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Did an unlawful search of your vehicle lead to an arrest?

Most people try to mind their own business when driving on the roadway unless they see something dangerous happening. Of course, police officers have a duty to pay attention to drivers in order to stop illegal or dangerous behaviors. You may try to stay a safe driver because you would never want to hurt someone else, but that does not mean that you are immune to a traffic stop.

In fact, an officer may have recently pulled you over, and what you thought of as a routine stop ended with you in handcuffs. Unfortunately, traffic stops can lead to arrests if an officer believes that something unlawful has occurred. In your case, the officer may have conducted a search of your vehicle and found drugs or drug paraphernalia. As a result, you now face drug charges. However, you may wonder whether the officer had the right to search your vehicle.

University of Maryland names administration building after longtime Maryland Senate President Mike Miller

The University of Maryland announced Monday that its main administration building will be named after alumnus and longtime state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.

Reasons why dogs lash out at humans and bite them

It seems everywhere you go; someone owns a dog. Unfortunately, not all pet owners follow standard safety protocols to keep their canines from getting loose and biting others. Dogs generally bite people when they feel scared or threatened. It can be helpful for you to know this and other reasons dogs lash out at others.

Biting is a defense mechanism that dogs use to protect their territory. If a dog becomes startled or someone approaches it from behind, then it may provoke them to bite the instigator of such acts suddenly. Even if you're playing, running away from your dog may trigger a predatory response in them. They may bite you as a result.

Are you afraid of being a pushy patient?

Some people make more frequent visits to their doctor than others. Everyone is different, which means that their medical needs are also different. You may have had your fair share of medical concerns throughout your life, and though you are no stranger to check-ups and other necessary visits, you still know that a chance for medical errors exists.

Like most patients, you want everything with each visit and procedure to go correctly and as smoothly as possible. While you trust the medical professionals involved in your cases to do their best to follow the standard of care, you may want to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone is on the same page.

How credit card debt gets split up in a divorce

Getting divorced when you have credit card debt can be tricky. Maryland attorneys often advise their clients not to finalize their divorces with joint debts that are still due. Whether one or both spouses are ultimately deemed responsible for credit card debt incurred during the marriage varies by state.

Creditors generally aren't obligated to abide by a divorce decree. They could go after one or both spouses if they share a joint credit card and still owe money once they divorce.

A postnuptial agreement can benefit some Maryland couples

When you married, you likely were not thinking that your marriage would ever end in divorce. While you may not think divorce is likely for you, it is possible your financial circumstances have changed, and you may need more protection than you thought you needed in the past. A prenuptial agreement is not an option for you, but a postnuptial agreement could be the right choice.

There are many similarities between a prenup and a postnuptial agreement. Like any other type of marital contract, it is in your interests to work with a legal professional. Your financial interests are at stake, but when drafted the right way, this type of agreement can provide you with stability and security for years to come.

What happens if you cannot make your child support payments?

Divorce will bring significant changes to your life, and these changes may not stop just because your divorce is final. In fact, changes may continue to affect your life, and you may find that you are struggling to make your child support payments. If this happens to you, it may be in your interests to seek a modification of your support order. Don't just pay less or stop paying altogether without learning about the legal options available to you. 

Like with any significant family law decision, you will find it helpful to speak with a legal ally before you move forward. Your circumstances may be different, but this has no bearing on your ability to be a loving and active parent. Modifications are possible, but to avoid problems, you will want to be sure you take the appropriate legal steps.

You need to know for Maryland's driving points system works

Having points on your driver's license can ultimately lead to it getting suspended or even revoked. You'll accumulate points on your Maryland driver's license if you end up getting convicted or pleading guilty to a moving violation.

Maryland driver's license points accumulate for two years.

In an accident with a drunk driver?

Accidents caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol happen all too often in the state of Maryland. If you, or a loved one, are the victim of such an incident, you may be wondering what steps you can take to seek relief for any losses you have suffered. According to state laws, you may file civil claims against the drunk driver, but just know you may be in for an uphill battle.

Many people believe that an accident involving a drunk driver is pretty cut-and-dry. The drunk driver is entirely responsible and should have to cover the victim's losses, right? The truth is that the drunk driver, his or her legal team, and his or her insurance provider will likely try to place some, if not all, of the blame on you or your loved one. How successful they are at playing the blame game all comes down to the details of the event. 

When do assault charges become aggravated assault charges?

There are different types of assault that someone may be charged with here in the United States. A person can be charged with aggravated assault when the prosecution believes they can prove that the defendant acted with a reckless disregard for human life.

Several factors can impact a prosecutor's decision to charge a defendant with a simple or aggravated assault charge. It matters whether a defendant used a weapon and what their intent was. Prosecutors also take into account the severity of the injuries and the status of the victim.

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