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February 2012 Archives

Appealing a drunk driving conviction -- know your rights

Being accused of drunk driving is a serious accusation with severe consequences. A conviction of driving under the influence or driving while impaired in Montgomery County or in Maryland in general can result in criminal and civil charges, hefty fines, suspension or revocation of your license and even jail time.

Baltimore representative introduces medical marijuana bills

For many people in Montgomery County and across Maryland living with serious medical conditions, medical marijuana provides relief from the chronic pain and constant discomfort caused by their poor health. Despite Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's enactment of legislation that no longer made it a crime for patients to receive medical marijuana, many patients are still arrested and prosecuted for marijuana drug crimes. Now, a representative from Baltimore County has submitted two bills to the state House of Representatives that would protect patients that have a medical need for marijuana.

Baltimore trucker gets trapped under bridge, charged with DUI

Maryland drivers know how serious a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or driving while impaired can be. Both a DUI and a DWI could lead to a suspended driver's license or time in jail. DWIs may also carry fines, lengthy probation terms or even a mandatory inpatient treatment program for alcohol. The more serious DUI could land a Silver Spring driver in jail for up to three years and with a revoked driver's license. Because of such serious consequences, it is extremely important for anyone arrested on a drunk driving charge to contact a criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible.

University student pleads not guilty to ex-girlfriend's murder

Twenty-four-year-old former university lacrosse player George Huguely is currently facing murder and other criminal charges after his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love, was found dead in her apartment. If someone in Maryland was facing such serious charges, it would almost necessitate that he or she find an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help clear his or her name.

Arrested? Your mug shot may be in the tabloids

For those residents of Silver Spring that have been arrested before, they know that the situation is embarrassing and potentially problematic, but if they can clear their names it can often be forgotten. The days of moving on with your life after an arrest may be over, however, after a self-described "trashy tabloid" called Busted started publishing people's "mug shots" two years ago.

When does a child's game become sexual assault?

Many people in Montgomery County and across Maryland have read stories of schools and local police departments charging young children with serious juvenile crimes. Sometimes a child really should be punished, but in many cases schools are overreacting to what is sometimes simply children playing. It seems another school has recently become "really overzealous" with its accusation that a 6-year-old committed a juvenile sexual assault on one of his classmates.

Priest's state pornography crimes dropped, federal charges remain

Possessing child pornography is a serious crime that carries substantial penalties. Further, because child pornography crimes often involve the Internet or other channels of interstate commerce, suspects can be charged with both state and federal crimes. Maryland or Washington, D.C., residents who are accused of or charged with Internet sex crimes will need a strong criminal defense attorney to combat the severe consequences of a conviction.

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