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Drunk Driving Charges Archives

Police are getting creative to prevent holiday DUIs

Police are well aware that drinking and driving rates spike around the holidays, especially after Thanksgiving. To combat this trend, some police departments are employing creative tactics to discourage holiday drunken driving. This post will go over some of the creative campaigns.

Increased DUI patrols now through the New Year

The holidays are a time of parties and entertaining. At many of these events, alcohol will be present. To ensure that drivers stay safe this holiday season, the police will be out in greater numbers this coming week and on the look-out for possible drunk driving.

DUIs increase during the holidays

Data collected by Scram Systems found that drinking, driving drunk, injuries and fatalities related to drunken driving all increase during the winter holidays. Their data tends to confirm the popular portrayal of the holidays as a drunken and messy part of the year. This post will go over the numbers and what it means for you.

DUI Courses: do they work?

A commonly assigned penalty after a DUI/DWI conviction is DUI classes. In a DUI class, an instructor teaches the class about the effect alcohol has on the body, the risk of drinking and driving, and why people drink in the first place. The purpose of the classes is to educate the students on alcohol and helped them understand why they shouldn't drink and drive, however, do these classes work or are they a waste of time and money? This post will go over these classes and how they may help you.

Recreational, medical marijuana laws pass in four states

November 8th was a big day for many people, elated or despondent; it was a big day for the country. On November 8, four more states legalized recreational marijuana, California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts. They join Colorado, Washington, and Oregon who legalized marijuana in the past election season. It may sound like there is a wave of reform coming, but it is important to remember that it isn't yet legal in Maryland nor is it legal to smoke marijuana and drive.

Convicted Maryland DUI drivers will have officer's photo in car

As part of "Noah's Law," convicted DUI drivers will now carry a postage-sized stamp of the face of an officer killed by a drunk driver. Noah?s Law was passed in response to Officer Noah Leotta's death by a drunk driver at a sobriety checkpoint. This post will go over the law and how it affects convicted DUI drivers.

Can a DUI be charged as a misdemeanor?

Yes, it possible, but that is the exception rather than the rule. You are entitled to a reduced DUI charge as a matter of law. It is up to the discretion of the prosecutor and, to some degree, the judge. This post will go over how that may happen and what a misdemeanor can mean for you.

DUIs and Immigration, what happens? Part 1

A DUI occurs when you are arrested and charged with an allegation that you were operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Usually, this happens when an officer pulls you over for suspicious behavior and administers a Breathalyzer or field sobriety test (or sometimes both).

When can an officer arrest you?

The police must adhere to strict procedures and laws when they arrest someone. An arrest is considered an extreme invasion of a person's liberty, therefore, the government must have an excellent reason to do it. Failure to observe these rules could result in the exclusion of evidence gathered as a consequence of the unlawful arrest or even release from custody. This post will go over the situations in which drunk driving could result in each of these scenarios.

What to expect from a field sobriety test

When you're pulled over and a police officer suspects you of drunk driving, he or she may administer a field sobriety test. Depending on the results, you may be sent on your way or you may be facing DUI charges. We've all seen them on TV and in the movies but what exactly are they and how do they work?