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Misdemeanor Assault Cases and the Defense Strategies Available

Assault may be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the nature and severity of the offense. Misdemeanor assault is also known as “simple” assault — the least serious form of the crime. Typically, it involves a minor injury or a limited threat of some sort of violence. There are some states in… Read More »

What are the Different Types of Misdemeanors?

Depending on the severity of the offense, a crime could be classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors themselves have different classifications, as well. While all misdemeanors are considered “lesser” crimes, punishable by up to a year in jail, community service, probation and/or fines, they may also be grouped into different categories depending… Read More »

What are the Differences Between Felonies and Misdemeanors?

Criminal charges are generally split into two main categories: felonies and misdemeanors. Other types of offenses, petty offenses, are usually just punishable by fines and have no jail time involved. Local magistrates process these charges, with the entire hearing process taking less than a day to resolve. Examples of petty offenses include tickets for speeding,… Read More »

Punishments Associated with DUI Offenses

If a person is convicted of a DUI or DWI offense, there are a variety of penalties that they may face. These penalties depend on the number of offense that this was for the offender, as well as the severity and circumstances surrounding the offense.  The following are some of the penalties you may face… Read More »

Michael Phelps Arrested on DUI Charges in Maryland

Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps was recently arrested in Maryland on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). Officials say that Phelps was driving with excessive speed and that he was seen crossing double line lanes on Interstate 95 in Baltimore.  The official report of the incident said that Phelps was going 84 miles… Read More »

“May Issue” Versus “Shall Issue” Concealed Carry Guns Laws

In 2013, the Maryland Supreme Court refused to take up a case that challenged the current restrictions on concealed carry handgun permits. A District Court judge had ruled that these restrictions were unconstitutional because they violated the Second Amendment right to bear arms, but the decision of the higher court rendered this ruling moot. Maryland… Read More »

Arrests Made in Major D.C. Healthcare Fraud Scheme

When accountants monitoring Medicaid home care claims in Maryland noticed a sharp increase from $40 million to $280 million since 2006, it sent up a red flag. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) looked into the situation and discovered a well-organized network that had been receiving millions in fraudulent payments from the District of Columbia… Read More »

Maryland Bail Reform: Does it Affect Your Case?

If you have been charged with a crime in Maryland, bail can mean the difference between awaiting trial in jail or at home. The recent passage by the Maryland Senate of a bill to change the bail process is leading to much confusion. However, bail reform is a long way from becoming a reality. Strong… Read More »

Marijuana Legislation: Senate Bill 364

On April 14, 2014, Governor Martin O’Malley signed Senate Bill 364, which makes possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana a civil offense punishable by fines.  Under the new law, possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana is not a crime for any purpose in Maryland, and is not included in Maryland’s case… Read More »

Maryland’s Duty to Retreat Can Conflict with the Castle Doctrine to Cloud Self-Defense Issues

When an intruder breaks in and wakes homeowners in their bedrooms, the modified Maryland Castle Doctrine may protect the residents from criminal charges if they shoot the home invader(s) in self-defense. However, not all cases are clear-cut, and shooters could end up facing murder charges. If you find yourself forced to use deadly force defend… Read More »

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