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Be careful not to get caught driving drunk on July 4

Next week, many Dunkirk residents will celebrate the Fourth of July. Some people will commemorate the holiday by having barbecues or picnics and by lighting fireworks. Others will take road trips. Many Maryland residents will consume alcohol. It shouldn't come as a surprise that this holiday is one of the deadliest in terms of driving under the influence (DUI) crashes.

Data published by the insurance company Esurance captures how as many as 34.4 million individuals across the country take to the road every Independence Day weekend. It also captures how Americans purchased nearly 70 million cases of beer over that same weekend just last year.

What to do about a letter from the Internal Revenue Service

The last thing you want to see when opening your mailbox is a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). While these letters are not always serious, you're sure to have some concerns as you open the envelope.

The first thing you should do is read the letter in its entirety, as to better understand what's being asked of you. Maybe it's something simple, such as to notify you that they received your request for an address change. Or maybe it's something much more serious, such as notifying you that you're under investigation for not paying your taxes.

What are Maryland's penalties for possessing drug paraphernalia?

Individuals who are arrested for drug crimes in Clinton or Dunkirk can be charged with misdemeanors or felonies. The charges that they'll face depend on what type and how much of a controlled substance that they're caught with.

Oftentimes, those arrested for possession also have drug paraphernalia charges also brought against them. Offenses of this type are considered to be misdemeanors. Even still, a conviction for such a crime can carry with it stiff penalties.

An arrest is made in a December Upper Marlboro assault case

A Laurel woman was taken into custody by the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office (PGCSO) on May 21. She now faces first and second-degree assault charges.

PGCSO officers were dispatched to a home located on Baltimore Avenue on Dec.r 4 of last year. When they arrived there, they found an unidentified female victim who said that the defendant had physically and verbally assaulted her. She was transported to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Maryland councilman enters Alford plea in wiretap case

A town councilman from Chesapeake Beach has entered an Alford plea to a charge that he violated the state's wiretap laws. By entering the Alford plea, he is not admitting guilt. Rather, he is acknowledging that the state has enough evidence to bring the charge. He was fined $2,500 and put on supervised probation for three years.

During a court hearing, the councilman said he used a "lack of judgment" when he recorded conversations on a cellphone app but didn't tell the person on the other end of the phone that they were being recorded.

Don't get busted for drunk driving this holiday weekend

As we cruise on into the Memorial Day weekend, it's a good idea to remind the residents of Prince Georges County to be careful not to get arrested on drunk driving charges.

All over Maryland and the rest of the United States, there will be an increased police presence on the highways and secondary roads. Officers will be checking for seat belt usage and impaired driving.

New information can change a witness's memory

The role of the eyewitness in a criminal case is rather controversial. To the general public, the eyewitness appears to be trustworthy. Many witnesses have no reason to lie -- so the jury may assume that they are telling the truth and giving an accurate account.

However, experts know that eyewitnesses are often wrong. They make mistakes. They "remember" things that never happened. If you ask two witnesses about the same incident, they may both remember it very differently -- and they'll both seem shocked that someone else saw it differently than they did.

Maryland man charged with federal crimes

Federal charges often have more gravity than equivalent state charges. Suspected interstate criminal behavior can complicate charges and worsen penalties, and federal prosecutors may prove more difficult to negotiate with for lower charges. Complex aspects of federal law, such as immigration or taxation, may require help to translate the meanings of charges and understand the impact of a prosecutor's evidence.

A resident of Maryland was recently charged with passport fraud and other crimes related to his residency in the United States. The suspect, a physician born in West Africa, was educated in his native country and worked in Maryland hospitals as well as his own clinic.

The common types of computer fraud

Computer fraud is a common crime all across the country these days. These crimes only continue to get worse as technology advances. Victims of computer fraud can be of any age, but many victims are senior citizens who fall for scams sent via email. Today, we will discuss the most common types of computer fraud in this post so you can be on the lookout at all times.

Phishing is one of the most common crimes committed using computers these days. Phishing occurs when digital communication is sent to potential victims. The digital communication, often in the form of an email, is masked to look like a legitimate sender (a relative or friend or company). The email requests money or personal information to resolve a problem.

Drug company executive charged in legal first

Federal prosecutors have just taken a step that many analysts believe is a legal "first." They've charged the former chief executive officer (CEO) of a drug company with crimes associated with the distribution of opioids nationwide.

America has been suffering from a drug crisis that has been heavily linked to the mass overprescription of opioid painkillers in past decades. In a nutshell, authorities believe that certain drug manufacturers, particularly those that produced oxycontin and similar opiates, totally misled physicians and consumers about the safety of their product. That lead doctors to write prescriptions with a relaxed hand and patients to consume drugs that they believed weren't easily addictive.

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