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A man convicted of killing 5 in a DUI accident is captured

A man who was set to be sentenced on Friday, May 12, 2017 in a drunk driving case was captured the following Monday in Suitland at an Allentown Road hotel. During the short time he was on the lam, Prince George's County Sheriff's Office deputies were able to distribute wanted posters for the man throughout the entire D.C. metro tri-state area.

While on the run, law enforcement was able to learn from his affiliates that he intended to leave the D.C. area. A significant debate emerged between the prosecution and defense as to why the man was not able to be tracked down using the GPS monitoring device he had previously been equipped with.

What do you know about open container laws?

When it comes to alcohol related crimes, it's not uncommon to run into some gray area. For example, you may assume that it's okay to walk down your street with a beer in hand. While this may be acceptable in some states and communities, others consider it a violation of the law.

In short, open container laws are in place to:

Another Prince Georges County teacher is arrested for child porn

A 34-year-old long-term substitute teacher with the Public School System of Prince George's County was arrested and charged with both possession and distribution of child pornography on Thursday, April 20, 2017. His arrest came at the end of an execution of a search warrant of the man's home in Capitol Heights and an interview with the defendant later that same day.

During the execution of the search warrant, state police investigators located a number of electronic devices that appeared to contain images of children. They were reportedly all engaged in acts that were sexually explicit in nature.

Do you understand the details of mortgage fraud?

Mortgage fraud consists of many types of schemes, all of which involve some type of misstatement associated with mortgage documents or the buying/selling process.

For example, a homebuyer may use false or altered financial statements to improve their chance of receiving a mortgage.

Probable cause is not the same as reasonable suspicion

To be arrested on DUI charges, the police generally need to have both probable cause and reasonable suspicion. Though these are similar, they are not the same. Typically, reasonable suspicion is involved in the initial traffic stop, while probable cause leads to the arrest. You can have one without the other.

A good way to think of it is by noting that reasonable suspicion just means the officer thinks you might have done something wrong. That can be reason enough to pull you over, but not to arrest you. Probable cause means the officer has some sort of evidence. While nothing has been proven yet, he or she thinks you most likely broke the law.

Are you permitted to share prescription drugs?

Most people are well aware of the fact that it's a crime to sell prescription drugs. However, many people don't know nearly as much about the laws that govern sharing or giving away prescription drugs.

Here is why there is so much gray area: With no cash changing hands, it's easy to believe that you are permitted to give away or share prescription drugs with anyone you want.

A tax hike on alcohol in Maryland suspected in accident reduction

A recent study published by researchers at the University of Maryland suggests that the state's raising of the sales tax on alcohol purchases in 2011 from 6-percent to 9-percent has had a significant impact on reducing the incidence rate of alcohol-related car accidents by at least 6-percent per year. They also determined that the most significant reduction was seen among younger drivers.

While the study's researchers suggest that the rates of alcohol-induced collisions would have gone down slightly irrespective of that tax rate hike, they maintain it wouldn't have dropped so drastically had it not been for the signing of the law. And, when it comes to the notable rate reduction among the population between 15 and 34, it's believed that their nearly 12-percent rate reduction can be attributed to their sensitivity to matters involving price.

Being charged with a felony is a big deal

Let's face it: Being charged with any type of crime is a big deal. This is particularly true of a felony.

If you find yourself in this position, it's imperative to focus on the finer details of your arrest. For example, you need to know the crimes you've been charged with. Along with this, it's important to turn your attention to your legal rights and the steps you can take to protect yourself from the most serious of consequences.

What does fraudulent billing look like?

For many years, health care fraud has been a major problem throughout the United States. While many individuals and medical providers know what this looks like, some don't have nearly as much knowledge.

Fraudulent billing is exactly what it sounds like: This is when somebody, such as a medical provider, overcharges or fraudulently bills for services or goods that are not distributed or as described.

Things to think about after a drunk driving arrest

Any charge of driving under the influence is extremely serious, as this can have a major impact on your life. For example, there are many penalties associated with a conviction, such as large fines and imprisonment.

Since your future is in jeopardy, you don't want to waste any time learning more about the circumstances surrounding your arrest and legal case. Some of the many things to think about include:

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