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Maryland DUI Checkpoint Nets Two Arrests

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Written by Staff Writer A DUI checkpoint on Route 33 in Maryland resulted in two arrests this weekend, according to media reports. The checkpoint included officers from the state police and the Talbot County Sheriff's Office and took place between 9 and 11 p.m. Friday. A total of 148 vehicles were stopped at the checkpoint, resulting in the two arrests. DUI checkpoints like these can become increasingly common during the summer months, especially on or before the dates of certain holidays and festivals. Though many assume checkpoints are effective, a skilled criminal defense attorney will know that policies and procedures governing checkpoints can be easily violated and that arrests that result from such events can be legally challenged. Nonetheless, publication of checkpoint results, like the one held last weekend, do serve as a valuable reminder to us all that DUI/DWI charges are not to be taken lightly in Maryland. It’s…

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Man Dancing Through Sobriety Test Becomes a Viral Video

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By a Staff Writer for The Law Office of Edward Tayter The latest viral online sensation -- which features a 39-year-old Ohio man dancing his way through a sobriety test, and straight into jail – isn’t the first of its kind and likely won’t be the last but is still worth noting. While most drivers are familiar with portions of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) -- such as the walk-and-turn test, or the one leg stand test – few have seen sobriety tests conducted like this one in Gahanna. Though the video is almost a year old, it’s still making the rounds online and enjoyed a surge in shares this week. And it’s easy to see why. In the police car dash-cam video you can watch as the man is instructed to touch his heel with his hand. The suspected drunk driver decides to take the test it a little…

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Grain Alcohol Ban Shows Maryland is Serious About DUI Offenses

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Written By The Law Office of Edward Tayter Staff Writer The first of the month saw several new laws take effect in Maryland, including a ban on the sale of grain alcohol. The law, which defines grain alcohol as any alcoholic product at or above 190 proof (about 95 percent alcohol), was sponsored by Maryland State Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. and Del. Charles Barkley and is intended to curb binge drinking on Maryland’s college campuses while increasing awareness of the risks associated with drinks that have extremely high alcoholic content, according to media reports. It focuses on those who sell and distribute grain alcohol, rather than someone being caught in possession of grain alcohol, and includes a $1,000 fine. With the passage of the new law, Maryland joined the surrounding states of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, which have already implemented similar bans. The new prohibition has been strongly…

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