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What You Need to Know About Police Mistakes and DUI and DWI Cases in Maryland

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017


Did you know that when a police officer makes a mistake in your DUI or DWI case in Maryland that you may be entitled to use this information to help fight or dismiss the charges? Sharing this information with an experienced Maryland DUI defense attorney promptly after this happens gives you the best possible chance to develop a defense strategy that keeps you from facing critical penalties. When the police make mistakes and violate your rights, this often leads to a dismissal of the charges. Police have to inform you of your rights before taking a breath sample to determine if you are under the influence or impaired. You do have the right to decline any field sobriety test although administrative penalties may apply. Furthermore, a faulty test could become an important component of your criminal defense. Failing to administer field sobriety test in accordance with the guidelines from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could lead to an acquittal. While breathalyzers are often used in the field to determine someone’s blood alcohol content, they are extremely prone to error whether it is mechanical or human. Furthermore, certain health conditions and medications could lead to false positives on a breathalyzer test and this alone should not be used to charge you or convict you of DUI. There also must be

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Most Common Misdemeanor Charges in Maryland

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017


If you have recently been accused of breaking the law in Maryland, you may be charged with a felony or a misdemeanor. Typically, a felony will carry much more serious penalties and could have a major influence on your future. However, a misdemeanor can also be troubling and should be something you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney about. Some of the most common violations charged at the misdemeanor level in the state of Maryland include: ¥ Public intoxication ¥ DUI ¥ Assault ¥ Open container violation ¥ Disorderly conduct Unfortunately, far too many people believe that because these are misdemeanors and do not carry the stiff penalties associated with felonies that it is fine to try and handle their defense on their own or work with a public defender. This could be a catastrophic mistake as a misdemeanor can still have a negative implication on your future. While these charges might at first glance seem like they are not as serious, it is imperative that you take action quickly by hiring a knowledgeable Bethesda criminal defense attorney. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that you can handle these charges on your own or that an experienced public defender can help you. Far too often, accused individuals realize the dangers of doing this after the fact. Not making the

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What Police Are Looking for In Maryland DUI Cases?

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017


No one want to be arrested for DUI. Even the accusation of driving under the influence can be embarrassing and require your time off work to meet with an attorney and attend hearings. Trying to defend yourself is often your top concern and speaking with a lawyer is the first thing you need to consider after an arrest. When you are pulled over and accused of driving under the influence, this is a serious matter that can prompt you to suffer from anxiety and anger immediately. However, maintaining your calm in the face of this stressful situation can assist you, should you ultimately be charged with DUI. Police officers in Maryland who are aiming to build a case against a driver who may be under the influence or impaired will often ask that driver if they have been drinking. If you answer that you have been drinking, the officer now has further information and ammunition to administer tests to determine the level of your impairment. There are two primary ways that officers typically attempt to find out if the driver is impaired or under the influence of alcohol: breathalyzer tests and field sobriety tests. Whether you participate in these tests depends on the state of your driving record and the details of the incident. Bear in mind that both of

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Noah's Law in Maryland is important to know if you're accused of DUI or DWI

What You Need to Know About Noah’s Law in the State of Maryland

Posted by on May 12, 2017


Maryland was recently ranked as needing to do more in terms of highway safety, according to a study conducted by the advocates for highway and auto safety. Across the country, fatal vehicle accidents claimed the lives of more than 35,000 individuals in 2015 but in Maryland, nearly 6,000 people have been killed on roads throughout the state. The study classified Maryland with a yellow rating identifying that there are critical laws on the books but that there could be more. One of the most recent acts on the book is known as Noah’s Law named after Montgomery police officer, Noah Liotta. Noah Liotta was struck by a drunk driver and the law makes it so that mandatory alcohol testing devices are attached to a car’s ignition after a DUI conviction. In the state of Maryland if your blood alcohol content is 0.15 or higher and you are convicted as a first-time offender, you will have a 180-day suspension of your license without the opportunity for conditional driving situations. The ignition interlock device will be automatically installed in this situation. If you refuse a breathalyzer test during a stop for suspected DUI, the penalties will increase automatically by suspending your license for 270 days with no modifications and/or you will have to have an ignition interlock device installed. Under this new

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DUI and DWI are unique charges in Maryland

What is the Difference Between a DUI and a DWI in the State of Maryland?

Posted by on May 12, 2017


It can be confusing to hear that there are both DWI and DUI charges in the state of Maryland. That is because not every state across the country will have separate DWI and DUI charges. People may use these terms interchangeably but this could generate confusion in the state of Maryland because Maryland is extremely unique in this way. Each of these charges is distinct across Maryland and can lead to different penalties as well. Typically, a defendant who is arrested will be given a citation for both DUI and DWI. Usually the state will pursue charges on a DWI if the offer did not obtain a breath result or if the breath result reads between 0.07 to 0.08. However, in the event that your breath result test is 0.08 or higher, the state will usually move forward with a DUI charge. A DWI represents driving while intoxicated and it’s considered somewhat less serious than a DUI. DWI is usually applied when you breath test under .08 but are still classified as impaired. A DUI, however, is a more serious charge in the state of Maryland. Driving under the influence of alcohol is the charge typically applied if you have a blood alcohol level content of 0.08 or higher. A DWI has a max jail time of 2 months but

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Being arrested for possessing hallucinogens in Maryland is serious

