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Dec 15, 2023

Can a DUI Be Dismissed in Calvert County, Maryland?

By |December 15th, 2023|DUI|

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) are serious criminal charges. If you are found guilty, you will likely be imprisoned, fined, lose your right to drive, and face other consequences. You may be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on your vehicle. An IID tests your breath before and while you’re driving for evidence of alcohol. A DUI or DWI can even affect your ability to work or find [...]

Nov 27, 2023

What Is the Statute of Limitations on Criminal Charges in Maryland?

By |November 27th, 2023|Criminal|

The term "statute of limitations" indicates the limited period during which an injured person can file a lawsuit against someone who harmed them. The statute of limitations for criminal charges in Maryland varies according to the specific crime. Some crimes in Maryland have no statute of limitations, which means that charges can be filed at any time after the alleged crime occurred. These crimes include murder, manslaughter, rape, sexual offenses involving a minor, and certain [...]

Nov 22, 2023

Maryland’s Handgun Qualification Law Found Unconstitutional

By |November 22nd, 2023|Gun Laws|

A three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals struck a blow for the Constitution on Tuesday, when it ruled that the state’s Handgun Qualification Law is unconstitutional. Per Maryland Matters, “in its decision, a split three-judge panel ruled that the law unduly burdens Second Amendment rights. Additionally, the judges wrote that Maryland failed to show a ‘historical tradition’ of firearm regulation justifying the license.” The law, passed in 2016, has seen consistent pushback [...]

Nov 20, 2023

Why You Want an Attorney for a Maryland Public Intoxication Charge

By |November 20th, 2023|DUI|

Public intoxication laws vary according to state. In Maryland, drinking alcoholic beverages in a public place is illegal and may result in fines of as much as $100, up to 90 days in jail, or a combination of the two. Since fighting the charges on your own might prove difficult, obtaining the assistance of a qualified Maryland criminal defense lawyer is generally a wise move to make. What is public intoxication? Public intoxication laws in [...]

Nov 13, 2023

What Are the Laws for Filming Police in Maryland?

By |November 13th, 2023|Criminal|

In 1991, George Holliday recorded four white Los Angeles Police Department officers beating Black motorist Rodney King and submitted the video to the local news. Although filming police on the job was rare in the early 1990s, it has become common now, due to advances in technology and the widespread use of smartphones. Filming the police in Maryland is generally allowed, as long as you do not interfere with their lawful duties or violate other [...]

Nov 7, 2023

What You Should Know About PIT Maneuvers

By |November 7th, 2023|Criminal|

A PIT maneuver (Precision Immobilization Technique, Pursuit Intervention Technique, or Precision Intervention Tactic) is a law enforcement practice used to stop fleeing vehicles while exposing the driver, police and the public to minimal risk. While PIT maneuvers are considered standard procedures by most U.S. police departments, they have been banned in the UK and other parts of Europe because of the perceived danger they present. During a PIT maneuver, the pursuing vehicle pulls up beside [...]

Oct 30, 2023

What Are “Alcohol Education” Classes?

By |October 30th, 2023|DUI|

In Maryland, alcohol education classes typically mean educational programs or courses designed to provide individuals with information and skills related to alcohol use, abuse, and its consequences. These classes are often offered as part of the state's efforts to address issues related to alcohol abuse, impaired driving, and public safety. Who attends alcohol education classes in Maryland? Alcohol education classes are typically attended by individuals who are required to complete them as part of a [...]

Oct 16, 2023

That Misdemeanor DUI/DWI Charge Can Result in Very Serious Consequences

By |October 16th, 2023|DUI|

Here in Maryland, DUIs and DWIs are misdemeanors. This does not mean you shouldn’t take these charges very, very seriously – especially if you are facing a second or third offense. Understanding the potential consequences, and jail time, is important if you have been charged with a drunk driving offense. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Maryland is against the law. There are two types of drinking and driving offenses in our [...]

Oct 9, 2023

What Teachers and Child Care Professionals Need to Know About Legalized Marijuana

By |October 9th, 2023|Drugs|

With the start of the new school year in September 2023, students, teachers, and parents need to understand how Maryland’s new recreational marijuana law applies. Fundamentally, anyone who attends a school, works in a school, or provides daycare services needs to understand that there are state laws and there are educational regulations. Violations of the laws may result in criminal charges. Violations of the educational regulations may result in disciplinary actions, including suspension, expulsion, termination, [...]

Oct 2, 2023

Online “Pranks” Can Lead to an Arrest

By |October 2nd, 2023|Criminal|

While they may be fun or seem harmless to the poster, some online pranks can harm other people. They can also use up valuable police resources until the police determine what is true and what is false. A few recent examples illustrate that youngsters, teenagers, and adults of all ages need to understand that social media, YouTube, and other internet pranks can lead to the filing of criminal charges in juvenile court and adult court. [...]

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