Criminal Defense and Government Investigations

With a wealth of trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts, Potomac Legal performs a wide variety of services for our clients:

  • Internal investigations, conducted in response to reports or suspicions of employee wrongdoing and/or in connection with inquiries by government agencies
  • Governmental investigations, including representation in the face of a search warrant or a grand jury or administrative subpoena, and how to comply with the government’s investigation while protecting the interests of the corporations, its officers, directors and employees
  • Criminal defense, for clients facing charges in state and federal court, including securities offenses, antitrust violations, fraud, OSHA violations, environmental crimes, embezzlement and bribery charges, bankruptcy offenses, RICO violations, health care offenses such as Medicare/Medicaid fraud, tax evasion, traffic matters and other crimes
  • Compliance programs, in which we help clients structure processes to detect and prevent criminal activity within the organization, minimizing potential liability should any such activity occur.

DUI & DWI

All traffic code violations are in fact criminal violations. Please review the Drugs & Other Crimes section if you have not done so already because the same rules apply. Do not make any statement of any type (it will be used against you) and be polite and cooperative. It may be a good idea to decline any "field sobriety tests" such as heel-to-toe/walk and turn, 1-leg stand, butchered alphabets ( D-T ), horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN), preliminary breath test (PBT), among others.

Do I take the breath test or not?

The 'roadside' or PBT cannot be used against you in a formal sense and you are within your rights to refuse the same. However, the stationary breath test machine typically located at the police station can be determinative in terms of guilt or innocence.

BEWARE of the administrative MVA sanctions in the event of a refusal of this test, e.g., four months no driving, very limited exceptions for a first offender under the statute. On the other hand, if one were able to accept the MVA penalty a refusal may increase the likelihood of an acquittal at the time of the court trial.