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November 2012 Archives

Maryland marijuana reform? Unlikely.

Maryland voters approved same-sex marriage and the DREAM Act, but don't hold your breath on the legalization of marijuana. Even though Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana through popular vote this year, it is not expected to show up on the Maryland ballot anytime soon.

Troopers arrest 56 people for DUI over Thanksgiving

According to the Maryland State Police, more than 8,900 drivers were pulled over Thanksgiving weekend. Ninety-six of those drivers have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), 56 were accused of drug violations and 133 faced other criminal charges.

First Maryland County installs iWatch technology

The Howard County Police Department announced this week that it has unveiled a smartphone app called "iWatch." The technology allows Maryland residents to send the police department crime tips through a number of means: text, photo, email and even video.

Theft of 21 motor vehicles lands Maryland residents in jail

Four people from Maryland were arrested recently for the theft of multiple motorcycles, tractors and ATVs. According to investigators, the individuals stole 21 vehicles from dealerships in both Virginia and Pennsylvania, and then sold them in Maryland.

Supreme Court to decide on constitutionality of drug-sniffing dogs, DNA samples

Follow up to last Friday's post: The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to review the Maryland DNA sample case (King v. Maryland). We can expect a decision in June of 2013.

Are DNA samples unconstitutional?

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether to hear a case that asks if authorities have the right to take DNA samples from people accused of serious crimes or whether it infringes defendants' Fourth Amendment rights.

Tampering with evidence in your Maryland criminal defense case

When you are charged with a crime, it can be tempting to delete information connected with the crime, make up new stories and create evidence for those stories, or change the information available to make yourself look better to a jury or judge. Yet, if you are considering doing any of this in your case, think again. Falsifying court records is a separate crime that can increase your penalties and lead to a "guilty" verdict.

Maryland police arrest, charge three with murder after shooting

Police officers in Maryland have arrested three people after a shooting last weekend. The shooting resulted in one person dying and another person being wounded. The person who was wounded remains hospitalized. It is unclear what may have led to the shooing, but police have not filed charges.

Penalties for underage drinking in Maryland

Many young people will brush off underage drinking charges because, "it happens to everyone," or, "it's not that bad." Unfortunately, this exact attitude can cripple a young person's future. Having any conviction - no matter how small - on a criminal record can affect a young person's ability to get a scholarship, a job, even an apartment. Not to mention that these charges are also very expensive.

Maryland drunk driving laws

Maryland's laws for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) can be confusing. Do you have to take a breath test or field sobriety test? What happens if you refuse? What are the penalties for first offense DUI? How much larger are the penalties for second offense DUI? What is a felony DUI?

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