breath test conducted properly? Let me reduce your stress by helping you fight your criminal drunk driving charges. Hire a confident DUI lawyer
Criminal charges are serious business. A conviction can have a profound effect on your freedom and your job. I am a dedicated Maryland criminal defense attorney in Anne Arundel County who works to achieve the best possible outcome for you. First I explore possible defenses such as:
Problems with the charging documents
Gaps in the chain of custody
Other evidentiary problems
to see if I can have your charges dismissed or reduced. If trial cannot be avoided, I prepare your case thoroughly and defend you vigorously in court.
Throughout your experience of working with me, you will understand your legal situation and your range of options. Using plain language, I explain every choice that I makeas well as every choice that you must make. As a team, we can make the best of a challenging situation.
Bring your legal problem to the attention of my Anne Arundel County law firm. I handle every criminal case and bankruptcy petition personally, and I take pride in getting good results for my clients.
Attorney Robert A. Siegel is co-author of "Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Strategies" (2010 ed.) published by Aspatore. Featuring partners and founders of consumer bankruptcy firms around the nation, this book provides an authoritative, insider's perspective on best practices for effectively handling the surge of Chapter 7 filings in today's economic climate.
Areas of practice:
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 1999
University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1998
University of Maryland, College Park, B.S. in Accounting, 1993
Certifications and licenses:
Certified Public Accountant, Maryland, 1994
Real Estate Broker's License, Maryland, 2005
Professional associations and memberships:
Maryland State Bar Association
Consumer Bankruptcy Section
Consumer Bankruptcy Council, Executive Committee, 20032005
Anne Arundel County Bar Association
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association
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