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…

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…