When you are facing a drunk driving charge, one of the choices you have to make is how you are going to plead to the charge. You can choose to plead guilty or not guilty. While many people will automatically want to plead not guilty, others may consider a guilty plea. There are several reasons for this.
Being arrested for drunk driving starts two proceedings. One of these is the criminal justice proceeding. The other is the administrative proceeding. These proceedings are both crucial for you to fight against because each can impact your life in different ways. We can help you fight against the administrative and criminal justice components of a drunk driving incident.
Drunk driving cases often follow certain trends. Law enforcement officers usually consider the trends when they are trying to decide how they are going to stop drunk drivers. While the best course of action for avoiding a drunk driving charge is to not drive drunk, knowing the current trends might help you to avoid having to face drunk driving charges since you might better understand what police officers are looking for.
A rather interesting trend is occurring in Maryland that involves parents allowing people who are under the legal drinking age to have parties at their homes. In this state, doing that comes with the possibility of criminal penalties because of a Maryland law that forbids adults from allowing underage drinking. A new ruling by the highest court in Maryland now adds another possible penalty that adults who allow underage drinking might have to face -- civil penalties.
People who are being charged with criminal acts are usually placed under arrest. This is a big difference from being detained or being questioned. Understanding the points that make an arrest an arrest can help you when you are dealing with law enforcement officers.
If you are a professional driver, or even a delivery driver who relies on your ability to drive, you might realize that a drunk driving charge can end your career. What you might not realize is that you might face a drunk driving charge even if your blood-alcohol concentration is below the commonly quoted .08 percent. We know that you might have some questions about the charges you are facing and the options you have for a drunk driving defense.
The outcome of a DUI case is largely dependent upon how you handle your defense strategy. You might find it interesting that your defense strategy actually begins when you first come into contact with the law enforcement officers who suspect you are driving under the influence of alcohol. At that point, you should do your best to exercise the rights that you have been given through the United States Constitution.
A Gaithersburg teen has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges that stem from an alleged drunk driving accident that injured one person and killed two people in June of 2015. That teen, who is now 19 years old, was preparing for an upcoming jury trial when he decided to plead guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter. The other charges against him have been dropped.
Drunk driving charges are often the direct result of failing to think things through when you should. If you are going to a party that you know will include alcohol, you should make sure that you have a plan for getting home. If you don't plan ahead and end up driving home, you might end up facing criminal charges.
Some people who are convicted of a drunk driving charge might have to go through a 12-hour course known as the Alcohol Education Program. The AEP is required for people who are trying to get a driver's license after a revocation for an alcohol-related offense. Some people will have to take the course if they were referred by an Administrative Law Judge or a District Court judge. Anyone who has to take the course will get a notice from the Motor Vehicle Administration letting them know they have been referred.