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Legal drugs could lead to DUI charges

While DUI charges typically refer to driving under the influence of alcohol, it is very important to remember that being under the influence of any drug can lead to an arrest. Alcohol may be the most common drug, the one that is the most easily accessible, but it's not the only thing that changes your ability to drive a motor vehicle.

On top of that, be aware that you can face DUI charges even if the drugs you took were completely legal.

How is money laundering punished in Maryland?

All types of people and businesses enter into financial deals, and this is usually normal. Some types of transaction, especially involving large amounts of cash, can raise eyebrows among government officials. One of the biggest concerns that law enforcement agencies have is money laundering, a way that many criminals and their organizations fund illicit activities.

What is money laundering?

Sobriety checkpoints and you: What to expect

Now that summer is fast approaching you will begin to see more sobriety checkpoints throughout Clinton and the rest of Maryland. Law enforcement officials will do their best to remove drunk drivers from the roads in an effort to make it safer for everyone else traveling to work, school or for vacation. Here's what to expect at a DUI checkpoint so you can be prepared.

You will be required to provide all of your documents when told to drive into a checkpoint. This not only helps officers identify you but also gives them a chance to interact with you. The interaction will help them determine if you might be over the limit and driving while impaired. You should provide your vehicle registration, driver's license and proof of auto insurance.

When does a kidnapping become a federal offense?

Both Maryland state and federal laws define abduction, a crime more commonly referred to as kidnapping, simlarly. It is described as being the involuntary removal of an individual from one place to a different one. In order to prove that someone was abducted, the person must have been taken and hidden for an illicit purpose whether it so additional crimes can be committed against them or for extortion.

Parents who take a child into their care without first procuring legal custody may be accused of having kidnapped their child as well. Although most cases that involve kidnappings tried on the state level, federal agencies are able to step in and file charges instead if certain conditions are met.

Increased police patrols along US 301 nets 15 DUI arrests

During the first few months of 2018, Maryland State Police (MSP) increased their presence along the Prince George's County portion of U.S. Route 301. They hoped that by tripling of their presence along that stretch of the highway, they would see a reduction in the number of collisions resulting in either injuries or deaths in the area.

A press release issued by MSP on May 9 shows that during the first three months of 2018, some 1,722 traffic stops occurred. Only 543 happened in 2017 during the same time frame.

A Prince George's police officer is charged with domestic assault

A 27-year-old Prince George's police officer has been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of an Internal Affairs investigation into his treatment of his live-in girlfriend.

According to a spokesperson for his employer, he was suspended from his role with Prince George's County on April 25 after it came to light that the officer was arrested in Florida while vacationing there earlier that same month.

When doesn't the .08 limit apply with drunk driving?

For as long as you can remember, you have heard that the blood alcohol concentration limit is .08 for drivers in Maryland. Even if you think your ability to drive was not impaired, if your BAC is over the limit, you can get arrested for drunk driving.

But are there any cases where this limit does not apply? There are. Here are three examples:

What are the most common types of mortgage fraud?

Buying any piece of real estate is a complicated process that is full of many twists and turns. For this reason, it's not out of the question that you could make a mistake that results in criminal charges.

For example, mortgage fraud is a serious crime that carries serious consequences in the event of a conviction. For this reason, you should become familiar with the most common types of mortgage fraud:

  • Fraudulent loan documentation: You need to be 100 percent honest when submitting loan documentation, such as pay stubs, tax returns and other financial information. Forging or altering this documentation can result in trouble.
  • Stolen identity: You should only use your name and personal information when applying for a mortgage. Using a stolen or fictitious identity is against the law.
  • Inflated appraisal: This doesn't typically come into play from the buyer's perspective. Instead, it's when an appraiser and loan officer work together to place a high appraisal value on the property, all with the idea of making it easier to complete the deal.

Can you get car insurance after a DUI conviction?

If you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, it goes without saying that your mind will begin to race.

How will this impact your personal and professional lives? What about your finances? Could you end up in jail?

Distinguishing between robbery, theft and burglary

Many use the terms robbery, theft and burglary as if they all described the same crime. While each are similar in that they involve one individual taking another's property without his or her permission, they are different from one another in every other aspect.

Robbery, like theft, involves the stealing of someone else's property. An individual is generally only charged with this crime, though, if he or she acquires that property either by intimidation or force.

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