Glen Burnie DUI Lawyer

Glen Burnie DUI LawyerGlen Burnie is the largest city in Anne Arundel County in terms of population, but receives a fraction of the national attention of nearby Annapolis.  And if you live outside the state of Maryland, chances are that you have never heard of the city named after the Glenn family in the 19th century.  Located approximately halfway between D.C. and Baltimore, it is a growing suburban area that many city commuters call home.  It is also home to the motor vehicle association or MVA.

Glen Burnie is unincorporated, meaning it does not have its own independent government.  Therefore law enforcement matters are handled by the state and county police departments, and the county sheriff.  This includes all criminal investigations and arrests.  It is not the county seat, a distinction held by the city of Annapolis, but the population is over 60,000 residents, making it one of the largest unincorporated cities in the state.  It is also one of the state's oldest cities, as it became an official state subdivision in 1888.  With only 13 square miles of total area, it is not a large city, and thus the population density is higher than most areas in the county.

The city does not have a particularly high level of crime compared to the neighboring cities of Baltimore or Washington D.C.  Violent crime levels are lower here than most surrounding urban areas, and consistent with most suburban areas in the state.  Like all Maryland suburbs, Glen Burnie does have a high number of drug and alcohol related crime.  The most common crimes in  are drug possession cases and DUI.  Despite the recent trend by lawmakers to relax their stance on marijuana prosecution, and the passing of laws to reduce punishments for marijuana possession, Anne Arundel County Police still make hundreds of marijuana possession arrests each year.  As the new marijuana possession sentencing laws go into effect, the number of DUI arrests will soon dwarf the amount of marijuana possession arrests.

DUI is one of the most common crimes in all of Anne Arundel County, and the most common arrestable crime in Glen Burnie.  Most arrests occur on the major roads and highways, including Ritchie Highway and the Arundel Expressway, but county police patrol for drunk drivers and impaired drivers on all roads around the city.  It is important to have some familiarity with the laws so you can avoid incriminating yourself if you are ever pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving.  Remember that all roadside exercises are completely voluntary, and you are under no obligation to submit to a breath alcohol test unless you are involved in an injury accident.  If you or someone you know has been arrested remember to stay calm.  You should cooperate with police but never be overly friendly or talkative.  Every time you engage in conversation or even small talk with a police officer, that police officer can gather evidence that can be used against you in your trial.  The Glen Burnie DUI lawyers at The Herbst Firm are standing by to offer a free consultation about your case.  Contact attorney Benjamin Herbst at 410-207-2598 any time, 24 hours a day.
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