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Tag Archives: criminal charges

Maryland One of 12 States to Receive a Special Drug Prosecutor

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced that the Department of Justice would dispatch 12 federal prosecutors to cities that have had the greatest problems with drug addiction and opioids. Maryland was listed as one of those states. Prescription opioids are at the root of the deadliest drug epidemic in American history. In 2015, more… Read More »

Maryland DUI Sentencing Guidelines Subject of Debate

Under Maryland state law, homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000 on a first offense. A second offense carries a maximum of 10 years’ incarceration and a $10,000 fine. It’s important to note that these are maximum… Read More »

When and How Can Criminal Charges Be Dropped?

Criminal charges do not necessarily have to lead to a trial. In fact, in some circumstances, your charges might be dropped entirely. First, it’s important to understand who actually has the power to drop criminal charges. The alleged victim has no power to do so, because the charges are actually brought by the government —… Read More »

Bus Driver Indicted for Manslaughter in Death of Pedestrian

A bus driver who reportedly caused a fatal accident in Charles County last year has been indicted on charges of manslaughter, according to officials in Prince George’s County. The victim was a 69-year-old woman from La Plata who was hit July 31, 2014 at the intersection of Water Street and Main in Upper Marlboro. The… Read More »

What is the General Process for a Criminal Case?

Although the specific procedures used in criminal courts may vary depending on the jurisdiction, the general process is usually the same. The following is a general outline of what you can expect to happen if you’re facing criminal charges in Maryland: Step one: Arraignment The arraignment is the hearing at which a judge publicly reads… Read More »

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