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How to challenge a breathalyzer test result

There are certain requirements associated with a breathalyzer test to ensure that the test results are reliable. DUI/DWI charges can result in serious penalties and consequences for accused individuals which is why they should understand the evidence against the, as well as how to defend against drunk driving charges.

A breathalyzer test may be used to determine if the accused individual is driving under the influence. To be considered reliable, certain procedures must be following to ensure the accuracy of the breathalyzer test and if the results are not considered accurate, it may be possible to challenge the drunk driving charges the accused individual is facing.

Most arrests are for non-violent charges

Is over-policing a problem? That’s the subject of a recent article in The Intercept, which uses data from a Vera Institute of Justice study about arrest records in the US. The study compiled government and police data, then analyzed the types of arrests and any patterns since 1980.

What does the study data say?

The value of workers' compensation benefits

Workers who have been injured on the job need time to heal and recover which is why they may need workers' compensation benefits to help them with the healing and recovery process. Workers' compensation benefits can provide valuable relief to help injured workers and their families through the challenges that follow an on-the-job injury.

When it is difficult to obtain these benefits, injured workers should understand how to navigate the process and fight back so they can get the benefits they truly need. Workers' compensation benefits include a variety of important protections for injured workers who may be suffering with an injury that requires medical care and makes it difficult for them to work to provide for their families or afford their medical expenses.

Help with the serious penalties associated with drunk driving

Penalties and consequences for drunk driving charges can be steep. As a result, it is essential for individuals facing DUI/DWI charges to be familiar with criminal defense options to help them with the harsh penalties they can face. Criminal defense strategies help protect accused individuals from false allegations and abuses by authorities.

Drunk driving penalties can include potential incarceration, fines, restriction or revocation of a driver's license, probation, the requirement to enroll in and complete drunk driving or alcoholism course or the requirement of a potential ignition interlock device. An ignition interlock device is a device that measures the driver's blood alcohol content level before it will allow them to operate the motor vehicle. Ignition interlock devices can be costly and complicated to install, and, oftentimes, the accused individual will be required to foot the bill. Jail sentences and driver's license limitations can be long and fines can be high.

Maryland workers' compensation basics

Workers' compensation provides critically important benefits for injured workers and their families. As a result, it is helpful for workers and their families to be familiar with Maryland's workers' compensation laws and the benefits available.

Workers' compensation benefits in Maryland cover workplace accidents, injuries and occupational illnesses. There are some specific special categories of benefits that may be available for certain workers in Maryland so it is helpful to be familiar with what those are as well. Benefits that may be available include those for medical treatment the injured worker needs, wage replacement and vocational rehabilitation if the injured worker is unable to return to their previous work.

What are some criminal defense strategies?

Different criminal defense strategies are important for accused individuals to be aware of. Criminal defense strategies can protect accused individuals and are an essential part of the criminal justice system and essential for accused individuals to understand. Accused individuals should ensure all of their questions about the criminal justice process and criminal defense options are answered.

The best criminal defense strategy depends on the situation and circumstances of the accused individual and the charges they are facing. Protections available through criminal law are vital for accused individuals to be familiar with and for them to also understand how those resources apply to their case. Criminal charges can result in jail time, fines and additional personal and financial consequences which is why criminal defense strategies are so important to understand.

Getting back to work after an injury

The federal government designed workers’ compensation to assist you after a work injury. However, injuries ranging from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to serious neck or back injuries could lead to temporary or permanent disabilities. This new reality could prevent you from returning to your original position.

What are you supposed to do then? Well, in cases like these, your workers' compensation benefits may include vocational rehabilitation.

Maryland company fined for Glen Burnie worker's death

Unsafe working conditions can have devastating consequences for victims. A recent state investigation into a fatal workplace accident determined that a Maryland company committed serious and willful violations that contributed to the death of a 20-year old contractor. The worker was making urgent repairs to a water line in a Baltimore city pool at the time of his death. The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health agency proposed that the company pay $275,000 in penalties for the trench collapse that resulted in the worker's death.

According to the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health agency, the company failed to properly train crews to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions and that they failed to adequately conduct daily inspections of the site. The state agency also found that workers did not have helmets, ladders or ramps to safely exit. There was also no protective system in place to protect from cave-ins and workers were working in accumulating water.

Penalties for drunk driving are serious in Maryland

This blog last discussed the details of drunk driving charges in Maryland and a look at the particulars of penalties associated with drunk driving charges may also be useful. When an individual has been charged with DUI or DWI in Maryland, it is important to understand criminal defense rights because of the serious nature of potential penalties and consequences the accused individual is facing.

Individuals accused of drunk driving can face potential penalties including jail time; fines; suspension or revocation of a driver's license; the requirement to enroll and complete an alcohol or drug substance abuse course; installation of an ignition interlock device on the accused individual's vehicle; probation; and a criminal record. DUI charges can carry both criminal and legal penalties and it is important to keep in mind that they can apply to driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs or other intoxicating substances.

Understanding the ins and outs of DUI laws in Maryland

Drunk driving charges can have a serious impact on accused individuals. It is helpful for those facing DUI/DWI charges to be familiar with the drunk driving laws in Maryland, including blood alcohol content level limits; the administrative penalties associated with drunk driving charges; and other considerations.

There are two different types of drunk driving charges in Maryland. The first, driving under the influence, is charged when the accused individual has a blood alcohol concentration level of .08 or above. Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is considered a less severe crime that is charged if the accused individual has a blood alcohol content level of .07 or below. There are legal technicalities and complexities associated with these designations and it is helpful for accused individuals to be aware of them.

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