Traffic Offenses

M. Dean Jenkins has 48 years of experience in defending criminal traffic charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving while suspended or revoked. Defense of such allegations requires an intimate knowledge of the Maryland Transportation Code. In additional to defending traffic cases in criminal Court, M. Dean Jenkins has years of experience in representing clients in Administrative hearings where the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration is seeking to suspend or revoke the person's driver license or privilege. This includes allegations of refusal to take a breath or blood test, or failing a breath or blood test. Some individuals require a commercial driver license in order to maintain employment and knowledge of the Commercial Driver License Act is critical. Refusal to submit to a blood or breath test, or conviction and even probation before judgment for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will result in the disqualification of a commercial driver license.

In criminal traffic court convictions on certain major traffic offenses can result in lengthy jail sentences. These offenses include driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or controlled dangerous substances. Other offenses carry jail terms include driving while suspended or revoked, leaving the scene of an accident and fleeing and eluding a police officer. Convictions on any of these offenses also can result in administrative suspensions or revocations of a driver license.

In order to maintain employment it is necessary to avoid loss of a driver license, and convictions in criminal court of traffic offenses or violations of administrative procedural sections of the Maryland Traffic Laws can place the driver license in jeopardy.

M. Dean Jenkins has successfully defended charges of homicide by motor vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol, where expert witness testimony by an accident reconstructionist was critical to the Defense.

M. Dean Jenkins has successfully represented many clients in jury trials on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In many cases the outcome will depend on pretrial motions filed and litigated regarding the legality of the police conduct and police investigation of the case. You will need a lawyer with experience and dedication who will thoroughly prepare your case. That is the key to a successful defense. In some cases, negotiations can be made to achieve an acceptable outcome.

The most important decision you will have to make if facing these charges is the choice of the lawyer to represent you in these very difficult and complex cases.

In 1986 Mr. Jenkins represented a client who, although convicted in a jury trial of driving while intoxicated by alcohol, was fount not guilty by the jury of all death charges, including homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated and homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The client was not incarcerated but sentenced to a fine and probation.

Located in the Law Offices of
Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy & Almand, P.A.

If you are accused of a criminal offense, or, if you are a suspect in a criminal investigation, by far the most important decision you will make is the selection of the lawyer to represent you.

- M. Dean Jenkins -