What You Need to Know About Illegal Hallucinogen Charges in Maryland

Posted by on May 9, 2017


Common illegal hallucinogenic drugs include Psilocybin, also referred to as mushrooms, Peyote, MDMA or Mescaline. MDMA is the official chemical name of ecstasy, may also be referred to as “molly”. State drug enforcement officers in Maryland as well as the Drug Enforcement Agency have put a greater emphasis on making arrests for illegal hallucinogenic drugs such as ecstasy in recent years. Simple possession of these drugs is a misdemeanor that can be punished with up to $25,000 in fines and up to four years in prison. Marijuana can also be classified as a hallucinogen. However, the maximum sentence for possession of marijuana is much less at one year in jail. Due to ongoing lobbying at the state and national level, Maryland has unique and separate marijuana laws with less severe penalties that other illegal drugs. Less than 30 substances are currently classified as illegal hallucinogens in the state of Maryland but new hallucinogens can be classified as illegal if there is a high potential for abuse and the substance itself is unsafe. Consulting with an experienced Bethesda, Maryland drug possession attorney as soon as possible after you’ve been accused may be the only way to protect yourself in the serious consequences of a conviction. In addition to arrest levels increasing for drugs like ecstasy, prescription oxycodone has also been a

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FIVE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED DUI QUESTIONS.

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016


The minute I tell someone that I help people charged with drinking and driving stay out of jail, I see a significant change in their disposition. Either they light up with glee or they look at me like I’m the filthiest person walking and breathing on this earth. As most attorneys know, you develop thick skin the longer you’re in this legal game. However, often times, I’m faced with a varied bag of questions. They range from the absurd like “If I’m drinking and driving, and I get into an accident, but it kinda wasn’t my fault, I can’t really get in trouble for that, right?” All the way to the thought provoking, such as “Do you feel that your job as a defense attorney enables the horrible behavior of society?” I find them all entertaining, and I oftentimes play around with an answer just to see the reaction I get. But, there are a few questions that I get asked way too often about DUI’s. In the hopes of shedding light on what a lot of people may want to know, I have outlined a few to appease your appetite to learn. 1. What Should I Do If I’m Asked to take a Field Sobriety Test? There are a wide range of field sobriety tests including the horizontal gaze

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FOUR EASY TIPS TO PREVENT A DUI CONVICTION

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016


It sucks to get jammed on a DUI conviction. The most painful part about such a mishap is that you never really see it coming. It catches you off guard… just like that third drink you had. You know you’re good… or so you think… and you decide to drive. Next thing you know, lights, camera, action… your getting pulled over. “What the hell has this guy pull me over for; I’m good…” are your thoughts, but you’re not. In fact, you have no idea how much crap you have just gotten yourself into – and it’s only the beginning. However, if you’re anything like me, you would do anything in the world to avoid a situation like the one above. And, because AVID Law Firm has your back, I have listed four ways to avoid a drunk driving conviction. SLEEP IT OFF IN THE BACK SEAT If you decide to sleep inside a car after you have been drinking, it’s best to do it in the back seat. Be sure to have the engine off, and preferably, have the keys in your pocket. To avoid a possible DUI, you must avoid being seen has having actual physical control of the vehicle. REFUSE THE BREATH TEST Sometimes, it may be a good idea to refuse the breath test. A refusal

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ARE YOU F@%^#ING SERIOUS?!……

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016


*Ring ring* “Hello…” “Hey Prince… are you sitting down?” “No, I’m leaving Douglas Hall… studying for a final… why? What’s going on?” *pause* “I really need you to be sitting down for this… I have some bad news… Marvin is dead.” “Wait, what?!… Are you f@&kin serious?!…” I remember this conversation like it was yesterday, but it wasn’t. These words were spoken to me by a good friend in my sophomore year at Morehouse College. Marvin had been driving in his vehicle with an unknown female companion when he attempted to make a sharp turn at a high speed. The car flipped over and Marvin was pronounced dead at the scene – as for the passenger; of course, she managed to walk away unscathed. A lot of questions remained unanswered for Marvin’s family, but as I spoke to a large congregation at his funeral, one thing that I knew in the back of my mind was true… alcohol was definitely involved. Fast-forward six years later… I’m at a beer festival with another good friend; lots of beer and lots of good food… an awesome Saturday afternoon that ended with a night of networking, spoken word, and probably the best DJ that Vermont has seen. Unlike some people, I’ve always known what my limit is when it comes to drinking. Actually,

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REEFER, LOUD & MARY JANE….WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARIJUANA.

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016


Reefer, loud pack, jays, and Mary Jane have been a few of the names that the popular green stuff, grown from the earth, has been called. Formally, it’s known as Marijuana, and has been widely popular amongst teenagers and young adults; hell, even some grandparents still enjoy the recreational use of marijuana. Although the general public has become more liberal in their views on the use of marijuana, it still is considered a criminal offense in the majority of states. With the move to decriminalize marijuana, and with a few states actually making it no longer a criminal act to possess, this topic has become a popular one with stoners and non-stoners alike. But, before you go out and get your hands on that “purple haze” or that “banana kush”, let me answer nine of the most common questions I get regarding marijuana and its legal implications. Q. IS MARIJUANA LEGAL? A. It is true that the United States Federal Government still classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug, similar to heroin, meth, and crack. Marijuana is generally not legal for recreational use except for the possession of small amounts in the States of Colorado, DC, Oregon and Washington. Several other states have special laws that allow people to use marijuana as medicine with a prescription. Q. WHAT ARE THE

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