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Ethanol: The ingredient that can skew a breath or urine test

As a Maryland resident, you probably like to take advantage of the many amenities this state has to offer in your free time. From its beautiful ocean shores to inner harbor towns, state parks and local nightclubs, you have numerous options. There is certainly no lack of things to do here; that's for sure. Perhaps, like many other young adults in the Tri-State region, you also enjoy getting together with friends at your favorite pubs or restaurants.

Underage? Defend yourself against alcohol-related offenses

Maryland readers know that drunk driving is a serious criminal offense, and people convicted of this crime could face serious penalties. These serious penalties do not only apply to drivers over the age of 21, but underage drivers as well. State laws take a very strong stance against underage drinking.

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.

Drug distribution no longer carries mandatory sentence

No matter the circumstances surrounding your arrest, you probably never expected to be spending decades in jail. However, because of mandatory minimum sentences, a conviction for possession with intent to distribute landed you in prison. The kind and amount of drugs police reported that you possessed likely determined the length of your sentence beyond the minimum.

It's just marijuana, what's the big deal?

It is true, the way that most people now view marijuana is not how they once did. Maryland, like other states, has loosened its stance when it comes to punishing those found with small amounts of the drug. So, if an officer catches you with marijuana on your person, you may be thinking what's the big deal?

College students: Remember your right to remain silent

Most University of Maryland students do not have much experience, if any, dealing with the police. If you are new to the region, you may be caught off guard by the amount of police you see in the area, whether it is University of Maryland or Prince George’s County police officers.

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