Before you head out to a party or family gathering where alcohol will be served, you should take a few minutes to think about how you will get home. By preparing ahead of time, you might save yourself from having to deal with the criminal justice system. The last thing most people want to deal with over the holiday season is seeing the flashing lights of law enforcement behind them, especially when the driver has been drinking and will likely end up in jail.
We discussed a case last week that had to do with the Maryland "Top Chef" contestant who pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge and didn't have to serve time in jail. If you are thinking to yourself that he must be one lucky guy, you might wonder how he ended up with the sentence he did. One answer to that might be that the man had a strong defense.
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.
Imagine if you were stopped for a routine traffic violation by a police officer. Now, imagine that the officer claims to smell alcohol in your vehicle. In the heat of the moment, you opt to decline a standard field sobriety test. Now, you learn that your driving privileges might be suspended for 120 days. For one man in Maryland, that is exactly what is happening.
Maryland residents may be interested in the development of new mobile products that test blood-alcohol content. The National Transportation Safety Board's recent recommendation to drop the legal blood-alcohol limit for drivers from 0.08 to 0.05 has fueled interest in mobile blood alcohol testing devices. Larger alcohol-testing instruments like the ones use by police can cost up to $10,000. However, the newer, mobile models sell for as little as $30, making them easily accessible.
A thirty five year-old Maryland man is faced with DUI Charges stemming from his allegedly causing a head-on collision with a motorcycle rider. The accident, which happened a year prior to the trial, left the man on the motorcycle severely injured. He suffered broken bones, lacerated internal organs and brain trauma. Additionally, the motorcyclist was left in a coma for three months as a result of the accident.
Five motorists were arrested for drinking and driving during a time span of just a few hours at a Howard County DUI stop. The DUI charges were filed at the checkpoint when authorities observed more than 600 drivers who passed through the stop. Three agencies were present, including the Maryland State Police, the Howard County Police Department and the Howard County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.). One of those arrested was also found to be driving on a suspended license. The stops combat those who are driving while they drink or use drugs by placing numerous authorities in a small geographic area. A grant provided some of the funding for the checkpoint, which is part of a national campaign to reduce drinking and driving.