DUIs can happen anywhere that people are driving. For the most part, DUIs are local matters, with regional courts and local police involved. In some special cases though, a DUI can become a federal charge. Usually this is determined by the location and personnel involved in the arrest.
When Is a DUI a Federal Matter?
If a DUI happens on federal property, it can be a federal charge. States parks and military installations are commonly the examples that arise.
- If a person were pulled over by a Maryland State Police officer in a State park, it would likely be a regular state charge, but with a state officer involved instead of a local officer.
- A DUI on a military base is a different matter, and would almost certainly be a federal charge.
- Federal DUIs could also happen if you are driving on a federal road, such as the George Washington Parkway.
Federal DUIs are handled in federal court. The procedure is different, and the sentencing can be slightly different depending on the case. Federal DUIs cannot add points on your Maryland license, which can actually be a benefit.
Legal Help For Federal Case
Not all attorneys are able to defend federal DUI cases, as the firm has to be federally barred. At Robinson and Associates, our firm is federally barred and we are experienced with cases of this nature. If you or someone you know has been charged with a federal DUI, it is important that you get help from a firm that understands and is able to handle the case.
Contact us online today to talk to one of our associates and to begin building your defense.