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How to handle a DUI traffic stop

When you make the decision to drive after consuming alcohol in Maryland, you are gambling with your life and freedom. No matter how conservatively you drink, law enforcement is always around somewhere watching the roads and waiting for someone like you. An officer only needs probable cause to pull you over.

Is legal support needed for an OAH hearing?

There are a number of reasons for a hearing at the Motor Vehicle Administration's Office of Administrative Hearings, or OAH. For example, you may have received a notice about a hearing date relative to your DUI charge, but it might be four to six weeks down the road. Meanwhile, you need transportation to get to work, so you are driving on a suspended license. This is not a good idea.

Drunk drivers may enter the ignition interlock program

Maryland has the ninth-highest ignition interlock usage rate in the country. The program, monitored by the Motor Vehicle Administration, has been in force since 1989, and it works. Depending on the charge, the consequences require some drivers to enter the program. Others may elect to participate instead of requesting a hearing for their drunk driving charge and to regain their suspended or revoked driver's license.

Should you refuse to take a Breathalyzer test?

Law enforcement in every state is cracking down on driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated. In Maryland, a police officer can pull you over for a traffic violation or for driving erratically to check for a suspicion of DUI or DWI. If the officer suspects that you are intoxicated, you may be asked to submit to field sobriety tests and chemical tests, such as a breathalyzer.

Why DUI offenders need treatment instead of incarceration

Alcohol use on America's roadways has been a problem for as long as automobiles have existed, and public policymakers have long struggled with the best ways to respond to drivers who operate vehicles while they are intoxicated. Better detection and education has helped the public be more vigilant about their own driving practices and drinking habits and has brought the issue a long way. Another approach that law enforcement and the legislature often adopt is increased criminal penalties. For a long time, these penalties were viewed as a strong deterrent to drinking and driving, but research has called that into question in recent years.

Do you need an attorney if you are charged with a DUI?

When it comes to misdemeanor crimes, sometimes defendants think that it is easier to simply navigate the criminal justice system themselves, especially if they plan on accepting a plea bargain. While it is understandable why you would think this saves time or money, the fact is that for many charges, the penalties are left up to judicial discretion, and the prosecutor's recommendation can carry a lot of weight as well.

Noah's Law and the Changing Penalties for Drunk Driving

Authorities in the state of Maryland take drunk driving very seriously. With the passage of "Noah's Law," the penalties for drunk driving will become harsher. The law, which the governor has indicated he will sign, requires all convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlock devices in their vehicles. In order to start the car, the driver would need to pass a Breathalyzer test.

Maryland man crashes car into two homes while under influence

Some car accidents involve zero physical injuries, but major property damages, whether to an automobile or an individual's property. A Maryland man recently was arrested after he crashed his pickup truck into a home in Harford County. The crash caused a propane gas line to rupture and the home to consequently burst into flames. The man then managed to back into a neighboring home, knocking it off its foundation and proceeded to drive through both the yards of both homes before fleeing the scene.

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