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Maryland Drunk Driving Case Law

Please find, below, selected case laws decided by Supreme Court of Maryland or Court of Appeals of Maryland where the terms dui, dwi, drunk driving, or driving under the influence has been mentioned. These cases are not necessarily criminal cases and may include cases where the facts or court decision merely mentions drunk driving related legal terms. You are not to rely on these cases as legal advice nor should you rely on them for accuracy. Please see Terms of Service.

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Motor Vehicle Administration v. Weller - 12/12/2005
Bell, C. J. Raker Wilner Cathell Harrell Battaglia Greene, JJ. This case arises out of an Administrative Law Judge's decision, made on behalf of the Motor Vehicle Administration, resulting in the one-year suspension of the...

Warren v. State - 9/8/2005
Eyler, James R., Krauser, Barbera, JJ. This appeal requires us to interpret Maryland Code (1977, 2002 Repl. Vol.), § 21-801 of the Transportation Article. We focus our attention in particular upon subsection (a) of § 21-801,...

Marquardt v. State - 9/8/2005
Salmon, Kenney, Eyler, Deborah S., JJ. A jury sitting in the Circuit Court for Talbot County convicted Joseph William Marquardt, Jr., appellant, of two counts of second degree assault, two counts of fourth degree burglary, three...

Gatewood v. State - 8/15/2005
Bell, C.J. Raker Wilner Cathell Harrell Battaglia Greene, JJ. Dissenting Opinion by Battaglia, J. The Circuit Court for Cecil County conducted a jury trial in 2003 for Troy Arness Gatewood who stood charged with three...

Cohen v. Cohen - 6/7/2005
Salmon, Eyler, James R., Moylan, Charles E., Jr. (Ret., Specially Assigned), JJ. The Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County issued a Judgment of Absolute Divorce and ordered that, as a condition of having visitation with his...

State v. Nieves - 11/15/2004
This case requires us to consider whether a strip search conducted incident to a lawful arrest for a minor traffic offense is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment. We conclude that, under the circumstances of this case, the strip search...

State v. Weisbrod - 10/12/2004
In dismissing two alcohol-related charges against a defendant, the trial judge vastly expanded the rights, statutory and constitutional, enjoyed by one charged with such offenses. On this appeal, we agree with the State that, at three...

State v. Raines - 8/26/2004
Raker and Wilner, JJ., concur Bell, C.J., Harrell and Greene, JJ., dissent On August 21, 2003, Charles Raines, appellee, was indicted by a Montgomery County Grand Jury on the charges of first degree rape, second degree rape...

Horridge v. St. Mary's County Department of Social Services - 7/28/2004
Cathell and Battaglia, JJ., Dissent Maryland law requires any person having reason to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect to make a fairly detailed report to either the local department of social services...

Crane v. Dunn - 7/26/2004
In Maryland, a guilty plea to a traffic citation is admissible in a civil trial; its probative value is deemed to outweigh any prejudicial effect. An express acknowledgment of guilt to the charged offense in open court is far more...

State v. Weisbrod - 7/20/2004
In dismissing two alcohol-related charges against a defendant, the trial judge vastly expanded the rights, statutory and constitutional, enjoyed by one charged with such offenses. On this appeal, we agree with the State that, at three...

Richardson v. State - 5/14/2004
Harrell and Battaglia, JJ., Concur; Raker, J., Joins in the Judgment Only. In this case, we are asked to decide whether showing the defendant, either singly or as a member of a group of defendants, a videotape of a judge giving...

Motor Vehicle Administration v. Jones - 3/10/2004
This case arises out of an Administrative Law Judge's decision, made on behalf of the Motor Vehicle Administration, ultimately resulting in the suspension of the Maryland driving privileges of Keith D. Jones, respondent, following a...

Conboy v. State - 3/2/2004
While under the influence of alcohol, appellant, David Conboy, crashed a Ford van into a ditch by the side of a state road. The van contained construction equipment and was littered with alcoholic beverages. Leaving the badly damaged...

State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. Carter - 12/29/2003
This case is rooted in a contractual dispute between Damon A. Carter, appellee and cross-appellant, and his automobile insurer, State Farm Fire & Casualty Company ("State Farm"), appellant and cross-appellee. Although State Farm...

Nieves v. State - 12/23/2003
This case is one of first impression. Following the arrest of appellant, Chris Nieves, he was transported to the police station and subsequently strip searched. It is undisputed that the strip search yielded several baggies of crack...

Frase v. Barnhart - 12/11/2003
Bell, C.J.; Eldridge and Cathell, JJ., Concur We have before us what began as a custody dispute between Deborah Frase, the mother of three-year-old Brett, and Curtis and Cynthia Barnhart, a couple who, during part of an...

