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Police stop 700 drivers at DUI checkpoint

Typically, police need a reason to stop a suspected drunk driver. However, they can use DUI checkpoints in Maryland, which allow them to stop every car passing through a certain point on the road. They recently ran a checkpoint that stopped 700 cars.

This checkpoint was in Frederick, on Patrick Street. Police ran it during a Friday evening. They say that the goal is to encourage safe driving, and they called it a "Sobriety Checkpoint." It started right around 10:00 o'clock in the evening and continued on until 2:00 o'clock the next morning.

Felonies can put a damper on your future

Federal crimes come in many shapes and forms, from horrifying incidents like airplane hijacking to blackmail. Any time a person faces a federal charge, it's necessary to take a deep look into the case and provide a defensive option.

Federal crimes often come with higher penalties than those at the state level. Most have at least a year of prison as a potential punishment, along with high fines and other possible penalties.

Use ride-share service on July 4th to avoid a DWI

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 40 percent of all highway deaths that occur on July 4th involve intoxicated drivers.

Whether you are planning to attend a small family barbecue or a big blowout this Fourth of July, if alcohol is imbibed, a drunk driving arrest could be in your near future.

3 reasons you may consume more drinks than you think

You try not to have too many drinks at the bar, sticking to a firm two-drink rule. You want to be able to drive home safely. You know that two drinks shouldn't impair your ability to drive, based on your size and the time it takes you to drink them.

Unfortunately, you may be getting a lot more than two drinks without even realizing it. There are three main reasons why this happens:

  1. Beer is often more than 4 or 5 percent alcohol. Craft beers may be 8, 9 or 10 percent -- or even more. If you assume two beers equals two drinks, but they're both 10 percent alcohol instead of 4 percent like a standard drink, you are actually consuming at least four drinks, and you're edging in on five.
  2. Wine glasses keep getting bigger. In the 1700s, they were around 2 ounces. They have increased dramatically, with a big shift in the 1990s. As of 2017, one study found that many new ones can hold more than 15 ounces. How many drinks are you really getting?
  3. Bartenders do not always measure drinks. They just eyeball it and poor in some liquor straight from the bottle. It makes the presentation look "cool" and image is important. However, that also means you do not know exactly how many shots wind up in a rum and coke or a gin and tonic.

The advantages of accepting a plea deal

If you were to sit in a courtroom and listen to all the trial dates being set, you'd assume that most cases go to trial. But this is far from the case. In fact, only 10 percent ever do. In the case of the other 90 percent of them, many defendants end up taking plea deals.

Prosecutors have difficulty keeping pace with the sheer number of cases that come across their desks. If they were to try every case, there would be a significant backlog in processing criminals through the legal system. It would be costly to do so as well.

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.

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