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Breath tests might not stop a DUI

When you are pulled over and the police officer thinks you are intoxicated, you might be asked to take a breath test. This might be the case if the officer saw you drive in a manner that makes him or her think that you were impaired or if you reek of alcohol when you are pulled over.

If you are asked to take a breath test and know you will pass, you might be in for a surprise. You might still face criminal charges if you pass the breath test. Conversely, even if you fail the breath test, there isn't a guarantee that you will face criminal charges.

All criminal charges demand action, even probation violations

We recently discussed how drunk driving charges can have a negative impact on your probation status. This is only one aspect of your life that you must be sure to think about when you are on probation. There are conditions for every probation program that you must comply with or you run the risk of facing violations.

Criminal charges can lead to a host of different penalties. If you are facing criminal charges, you have to carefully consider each penalty that you are facing as you work on your defense. Some people might have the option of getting a plea deal that includes probation instead of prison.

DUIs can have a negative impact on your probation status

When you are on probation, you have to abide by specific conditions of the program. Making sure that you follow the program rules is one way that you can make sure that you get off paper on schedule. One way that you can affect your probation status is getting another criminal charge, such as a drunk driving charge.

It is interesting to note that being on probation does take a lot of your rights away from you. As an adult, you are able to legally drink. The terms of probation, however, usually revoke that right. This means that getting a drunk driving offense can hit you in two ways if you are on paper.

Drunk driving convictions have long-lasting impacts

Drunk driving charges are very serious charges that can have very serious impacts that go far beyond the court-imposed penalties if you are found guilty. One of the ways that you might be impacted is through your insurance. When you have a DUI on your record, your insurance rates are likely going to increase. This might not happen right away, but when the insurance company sees the drunk driving hit on your driving record, it will likely happen.

We know that you might want to know exactly how the case might impact your future. There isn't really any solid answer to that. We can help you to think about some of the ways that you might be affected by a conviction. As we just said, this can include changes to your auto insurance.

A suspended license can result from a DUI or other causes

You depend on your driver's license to get where you need to go. When your license is suspended, you might find that you can't go grocery shopping, get to work or run other errands. This is why some people fight so hard to keep their driving privileges.

Drunk driving charges in Maryland can lead to a suspended driver's license. You can also lose your driving privileges in some cases, even if you aren't driving drunk. Implied consent laws require that you consent to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test when one is requested. If you don't consent to the test, you can lose your license.

Know the basics of drug charges before your criminal trial

In our recent blog post, we discussed controlled substances and how they are classified. That is only one of the components of a criminal trial regarding drugs. Once the drug classification is determined, the amount of the drug that you were said to have possessed and other factors of the case come into the picture. All of those factors must be considered when you are combating criminal drug charges.

We know that you probably need some help determining how you are going to handle your case. You do have options that you can consider, no matter how serious your charge. We will help you to evaluate each of the possibilities that you have so that you can think about how each of them might impact your life.

Know how controlled substances are classified

Controlled substances are classified according to schedules. Each of these schedules has specific points that play a part in the classification. A person who is facing drug charges should know what schedule the drug he or she is charged with having is in so that he or she can know how to combat the charges.

There are five schedules used to divide controlled substances. These are numbered from I to V. Schedule I is the most tightly controlled. The substances in this schedule are said to have no medicinal value. Heroin and marijuana are included in this schedule.

All property crimes are very serious matters in Maryland

Money laundering was our topic of choice last week. This is only one of the possible white collar crimes that you can face. Other crimes, such as identity theft and money laundering, are also possible. If you are facing any of these charges, we can help you learn about how you can handle your defense.

When you are facing one of these property crimes, there is a good chance that the evidence against you has been in progress for longer than you realize. This means that you will have to go through all of that evidence to find out what you need to point out in your defense.

Points you should know about money laundering charges

People who have criminal enterprises and those who are taking part in illegal activities have to find a way to make their funds seem legitimate. Money laundering, which involves moving money made in these criminal endeavors into places that make it seem like it came from a legal source, is one way that they handle this money concern. Money laundering is an action that can lead to criminal charges.

Money laundering was initially outlawed in the 1970s and the law against the criminal act was strengthened the following decade. The Money Laundering Control Act of 1989 made it illegal to engage in the transfer of money that was made in certain ways. While this did outlaw transferring the money into banks and other businesses, it also made transfer of funds from one person to another illegal if the funds came from one of the specified criminal acts.

Maryland might have a new bail protocol that will help inmates

The bail and bond system is something that many people who are facing criminal charges in Maryland find troublesome. The bail amounts for charges are often preventative when a person is trying to get out of jail while their criminal charges are pending. For these inmates, efforts that are currently being made might help with the issue of getting out of jail.

The Maryland Court of Appeals was recently the location of a six-hour hearing on bail amounts in the state. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh were present seeking to have the justices agree to judicial guidelines that would help to set more realistic bails for people facing criminal charges.

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