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  • Drug Courts and Alternative Sentencing

    Drug Courts, sometimes called drug treatment courts or adult recovery courts, and alternative Sentencing programs offer options not available through the traditional court system to adult and juvenile non-violent criminal defendants who also have alcohol or drug addiction issues. Rather than going through the adversarial court system where a prosecutor tries to prove a crime occurred and impose a punishment, drug courts focus on alternative sentencing, including addiction treatment, in an attempt to reduce future crimes and help the defendant remain a productive member of society.

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  • DUI vs. DWI in Maryland- What’s the Difference?

    If you live in Maryland you may have noticed the roadside billboards that read “Buzzed driving is drunk driving.”  This may or may not be true depending on your tolerance for alcohol.  What is definitely true is that you don't have to be knock-down-drag-out-drunk to face steep penalties. Maryland has a two-tier drunk driving statute.  The lower of the two offenses is Driving While Impaired (DWI) and the more severe is  Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Both carry the possibility of jail time, the loss of your privilege to drive and fines.  The only sure fire way to stay safe, protect others on the road and avoid punishment is to not drive at all if you have alcohol in your body.

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  • If I Get a DUI – How Will Noah’s Law Impact Me?

    St. Paddy's day, summer picnics, and BBQ season are on the horizon. With all the fun comes an abundance of libations which, unfortunately, leads to an increase in Driving Under the Influence (DUI) incidents, arrests, and fatalities. A recently proposed law, Maryland House Bill 1342 and Senate Bill 945, known as "Noah's Law," seeks to toughen Maryland's DUI penalties by requiring ignition interlocks on the vehicles of every person convicted of a DUI in Maryland. Noah's Law has not passed through the Maryland legislature yet, however, it is supported by both Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland Senate President Mike Miller.

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