Brown v. State - 12/8/2003
ON MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION In Brown v. State, 359 Md. 180 (2000), the convictions of appellant, Keith Alexander Brown, for first degree murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony were vacated and the case was...

Seip v. State - 11/4/2003
We are asked to decide whether the suppression court erred in holding that a police officer in fresh pursuit of a motorist who violated the speed limit within the officer's jurisdiction may stop that motorist outside the officer's...

Spriggs v. State - 8/28/2003
Wesley Eugene Spriggs, the appellant, entered an "Alford plea" [FN1] in the Circuit Court for Prince George's County to a charge of homicide while driving under the influence of alcohol. The court sentenced appellant to three years in the...

Sellman v. State - 7/7/2003
In a bench trial, the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County convicted Marvin Leonard Sellman, the appellant, of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and driving on a revoked license. The court sentenced the appellant to one...

Theurer v. Farrell - 6/19/2003
The petitioners, Betty Jean Theurer and Donald Lee Theurer, are the parents of Daniel Lee Theurer who died on September 11, 1998, as a result of a motor vehicle accident allegedly caused by Daniel's intoxication. At the time of his...

Porterfield v. Mascari II - 5/8/2003
Bell, C.J., Eldridge and Raker, JJ. Dissent. Deborah Porterfield ("Petitioner") alleges that she was discharged wrongfully by her employer, Home Instead Senior Care ("Home Instead"), for implying an intent to seek legal advice...

White v. State - 4/15/2003
Bell, C.J. and Eldridge, J., dissent We granted certiorari in this case to decide two questions: whether the Court of Special Appeals should have applied Dingle v. State, 361 Md. 1, 759 A.2d 819 (2000), in deciding whether the...

State v. Rucker - 4/14/2003
Bell, C.J. and Eldridge, J., dissent Based on a tip provided by a confidential source that respondent Terrence Michael Rucker (hereinafter "Rucker") was involved in narcotics trafficking, police stopped and questioned him in a...

State v. Griswold - 4/11/2003
Here, the State appeals from the revision of judgments of conviction in two sexual offense cases, contending that sentences mandated by statute were not imposed. More than five years after the original judgments had been entered, the...

Wolfe v. Anne Arundel County - 4/8/2003
The issue in this case is whether Anne Arundel County must provide liability insurance coverage to a former county police officer, pursuant to the self-insurance provisions of the Anne Arundel County Code, the regulations thereunder, and...

Motor Vehicle Administration v. Lytle - 4/8/2003
MOTOR VEHICLE ADMINISTRATION - TRANSPORTATION ARTICLE - SECTION 16-205.1 - SUSPENSION OF LICENSE FOR EXCEEDING PERMISSIBLE STATUTORY BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT - ADMINISTRATIVE PER SE STANDARD - MARGIN OF ERROR - DUE PROCESS. Maryland...

Wyatt v. State - 2/27/2003
On November 21, 2001, Kevin Wyatt, appellant, was convicted by a jury in the Circuit Court for Harford County of driving while under the influence of alcohol, in violation of section 21-902(b) of the Maryland Code's Transportation Article,...

Farrell v. Theurer - 2/5/2003
This appeal is from an interlocutory order of the Circuit Court for Prince George's County denying appellants' motion **114 for summary judgment. The order appealed from is an exception to the general rule barring appellate review of the...

Wilson v. State - 12/24/2002
The genesis of this appeal was the senseless quintuple murders and the criminal proceedings leading to the arrest and conviction of appellants. Appellants Ismail Malik Wilson, Travon McCoy, and Robert Lamont Bryant were jointly...

Edmonds v. State - 12/18/2002
This case involves the exercise of peremptory challenges under Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79, 106 S. Ct. 1712, 90 L. Ed. 2d 69 (1986). The principle question raised in the certiorari petition is whether the trial court erred in...

Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Sheinbein - 12/16/2002
Headnote: Disbarrment is warranted for an attorney who violated MRPC 8.4(b) and (d), given the attorney's egregious conduct which was both criminal in nature and prejudicial to the administration of justice, which included assisting a...

Harmon v. State - 10/30/2002
In this case, we must examine two sentences imposed upon Sheri May-Dawn Harmon, appellant, by the Circuit Court for Charles County. One was imposed shortly after appellant pleaded guilty to the charge of forgery. The other was imposed...

Muthukumarana v. Montgomery County - 8/26/2002
Bell, C.J., dissents. These two cases, Fried v. Archer, No. 84, September Term, 2001, and Muthukumarana v. Montgomery County, No. 83, September Term, 2001, share a common issue: whether local government emergency telephone system...

Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Santos - 7/19/2002
In this disciplinary action, prompted by complaints of clients for whom Mario C. Santos, the respondent, undertook representation, and a referral from a Bankruptcy Judge, the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland, the petitioner,...

