DUI Charges Dismissed for Violation of Speedy Trial

Driver Charged with DUI/DWI

A 30-year old grocery store employee was charged with DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol) in Maryland after being involved in a car accident. The accused was on probation for an earlier conviction for drunk driving.

Constitutional Right to Speedy Trial applies to DUI/DWI Charges

Both the United States Constitution and the Maryland Declaration of Rights entitle every person accused of a crime to a speedy trial. The right to a speedy trial also applies to DUI, DWI, and other drunk driving charges.

Court Dismisses DUI/DWI Charges for Violation of Speedy Trial

The case was postponed repeatedly over Mr. Smith’s objections and the clerk’s office failed to schedule a new trial date for months. The case finally was heard in the District Court for Howard County, located in Ellicott City. Mr. Smith, a top rated lawyer handling DUI cases, successfully convinced the judge that the client’s constitutional  right to a speedy trial was violated because of the inexcusable delays. All charges were dismissed.

Top Rated Howard County, Columbia, and Ellicott City Criminal Lawyer

Mr. Smith is a top rated attorney and former prosecutor with more than 30 years ofextensive trial experience. Attorney Smith has handled thousands of criminal cases in the local courts, including cases involving violations of a right to speedy trial. With a solid and longstanding reputation for personal service and thorough preparation, we get many of our new cases as referrals from existing or former clients, or from other attorneys. Mr. Smith fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results in possession of marijuana and drug possession charges, and other criminal cases— has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition. Attorney Smith is considered to be one of the best criminal lawyers in Howard County.

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Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in criminal defense matters, DUI / DWI, MVA Hearings, traffic offensesdomestic violence and child abuse charges throughout Maryland, including the cities of Columbia, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, and Baltimore. Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.



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