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Drinking and driving may lead to legal trouble in Maryland

There's nothing wrong with wanting to escape temporarily from everyday worries and enjoy an easygoing time of sharing a few drinks with friends -- unless a person decides to drive after having too much alcohol to drink. Drinking and driving in Maryland not only can cause serious injury and death on the road, but also it can result in legal problems for the accused perpetrator. Understanding facts and laws related to drinking and driving may help a person to avoid these issues in 2014 in Maryland.

The legal limit for one's blood alcohol level is .08 percent, and drinking just a couple of glasses a wine may keep a person under this legal limit. However, just because someone is under the legal limit doesn't mean that he or she is in a position to drive safely. Research shows that one's ability to make decisions and drive properly are decreased before a person begins to show signs of being intoxicated.

In fact, a person's driving ability is reduced when his or her blood alcohol level reaches .05 percent. This can be reached simply by drinking a couple of glasses a wine in a single hour. Furthermore, it is worth noting that mixed drinks can be deceiving because a single mixed drink may feature two or three glasses' worth of alcohol, thus potentially causing intoxication more quickly than one might expect.

Knowing when to quit drinking before driving, or recognizing when one is too inebriated to drive, is an important step in staying out of legal troubles. However, if someone does make the mistake of drinking and driving and ends up being charged with a DUI in Maryland, he or she may feel worried about the outcome of the situation. No one can be convicted without prosecutors submitting evidence that proves guilt according to the strict standards of our criminal justice system. It is within the individual's rights to seek the best outcome attainable, taking into consideration all relevant circumstances and facts of the case.

Source: wtop.com, New year brings old drinking and driving myths, Kathy Stewart, Dec. 30, 2013

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