Tag Archives: drunk-driving

Md. high court weighs language barrier’s effect on DUI case

Court of Appeals Judge Robert McDonald, writing for the majority, said Maryland is bound by the Interstate Agreement on Detainers’ call for prisoners to be returned to the state where they are already serving a criminal sentence. (Capital News Service Photo)

A police officer’s failure to advise a Spanish-speaking motorist of his rights in his spoken language and give directions in his native tongue should have rendered his failed breath alcohol and field sobriety tests inadmissible at his drunk-driving trial, a ...

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Md. high court opens term, will hear tax, debt-collection cases

The Court of Appeals builiding in Annapolis. MF-D 9/20/04.

Maryland’s top court on Thursday opens the public sessions of its 2019-2020 term, during which it will consider among its approximately 75 appeals whether the state’s remedy for an unconstitutional tax it imposed on out-of-state income is similarly unconstitutional. During ...

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Md. lawmakers plan bill to close ‘Noah’s Law’ loophole

Del. Vanessa Atterbeary. (File Photo)

ANNAPOLIS – Accused drunk drivers who are not convicted but receive probation before judgment in a Maryland court would be required to use ignition interlock devices for six months under coming legislation. Sponsors say the measure will close a loophole ...

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Police need not specify breath, blood test, Md. high court says

“Here, we unequivocally hold that, despite the circumstance – and our recognition – that jury nullification sometimes occurs, jury nullification is not authorized in Maryland and a jury does not have the right to engage in jury nullification,” Judge Shirley M. Watts wrote for the high court majority. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

Police need not specify whether they want a suspected drunk motorist to take a blood or breath test for the presence of alcohol, Maryland’s top court unanimously ruled last week in overruling a lower court’s reinstatement of a commercial driver’s ...

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Maryland might have accelerated ‘red flag’ trend

(Vladimir Cetinski / Depositphotos.com)

Welcome to Monday, the 45th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Frontiero v. Richardson decision striking down as unconstitutional the denial of benefits to women in the military that are provided to their male colleagues. Here are some news items ...

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Insurers seek brakes on comparative negligence for cyclists

Bruce Bereano, a tobacco lobbyist, stands in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis. Bereano said he believes states used money from the Master Settlement Agreement with tobacco companies as an opportunity to bring in money instead of placing enough money on tobacco programs. (Capital News Service photo by Erin Serpico)

ANNAPOLIS — Cycling organizations urged legislators Tuesday to establish a comparative negligence standard for when they or pedestrians are struck by vehicles, drawing opposition from insurers, defense attorneys and local governments. Sen. Susan C. Lee, D-Montgomery, proposed a “comparative negligence ...

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Study: Md.’s alcohol tax increase led to drop in drunken driving accidents


The increase in Maryland’s alcohol tax in 2011 has saved lives, advocates said after a new study showed a decrease in alcohol-related car crashes in the last six years. The study, by researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, showed ...

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Supporters of Md. ignition interlock law push for changes

ANNAPOLIS — Supporters of expanding ignition interlock requirements to all drunk drivers in Maryland are criticizing changes made to the measure by lawmakers. The House Judiciary Committee passed the bill to the House floor last week, but supporters said Thursday ...

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