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 a Criminal Defense Lawyer and a Trial Lawyer?
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 […]
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 […]
What Happens if You Die in Maryland Without a Will?
No one wants to think about his or her own death, but it’s the central fact of life. You’ve worked hard all of your life and want your assets to go to your loved ones. If you don’t have a will, the state of Maryland decides who gets your worldly goods, and that may not […]
Baltimore Riots: The Legal Implications
Recently, the country has been in an uproar over the relationship between police officers and the African American community. Numerous controversies have occurred around the country where black suspects have died in the custody of police. For obvious reasons, this has set both communities on edge and has posed a serious public safety issue. In […]
Know Your Rights: DUI
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious charge in every state across the country, including Maryland. Some drivers are pulled over and arrested for a DUI when they have not had any alcohol at all; others have had very little to drink, but have had enough to cause suspicion. According to FBI arrest statistics, […]
Current Status of Baltimore City Speed Cameras
Speeding is a problem in the city of Baltimore, and with the advances of technology, it was only a matter of time before the government used it to catch speeders. To help control the speeding population, speed cameras were installed at specific locations to ensure that better coverage was possible. Instead of hiring more police […]
New Maryland Law: No Cell Phones While Driving
At the Law Offices of Blackford & Flohr, we understand there is a lot of confusion around many of the laws in place. It can be difficult to keep up with all of the new laws coming into play, so we’ve taken the liberty to start a new blog series on New Maryland Laws. […]
New Maryland Law: Marijuana Decriminalized
The United States has been passing marijuana decriminalization laws all across the country. As of October 1, 2014, marijuana is now decriminalized in Maryland, meaning it will be treated as a civil offense as opposed to a criminal offense; however, marijuana is still illegal. Medical marijuana (marijuana prescribed by your doctor for pain) is […]