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College students: Remember your right to remain silent

Most University of Maryland students do not have much experience, if any, dealing with the police. If you are new to the region, you may be caught off guard by the amount of police you see in the area, whether it is University of Maryland or Prince George’s County police officers.

I got pulled over and arrested for DUI! What am I facing?

More than likely, you thought you were okay to drive home after a night out. You started your journey, and everything was going fine until you heard that familiar and pulse-quickening squawk of a police siren behind you. If the officer suspects that you are impaired, he or she may ask you to submit to a breath test and field sobriety tests.

Breaking down possession with the intent to distribute

Perhaps you got off the Beltway on your way back to Upper Marlboro and a police officer stopped you for speeding. After talking to you for a couple of minutes, the officer asked you to exit the vehicle. Whether the officer believed he or she had probable cause or asked for your consent, the officer conducted a search of your vehicle.

Is your college student in trouble?

When your son or daughter went off to college at the University of Maryland or other institution, he or she likely received a student handbook (either physically or electronically) that contained a wealth of information. In fact, the college may have required incoming students to attend an assembly where a speaker highlighted essential topics in the document.

How to keep drug addiction from ruining your life

Many Maryland residents struggle, or know someone who struggles with alcohol and/or drug addiction. If you are suffering from this condition, you are definitely not alone. Sometimes, a person's battle begins with something as appropriate as medication prescribed for a back or muscle injury. One thing leads to another, and before you know it, you feel like you can't live without the drug. Drug addiction often affects more than the person who is addicted. Entire families, even communities may experience the negative effects of someone's addiction.

Can you challenge the results of a Breathalyzer test?

The social scene and beach life really pick up in Maryland during summer months. People travel from all over the country to visit the many beautiful vacation spots this state has to offer. Those who live here year-round like to enjoy some rest and relaxation as well, whether meeting friends at local restaurants for a few drinks and a bushel of crabs or checking in at their favorite hotels along the shore for a week or more. Most summer adventures occur without major problems, but not all.

Could addiction counseling benefit you personally and legally?

Struggling with an addiction affects numerous people all around the world. As a member of this group, you may face challenges every day and hope that you will survive your addiction for another day. However, you may find yourself making unseemly choices in order to gain extra cash to support your addiction, such as selling drugs yourself, or you may take unnecessary risks in order to get a fix.

What factors impact alcohol consumption and impairment?

Many individuals consume alcohol on a regular basis without much incident. You may also partake in the occasional drink when out with friends or at certain events. If you drink regularly, you likely also know your limit as far as when you begin to feel the effects of the alcohol too keenly. However, you may have less of an accurate idea of what your blood-alcohol level may reach at this point.

Why is the traffic stop so important in a DUI?

As you drove, you suddenly looked into your rearview mirror and saw flashing blue and red lights. You pulled over, and an officer from a Maryland law enforcement agency approached your vehicle. After a few minutes, the officer asked you to step outside the vehicle and began asking you questions. It soon became clear that the officer suspected you of drunk driving. After a breath test, and possibly field sobriety tests, you found yourself in the back of the police car instead of back behind the wheel of your vehicle.

Understanding cocaine sale punishment may help your defense

Having criminal allegations leveled against you may feel like the world has it out for you. Though some people may immediately consider you guilty of the charges, the legal system maintains your innocence until proven otherwise. Many extenuating circumstances may have led to your facing serious criminal charges, and no matter how you landed in this situation, understanding various aspects of your case can help you better decide how to move forward.

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