Probation Before Judgment in Maryland

Probation Before Judgment (PBJ) is a disposition for criminal and traffic cases, which means that a defendant will either plea or be found guilty, but the Court may then defer proceedings and place the defendant on probation before entering the judgment into Court record. The result is that the guilty finding is essentially struck before…

DR-15 in Maryland

While conducting a DUI investigation, officers in Maryland must properly follow a set of steps in order to ensure that their evidence will be admitted during trial. At the scene of the traffic stop, the officers may ask the driver to perform field sobriety tests. If the driver fails these tests, or if the officer…

DUI per se in Maryland

In Maryland, DUI per se (Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol per se) is a charge that involves simply being the driver of a vehicle, consenting to a BAC measurement, and measuring above 0.08. Impairment is not a factor in a DUI per se charge. If the officer makes the traffic stop resulting in a…