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Monthly Archives: September 2020

Sep 29, 2020

Expunging a Juvenile’s Record in Maryland

By |September 29th, 2020|Criminal|0 Comments

Expungement is the action of the state to remove a police or court record of an individual from public view and inspection. Expungement may involve the relocation of the record to a secure area to prevent individuals who have no right to see the record from seeing it, or it may involve the destruction of the record altogether. Under certain circumstances, Maryland law allows someone with a juvenile record of delinquency to seek expungement of [...]

Sep 22, 2020

The Two Breath Tests You May Encounter after a DUI Stop

By |September 22nd, 2020|DUI|0 Comments

When you get pulled over for DUI in Maryland, the police officer will likely ask you to step out of the car and perform a series of field sobriety tests. He or she may also ask you to breathe into a little machine. Then, if you are taken to the police station, you may be asked to breathe into a completely different machine. This is because in Maryland, drivers suspected of being under the influence [...]

Sep 15, 2020

Maryland Residents Are More Concerned about Safety than Other States’ Residents

By |September 15th, 2020|Criminal|0 Comments

For the last six years, SafeWise has compiled a list of the safest cities in each state. Their rankings are based on the FBI’s crime statistics data and population data from the US Census. This year, the 10 safest cities were: Taneytown Ocean Pines Hampstead Mount Airy Thurmont Centreville Glenarden District Heights Bowie Brunswick According to a 2020 State of Safety survey, though, “63% of Maryland residents are highly concerned about their safety every day.” [...]

Sep 8, 2020

Under the Shadow of COVID-19, the Right to a Speedy Trial Has Suffered Further

By |September 8th, 2020|Criminal|0 Comments

Under the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, every criminal defendant has the right to receive a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury. The same right is also guaranteed in many state constitutions and state laws. In recent years, the right to a speedy trial has fallen to the wayside, as our nation’s courts suffer serious backlogs. Defendants are often left waiting for weeks and months simply to obtain a [...]

Sep 1, 2020

Maryland Court of Appeals Says Smell of Marijuana Does Not Constitute Probable Cause

By |September 1st, 2020|Drugs|0 Comments

In order to be subjected to a search, police need probable cause; otherwise, it is a violation of the Fourth Amendment. For years, law enforcement officers in Maryland have used the odor of marijuana as their probable cause to search someone. The Maryland Court of Appeals issued another ruling recently that puts an end to this practice. Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera authored the unanimous ruling, which said in part: In order to lawfully arrest [...]

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