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Drunk driving charges can ruin your summer fun

With the warmer months of the year here, you are likely ready to enjoy time outdoors. Sometimes, adults might attend functions that involve alcohol. If you are planning to head out to barbecues, bonfires or other events that will have adult beverages, you need to make sure that you are making plans to make it home afterward.

We know that you can't always make plans for these situations, but we don't want your summer fun to be cut short by criminal charges. Your good time will be quickly ruined if you are placed in handcuffs and taken to jail for drunk driving.

Drugs of all sorts can lead to impaired driving charges

Impaired driving charges can come from a host of situations. It is imperative that anyone who is going to drive understands exactly what it means to be driving while impaired. The truth here is that even people who haven't had any alcohol might face this type of criminal charge.

Drugged driving is the reason this is possible. When you take any type of medication or drugs, you run the risk of having your ability to drive safely affected. The type doesn't really matter in these cases as long as the impairment is present.

Theft crimes can impact your career options

Businesses have a duty to protect their assets. This duty might mean that individuals who have been convicted of theft charges might have trouble finding a job. There are several factors that might come into the picture in these cases. It is imperative that you are thinking about all of this as we work on your defense strategy.

One factor that has a big impact is what you were convicted to stealing. If you were stealing narcotics, you shouldn't try to pursue a career as a pharmacy technician, because the conviction would be prohibitive. Even finding a retail job will likely be difficult with a theft conviction on your record.

A Gaithersburg medical supply salesman is charged with larceny

A 52-year-old Gaithersburg, Maryland, medical supply salesman was arrested and charged with grand larceny on Wednesday, April 25 by Fairfax, Virginia, police.

According to a spokesperson with the Fairfax County Police Department, the man stands accused of having entered operating rooms that he had access to in both Virginia and Maryland. Once inside, they believe that he was stealing $200,000 medical kits from them. Investigators have reason to believe that the man later listed and sold them on eBay.

Medical cannabis in Maryland is legal: What you need to know

With medical marijuana finally available in Maryland, it is time for some individuals to know a little about the law. One very important point is that it doesn't make the drug legal for everyone. Instead, there are only certain individuals who will qualify for a certification for cannabis.

The process for obtaining a certification that will enable you to have medical marijuana is fairly easy. You will need to register online with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission and submit supporting documentation, including a valid, government issued photo ID, a clear recent picture of yourself, proof of your address and the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Don't lie to your parole officer about having a suitable job

We recently gave our readers some tips about finding a job if you are classified as a felon. One thing that you might find especially challenging is that you will be required to have a job if you are on probation or parole; however, actually finding that job might be a challenge.

For individuals with drug charges, there is a two-fold problem. The first is the box about criminal charges that is present on most employment applications. The second is that your conviction was for drug charges.

3 tips for finding a job after a felony conviction

People who face felony charges often hope that they will be able to get off of those charges. This isn't always possible. When you do have a felony on your record, you might find that it is hard to find a job. Interestingly, this might be the one time in your life when you've needed a job more than any other. This is because finding employment is often a condition of probation or parole.

While there are many restrictions that come with being branded as a felon, there are some actions that you can take that might help you improve your chances of finding suitable employment. Here are a few tips for you to try:

Take domestic violence charges very seriously from the start

Domestic violence cases pit family members against each other. When the other person is your spouse, life can become very difficult. This is because of the implications of this type of accusation.

We realize that you have a lot on your mind right now. You might not think that you are up for fighting against the domestic violence accusation. We are here to help you learn about the options that you have for addressing the charges, formulating a strategy for your defense and getting that plan placed in motion.

Maryland organizations seeking more domestic violence funding

Multiple organizations in Maryland are seeking increased funding for their domestic violence abuse programs. The organizations, all of which are grassroots, are working to change the way that the funding for these programs is distributed by state and county entities. One of the organizations, People for Change Coalition, argues that it's the same organizations that continue to receive funding.

One such organization that has received funding for the last two years was the Family Crisis Center. The Family Crisis Center has been awarded $150,000 in each of the last two periods for grants. When you look at the other side of things, a group known as Building Bridges has not received any funding in the past two years at the county level in Maryland.

Woman arrested for driving under the influence

A woman was recently arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Maryland after striking multiple vehicles intentionally and then resisting arrest. The incident occurred on Tuesday, March 6 in Faulkner. She is facing multiple charges following the arrest. According to a news report, the woman is 43 and from the area where the incident occurred.

After the woman was placed under arrest, she was able to slip her hands out of the handcuffs applied by the arresting officer. When she got out of the handcuffs, she tried to use her cellphone while in the back of the officer's vehicle. When the officer pulled to the side of the road to get the suspect back into custody, she tried to grab the computer in the front.

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