Carter v. State - 7/1/2002
A jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City convicted Antwan Leroy Carter, appellant, of possession of a regulated firearm by one previously convicted of a crime of violence, possession of a regulated firearm by a person under the...

State v. Thomas - 5/10/2002
Raker and Harrell, JJ. Concur Battaglia, J. Dissents The issue in this case is whether, when the defendant is charged with distribution and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, it is an abuse of discretion for the...

Dowdy v. State - 5/7/2002
The issue presented by this appeal is whether the Circuit Court for Carroll County (Raymond E. Beck, Sr., J.) erred in denying the appellant's motion to suppress evidence seized from his motor vehicle following a traffic stop. Based...

Motor Vehicle Administration v. Atterbeary - 4/9/2002
Petitioner, Motor Vehicle Administration (hereinafter "MVA"), asks us to consider what constitutes a refusal to submit to a blood alcohol concentration test in light of the two hour time limitation for such tests imposed by Maryland...

Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Snyder - 3/7/2002
As amended March 13, 2002. ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMMISSION OF MARYLAND v. GEORGE ELMER SNYDER, JR. Bell, C.J., Eldridge, Raker, Wilner, Cathell, Harrell, Battaglia, JJ. The opinion of the court was delivered by:...

Glover v. State - 3/6/2002
Opinion by Battaglia, J. Bell, C.J., Eldridge, and Harrell, JJ., dissent We are required to determine whether the petitioner was denied his right to a speedy trial pursuant to the Sixth Amendment of the United States...

Edwards v. State - 3/5/2002
In this case, we must determine whether the Circuit Court for Harford County erred in denying a suppression motion filed by Lonnie Lee Edwards, appellant, concerning marijuana and a knife recovered from a vehicle in which appellant was...

Cutchin v. State - 3/1/2002
Appellant, Douglas Alphonso Cutchin, Jr., was convicted by a jury in the Circuit Court for Prince George's County of manslaughter by motor vehicle, homicide while driving intoxicated, homicide while driving under the influence of...

Bryant v. State - 2/6/2002
In this case we are called upon to address the singular issue of whether an individual may be convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol when the police officer who placed the charge neither observed the individual driving nor...

Folk v. State - 2/6/2002
David Folk, the appellant, was convicted in a court trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County of two counts of first degree assault and one count each of driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence, negligent driving,...

White v. State - 2/4/2002
Stephanie White, appellant, was convicted by a jury in the Circuit Court for Howard County of driving under the influence ("DUI"). In appealing that conviction, appellant presents a single question for our review. Did the trial court...

Attorny Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Thompson - 12/17/2001
Opinion by Harrell, J. Bell, C.J., Raker , and Cathell, JJ., dissent. Pursuant to Maryland Rule 16-709(a) , Bar Counsel, on behalf of the Attorney Grievance Commission (Petitioner) and at the direction of the Review Board, filed...

In re Michael W. - 12/13/2001
The version of Maryland Code (1977, 1999 Repl. Vol.), § 16-113(b)(1) of the Transportation Article, which was in effect during July 1999, required the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to impose a restriction, on the driver's...

Brodie v. Motor Vehicle Administration of Maryland - 12/3/2001
Thomas Michael Brodie, a resident of Montgomery County, Maryland, is seeking appellate review of a judgment by the Circuit Court for Montgomery County upholding the revocation by the Motor Vehicle Administration ("MVA") of Brodie's...

Booze v. State - 9/7/2001
Appellant, Dewayne A. Booze, was convicted at a bench trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He was also convicted of solicitation for prostitution, malicious destruction of...

Sutton v. State - 7/6/2001
Appellant Robert John Sutton, Jr was convicted by a jury in the Circuit Court for Worcester County of felony-murder, first degree assault, robbery with a deadly weapon, and theft. Sutton appeals from his convictions and presents the...

Meanor v. State - 6/22/2001
Petitioner, Glenn Meanor, was convicted in the Circuit Court for Howard County of driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol, and failure to obey a traffic control device, for which he was given a suspended jail...

Redden v. Dept. of Social Services - 6/13/2001
Appellant Eugene Anthony Redden, Sr., was ordered to pay child support for his minor children in two separate cases. Appellant failed to meet his child support obligations and, in December 1999, the children's mothers, Karen R. Redden...

Motor Vehicle Administration v. McDorman - 5/14/2001
In this appeal, McDorman challenges the validity of the suspension of his Maryland driver's license for refusal to submit to a chemical breath test pursuant to Maryland Code (1977, 1999 Repl. Vol., 2000 Supp.) Transportation Article, §...

