Category Archives: Criminal Law
Should I Request A MD Public Defender?
There are hundreds of public defenders in Maryland. These lawyers work for the government and provide legal representation to individuals in a variety of courts, including circuit courts, district courts, juvenile courts, and other hearings and cases. They provide a very important service to the people of Maryland, protecting the rights of individuals who… Read More »
Justice For Maryland Crimes And Downward Departures
When a judge is sentencing a person for a crime, it should be done as an act of achieving justice. Sometimes, a person is facing a criminal consequence that is far harsher than the crime committed would warrant. In these situations, a Maryland judge may pursue a downward departure, a way for them to… Read More »
Baltimore Workers And Employment Theft
One element of the employer-employee relationship is trust. Often workers are tasked with handling cash, transactions, or corporate accounts in order to do their jobs. This is true of retail workers, accountant managers, and people in leadership positions, including chief financial officers. A well-run Maryland business will have rules in place regarding company funds…. Read More »
Technical And Non-Technical Probation Violations
Many people who are offered the possibility of probation find it to be an attractive option. After all, if you are facing time in jail, probation may be a way to spend less time incarcerated or avoiding jail completely. But, if you are on probation, it is essential that you do not violate the… Read More »
Miranda Warnings In Maryland And Your Rights
There are protections in place against incriminating yourself under the Fifth Amendment. It was decided by the Supreme Court in 1966 that an individual taken into custody must have their rights read to them before they can be interrogated. These rights are sometimes referred to as Miranda warnings or Miranda rights. If you have… Read More »
Is The Smell Of Marijuana Enough For A Search?
Some marijuana laws vary from state to state. In the state of Maryland, if a person is in possession of marijuana, but they have possession of less than 10 grams, it is a civil infraction not a criminal offense. A fine will typically be issued. An amount larger than 10 grams could lead to… Read More »
Prompt Action Is Essential When Facing Criminal Charges
After an arrest, it is essential you connect with a criminal defense lawyer. In some instances, a skilled attorney can point to an arrest being illegal. They can also make procedural challenges. Prompt action is important, evidence that could strengthen your side of the case may disappear or deteriorate if you put off legal… Read More »
5 Ways To Reduce Your Chances Of Being Pulled Over
There are things you can do to help avoid the possibility of being pulled over. When you are stopped by law enforcement, you could be late for an event you were heading to or end up facing charges that are not connected to why you were initially stopped. For example, a police officer could… Read More »
Is It Legal for Baltimore Police to Search My Car?
Were you or someone you love involved in a traffic stop that resulted in a car search? If so, you are likely curious to know if that car search was legal. The answer is it depends. If a driver gave consent or the law officer had probable cause then the answer is likely yes…. Read More »
Does an Individual Accused of Shoplifting Have Rights?
If you have been accused of shoplifting, you need the best defense possible. Shoplifting is when an individual knowingly takes items out of a retail establishment without paying for the full retail value. The practice is against the law and will generally be a misdemeanor offense in the state of Maryland, but if the… Read More »