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You are constitutionally allowed to represent yourself in a criminal case. This does not make it a good idea. Drunk driving defense in Washington, DC is a very complex area of law that requires skill at trial techniques as well as knowledge of administration of field sobriety tests, breathalyzer operation, blood testing, police procedure, and recent developments in the law. It is recommended that you hire a lawyer who specializes in this area rather than just a lawyer who will handle a DUI occasionally.

The Washington, DC Metro Police maintain a list of the location of all photo enforcement cameras. The list is publicly available on the MPD website.

Currently, the MPD does not make any attempt to identify the driver of a vehicle issued photo enforcement ticket. The police will simply mail the ticket to the registered owner of the vehicle who can pay the ticket, or send an affidavit that they were not driving at the time. The driver must identify who was driving and the ticket and affidavit will be mailed to that person. They do not currently issue points to the owner of the vehicle, because they cannot prove who is driving. Other states also take a photo of the driver and do issue points.

Yes! Just because you have a valid prescription for a drug does not mean you are allowed to drive after taking it. The law prohibits driving under the influence of intoxicating drugs or alcohol. You do not need a prescription to buy a bottle of whiskey but you obviously aren’t allowed to drink it and then drive your car. It is no different with prescription narcotics or other drugs.

If you’ve ever seen the TV show COPS, you probably know the answer to this question. You are likely to still get arrested. On the upside, it may give an explanation for the odor of alcohol on your breath, but it may also give the police probable cause. You have a constitutional right to remain silent — it is probably best to use that right when stopped for a Drunk Driving in Washington, DC.

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