A Maryland DUI defendant needs two things in order to maximize his/her chances of a successful resolution of his case. He needs a lawyer that has the proper DUI training and expertise and he needs access to appropriate experts in court. The defense of a DUI case is a sub-specialty of criminal law, just like cardiology is a sub-specialty of medicine, and if you want to win your case, you should treat your case the same way you would treat your body.
The National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) trains attorneys in quarterly seminars, classes and related formats to properly defend citizens charged with this criminal offense. Such specialized training includes courses in the administration of field sobriety testing, ie. what the police officers are supposed to be doing in the field, instructor level training in order to teach police officers how to administer field sobriety testing (this writer holds both certifications), Drug Recognition Evaluations (DRE), Intox machines classes and more. Many attorneys nationwide and a few statewide hold these various certifications, if you are serious about the defense of your case, you should consider an attorney that holds these certifications.
In addition to engaging the services of an appropriate advocate to defend your case, you should also consider the importance of engaging experts to assist in the defense of your case.
Experts are important because they come to court and explain the complexities of the case to the judge or jury. That is, the police officer will take the stand and attempt to explain why you, the defendant “failed” your field tests. S/he will take the stand and say, the Defendant started too early, could not keep balance in the instruction stage and missed 5 steps heel to toe, and therefore failed.
However, the officer leaves out that the officer failed to tell the Defendant that he could not start until told to do so. He leaves out swaying is permissible in the instruction stance as long as the stance is not broken and he fails to appreciate the fact that a .5 inch gap between the feet is not an impairment clue. So you see, both knowing the DUI law and having expert police officers that can come to court on your behalf and explain the whole story to the jury, is very important to the proper disposition of your case.