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Man on probation in Maryland denied bail on new charges

People who are on probation are expected to follow very strict rules until their probation is discharged. Even one minor slip up can lead to a probation violation. For one former radio personality, a new charge of driving under the influence has landed him in jail without any bail.

The 50-year-old man pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in October of 2012. He was sentenced to six months in jail, as well as three years of supervised probation with the Maryland Department of Parole and Probation after his release from jail. On Feb. 3, 2014, the man was charged with driving under the influence. Other charges that he is facing include operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, speeding and failing to display vehicle registration when requested.

Maryland laws regarding marijuana drug charges likely changing

In what some people will consider a victory for those who use marijuana, Governor Martin O'Malley said that he will sign a bill that decriminalizes the possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. Maryland will join at least 24 other states who have legalized marijuana, approved it for medicinal purposes or decriminalized it.

The Maryland Senate recently approved the bill that will impose civil fines instead of criminal penalties on people who are found to be in possession of small amounts of the drug. Supporters of the bill say that it is time to end the war on marijuana. Growing public support for the decriminalization was also noted by some lawmakers.

2 bills might change Maryland domestic violence laws

Domestic violence laws in Maryland currently require that a complainant present "clear and convincing" evidence that domestic violence occurred before the court can grant a protective order. In most other states, less evidence is required. House Bill 307 might change the evidence requirement in Maryland.

The bill would change the evidence requirement to a "preponderance of evidence" instead of the current requirement in order for the court to grant a protective order or final peace order. The bill was passed by both the House and the Senate without any amendments. In the House of Delegates, only 15 delegates failed to vote for the bill to pass. Opponents of the bill say that people might be unnecessarily removed from their homes because of the lowered standard.

Drunk driving saturation increase on holiday weekends in Maryland

When a holiday occurs, some people decide to celebrate the holiday by drinking alcoholic beverages. For some people, it might be necessary to drive somewhere after enjoying alcohol. If the alcohol is affecting that person's driving abilities, they might end up in an accident. Maryland State Police are trying to stop that from happening by increasing enforcement efforts on holiday weekends, such as the St. Patrick's Day weekend that recently passed.

In past years, state troopers saw double the amount of DUI arrests on St. Patrick's Day weekend than what they see on normal days. Special patrols were held on the holiday weekend in areas with historically high DUI-related crashes or arrests. People who are arrested for DUI during these special patrols or during any traffic stop face serious consequences that can have lasting effects.

Maryland club owner sentenced for drug charges and other crimes

For business owners in certain industries, such as the nightclub industry, keeping close tabs on business affairs is necessary. In some cases, those business affairs might be monitored even more closely by law enforcement officers than they are by the business owner. For one former Baltimore club owner, being involved in the local drug trade has landed him a prison sentence.

The activities of the former Sonar club were discovered when a search warrant was executed by the Drug Enforcement Administration at the man's home. During the search of the man's home, agents recovered $30,000 in cash, tally sheets with over $14.5 million worth of marijuana sales recorded, 30 cellphones, more than 80 pounds of marijuana, false identification and four money counters. They also recovered documentation pertaining to the purchase of a plane for $450,000.

Maryland man faces prison sentence for probation violation

When you are on probation, it is very important to make sure you understand all the conditions of your probation. If you fail to comply with those conditions, you face the possibility of having to serve jail time or other consequences. For one man, failing to comply with his probation terms has landed him in trouble. Despite being sentenced to serve four months in jail, the man sees a positive side of the sentence.

The man was on probation for a conviction for a robocall made during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign. One condition of the probation on that conviction was that the man couldn't work in any capacity on a political campaign. He was recently convicted of violating his probation by entering a state Senate race. He said he wants to bring positive change to the 45th District.

Maryland State Police find drugs in air cleaner box, 2 arrested

Failing to follow traffic laws, such as wearing a seat belt, can sometimes lead to a traffic stop. In most cases, being pulled over for having an unbuckled passenger is a quick traffic stop. For one 27-year-old man, a Maryland State Police trooper seeing an unbuckled passenger in a vehicle led to much more than.

The incident occurred on Route 13 when the trooper noticed that someone in the Nissan Altima wasn't wearing a seat belt. He pulled the vehicle over at Tulls Corner Road. The driver was identified, but the passenger said he didn't have any identification.

Two arrests in same location on DUI charges

Suspicion of DUI is a serious offense and it should not be treated lightly. A drunk driving charge can disrupt a person's life, while a conviction can cause even more inconvenience. Depending on the severity of the offense, a person could have to pay fines, court costs, partake in community service, lose their license or even face a jail sentence. Whether you live in Gaithersburg or Waldorf, it's an experience everyone should really try to avoid.

Two men could be thinking these things after they were recently arrested and charged with DUI. The incidents occurred on Feb. 22 and were within minutes of each other. A Charles County officer pulled over a man whom he suspected of drunk driving. The driver, a 40-year-old man, was taken into custody and placed in the back of a cruiser. A second officer was assisting the arresting officer, and her cruiser was parked behind the arresting officer's vehicle.

Maryland man arrested on probation violation after negotiations

When you are on probation or parole, it is extremely important that you follow the guidelines set forth in the terms of your supervision. If you fail to do so, you might be subject to more criminal charges than your original convictions. In some cases, remembering all the terms you are given can be difficult. For one man, allegedly failing to comply with probation terms led to the Maryland State Police knocking on his door with a federal warrant for a probation violation.

The man, who was identified as a man in his 40s, was in a hotel room in Frederick. When police knocked on the door, a male in the room told them to go away. The door to the room was closed with the inner security hasp, so police were unable to open the door. The man announced that he had a gun.

Drug charges filed against 2 Maryland men after traffic stop

Staying away from the eyes of the police is necessary in some cases. If you are partaking in activities related to drug sales, staying away from situations that might lead to law enforcement officers suspecting your activities is usually a good idea. For two Maryland men, a simple traffic stop led to drug charges.

The men were arrested after the 1998 Ford Crown Victoria they were in was stopped for a seat belt violation. The officer reported smelling a strong marijuana odor and asked the passenger to step out of the car. The man then gave the officer a false name.


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