A Top Maryland Criminal Lawyer Experienced in DUI-DWi-Vehicular Homicide-Automobile Manslaughter Cases. One of Maryland’s Best Criminal Defense Attorneys with 45 years of trial experience in handling over 300 jury trials in federal and state courts
Top 10 (#3) Criminal Lawyer (“Super Lawyers”)-“Best Lawyers in America”-Washingtonian Mag. Top Lawyer-45 yrs Trial Exp.-300+Jury Trials-fomer federal and state prosecutor (1974-90); Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Md State Bar Assoc. Heeney Award for Lifetime Excellence in Criminal Law – DUI-DWI-Vehicular Homicide-Automobile Manslaughter
Driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while impaired by alcohol, drugs or controlled substances are serious criminal offenses that carry not only criminal penalties but consequences that can affect one’s ability to drive and support one’s family. These offenses often involve complicated factual and legal issues.
With over 40 years of experience as a criminal attorney, first as a prosecutor in Prince George’s County, Maryland, then as a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Maryland, DUI/DWI defense lawyer Robert C. Bonsib Esq. is battle-tested in the courtroom.
Experienced Defense Against Vehicle Homicide Charges
Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents sometimes result in death. When that occurs, vehicular homicide charges often are filed. Such charges carry the potential of significant incarceration and often present complex and technical issues accused. Whether it is challenging the expert testimony of an accident reconstruction expert, the blood alcohol testimony of a toxicologist or the testimony of a breathalyzer operator or the opinion of a medical examiner, Robert C. Bonsib Esq. has experience in such matters both as a prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney.
Robert C. Bonsib Esq. has successfully defended a number of individuals accused of being responsible for vehicular-related deaths. Recently, Robert C. Bonsib Esq. won an acquittal for a client charged in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia with vehicular manslaughter and negligent homicide. In that case, his client was accused of being under the influence of alcohol and speeding when his client’s vehicle struck a pedestrian crossing the street. Issues regarding the government’s witness’ opinions of Mr. Bonsib’s client’s speed, alcohol impairment, his performance on field sobriety tests as well as the physical and lighting conditions at the scene of the accident were hotly contested issues during the trial. In cases where a complete defense is unlikely, securing a favorable sentencing outcome can be critical to a client’s ability to move forward in his or her life. Mr. Bonsib has handled a number of vehicular homicide cases in which his clients have obtained probationary sentences or sentences of home detention, rather than imprisonment. It is important to remember, however, that each case is different. A successful resolution in one case does not guarantee a similar result in another case. In addition, courts are becoming more severe in punishing individuals who are involved in fatal accidents while driving under the influence of alcohol. This makes it all the more important that individuals facing such charges obtain legal representation from an attorney with specific experience in handling this type of criminal case.
This area’s DUI laws change regularly. Being current on new laws and Motor Vehicle Administration regulations is critical not only to representing a client charged with DUI or DWI, but also to providing effective representation at the Motor Vehicle Administration where the issue is whether a client will lose his or her driving privileges.