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August 2016 Archives

6 ways your college freshman can get in trouble his first week on campus

It's normal for parents to be worried as their high school graduates prepare to go to college. There are many ways for a college student to get in trouble on a campus, which is why it's important to be aware of the common issues and potential consequences.

Zero tolerance laws explained

You are driving along. You don't feel drunk or even buzzed, but you did have a beer. A police officer pulls you over because of a moving violation. The officer notices your red eyes and asks to administer a breathalyzer. You consent because you are definitely below the legal limit, 0.08 percent. Luckily you blow, and it is only a 0.02. However, the officer arrests you and charges you with drunken driving. How is this possible? You were just charged under a zero tolerance drinking policy. This post will discuss zero tolerance laws and how they operate.

Federal laws on reporting criminal arrests and convictions

In short, the answer depends on the depth of the employment background check. For example, if you hold a commercial driving license or if driving is an integral part of your job, then even an impaired driving charge that does not result in a conviction could impact your current and future employment. This post will address the various ways in which a DUI charge may show up on a background check.

Recidivism risk factors for online crimes

A study found that initial studies into the rate of recidivism for online sex offenses appear to largely mirror that found in other sex crimes. But the researchers caution that larger and more comprehensive studies are required. The researchers posit that standard factors, like the age of the first offense, criminal history, and failure to comply with the conditional release are indicative of recidivism among child pornography offenders.

The government is testing new technology to curb DUI/DWIs

Coming soon to a car near you are autonomous, passive, alcohol-blood testers. The Department of Transportation (DOT) is testing several new anti-drunk driving technologies it the hopes of rolling it out as an optional add-on to all cars by the end of the decade. Drunk driving accidents cause thousands of accidents and cost around 10,000 lives annually in the United States. It is believed that these new technologies can severely reduce or even eliminate drunk driving altogether.

Family conflict and its connection to underage drinking

A study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs examined what causes adolescent (ages 12 to 14) to drink. The study followed 886 boys and girls from ages 12 to 14. The study found that family conflict is a strong factor associated with early drinking habits. This post will go through some of these findings and how they may relate to your family.

Maryland indecent exposure laws explained

Maryland, like many states, has indecent exposure laws. Indecent exposure is the intentional exposing of your genitals in a public place for sexual gratification or to alarm others. Maryland, unlike many states, has not codified indecent exposure. Therefore, it relies primarily on the judge-made law to outline the rules. Nonetheless, state law does employ many standard elements.