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Maryland DUI Sentencing Guidelines Subject of Debate

Under Maryland state law, homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000 on a first offense. A second offense carries a maximum of 10 years’ incarceration and a $10,000 fine. It’s important to note that these are maximum… Read More »

Alcohol Believed to be Factor in Fatal Highway 50 Accident

According to the Maryland State Police, alcohol was a likely factor in a recent fatal wrong-way collision on U.S. 50, close to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The crash reportedly occurred just east of Bay Dale Drave shortly after 2 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, when a 2002 Hyundai Accent collided head-on with a 2002 Honda… Read More »

Maryland State Police Step Up Patrol Efforts St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Maryland State Police knew St. Patrick’s Day weekend would be a prime time for alcohol consumption and drunk driving — and decided to ramp up enforcement efforts over the weekend. The results were a large number of citations, arrests and traffic stops. Troopers stopped a total of 199 vehicles over the holiday weekend and were… Read More »

DWI Suspects Must Submit to Both Drug and Alcohol Tests if Requested

It’s well established that by operating a vehicle on Maryland roads, drivers give their implied consent to a test to determine if they are unlawfully impaired by alcohol or drugs. Refusing such a test is punishable by an automatic driver’s license suspension. In a recent case, the Maryland Court of Appeals reviewed whether the doctrine… Read More »

Former Bishop Sentenced to 7 Years After DUI Conviction

Heather Cook, the former high-ranking Episcopal bishop who has been in the headlines throughout much of the last year in Maryland for the charges of driving under the influence she was facing, has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Cook pleaded guilty in September to charges of drunk driving, leaving the scene of an… Read More »

Charter Bus Driver Faces Drunk Driving Charges

The driver of a commercial charter bus from Delaware has been accused of driving under the influence after he was found to be driving erratically while transporting a group of Maryland middle school students from a field trip. According to a statement issued by the Maryland State Police, the 45-year-old bus driver was arrested on… Read More »

Some Critics Believe Maryland’s Drunk Driving Laws are Too Lenient

Maryland is currently one of only five states that do not have any sort of felony statute for the crime of driving under the influence (DUI). All DUI charges in Maryland are misdemeanors —including repeat offenses — and that has been the subject of some criticism around the state, especially from activist groups like Mothers… Read More »

Alcohol a Factor in Fatal Accident Involving Volunteer Firefighter

A volunteer firefighter from Nanjemoy, Maryland recently died in an accident in La Plata. The 20-year-old woman was struck head-on by another vehicle on the evening of April 28 on State Route 425, just south of Tim’s Lane. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to law enforcement authorities. She… Read More »

Bishop Suffragan Asked to Resign While Fighting DUI Charges

Heather Cook, Bishop Suffragan in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, was officially asked to resign from her position as she faces charges of driving under the influence. The 58-year-old cook is accused of drunk driving, resulting in an accident that killed 41-year-old Thomas Palermo. Cook cannot officially resign from her order until the church’s disciplinary… Read More »

DUI Offenders’ Right to Participate in Ignition Interlock Program

Each year, approximately 24,000 people are arrested for driving under the influence in Maryland. For many people, this arrest is embarrassing and unexpected. First-time DUI offenders especially were often unaware that they were over the legal limit when they were stopped for drunk driving. Many of these people have otherwise clean criminal records and struggle… Read More »

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