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Are deals available even to repeat drunk driving offenders?

In our last post, we discussed the proposed bill that would require ignition interlock devices to be used by anyone convicted of drunk driving in Maryland. Yet this is not the first time that the proposal has been made. Will the instant bill pass and become law? A recent arrest sheds additional context on that policy debate.

The role of pre-trial motions in a DUI case

In our last post, we talked about the many different defense tactics that can viably help someone who has been charged with a drunk driving offense. Today, we're going to talk about another important part of a person's defense when they are accused of a drunk driving offense: making a motion before trial.

Some viable defense tactics to a DUI charge

Before we get into this topic, it is important to realize that the defense's strategy in any criminal case -- DUI or not -- depends entirely on the circumstances and details of that particular case. Each criminal case is going to be unique and different in its own way. Not every defense strategy is going to work or even be viable in a given case.

The many consequences of getting a DUI

Imagine for a moment that you are out celebrating a new job or a birthday with friends on a Friday night. You have a few drinks as part of the evening, and when it comes time to leave, you insist that you are okay to drive. You truly mean that, and you don't feel drunk -- but that doesn't mean that your blood has an alcohol level that is acceptable by legal standards. So you drive your friends home thinking all is well.

The importance of thorough investigation re drunk driving charges

Being accused of driving under the influence of alcohol in Maryland places your reputation, driving privileges and potential future success at risk. When conducting a search or making an arrest, law enforcement agents are bound to adhere to a strict set of regulations and protocol that protect the personal rights of the accused. Building a strong defense against drunk driving charges often hinges upon the conducting of a thorough investigation into the details leading up to and following an arrest.

Fight for tougher DUI sentencing is personal in Maryland

It can be hard to fight against personal arguments. No one wants to diminish the pain that someone might be feeling following the loss of a loved one. For example, one father in Maryland is currently helping to fight for stricter DUI laws in the state. His fight stems from the recent loss of his son to a drunk driving accident. 

Looking at the legality of traffic checkpoints, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about the legality of checkpoints in general, and of a particular checkpoint permitted by Hartford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler last November. One of the points we wanted to highlight in this discussion is that police officers participating in drunken driving checkpoints do have the right to ability to enforce other criminal laws, but only incidentally.

Looking at the legality of traffic checkpoints, P.1

Law enforcement agencies have a wide variety of resources and strategies at their disposal to enforce criminal laws. Police officers do have limitations, though, on how they go about their work. To take several examples: before an arrest may take place, there must be probable cause to believe an offense has been committed; officers must generally have a warrant prior to conducting a search; officers must conduct searches in accordance with the terms of the warrant or according to specific exceptions to the warrant rule.

Multiple DWI arrests require serious defense

Most people hope that they will never be faced with a drunk driving arrest. One arrest and conviction is enough to significantly impact a person's life. The legal process, while important, can be a great stress. Most are happy, to say the least, to get the situation behind them.