Lowry v. State - 3/12/2001
Cathell, J. concurs. Bell, C.J. dissents. On September 3, 1998, petitioner, Mariellen Lowry, was pulled over by Officer Douglass F. Catherman, of the Howard County Police Department, and charged generally with "driving...

Rice v. State - 2/6/2001
REPORTED In the Circuit Court for Howard County (Gelfman, J.), William Thomas Rice, appellant, was convicted in a court trial of driving while his license was suspended, in violation of Md. Code (1999 Repl. Vol. & 2000...

State v. Bryant - 11/14/2000
We granted the State's petition for certiorari in this case primarily to determine the requirements under Maryland Rule 5-902(a)(11) for the admissibility of hospital records as certified records of regularly conducted business...

Wolfe v. Anne Arundel County - 9/29/2000
Erin Jones Wolfe, the appellant, challenges a ruling of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Judge Eugene M. Lerner presiding, whereby the court granted Motions for Summary Judgment in favor of Anne Arundel County, the appellee,...

Meanor v. State - 9/7/2000
Appellant, Glenn Lydell Meanor, was convicted by a jury in the Circuit Court for Howard County of driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol, and failure to obey a traffic control device, and was sentenced to a...

Webster v. State - 6/29/2000
The issue this case presents involves the State's right to appeal a trial court's reduction of a mandatory sentence, entered pursuant to Maryland Code (1957, 1992 Repl. Vol., 1993 Cum. Supp.) Art. 27, § 643B(a), which, at the time of...

State v. Fernon - 6/28/2000
In this expedited appeal filed by the State pursuant to Maryland Code (1998 Repl. Vol., 1999 Cum. Supp.), § 12-302(c)(3) of the Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article ("C.J."), the State challenges an Order of the Circuit Court for...

Williams v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore - 6/8/2000
On November 6, 1996, petitioners, Mary Williams et al., brought this negligence action in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City against the State of Maryland, the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, and Baltimore City Police Officer...

McKenzie v. State - 3/10/2000
REPORTED This case arises from four criminal informations filed in the Circuit Court for Somerset County on June 18, 1998, charging appellant Jon-Mikael McKenzie and his co-defendant Vaughn E. Green with second degree assault,...

Bryant v. State - 1/7/2000
REPORTED September Term, 1998 Appellant William Bryant was convicted by a jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County of homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of...

Patterson v. State - 12/9/1999
Petitioner Andre Patterson was convicted by a jury in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and various driving offenses. He appealed to the Court of Special Appeals. That court...

Reynolds v. State - 12/9/1999
On January 28, 1999, appellant Troy William Reynolds was convicted at a bench trial in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County for possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance (Count One) and possession of a...

Divver v. State - 10/15/1999
John Edward Divver v. State of Maryland, No. 19, September Term, 1999. [Constitutional Right to Speedy Trial - First assigned trial date of District Court prosecution was one year and sixteen days after arrest. Case tried that...

Motor Vehicle Administration v. Richards - 10/14/1999
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW-EVIDENCE-EXCLUSIONARY RULE-The exclusionary rule of the Fourth Amendment is not applicable in civil administrative driver's license suspension proceedings conducted pursuant to § 16-205.1(f) of the Transportation...

Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Gilbert - 10/12/1999
Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Bruce Scott Gilbert Misc. Docket (Subtitle AG) No. 67, September 1998 Misc. Docket (Subtitle AG) The Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland (the "Commission"), the petitioner,...

Faith v. Keefer - 9/3/1999
This appeal arises from a fatal automobile accident that occurred in Washington County on January 17, 1997. Thirty-seven year old Rebecca Faith ("Rebecca" or the "decedent"), a passenger in a vehicle driven by nineteen year old...

Pagotto v. State - 7/7/1999
REPORTED CONSOLIDATED CASE The Question Before Us In Its Larger Context Intentional Unintentional Murder Murders 1. 1. Premeditated ? Designated ? Specific (By poison or Statutory (By poison or...

Piper v. Layman - 4/6/1999
This case reaches this Court on appeal from a protective order issued by the Circuit Court for Carroll County pursuant to Md. Code (1984, 1991 Repl. Vol., 1998 Supp.), 4-501 et seq. of the Family Law Article (FL) (Domestic Violence...

Tederick v. State - 2/8/1999
The appellant, Douglas C. Tederick, poses two questions with respect to his convictions in the Circuit Court for Washington County of several traffic-related offenses. Those questions are: "1. Did the trial court err in imposing...

Wilson v. State - 1/27/1999
REPORTED Donald Kent Wilson, appellant, was convicted by a jury in the Circuit Court for St. Mary's County of driving under the influence of alcohol ("DUI") and making an unsafe lane change. Wilson was sentenced as a second...

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