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October 2016 Archives

Why alcohol and prescription medication do not mix

When your doctor prescribes medicine for a health condition, the bottle typically comes with specific instructions that include warnings about things you should avoid while taking it. One common warning is to avoid mixing your medication with alcohol. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, there are often potentially harmful events that could occur if you take your medication and drink alcohol at the same time.

NFL under fire for player's domestic violence

Following the release of a video tape showing ex-NFL running back Ray Rice dragging his wife out of an elevator in an Atlantic City casino a few years ago following a domestic dispute, the National Football League has been under significant scrutiny about how they handle domestic violence cases with their players. They have since created specific rules regarding domestic violence cases, including mandatory suspensions, but inconsistencies with how they handle each cases continues to hinder the league.

Criminal defense: what is a suspended sentence?

If you have been convicted of a crime, the penalty could be a term in prison, a monetary fine or both. However, there are other possibilities, such as community service and other alternatives. For example, those convicted of drug offenses can sometimes enter a drug diversion program instead of serving time in jail. In some criminal cases it's possible for the defendant to receive a suspended sentence.

Tailgating Fun Can End With An Arrest

For the first time in a few years, with the team rushing out of the gate to a great start, fans of Terrapins football have reason to be happy. With wins come bigger crowds, and more people tailgating. In fact, the Terps are hosting a big night game on October 22. The atmosphere should be festive in the lead-up to kickoff.

Local man charged with murder and assault

Local residents know that being accused of any type of major crime can have a devastating effect on someone's life. That individual is suddenly plunged into a legal struggle that could affect their freedom and their ability to pursue their dreams. According to recent reports, a Maryland man is now going through this precise situation and must now face first degree murder charges for a crime that took place in Prince George County back in 2015.

A THC "potalyzer" test developed to catch stoned drivers

As the nation continues passing and considering laws to legalize or decriminalize marijuana, the pleas for some kind of instant test to identify people driving under the influence of pot have been heard. Engineers at Stanford have developed an experimental roadside "spit test" that will identify people under the influence of marijuana.

Expungement can prevent public access to a criminal record

Expungement is the process of removing a criminal record from being looked at by the general public and can be requested by a convicted individual after someone has fulfilled their legal obligations to the state. In Maryland, criminal records can be located with either the police, the Motor Vehicle Administration or with court and police files. While the expungement process removes specific files, no single attempt removes these files from all agencies. So here is some general information about the process of expungement.

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