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  • What should I do after an auto collision?
  • What should I do if I have been injured at work?
    • 1st — Report the injury to your immediate supervisor as soon as possible after the injury.
    • 2nd — Seek necessary medical attention. Your employer may want to send you to its doctors for an initial medical evaluation. While employers do have the right to have their insurance doctors evaluate your injury, you are not limited to treating with their doctors. You have a right to seek medical treatment from a doctor of your choice.
    • 3rd — Schedule an appointment to speak with a workers' compensation lawyer to discuss the next steps necessary to preserving and timely filing your claim with the Workers' Compensation Commission.

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Criminal Defense Information

  • What is a felony?
    • A felony conviction is a serious criminal matter that may result in one year or more in prison and the potential loss of certain privileges and Constitutional rights of U.S. citizenship, such as the right to possess a firearm or the right to vote. Felony cases are typically tried initially in Circuit Court of Maryland in the county where the crime allegedly took place. Felony crimes involve drug and narcotics charges, arson, burglary, armed robbery, murder and/or attempted murder, rape and/or sexual assault, kidnapping and aggravated assault and battery, white collar crimes, and other serious crimes.
  • What is a misdemeanor?
    • Misdemeanors are criminal matters that still may result in significant jail time. Misdemeanors typically result in punishments of a fine and/or a jail sentence not exceeding a year. If a jail sentence is imposed, it is served in a Maryland county or city jail rather than the State or Federal prison. Misdemeanor cases are typically tried initially in District Court of Maryland in the county where the crime allegedly took place.
  • DWI/DUI - Breath or blood test facts
    • In Maryland, the currently approved breath testing device is the Intoximeter EC/IR. This devise gives a measurement of grams of alcohol per liters of breath. Blood test results are measured in grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.
    • Both test results have legal significance:
      • Less than .05 = presumption that the driver is not under the influence
      • .05 – .07 = the test is considered neutral
      • .07 – .08 = the test is considered prima facie evidence the driver is impaired
      • .08 or more (or refusal to submit to a test) = the driver is presumed to be under the influence.
      • .15 or more = you may be required to participate in the Ignition Interlock System — a Breathalyzer device attached to your vehicle's starter. You will be required to blow into the device in order for your vehicle to start. A person with a test result of .15 or more may not be eligible for a work permit
    • Different standards apply to drivers under 21 years of age.
    • Even with today's technology, breath-testing devices are subject to mistakes because they make certain assumptions about the people being tested that may or may not be true. Additionally, breath-testing machines are subject to human error, maintenance problems and internal malfunctions. Additionally, because breath and/or blood tests can be challenged, do not assume a case is not worth fighting merely because of a test score.
  • Field Sobriety Tests
    • The following are some of the Field Sobriety Tests and what the officer is/was looking for.
      • The Alphabet Test: This test includes counting backwards or reciting the alphabet. These tests are presumably designed to check your attention/concentration abilities, critical skills in operating a motor vehicle. However, there are many people who, for many innocent reasons, cannot perform these tests to the officer's satisfaction.
      • The Finger to the Nose: This test requires the accused to place his or her feet together while standing straight with eyes closed, and bring the index finger to the nose as ordered by the officer. The officer is looking for body sway, body tremors, eyelid tremors, muscle tension, or any statements made by the accused to support a finding of intoxication.
      • The Nystagmus: The officer will position an object (such as a pen) 12 inches away from the driver's face, and move the object from side to side while watching the subject's eyes. The officer is looking for involuntary jerking or trembling of the eyeball. This jerking or trembling may be a sign that the subject has consumed alcohol.
      • The Preliminary Alcohol Screening Test (also known as the PAS Test): This is a portable breath test used to determine the presence of alcohol. This test is voluntary and the officer is supposed to advise the suspect of the same.
      • The Romberg Balance Test: This test requires the accused to assume a position of attention, close his or her eyes, tilt his or her head back, and estimate 30 seconds. The officer is looking for the inability to stand still or steady, body or eyelid tremors, opening eyes to maintain balance, swaying (either front to back or side to side), muscle tension, or statements made by the accused. The officer is also testing the suspect's internal clock, which will usually be slow in the case of alcohol or depressants, or fast in the case of stimulants.
      • Standing on One Leg: The accused is instructed to stand with heels together, arms at the side, then raise one leg six inches off the ground while counting out loud until the officer allows the accused to stop. The officer is looking for raising of the arms, swaying, hopping, putting the foot down, inability to stand still, body tremors, muscle tension, and any statements made by the accused during the test.
      • The Walk and Turn: This test requires the accused to take heel-to-toe steps along a line, turn, and take heel-to-toe steps back. The officer is looking to see if the accused can keep his or her balance, follow instructions, stops during the test, leaves space between heel and toe, steps off the line, or loses his or her balance while turning.