There are some nights that seem to be obvious contenders for being big drinking nights, such as New Years Eve and Saint Patrick's Day. However, another evening appears to have both of these beat: the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
It's time for Oktoberfest and that means it's time for beer. While celebrating all things beer, many people will choose to have more than one beer and others will choose to have many more than one beer.
The use of DUI checkpoints to sniff out drunk drivers is a common practice today. However, many believe these checkpoints violate their 4th Amendment rights and that they are unconstitutional.
Even if it's just for speeding or having a brake light out, being pulled over isn't anyone's idea of a good time. If you've been drinking, however, seeing lights and hearing sirens behind you can bring on an entirely new level of anxiety. If an officer suspects you of driving under the influence of alcohol, one of the first things he will usually do is ask you to step out of the car for a field sobriety test. These tests can include both balancing exercises and a Breathalyzer to measure your blood-alcohol content.
While some people will tell you that DUI "checkpoints" or "roadblocks" are a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights in regard to illegal search and seizure, that is simply not true. In Maryland, it is absolutely legal for police to stop people through DUI checkpoints.
Did you ring in 2016 with a little too much to drink, and then get behind the wheel? You are not alone. New Years Eve is one of the biggest nights for drunk driving charges. Unfortunately, if you were charged with a DUI you have to face the consequences - one of which is a suspended driver's license.
If you are driving in the Baltimore area this holiday season, you can expect increased police patrols. Police know the holidays are a time when many people celebrate - and drink - and they are on the look-out for anyone whose had too much and gotten behind the wheel.
Thanksgiving is the unofficial kick-off to the holiday season. It's also the unofficial kick-off of increased DUI patrol.
In addition to the points made in our previous posts regarding Maryland's drugged driving law, it is important to understand how implied consent works with respect to cases involving suspected drug impairment.
In our last post, we mentioned a conference held for law enforcement last month in Ocean City which dealt with issues related to impaired driving, especially drug impaired driving. We also spoke of the potential for error in drugged driving investigations.