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When can drunk driving charges be upgraded to felony ones?

In most jurisdictions, an individual who is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) only faces misdemeanor charges. There are situations, however, in which a DUI charge may instead be elevated to a felony. If this occurs, then the defendant is likely to face higher fines, a longer driver's license suspension period and an extended term in jail.

Think about all aspects of a drunk driving defense

Drunk driving charges come from a variety of reasons. The main factor that binds them all together is that you need to determine what defense you are going to use in your case. This is a decision that can be difficult to make because the consequences are so serious.

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.

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 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.

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