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.
In our recent blog post, we discussed how you can avoid a drunk driving arrest during the holiday season. The advice that we offered is good advice if you aren't already facing charges, but what if you are facing criminal charges for driving drunk? If you are facing a DWI or DUI, we can help you explore your options for a defense.
Drunk driving is something that can ruin a good night. If you have some parties planned for this winter holiday season, taking steps to avoid having to drive drunk is the best way that you can avoid facing criminal charges and penalties for driving drunk.
When most people think of a defense to criminal charges, they imagine a claim of innocence. In the case of a drunk driving defense, claims of innocence might not be a defense option that you are comfortable with. Instead, you might opt to use an affirmative defense instead of claiming that you weren't the one who was drinking and driving on the night in question.
When most people think of drivers who are driving under the influence, they might automatically think about drivers who have consumed alcohol. It is also possible to be charged with driving under the influence if a person is under the influence of drugs while he or she is driving.
The story of the female Episcopal bishop who was facing criminal charges after a drunk driving accident that killed a man is one that has continued to keep people here in Maryland enthralled. The woman has entered into a plea agreement that could land her behind bars. The prosecutors are asking that she be sentenced to 20 years with all but 10 years suspended.
With the holiday season upon us, parties and other social events will occur. After these events, partygoers will have to get home or to a destination where they can sleep off the alcohol. As most of our readers know, driving after drinking alcohol is illegal in Maryland. Contrary to what some people believe, you can't just refuse to take tests for alcohol impairment in order to avoid a ticket. Failing to take alcohol tests can result in very serious consequences.
People are only humans and humans make mistakes. When some people get caught in the midst of a serious mistake, their first inclination might be to contact an attorney to determine how to get out of the mess they are in. Sadly, for some Maryland residents, being able to contact an attorney isn't allowed any longer before submitting to a blood-alcohol test that could lead to a drunk driving arrest.
Almost everyone in Maryland is aware that consuming alcohol and then driving a vehicle isn't a good idea. There are some instances, however, in which drivers may decide that it is necessary. One 23-year-old woman is facing charges for her alleged role in a fatal Maryland accident.
A 54-year-old Maryland man drove his truck into a residence and broke a propane line and an electric line in an accident near Baltimore on April 24. The first home caught fire, and a huge burst of flame flew up the side of the home to the second story, damaging the side of the building. A neighbor used a dry chemical extinguisher to put out the fire, so that by the time the fire department arrived, the flames were under control. A spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office indicated that the damage could have been much worse, and people could have been hurt. The driver also backed his truck into a nearby residence and moved it off its foundation. He drove away from the scene through both yards. Police located him a few minutes later and took him into custody. The man faces a drunk driving charge and additional charges for DUI, possession of marijuana and fleeing the scene of an accident. He paid bail and was released.