Howard County DUI Checkpoints

An arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Driving While Impaired by Alcohol in Howard County almost always begins with a traffic stop.  Both the Constitution of the United States and the Maryland Constitution require a police officer to have reasonable articulable suspicion that a crime (which can include a violation of the…

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Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus in Maryland

When an officer administers the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test on a driver suspected of driving while intoxicated, the driver must track a moving object (officer’s finger, pen, light, etc.) with his/her eyes while keeping his/her head stationary. The officer will watch for a wobble or jerk in the eye (nystagmus) as it follows the stimulus…

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One Leg Stand Test in Maryland

The One Leg Stand (OLS) test is one of several tests performed by drivers who are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. The driver must lift one foot about 6 inches off the ground and balance for 30 seconds (or count to 30) while arms are kept to the sides and without lowering…

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Walk and Turn Test in Maryland

Walk and Turn is one of the tests drivers are asked to perform when officers in Maryland conduct Standardized Field Sobriety Tests to determine whether a driver is impaired by alcohol. Walk and Turn is a divided attention test in which the driver takes 9 steps, heel to toe, and turns in a specific way…

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DUI Drugs in Maryland

In Maryland, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of any substance that can impact the driver’s ability to drive safely is illegal. Alcohol is commonly thought of as such a substance, but in reality, any drug – illegal or prescription – qualifies as a substance that can land a driver with a DUI…

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