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Driver accused of sexual assault in Prince William County

If you have been accused of a crime, you know the deep feeling in the pit of your stomach. Trouble with the law can be very jarring and last for years, especially if it involves any sort of felony or violent crime. This is why it is always important to have your say in court or before an authority that matters.

A 27-year-old Waldorf man is being sought by police in Prince William County in connection with an alleged sexual assault in a car summoned by an online reservation service. The man was working for the company as an independent driver when he allegedly exposed himself to a passenger and sexually assaulted her around 5 a.m. on a recent Thursday.

When is underage drinking not a crime in Maryland?

Most teenagers know what the legal drinking age is in Maryland. In some cases, the taboo of underage drinking is one of the allures for people below the age of 21 to partake. But this is a dangerous decision that can have awful effects, especially if they are combined with driving or other potentially hazardous activities.

  • Is anyone who is drinking below the age of 21 breaking the law?

Although this law covers nearly all instances of underage drinking, there are some exceptions in Maryland law that may be a defense in court. These exceptions largely have to do with larger legal issues like freedom of speech and religion.

  • How is freedom of religion part of underage drinking law?

When can an officer search your vehicle?

In order for officers to make an arrest, some evidence must exist that a person has committed a crime. This evidence can give officers probable cause to take a person into custody on the applicable charges. However, officers typically need to search for that evidence. As a result, if an officer pulls you over, he or she may want to search your vehicle. Is that legal?

In many cases, police officers do have legal authority to search vehicles, and it is not always necessary to have a warrant in order to do so. Still, that does not mean that an officer can search your vehicle without probable cause or without your permission.

Baltimore man first in city charged under new Maryland law

It is never easy to confront charges of violent crimes. The charges may be the results of emotional conflicts, and there may be many factors in an alleged incident. When acts of violence were the results of extenuating circumstances or when they simply did not happen, it can be especially difficult to understand and fight the charges against a person.

People accused of crimes in the state of Maryland may not yet be aware that there are new potential charges and punishments for a specific class of crime. A 24-year-old Baltimore man is charged with violence against a pregnant woman as part of an investigation into a woman's death.

Carroll County incident leads to drug and gun charges

Police are empowered to seek drugs as part of drug violation charges in some cases but not in all others. In general, law enforcement officers hold to the doctrine of probable cause when they are seeking evidence or entering private property. This means that police must have a reasonable suspicion of criminal behavior or imminent danger in order to investigate without a warrant.

Drugs may be discovered on a person or in a property as police are looking into other problems. For example, drug charges are pending against a man from Frederick who was also arrested on gun charges.

Maryland continues to toughen DUI laws

Driving while impaired is probably something many people do without even realizing it. After a couple drinks with dinner, you may feel fine and drive home without any trouble. However, those who have already gone through the ordeal of a DUI arrest may have a good idea of when they have had too much to drink to drive safely.

In a typical year, close to 200 people die in drunk driving accidents on Maryland roads and highways. Thousands more suffer injuries, some of them life-altering. Data shows that those with multiple DUI offenses have a much higher likelihood of being involved in an accident than those who have no previous convictions. In fact, someone with a previous DUI conviction is four times more likely to cause a fatal accident. This is why the laws regarding repeat offenders in this state are getting tougher and the penalties more severe.

Domestic violence may have been root of alleged Perry Hall attack

When you are facing domestic violence charges, there are more things to consider than the possible penalties in the criminal justice system. These charges often involve people who are close to us, and they could endanger our ability to be a parent or part of a community.

A man is facing charges after an alleged attack on his child in Perry Hall. The man's son ran to a neighbor's house saying he had just been struck by the man with an object that caused a small puncture wound. The man then struggled when police arrived, and one officer suffered a light injury.

You may lose custody of your kids if you're convicted of a crime

When it comes to child custody, courts always look at what's in your son or daughter's best interest. Courts examine a variety of factors to conclude whether a child will be safe in a parent's home. Some of the factors that an Upper Marlboro judge is likely to take into account is the proximity of the parent's house to the child's school and other family members and their living preferences depending on their age. Other considerations include whether the parent has a history of alcohol or drug abuse or domestic violence or if they have any criminal convictions.

Courts want children to have a stable home environment. If there is evidence of domestic violence, discipline issues or drug, alcohol, emotional or physical abuse, then the court may view a parent's home as unsafe. If you, as a parent, have a conviction on your record for drug possession, then the court may presume that you have a drug dependency problem. Driving under the influence (DUI) convictions could lead a Maryland judge to believe that a parent abuses alcohol.

Controlled substances and prescription drug charges

The misuse of prescription drugs is a grave criminal offense. Criminal activity involving prescription medication is a growing problem, and both Maryland and federal laws take a strong stand against the misuse of these drugs. Additionally, the penalties for the distribution, manufacturing or possession of controlled substances are steep. The Controlled Substances Act is a federal statute that outlines the regulation and control of certain types of drugs.

If you are facing charges involving either type of drug, there is a lot at stake for you. Violating a The Controlled Substances can bring severe penalties to your life, potentially resulting in lengthy jail sentences and more. It divides certain types of drugs, including hallucinogens, depressants, narcotics and stimulants, into specific categories. The severity of the specific penalties you are facing depends on the type of drug and its category.

When did you have your first drink?

The legal drinking age is 21. It has been moved a handful of times over the course of history, but the 21 limit has now been in place for decades and appears to be the one that will stick. And there are many people who wait to try alcohol until they are 21 years old.

However, the statistics show that most people start drinking far earlier than that. In fact, the median age at which a person usually consumes their first alcoholic beverage is just 15. That means that they have six more years to wait until the activity becomes legal, but they may consistently engage in the practice anyway.

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