Being accused of a sex crime can ruin your life. Even if you are able to clear your name and get the charges dropped, your reputation may be ruined. Friends and family members may start to distance themselves from you and some may even sever all connections with you. You may lose your job while you try to prove your innocence and have trouble finding a new one while you are still a suspect. With the horrible stigma attached to sex crimes, weak accusations may cause more problems than if you were charged with any other crime.
Whenever a young suspect pleads guilty to a crime, it calls into question the voluntariness of his plea. It is tremendously stressful to be charged with murder and nearly everyone would be reasonably afraid of losing at trial. Under such stress and fear, it is possible that a suspect might not make wise choices. He or she may not request legal counsel when it is absolutely vital to speak with a lawyer. He or she may decide to plead guilty when an experienced criminal defense attorney would be able to help. When the suspect is young, however, it is easier for police and the prosecutor to play up a suspect's fears.
Montgomery County police have arrested a 19-year-old man under suspicion of using a handgun to rob two stores in the Silver Spring and neighboring Wheaton, Maryland. What makes this story peculiar is how the police found the suspect. The man's family member was stopped on the street after police noted his clothes were similar to the clothes worn in the second alleged robbery.
With the somewhat recent legalization of medical marijuana in Washington, D.C., there are still some unanswered questions of how marijuana can be sold when marijuana distribution is still a federal drug crime. While District medical marijuana growers haven't run into this problem yet, distributors in several of the 16 states in which medical marijuana is legal have had trouble working with banks. Many banks are hesitant to deposit money from marijuana dispensaries because it is unclear whether the federal government may classify it as money laundering.
If you are under investigation for a crime, or have been arrested and charged with a felony or misdemeanor, you want an experienced criminal defense lawyer who will protect your constitutional rights. Maryland's criminal justice system can be confusing and intimidating; it can often feel like the rules are all in favor of the prosecutors. When your future and your freedom hang in the balance, the right attorney can make all the difference.