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August 2017 Archives

Breath test refusals give way to license suspensions in Maryland

A Maryland Court of Appeals ruling just this past April affirmed that individuals who are suspected to be intoxicated, yet refuse to take a breath test, can have their licenses suspended. While many states will automatically suspend a driver's license if they refuse a Breathalyzer test, the fact that it extends to include those who are not even operating a vehicle at the time concerns many.

What you should know about student conduct codes

Every college has a student conduct code of some sort. And while you may have recently learned about this code in orientation – or remember hearing about it during previous years – many students are unaware of exactly what is in the code and what the possible repercussions are for breaking the code.

Help for those who need it: A look at heroin addiction

When talking about heroin and opioid-use in the U.S., we are no longer saying it is merely a "problem." Rather, it is an epidemic. With NBC News having ongoing reporting under the masthead of "America's Heroin Epidemic" and HealthDay reporting that in the past ten years, heroin use has increased by fivefold, it is safe to say that as a society, we have very big problem on our hands.

How much will a DUI or DWI cost?

The financial impact of a drunk driving conviction is a harsh one for anyone. However, for a college student or recent graduate – the financial burden that comes with a driving under the influence or while intoxicated conviction can really derail someone.

Why parents need to talk to their kids about campus sex assault

As young people head off to their freshman year of college here in Maryland and across the country, many parents are taking the time to discuss the widely-reported problem of sexual assault on campus. Whether you're the parents of a daughter or son, it's essential to talk with them and impart your own expectations, even if college officials will be addressing these issues with incoming students at orientation seminars.

Former Maryland teacher sentenced for sexual abuse of students

A former Maryland teacher has been sentenced to nearly five decades behind bars for sexual abuse of four children. He was found guilty by a jury earlier this summer of nine counts of sexual abuse and sexual offenses. The man has denied the charges and he pleaded not guilty.

Binge drinking down but still an issue on college campuses

College is often the time when many young people first drink alcohol, even though they're still underage. It flows freely at many fraternities, sororities and other places where students party. Moderation in drinking or anything else can be difficult for young people to embrace.

University of Maryland considers increased focus on sexual abuse

By an overwhelming margin, members of the University of Maryland Senate passed a bill to expand the university's sexual assault training programs. First through third year students would be required to have this training. So would university faculty and staff.

Biking under the influence is illegal in Maryland

Many Marylanders of all ages take to their bicycles during the summer, either for exercise, sightseeing or simply to get around town. Most people don't consider their bikes to be vehicles, so they don't think there's anything wrong with having a few drinks before hopping on their bike after a picnic, wine tasting tour or pub crawl. The law, however, sees things differently.