If you are a college student or the parent of a student who is currently facing criminal charges related to underage drinking and driving, you know the importance of taking quick action. Your education, future and even your personal freedom is on the line, but you still have options.
Getting pulled over for drunk driving can be one of the most humiliating experiences of your life. You naturally may worry about how being convicted of driving under the influence may impact your reputation and potential future job opportunities in addition to resulting in jail time, a fine and the suspension of your driver's license. However, you have the right to refuse to submit to an alcohol test during a traffic stop in Maryland.
Driving while intoxicated can carry significant consequences including suspension of your driver's license, fines and even jail time. That being said, if you become the subject of a DUI stop, you still have rights and the stop itself does not mean that you need to submit of any and all police requests.
Memorial Day is fast approaching, and while the intention of the holiday is to honor those who died while serving in the military, it has also become the unofficial kickoff to summer. Barbecues and parties are common on Memorial Day - as are drunk driving arrests. Officers generally step up DUI patrols and checkpoints during holiday weekends, and this leads to a corresponding spike in DUI arrests.
Getting pulled over by the police is never a comfortable experience, but if you have stopped after having a couple of drinks, the experience can be even more unnerving. You may even think you are ok to drive and not over the legal limit - but what if you have had too much? If you're charged with drunk driving will you be sent to jail? If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is above the legal limit (0.08 percent or higher in Maryland), jail is a possibility.
Yes. You will - unless you act quickly. If you are charged with a DUI in Maryland your driver's license will be confiscated by police and you will be issued a temporary driver's license that is good for 45 days. If you don't request an MVA hearing within 10 days of your arrest, you will lose your driving privileges on day 46.
This is one of the most common questions people have after being pulled over for a DUI. For many, the answer is no. Unless you have only had one drink and are truly below the 0.08 limit, taking the breath test will never end in your favor.
A DUI conviction can be life-changing. You could lose your driver's license, be forced to pay heavy fines and even spend time in jail. But for government employees who need security clearance to do their jobs, the consequences may be even more severe.
Between October 31 and December 31 more than 350 people were arrested for drunk driving in Prince George's County and Montgomery County last year. Why? A special initiative led by the Maryland State Police to crack down on drunk driving over the holidays. While no formal initiative has been announced this year, you can - and should - expect increased DUI patrol from now until the New Year.