Many residents of Maryland would agree that the legal system in the country must be completely impartial. Still, there are a number of instances where people have been harassed by prosecutors, which resulted in an unfair trial outcome.
For anyone in Maryland convicted of a criminal offense, the long-term consequences can make life difficult. The conviction can make being hired for a job, getting a loan or finding affordable housing difficult. Illegal gun possession is one crime that can make life especially tough for a convict.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is always on the lookout for technology that can help authorities in every state, including Maryland, get drunken drivers off the road. One recently developed testing device that is more accurate than current breathalyzers detects the blood alcohol content contained within the alveoli of a person's lungs. The alcohol is typically exhaled during a test, allowing a law enforcement officer to measure a driver's blood alcohol level.
The sale or possession of marijuana in the state of Maryland can lead to felony drug charges and the penalties for a conviction under those charges are very severe. For example, while the maximum sentence for a misdemeanor conviction is one year and the maximum fine is $1,000, the maximum sentence for a felony charge conviction is five years along with a maximum fine of $5,000. The amount of marijuana possessed in this case must be between 10 grams and 5 pounds. Possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana only comes with a fine of up to $100.