The Maryland General Assembly session is about 2/3rd’s of the way through.
Here’s a very quick update as some action has finally started to happen in the areas of criminal law and DUI/DWI laws:
- The Governor has threatened to veto any medical marijuana bill.
- The General Assembly is toying with legislation that legislatively allows DRE (drug recognition experts) opinions in court. For reasons that are too long for the purposes of this post, it’s a bad idea. More to come in a future post.
- The Office of the Public Defender has gotten an additional stay in the Richmond case. Legislators are working on a remedy. House & Senate bills.
- Oh, and our pesky Supreme Court making police get warrants to GPS a suspects car. Will Maryland’s General Assembly follow suit? I suspect we’ll see action in this area akin to a Title III wiretap legislation in next year’s legislative session, not this year.
Bottom line – if you are charged with driving while under the influence of drugs or drugs and/or alcohol you need to find a Maryland Attorney who has previous experience with such cases.
I’m attending a dinner in two weeks where one of the topics will be the General Assembly session. Look for a full update around the last week of March.