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Oct 29, 2019

When Can a Juvenile Be Tried as an Adult?

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States usually try juveniles differently than adults for many reasons. States treat young people who commit crimes differently because they recognize that children should be given time to mature. Many children commit nonviolent offenses such as shoplifting or underage drinking without realizing the full consequences of their actions. The aims of the juvenile system are to: Provide a treatment/rehabilitation plan for juvenile offenders instead of incarceration To remove children from homes and environments that are [...]

Oct 15, 2019

Do I Have to Go to the Police Station to Answer Questions?

By |October 15th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

Do you have to speak with the police at the police station? Many people think the answer is “yes” because that’s what people on TV crime dramas do. Fortunately, the real world doesn’t follow TV scripts. Unless you are being arrested for a crime, there is normally no requirement that you go to the station with the police. The better alternative is to ask to speak with your criminal defense lawyer. The lawyer can explain [...]

May 28, 2019

How to Behave in Court

By |May 28th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

It should come as no surprise that actual appearances in court are not like those portrayed on TV and in the movies. Defendants charged with anything ranging from a traffic offense to a felony need to understand that their appearance and behavior will be judged by judges and juries. How you present yourself matters, and in some cases, it could help you get the outcome you desire. Experienced criminal defense lawyers try to prepare their [...]

May 23, 2019

Maryland’s Prison Populations Drops to a 30 Year Low

By |May 23rd, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

The Baltimore Sun reported in April that Maryland’s prison population had fallen to 17,815. It was the first time the prison population was below 18,000 in 30 years. Over the last 10 years, the number of prisoners has dropped by nearly 30%.  The statistics were compiled by the Vera Institute of Justice, which analyzed data from the states and from date compiled by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Justice Reinvestment Act A major reason [...]

Apr 29, 2019

What Is Due Process?

By |April 29th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

Due process: it’s a phrase we often hear, but most people have little idea what it means. In the most general way, due process is a fairness doctrine, aimed at protecting the rights and liberties of both the accused and the accuser in a court of law. For many, due process has become synonymous with the word “justice,” and the concept of “fair play.” Due process is, then, the set of rules which government and [...]

Apr 22, 2019

The Constitutional Right to Health Care that Only Prisoners Have

By |April 22nd, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

Constitutionally, citizens have no right to health care. There have been laws passed and programs instituted that give us access to healthcare, but for most of us, healthcare is an option, not a right – with one notable exception. The incarcerated. The New Yorker recently profiled a 30-year old named Jeremy Laintz whose fortunes turned when he began abusing opioids. He then became addicted to heroin, was arrested and booked in a Colorado jail which [...]

Apr 16, 2019

New Maryland Bill Aims to Help Victims of Sex-Trafficking Expunge Their Criminal Records

By |April 16th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

A new bill aims to help victims of sex-trafficking help clear their names so their convictions can’t be viewed by the public. Sex-trafficking often requires that the victims, many underage, commit other crimes such as drug crimes in addition to prostitution and sex-related offenses. Prior attempts to modify Maryland’s sex trafficking laws have been stymied. For many victims, clearing their record of the sex-related crimes doesn’t help clear their name of the non-sexual charges. The [...]

Apr 2, 2019

Questions & Answers About Assault Charges in Maryland

By |April 2nd, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

If you’ve been charged with assault in Maryland, you may have many questions about the charges and the judicial process. The legal team here at Carey Law Office has put together some common and general questions and answers for your convenience, and we urge you to contact us if you need assistance. What are the types of assault crimes in Maryland? There are two types of assault – first degree and second degree. Reckless endangerment [...]

Mar 25, 2019

Is “Emoji Law” Actually a Thing?

By |March 25th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

The emoticon was born on September 19, 1982 when Professor Scott Fahlman of Carnegie Mellon suggested using the keyboard symbols :-) and :-( to express emotions online. This caught on, spread around the country, and eventually we were all using emoticons. However, beyond simple emojis like that, interpretations of other emojis can be rather subjective. In an interview with The Verge, Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman points out, “Emoji usually have dialects. They [...]

Mar 12, 2019

Justices Gorsuch and Sotomayor Are Fighting for Your Right to a Trial

By |March 12th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

The Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution provides “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining [...]

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