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What is going to happen if arrested for DUI?

You're on your way home from an enjoyable evening out when you suddenly notice flashing lights in your rearview mirror. You pull over, and a Maryland police officer comes to your window, asking if you've been drinking. With this one question, your entire night can change direction, and you may find yourself sitting in jail by the end of the evening. 

Maryland man accused of sexually assaulting 16-year-old boy

A 38-year-old Maryland man has been charged with multiple sex offenses in connection with an alleged assault of a 16-year-old boy. Police believe that other victims may step forward to make similar accusations. The Columbia resident has been charged with soliciting a minor, trafficking, prostitution and sexual assault. Media reports indicate that the man has been denied bond and is being held at the Howard County Detention Center.

Unconscious bias could affect criminal trial outcomes

Whether conscious or unconscious, the effects of a judge's bias can be highly damaging for people facing criminal charges in Maryland. Researchers have probed the issue of unconscious bias, a form of bias or stereotyping that is an aspect of the subconscious mind rather than conscious thought. In many cases, people's unconscious biases may be entirely opposed to their conscious, thoughtful choices and beliefs. According to neuroscientists, there is a strong biological basis for the concept of unconscious bias. The human brain is complex, and certain factors can lead to a greater impact of these types of unconscious biases and pervasive social ideas.

Charged with second-degree murder, what are my defense options?

When charged with a serious crime, such as second-degree murder, it can be easy to feel lost and hopeless. Many Maryland residents do not believe that successfully fighting such a charge is possible. With any criminal case, there are a number of defense strategies to utilize that can help one achieve a case dismissal or, at least, charge and penalty reductions.

Breathalyzer results may be unreliable

Maryland prosecutors often rely on Breathalyzer tests to convict people accused of drunk driving. However, a report from The New York Times highlights the challenges of such tests as well as their questionable accuracy. While the science underlying a breath test for blood alcohol concentration may be fundamentally valid, those scientific conditions are often not replicated in the roadside and even police station breath tests administered to people accused of driving under the influence. The report noted that in several states, judges have thrown over 30,000 Breathalyzer test results out of court due to their unreliability.

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