We have all been there. Driving down the road, listening to our favorite music on the radio, or talking with family or friends in the car. Then, out of nowhere, a police officer is right behind you with his lights on. You’re getting pulled over. It is not a fun experience, to say the least.…

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Going with the flow of traffic is not a defense. Here in Maryland, especially along the interstates (I-70, I-95, I-695, I-195, I-795, etc.), ‘the flow of traffic’ is generally above the posted speed limit. The way the speeding law is written (Transportation Article §21-801.1), as long as you are traveling above the posted speed limit, regardless…

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It is a common misconception that an officer has to show you his RADAR or LIDAR (Laser) device. In Maryland they can’t even lock the speed in. At trial it comes down to the officer’s word against your word. The officer was presumably using equipment that has been calibrated and certified. Most stops in Maryland…

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The first thing you should do is when the officer is walking up to your car, make sure that your hands were on steering wheel where the officer can see them Roll your window down before the officer gets thereIf you’re stopped at night, make sure that your interior light is on so the officer…

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The police office can absolutely run your plates. Many police cars (including most Maryland Transportation Authority Police Department cruisers) have plate scanning technology. The officer must make a visual check to make sure that the operator of the vehicle matches the picture of the driver that appears on the officer’s screen. Just because the stop may be “good”…

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