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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 [...]

Aug 4, 2020

COVID-19 and Inmate Release Issues

By |August 4th, 2020|Criminal|0 Comments

The coronavirus pandemic has been sweeping across the nation over the last four months, including in jails and prisons in many states. In these facilities it is difficult in many cases to maintain proper social distancing between inmates. Due to these concerns, many politicians and advocates have promoted successfully the idea of releasing inmates, particularly those who are of less of a threat to the general public – some who may have committed low-level misdemeanors [...]

Jul 28, 2020

What Happens If I Get Arrested at a Protest?

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

Protests come in various sizes. Sometimes only a small handful of people gather holding signs, and at other times hundreds congregate and march down streets demanding certain changes in society. At times these protests involve certain individuals exhibiting disorderly conduct or breaking other laws. Depending on the type of demonstration involved, it is important to understand when you could be arrested by law enforcement and what happens if that occurs. This involves understanding your rights, [...]

Jul 14, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions about Parole in Maryland

By |July 14th, 2020|Criminal|0 Comments

Parole is a method for a prisoner to be released from prison before he/she has completed his/her full sentence. Parole is determined in Maryland by the Division of Parole and Probation. It is a way of reducing the prison population and rewarding good behavior in prison. Parole may be granted only after there is parole hearing. Parolees are required to comply with numerous conditions while they are released. If they violate the terms of the [...]

Jul 6, 2020

Can You Face Criminal Charges for Posting on the Internet?

By |July 6th, 2020|Criminal|0 Comments

A major danger in posting on social media accounts is that the posting constitutes a written record. Unlike an oral action, where the case revolves around the credibility of each person, written records are generally deemed to be credible evidence. According to the Baltimore Sun, police in Anne Arundel County are investigating threats that were made on their Facebook page. While the police department wouldn’t give more information about the threats, a spokesperson said that [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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