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Conditions during field sobriety tests could affect your case

Seeing flashing blue lights in your rear view mirror may have you immediately feeling anxious. If the stop comes after you had a few drinks with your friends, you may have even more reason to feel as if the situation will not turn out in your best interests. You may not feel as if those drinks impaired your driving abilities, but the officer will certainly investigate to determine whether he or she believes that is the case.

One common investigative tool that Maryland officers use during a possible DUI traffic stop is standard field sobriety tests. Typically, officers will have drivers perform certain actions to check their balance, coordination and eye movement. However, it is important to remember that officers use these tests in efforts to gather evidence and obtain probable cause for taking a driver into custody. You will also want to remember that you do not have a legal obligation to participate in field sobriety tests.

Did your traffic stop lead to aggravated DUI charges?

Everyone makes mistakes. That reality is a simple part of life. Of course, some mistakes could come with serious consequences, especially if they involve the law. 

A DUI charge can have major impacts on your life. The exact charge you face could also have a significant effect on the possible consequences if a conviction takes place. In particular, you could face enhanced penalties if a Maryland police officer charges you with aggravated DUI.

Fun college outings could also pose safety, legal risks

As a Maryland college student, you likely want to get the most out of your experience, which may include being away from home and your parents for the first time. You may find yourself joining clubs, going to on-campus events or even socializing off campus. Of course, it is important to remember to stay as safe as possible at all times.

Once you reach the legal age, going out to bars or clubs may become a common activity for you and your friends. However, these establishments can sometimes become rowdy, and it is not unusual for suspicious activities to take place.

Summertime brings sunshine and DUIs to Maryland

As the temperatures start to rise, most residents are thinking ahead to their summer vacation and all the activities that come with the summer heat. Pool parties, barbecue and holiday celebrations are just some of the highlights we look forward to every summer.

However, one summer activity that no one looks forward to is a DUI. A DUI can not only ruin your summer, but it has long-lasting effects on your driving record, your insurance rates and possibly your career.

What's in your car? Say no to police searches

It's around midnight. You're driving home from the bar. You're just miles away from campus when you see the red lights flashing behind you. Did you swerve? Were you speeding? You rack your brain as you start to move over to the shoulder, putting your hazards on.

Everything is going rather standard for a traffic stop. The officer asks if you've been drinking. Where you are coming from. Where you are going. The rather standard questions. He has the flashlight in your face, but is also clearly peeping inside your car. Now he formally asks, "Can I take a look around?"

What happens if your child is caught selling drugs?

When your children are young, you see them as perfect, innocent human beings. They could do no wrong in your eyes because they are your kids. But as young children become young adults, a parent’s perspective shifts.

You can no longer control your children’s decisions, especially when they move off to college. It’s up to them to take action and live with the consequences. But what happens to your child if they are caught distributing drugs?

Can you get a DUI on a snowmobile?

While many people dread the snow, others cannot wait to get outside and begin their long-awaited winter activities. You may be one of many who are ready to get away from the city and head out on their sleds for some snowmobiling fun.

Amidst all of the fun of going off-road, it is still important to keep safety in mind and avoid getting a DUI charge at all costs.

Police can't force you to unlock your phone

Think about all the private data you have in your phone. There are emails, text messages, photos, data stored in apps -- just to name a few. By just looking at someone's smartphone, you could get a pretty good idea of who someone is and how they like to spend their time.

But is there also incriminating information in our phones? And do police have the right to search our phones to gather evidence?

You have rights: Understanding search and seizure laws

Talking to police is intimidating. They can make you feel like you do not have any options when it comes to answering questions or allowing a search of your property. But this is not true. You have rights. 

Why do some college students turn to drugs?

College is a time of experimentation for young adults, but some college students go too far with what they are willing to experiment with. Some students turn to experimentation with alcohol or drugs for stress release or increased attention.

It doesn't matter if your child were the top student in their high school class, they are vulnerable to drug abuse in their environment. The best way to tackle drug abuse is to know why students start using illegal prescriptions in school.