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Should I refuse a breath test? P. 4

We’ve already pointed out in previous posts that whether or not it is wise to submit to a breath test during a DUI investigation in Maryland depends on the specific factors at play in each case. Oftentimes, it is difficult for a motorist to determine for sure whether refusing a breath test is a good decision, at least until they look back on the case and how it played out. Still, it is important to keep the previously mentioned points in mind and be informed about the place of breath testing in DUI investigation and prosecution.

Should I refuse a breath test? P. 3

We’ve been looking at the question of whether or not it is wise to refuse submitting to a breath test. Readers who have been following these posts may have noticed that we have not given a hard and fast answer. Rather, we’ve explained the consequences of a refusal and the factors that affect the consequences.

Should I refuse a breath test? P. 2

In our previous post, we brought up the issue of whether it is ever wise to refuse a breath test during a DUI investigation. As we pointed out, refusing a breath test does not necessarily guarantee that the individual under investigation will avoid a DUI charge, and he or she will have to deal with an automatic license suspension for refusing such testing.

Should I refuse a breath test?

In our last couple posts, we’ve been talking about breath testing, first, in connection with the growing popularity of consumer level breath test smartphone apps and, second, in connection with the accuracy of breath tests from an evidentiary standpoint. Here we want to offer some comments on the practice of refusing a breath test during DUI investigations.

Breath test accuracy an important issue to explore in DUI defense

In our last post, we spoke a bit about a new app developed by the state of Maryland which is supposed to help drivers discern when they’ve had too much to drink. As we noted, these devices may be helpful to an extent, but they offer no protection to a driver accused of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

DUI apps helpful, but no defense to criminal charges

Drunk-driving is obviously a serious issue, and efforts to fight the problem are important for public safety. However, most people are aware that drunk-driving can sometimes come about because of an honest mistake of judgment. Misjudging the extent of one’s intoxication can and does lead to situations where a driver ends up facing DUI charges.

Police misconduct in criminal investigations, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about the issue of police misconduct and the importance of criminal defendants scrutinizing police investigations in building a strong criminal defense case. The importance of this scrutiny lies not only in catching any evidentiary issues before a case goes to trial, but also in addressing any civil rights violations in their case.  

Police misconduct in criminal investigations, P.1

Police misconduct has been an issue of growing national importance in recent months due in large part to high profile cases involving the use of deadly force against unarmed men. Baltimore police, it turns out, are familiar with the issue of police misconduct. According to a recent article in the Baltimore Sun, police misconduct accusations cost the public a significant amount of money.

Double jeopardy at issue in indictment of Baltimore man

Criminal defense cases sometimes follow a winding road rather than a straight one. That certainly seems to be true of a Baltimore criminal case against a man accused of murdering a North Carolina teenager back in 2010. The man’s connection to the teen was reportedly through her older half-sister, whom he dated for ten years. According to sources, the teen went missing while on a visit to her half-sister in Northwest Baltimore in December 2010. Her body was discovered four months later in the Susquehanna River.

Renewed efforts to legalize marijuana still precarious

Maryland readers are probably all aware of the discussions currently going on among lawmakers regarding the possibility of passing a measure to legalize marijuana. As elsewhere, public support for such a measure has increased in recent years, and although previous proposals in Maryland to legalize the controlled substance have failed, proponents in the legislature say it is only a matter of time before enough support is generated. Only time will tell, however.

We are committed to zealously advocating for our clients'€™ rights

In our last post, we spoke briefly about the recent indictment of Episcopalian Bishop Heather Cook on 13 charges in connection with a hit-and-run accident that occurred in December. We noted that, although it isn't clear how prosecutors will handle charges in the case, Cook is bound to face serious consequences.

Episcopalian bishop facing indicted on 13 charges

Baltimore readers have probably heard about the case of Episcopalian Bishop Heather Cook, who struck and killed a 41-year-old bicyclist back in December. Readers may also have heard that Cook's blood alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit at the time of the crash. As of today, a criminal case was initiated against Cook after a grand jury indicted her on 13 charges.