DUI

Jun 25, 2019

Defenses to Field Sobriety Tests

By |June 25th, 2019|DUI|0 Comments

In Maryland, police don’t have complete freedom to stop any driver they see and give him or her a set of field sobriety tests. The first line of defense in any DUI case is whether the police had proper grounds to stop a driver and pull him/her off to the side of the road. The proper grounds standard in Maryland is less strict than the “probable cause” standard for obtaining a warrant. The police must [...]

Apr 9, 2019

Maryland’s Implied Consent Law for Suspicion of DUI

By |April 9th, 2019|DUI|0 Comments

Normally, the police cannot stop and/or search a person unless they have reasonable grounds to believe a crime has been committed. Under the law, law enforcement officers should obtain a warrant before arresting anyone, or searching them or their property. However, cases involving suspicious of driving under the influence are treated a bit differently. The police do still need reasonable grounds to stop any driver for DUI. Examples of reasonable grounds include observing a driver [...]

Mar 19, 2019

Traveling to Canada with a DUI Just Got More Difficult

By |March 19th, 2019|DUI|0 Comments

After the 2018 legalization of marijuana in Canada, the Canadian government also toughened up on its laws regarding driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. This legislation took effect on December 18, 2018 – and has a major effect on visitors to Canada from Maryland and the rest of the United States. Before 2019 Before this year, non-Canadians who had ever been arrested or convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) were denied entry [...]

Feb 26, 2019

What Is a Federal DUI?

By |February 26th, 2019|DUI|0 Comments

Most drivers who are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics are charged with a state crime. Cases are heard in the county where the offense occurred or where the driver lives. There are some instances though where a driver can be accused of a federal DUI. Filing federal charges requires some federal involvement – typically that the offense occurred on federal property. Maryland has numerous federal roads, including the Baltimore-Washington Parkway [...]

Jan 8, 2019

Motor Vehicle Administration Hearings After a DWI/DUI Arrest

By |January 8th, 2019|DUI|0 Comments

Drivers who are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) face many penalties if convicted. They can be sentenced to jail or prison (depending on the type of charge), and be forced to pay substantial penalties and fines. Their insurance rates can increase, or their coverage can be cancelled. They can lose their security clearance, in some cases, too. One extra risk is that you will likely lose your driving privileges [...]

Jan 2, 2019

Legal Loopholes Allow Convicted DUI Drivers to Circumvent Ignition Interlock Law

By |January 2nd, 2019|DUI|0 Comments

The State. com reported in September 2018 that a South Carolina Law (called Emma’s Law) that was meant to help force DUI offenders to prove sobriety before they could drive has not worked as planned. The law requires that anyone convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, whose blood alcohol content (BAC) level was .15 or more, should have to use an ignition interlock device, or IID. The IID analyzes the driver’s BAC and [...]

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