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March 2017 Archives

NASCAR driver seeks to dismiss wrongful death case

Maryland NASCAR fans may be interested to learn that Tony Stewart, the driver who was accused of being responsible for the death of 20-year-old Keven Ward Jr., filed a motion on March 28 to have numerous claims against him dismissed. The accident occurred in August 2014 during the Empire Sprints race in New York.

Should you refuse to take a Breathalyzer test?

Law enforcement in every state is cracking down on driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated. In Maryland, a police officer can pull you over for a traffic violation or for driving erratically to check for a suspicion of DUI or DWI. If the officer suspects that you are intoxicated, you may be asked to submit to field sobriety tests and chemical tests, such as a breathalyzer.

Maryland police believe speeding caused fatal crash

Police in Maryland believe that excessive speed likely contributed to an accident on the afternoon of March 9 in Anne Arundel County that claimed the life of a 22-year-old man and left his 24-year-old passenger seriously injured. The collision, which involved a Maryland Transit Administration bus and a Chevrolet sedan, took place at about 4:15 p.m. near Chestnut Hill Cove.

Why DUI offenders need treatment instead of incarceration

Alcohol use on America's roadways has been a problem for as long as automobiles have existed, and public policymakers have long struggled with the best ways to respond to drivers who operate vehicles while they are intoxicated. Better detection and education has helped the public be more vigilant about their own driving practices and drinking habits and has brought the issue a long way. Another approach that law enforcement and the legislature often adopt is increased criminal penalties. For a long time, these penalties were viewed as a strong deterrent to drinking and driving, but research has called that into question in recent years.

Preventing skateboarding liability

Due to the high risk of injury that is associated with skateboarding, the fear of liability may make some Maryland business owners apprehensive about having the recreational sport take place on their property. Because it is considered to be an unsafe activity, it is regulated by laws on the state and local levels.

The potential dangers of trampoline parks

Indoor trampoline parks have increased in popularity in Maryland and elsewhere across the United States. This has led to an increase in the number of emergency rooms visits related to injuries that occur there. In 2010, there were fewer than 600 such visits compared to 6,932 in 2014. According to the International Association of Trampoline Parks, there were 50 million visits to parks located in North America in the past year.

Do you need an attorney if you are charged with a DUI?

When it comes to misdemeanor crimes, sometimes defendants think that it is easier to simply navigate the criminal justice system themselves, especially if they plan on accepting a plea bargain. While it is understandable why you would think this saves time or money, the fact is that for many charges, the penalties are left up to judicial discretion, and the prosecutor's recommendation can carry a lot of weight as well.

Know the facts about Maryland's DUI penalties

Every state in the country has been working hard to decrease the number of drunk drivers on their roads, but they all take just a little bit of a different approach. Before you visit Maryland, or before you get your first license in the state if you are a new driver, you should make sure you understand the particular nuances of the DUI statutes here so that you can make sure you steer clear of trouble while you are on the road.

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