How Do You Bail Someone Out of Jail in Maryland?

How Do You Bail Someone Out of Jail in Maryland

The bail system works by letting a criminal defendant out of jail in exchange for money or property that is held by the court until the criminal proceedings are finished. The money becomes a financial guarantee that the person will not flee the jurisdiction. If you leave town, the money is forfeited. Once a suspect […]

Collateral Consequences of a DWI or DUI

Collateral Consequences of a DWI or DUI

It’s natural to feel apprehension after an arrest on a DWI or DUI charge and a potential conviction looming. While you may face obvious penalties, such as possible jail time and a period of probation, a conviction can also leave you with numerous and perhaps unexpected consequences. DRIVER’S LICENSE SUSPENSION A DWI or DUI conviction will trigger suspension of your […]

Ignition Interlock Program

Ignition Interlock Program

The use of ignition interlock devices in DUI and DWI cases has increased across the country. Under a recent law, Maryland has increased the use of the Ignition Interlock Program for those facing driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while impaired (DWI) charges. The Ignition Interlock Program is monitored by the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). […]

Can I Have a Conviction Expunged in Maryland?

Can I Have a Conviction Expunged in Maryland

While misdemeanor convictions are indeed less serious than felony convictions, they can be a permanent blight on your record. If you’re eligible, it may help to seek an expungement of your conviction. An expungement is the removal of a conviction, court records, and police records from public view. If your conviction is expunged, you will […]

Probation Before Judgment (PBJ) in a DUI/DWI Case

Probation Before Judgment (PBJ) in a DUIDWI Case

Being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI) can be a stressful experience. The possibility of a criminal conviction and the suspension of your license can seem daunting. However, if it is your first offense, a good attorney may be able to help you secure a Probation Before Judgment (PBJ) […]

Maryland Zero Tolerance Laws: Underage Drinking and Driving

Maryland Zero Tolerance Laws Underage Drinking and Driving

Nearly one-third of all deaths of 15-20-year-olds are the result of a motor vehicle crash, and more than a third of those deaths were alcohol-related according to the National Highway Safety Administration. Underage drinking at even low levels presents a higher risk of a fatal crash. So you can see why underage drinking and driving would […]

You Can Lose Your Professional License After a DWI or DUI

You Can Lose Your Professional License After a DWI or DUI

The aftermath of a DWI or DUI conviction can prove more than inconvenient due to the suspension of your driver’s license and a criminal conviction on your record. The loss of your professional license or security clearance could pose an even more difficult problem. That could cause you to lose your job and hurt your future employment […]

Misconceptions About Miranda Rights

Misconceptions About Miranda Rights

You’ve heard the Miranda warning a hundred times on television and in movies so you may think you know what it’s all about. You have the right to remain silent; you have the right to an attorney, etc. But there some common misconceptions about Miranda warnings of which the average person is not aware. Let’s […]

The Consequences of DUI/DWI with a Child in the Car

The Consequences of DUIDWI with a Child in the Car

Maryland takes the crime of DUI/DWI with a child in the car very seriously and has imposed strict penalties for drivers. Under Maryland law, you can face increased penalties if you drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs while transporting a person under the age of 18. In addition to the usual DUI penalties, […]