It is the duty of all police officers to protect citizens, but there have been occasions where certain officers of the law did not use their authority responsibly. Recently, Maryland citizens protested before a House of Delegates committee on behalf of people who lost their lives while interacting with law enforcement officers in Maryland.
In order to ensure public safety, federal law prohibits certain categories of people from purchasing or possessing firearms. These categories include convicted felons, domestic abusers, and some people with a history of serious mental health issues.
According to Maryland law, certain offenses are considered violent crimes because of the extensive damages caused by those offenses. A few examples of violent crimes are aggravated assault, murder, rape, armed robbery, kidnapping sex and child abuse and arson in the first degree. Considering the gravity of these crimes, the state imposes mandatory sentences that individuals convicted of violent crimes must serve before parole eligibility.
Since most companies and universities in Maryland want to employ workers or accept students with no criminal history or record, many individuals with a record want to file for expungement, which is removing a history of arrest or criminal conviction records provided for public inspection. A criminal conviction or charges, such as murder or robbery, generally wreak havoc on a person's ability to gain employment and also tarnishes reputation. No matter the degree of the offense, if a resident has served a prison sentence, it can turn against them at any crucial stage in life. Therefore, many states grant residents the right to expunge or seal convictions and arrests from public records.