What are the Consequences of Fraud in Maryland?
As Sir Walter Scott wrote, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” Scott probably wasn’t referring to fraud per se, but the phrase is apropos. When it comes to fraud, there is no one size fits all when it comes to penalties. The consequences for a fraud conviction in Maryland depends on the […]
What Should Someone Do If They Have a Criminal Record, Primarily Theft, and Can’t Get a Job?
People make mistakes and can turn their lives around. Unfortunately, a criminal record can taint a person for life, no matter how exemplary their behavior after completing any sentence or probation. A criminal record, especially for theft, can prevent otherwise qualified individuals from getting a job. Fortunately, there are some ways in which a person […]
3 Technologies Criminal Defense Lawyers Can’t Go Without
Technology increasingly rules our lives – what did we do before smartphones? – and criminal defense attorneys are especially reliant on tech that helps them defend clients. Keep in mind that jurors, and even defendants, are becoming more and more tech-oriented. The top of technology necessary also depends upon the nature of the crime. Every […]
What is the Difference Between Criminal Defense Lawyers and Trial Lawyers?
In the United States, licensed lawyers all have the right to plead in court. That doesn’t mean criminal defense lawyers and trial lawyers are interchangeable. The latter feel comfortable with appearing in court, and that is the primary part of his or her practice. Criminal defense lawyers represent those accused of crimes. They […]
The Rise of Pedestrian Distracted Walking Incidents
You’ve certainly heard of the dangers of distracted driving. Distracted walking is the pedestrian version. You might stroll down a busy city sidewalk, paying attention to your surroundings, when you are knocked over and injured by a distracted pedestrian. It’s a growing problem. While distracted walking has always existed, in the past it was a […]
What are the Three New House/Senate Bills for Anne Arundel, Maryland?
Since news outlets usually focus on international and national matters, it’s easy for new legislation on the county level to receive less attention than it deserves. In 2016, Governor Larry Hogan signed 106 bills into law, three of which specifically affect Anne Arundel county government. Senate Bill 47 Sponsored by Senator Bryan Simonaire, […]
What is the Process for Sentence Modification in Maryland?
In October, many of the provisions of the Justice Reinvestment Act (JRA) take effect. This extensive revision of Maryland criminal law means that certain mandatory minimum drug sentences may qualify for a retroactive reduction. The JRA “eliminates mandatory minimums for controlled dangerous substances felonies.” It also permits felony drug offenders – although not those considered […]
What Happens When a Violation of Probation Occurs in Maryland?
When a convicted person receives probation, they must adhere to the conditions imposed by the judge. Failure to do so can result in a violation. This could mean serving the jail time probation allowed them to avoid. Anyone charged with a probation violation needs an experienced probation lawyer. Common Probation Conditions The conditions placed on […]
Maryland Sex Offenders in the Digital Age
We live in the digital age. The modern workplace mandates use of the internet. Life completely offline isn’t feasible for most people, and that includes Maryland’s approximately 8,000 convicted sex offenders. Sex offender rights include some forms of internet access, albeit with monitoring by law enforcement and prompt reporting by the offender of any change […]
How Is Mental Health and Criminal Law Handled in Maryland?
Attorneys often realize that clients arrested and charged with a criminal offense may suffer from mental illness. Maryland does not differ from other states in that many mentally ill people are put in jail rather than in hospitals, where they can receive proper treatment. It does differ from all but four other states in that […]