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Field sobriety tests are not mandatory, but a breath test is

While everyone hopes they won't end up pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, the truth is that it happens to many people. This is why it's best to know what your rights are -- just in case -- you ever find yourself in the situation where an officer is asking, "Have you been drinking tonight?"

Did a Maryland police officer ask you to walk-and-turn?

Every driver knows the feeling of driving down the road, only to see the flashing red and blue lights of a police car in the rear view mirror. You have that normal moment -- where you think, maybe it's not for me? It's not until after starting to pull to the side -- to let the officer pass -- that you quickly realize you are in fact the one being pulled over.  

Is your child sharing study drugs on campus?

No matter the course of study your child is taking at the University of Maryland, it is normal for any college student to feel the stress that comes with college. Reading assignments, projects, lab work, papers and exams consume an enormous number of hours in addition to class time and practicums. You may worry about your child's ability to keep up on minimal sleep and a diet of junk food and caffeine. However, there may be something more sinister to worry about.

How could a DUI conviction impact your employment?

Throughout your life, you may have heard of people driving under the influence or while intoxicated and shaken your head at their actions. However, you may view the situation in a different light when you find yourself in this type of predicament. A simple mistake or other circumstances could have resulted in a police officer arresting you for DUI, and now you may wonder how to handle the problem.

Is this the first time you've taken field sobriety tests?

You may have had a couple of drinks while spending time with family or friends. When it came time to drive home, you thought you were okay to do so. Maybe you weaved in your lane, missed a stop sign or committed some other traffic violation seen by a police officer.

Do you fall into the category of a repeat DUI offender?

Facing any type of criminal allegations can be disheartening. The outcomes of such accusations could considerably impact a person's life, and if you have been in such a situation and moved through the criminal court process as necessary, you may feel relieved to have such an issue behind you. However, if you find yourself charged with DUI for a second or subsequent time, you may wonder how the additional offense could impact you.

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