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If I’m Pulled Over By Police, Do I Have To Do a Field Sobriety Test?

If a police officer pulls you over on suspicion of drunk driving, the next few minutes are of critical importance to your future. Worried and scared, most people do whatever the officer requests, including taking a field sobriety test. But are you required to do so? The answer is no. People routinely decline these tests […]

Are DUI and DWI the Same Thing in Baltimore?

Maryland was once among the top states for DUI/DWI accidents. In response, our state enacted tough new laws, including harsher penalties and an ignition interlock program. Today, Maryland is among the 10 states with the fewest alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the country. Still, there’s plenty of confusion about what it means to be charged with […]

Penalties for First-time Drunk Drivers

When you’re charged with a first-time driving under the influence offense, it’s a scary situation. This could be the first interaction you’ve really had with the police and your mind will be swirling with worries about what could happen next. Can you fight the accusation? Does your clean driving record matter? Will you lose your […]

Your Next 10 Days After a DUI Arrest in Maryland

Did you know the 10 days after a Maryland DUI are critically important to your future? Buried within the paperwork you’ll receive, there’s a notification about a 10-day period that impacts your ability to keep your driving privileges. Miss this crucial window of time, and you may face a more drawn-out process with harsher penalties […]

Traffic Ticket Stop Goes Horribly Wrong

When the police stop someone for a traffic ticket, it sometimes sets off a series of tragic events that put everyone in danger – the person being stopped, the police officer, and the public. A simple traffic citation becomes a deadly disaster. It starts out as a routine situation. An officer pulls someone over, which […]

Steeper Penalties for Drunk or Drugged Driving Should Deter Accidents And Injuries

The frequency of drunk and drugged driving accidents hasn’t dropped much in Maryland so far, even though the penalties for causing these accidents are more severe, after House Bill 707 (HB707) went into effect October 1, 2019. According to a 2018 Maryland Highway Safety Plan study, drunk driving accounts for about one in three fatal […]