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May 2018 Archives

Stronger alcohol laws could reduce drunk driving deaths

Accidents involving drunk drivers around the country claim 29 lives every day, and 110 million Americans drive while intoxicated each year, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A nationwide .08 percent blood alcohol limit and zero tolerance programs aimed at younger drivers have made roads in Maryland and across the country safer, but they have not been enough to prevent drunk driving deaths from rising alarmingly in recent years.

Defining consent in Maryland

The state of Maryland does not have a specific definition of consent for purposes of determining if a sex act is lawful. However, there are many factors that can be looked at when determining if a sex crime was committed. For instance, consent cannot be given if a person is under age 14 and his or her partner is four or more years older. Consent also cannot be given if a person is mentally incapacitated.

Supreme Court ruling protects rental car borrowers' rights

A May 2018 Supreme Court ruling could be important for protecting the rights of people in Maryland when driving a borrowed rental car. In a ruling, the high court said that people who drive a rental car with permission from the authorized driver have the same protections from searches by police as the original rental. The unanimous decision affirmed that people who are in lawful possession of a rental car have a reasonable expectation of privacy, even when they are not listed on the rental car agreement as an authorized driver.

How diabetes can skew the results of a blood alcohol test

Whether you require insulin or can control your diabetes through diet, your medical condition may affect numerous aspects of your life. You have to watch what you eat and make sure your blood sugar does not get too high or too low. And if this wasn't enough, you also have to worry about the medical condition impacting the results of an alcohol breath test. 

Understanding drug manufacturing accusations

Did you know you can wind up facing felony-level drug charges -- for not only possessing an actual drug, but for having the possible means to manufacture or cultivate a drug? However, what evidence can be used against you to determine if you were trying to make or grow the drug is where everything can become a bit murky.

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