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Top 7 Car Accident Questions

At Zirkin & Schmerling Law, our clients have lots of questions about their car accidents, including how to build a case and how the insurance claims process works. Below, we’ll answer the 7 most common questions we hear and if you need advice about your specific situation, please contact us for a case consultation. 1. […]

What Liability Do Businesses Have for Employees Returning to Work?

The State of Maryland’s Roadmap to Recovery has hit phase two and we’ve “flattened the curve” by limiting COVID-19’s impact on the state. Many types of businesses are now at least partially open to the public, including restaurants, amusement parks, gyms, casinos, malls, manufacturing, professional services, retail outlets, and more. So what does this mean […]

USPS Releases Dog Bite Numbers With Baltimore in Top 11

Baltimore had 29 dog attacks on postal workers in 2019, putting our city at number 11 on the U.S. Postal Service’s newest list of dog attack rankings. In total, 5,803 USPS employees were attacked by dogs that year, which is actually slightly lower than the previous two years. While dog attacks on USPS workers are […]

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 […]

What if the Officer Never Read My Miranda Rights?

After being questioned by the police, it might dawn on you that the officer never read your Miranda rights. Most people are at least vaguely aware of these rights because they’ve seen a TV cop arrest someone and say, “You have a right to remain silent …” But what does it really mean if the […]

Can You Get COVID-19 From a Dog Bite?

Worldwide concern about animals infecting humans with COVID-19 grew in March 2020 after Hong Kong officials quarantined a dog that tested positive. Soon afterward, a tiger at a U.S. zoo also had a positive COVID-19 test. Since then, there have been conflicting news reports about whether animals can truly transmit the virus to humans. Is […]

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 […]

What is a Preliminary Hearing?

Were you arrested and charged with a felony in Maryland? If so, you’ll soon be facing a preliminary hearing. It’s your first court date and is typically held about 30 days after your arrest. Every year more than 53,000 felonies are committed in Maryland and each person must go through the justice system, starting with […]