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Jun 29, 2020

The Consequences of Theft Charges in Maryland

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

Being charged with any crime in Maryland needs to be taken extremely seriously. Even misdemeanors have serious consequences that can affect you for the rest of your life. The obvious consequence is being required to spend time in prison; however, there are long-term consequences that can affect your finances, your enjoyment of life, your rights, and your ability to work. According to Bowie City records, the most common criminal charges for through April 2020 all [...]

Jun 23, 2020

Montgomery County Is Aggressively Targeting Drunk Drivers

By |June 23rd, 2020|DUI|0 Comments

Though the COVID-19 crisis has forced people to stay at home or limit their activities, there are still many drivers on the road. Police in Montgomery County and throughout Maryland are targeting drivers for speeding, DUIs, and other traffic offenses. Conviction for a DUI can result in prison time, substantial fines, loss of driving privileges, increased insurance premiums, and other consequences. The Patch reported that between May 18 to May 24, Rockville Barrack state troopers [...]

Jun 9, 2020

The Risks of Interlock Ignition Devices

By |June 9th, 2020|DUI|0 Comments

Maryland requires some drivers who are found guilty of driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in their vehicle. Additionally, drivers can be required to use an IID due to an administrative suspension, or as part of their eligibility for a work permit license. According to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, drivers who participate in the state IID program will be required to use the interlock ignition [...]

Jun 2, 2020

Statute of Limitations & Uninsured Motorist Claims

By |June 2nd, 2020|Auto Accidents|0 Comments

We have car insurance to protect ourselves (and others) financially in the event of an accident. It prevents us from having to pay out-of-pocket for medical expenses, vehicle damages, and other costs after a car wreck. One form of auto insurance available is uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM). Uninsured motorist coverage is meant to cover your car accident injuries without having to pay copays, deductibles, or other expenses when you’re injured by a driver without insurance. [...]

May 26, 2020

Maryland Appeals Court Rules the State Cannot Force Retroactive Sex Offender Registration

By |May 26th, 2020|Sexual Assault|0 Comments

Maryland passed its first sex offender registration law in 1995. That law applied to all crimes committed after October 1, 1995. The law was amended several times between 2001 and 20010 to require that sex offender registration be retroactive. The 2010 amendment specifically created a se offender tier classification system. Tier III sex offenders, the most serious classification, require the offender to register every three months for the rest of their lives. In 2014, the [...]

May 19, 2020

Personal Breathalyzer Tests Could Land You in Jail for DUI

By |May 19th, 2020|DUI|0 Comments

Many people don’t have any idea how intoxicated they are before they get into a vehicle and start to drive. To ensure their own safety (and perhaps the safety of others), some people turn to personalized breathalyzers: devices that can be purchased by non-law enforcement individuals to test their blood alcohol content (BAC). Some bars and taverns may offer use of these devices, too, to test their patrons’ BAC. If the patron is drunk, then [...]

May 12, 2020

Does the Chief Judge of the highest court of Maryland have the legal authority to suspend a Statute of Limitations in the Maryland Code due to a health emergency for an entire community?

By |May 12th, 2020|Criminal|0 Comments

Although we have never been in this situation before, I would say that the answer is probably yes. In Maryland (as in other jurisdictions), the statute of limitations is “procedural.” Doughty v. Prettyman, 219 Md. 83, 88 (1959). Further, Article IV, § 18(a) of the Maryland Constitution provides: The Court of Appeals from time to time shall adopt rules and regulations concerning the practice and procedure in and the administration of the appellate courts and [...]

May 5, 2020

Are Maryland’s “Stay At Home” Orders Constitutional?

By |May 5th, 2020|Legal Matters|0 Comments

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many governors across the nation are signing executive orders regarding sheltering in place and staying at home – prohibiting large gatherings, public meetings, and requiring closings of non-essential businesses. When Governor Larry Hogan issued his Stay at Home Order on March 30, he said, “This is a deadly public health crisis—we are no longer asking or suggesting that Marylanders stay home, we are directing them to do so. No Maryland [...]

Apr 28, 2020

The Maryland Criminal Justice System during the Coronavirus Crisis

By |April 28th, 2020|Criminal|0 Comments

The COVID-19 health crisis has changed the ways the Maryland criminal courts and other courts and agencies operate. Many courts and agencies have suspended services which affect the rights of those with pending cases, those with outstanding charges, and those who need to use the agencies to restore their licenses and start their life again. At Carey Law Office, we hope everyone is healthy and continues to stay healthy. We are keeping current with the [...]

Apr 21, 2020

What Rights Will I Lose after a Criminal Conviction in Maryland?

By |April 21st, 2020|Criminal|0 Comments

A Maryland-based group called Life After Release is working to ensure those detained and incarcerated while awaiting trial have access to vote. Although there’s no law on the books in our state that prevents people charged with a crime from voting, detained individuals often can’t vote because they don’t have the accessibility to do so. Once detained and behind bars, they can’t access their polling place and may not know their other options. The group, [...]

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