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June 2017 Archives

Underage drinking can lead to a host of issues

Underage drinking is something that many people do because they want to seem like they are cool. Peer pressure is something that can be hard to resist. You have to realize that if you are drinking when you aren't old enough that you can face legal issues. You can face even more trouble if you are drinking and driving when you aren't yet old enough to drink.

Maryland man charged with hitting state trooper vehicle while DUI

One of the worst possible scenarios when driving under the influence, short of killing yourself or someone else, is probably hitting a law enforcement vehicle and injuring the officer inside. According to Maryland authorities, that's what happened on the evening of June 19.

Data shows field sobriety tests are less than 70 percent accurate

While it's understandable that a field sobriety test would be difficult for someone who is intoxicated to pass, it's just as easy for someone who has not even had a sip of alcohol to fail one as well. In case you're wondering why it's so easy to not pass it, it's because it's not all that uncommon for those that are plagued with nervousness, poor coordination or vertigo to perform poorly as well.

How seemingly innocent acts can lead to indecent exposure charges

With the sweltering heat and humidity of summer descending on Maryland, many people are understandably wearing as few clothes as possible when they go outside. However, before you go skinny dipping at the beach or take off your bikini top while sunbathing to prevent tan lines, be careful of where you are and who may be around.

When it’s necessary to fight back: Self-defense in Maryland

While many of us hear from a young age to keep our hands to ourselves, the truth is that there are situations where not only can physical violence occur, but it may even be necessary from a self-defense standpoint. The problem, though, is that the law may not always initially be on your side.

Parenting college students: How common are drugs and alcohol?

Over the next several months, thousands of parents in Maryland will be preparing to send their children off to college for the very first time. This is no doubt an exciting time, as teens continue their journey into adulthood, only now with less -- and in some cases no -- parental supervision. In just a few short months, these same teens who you were once waking up for high school will now be in charge of getting themselves to class and making the right decisions, day in and day out, without you.

Can I appeal my license suspension?

It can happen in an instant — you're driving home from a bar or after a party and suddenly you see the blue lights flashing behind you. The officer approaches your vehicle and after a brief interaction, asks you to submit to an alcohol test. At this point, you have a few options. You can either take the test or refuse. Should you refuse to take the test, or submit to the test and fail it, you face a suspension of your license.

Maryland ranked among safest for teen drivers

One of the most stressful times in parents' lives is when their teens begin driving on their own. With most kids now out of school for the summer, they're even more likely to be on the road. Maryland parents may take some amount of comfort in knowing that a recent study named our state the fourth safest one for teen drivers.

Drunk boating charges require immediate attention

Drunk driving charges are often thought about as occurring on the roads. These charges can also occur when you are on the water. Drunk boating charges are just as serious as drunk driving charges, so you should make sure that you understand the implications of drinking on the water before you take your first sip.

The impact of drugs on field sobriety test performance

Police who suspect drivers of being under the influence generally ask them to perform multiple sobriety tests. With powerful painkillers and other prescription medications so easy to obtain, it's possible to "pass" a breathalyzer test with flying colors and badly fail other field sobriety tests. The recent DUI arrest of golf legend Tiger Woods highlights that.

Charged with a sex offense over a minor incident? Get help fast!

The sex offender registry was invented to give both law enforcement and communities the ability to keep sex offenders under watchful eyes -- unfortunately, over-reactions by legislatures and over-charging by prosecutors has turned the registry into a tool for punishment that doesn't always fit the crime.

Parents can prevent underage drinking and driving this summer

As we head into summer, many teens will have more free time. This means trips to the beach, parties and hours where they're unsupervised by parents or other adults. Of course, that means that more teens will be drinking and driving.

Constitutional rights: 3 things to know about search and seizures

If you have ever watched any type of legal drama TV show, you probably have somewhat of an idea that there is a constitutional amendment – the Fourth Amendment to be exact – that protects you from unlawful searches and seizures.  And while it is important for everyone to have some understanding of what this amendment means, it is particularly important for those facing criminal charges to understand not only what it means, but what can happen if police fail to follow the proper protocols.