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DUI defense: What you need to think about

If you are charged in Maryland with driving under the influence of alcohol, you'll soon begin to worry about what this will mean to your future. Will it impact your personal life? How about your career?

With so many questions to address, you don't want to hesitate as you seek answers and implement a defense strategy.

Some crimes are more serious than others

It goes without saying that every crime is extremely serious. Even if it appears minor, you know that it will change your life in a number of ways. Of course, your goal is simple: to put this situation in the past as quickly as possible.

Some crimes are far more serious than others. This holds true with felonies, as a conviction could land you in prison for many years.

Police will try to talk you into a confession

The police want you to confess. It makes their jobs a lot easier. As such, they'll often fish for confessions by asking simple questions and trying to catch you off guard. They hope that you'll be flustered and simply tell them what you did so they don't have to figure it out for themselves.

For example, at the beginning of most traffic stops, the officer will ask if you know why he or she pulled you over. It sounds like the beginning to a casual conversation, but it's not. It's their first step to getting you to simply admit what you did, perhaps as you try to make an excuse and hope you get out of a ticket.

Alleged drunk driver hits police car on I-270

A Maryland State trooper pulled over a Honda Odyssey on I-270, carrying out a routine traffic stop. It was early, about 6:40 in the morning. They were near Montrose Road when the stop took place, and the trooper and the Odyssey pulled over to the side of the road.

That's when another vehicle, a Ford Fusion, slammed into the back of the police car and the Odyssey. Pictures show a silver vehicle flipped up on its side with the front window smashed out.

Paper trails are now huge and complicated

Paper trails have always been a part of white collar crime investigations. If someone is stealing money from the company, for example, he or she may also be leaving a lot of altered paperwork behind to cover up the crime. If multiple people are involved, there could be communication between the parties that can be read and investigated later on.

In the past, before the electronic age, paper trails were a lot shorter. If there was a court case that was tied to 300,000 different documents or pieces of paper, that was thought of as an incredible amount. Many cases were far smaller.

Important facts for those accused of drunk driving

Drunk driving stops happen because an officer has probable cause to think that a person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The officer can then interview the driver, conduct roadside tests and use devices like a Breathalyzer to check and see if the driver is impaired. If this happens to you and you are accused of driving under the influence, here are a few things you should know:

1. The legal limit for alcohol is a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of 0.08. In fact, even if you argue that your driving was not any worse because you were over that limit, you could still well be charged with DUI.

You can get a DUI, even if alcohol isn't involved

Typically, if someone talks about getting charged with driving under the influence, he or she is referring to alcohol. However, it's very important to note that you can also get a DUI for being under the influence of drugs, even when you've had nothing to drink. Many things that impair your ability to drive could bring about charges.

Some experts have even noted that drugs that you got and used legally could still get you in trouble if you drive. For example, you may be able to use medical marijuana legally in Maryland, where it can be prescribed by a doctor; in fact, the first clinic for medical marijuana opened its doors in Annapolis just last year. If you use it and drive, though, you're breaking the law.

Drug charges filed after deadly overdose

Back on January 30, a man in Maryland died from a drug overdose. He was just 25 years old. Now, six months after his death, two people have been charged and accused of selling the drugs to him.

It appears that the man and a co-worker purchased the drugs from a 53-year-old woman. They allegedly bought both Suboxone and Klonopin.

Man from Maryland has blood taken after DUI stop

A man from Maryland was pulled over in Pennsylvania, while driving down Interstate 83 in York Township. Police believed he was under the influence. They made him do field sobriety tests and then asked him to take a blood test to be sure. The man said he would not submit to the test.

The police then went and got a warrant to carry out the test. The man was later arrested for drunk driving.

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