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October 2014 Archives

Baltimore police search for 29-year-old male homicide suspect


Maryland residents are well aware that crime is a problem throughout the state, whether it involves drugs, theft or violent crime such as rape, robbery or murder. Unfortunately, no one knows when they will become a target for criminal activity. If they are, they want to be sure the individual is caught as soon as possible to face trial and punishment.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?


Crimes generally fall into three categories: infractions, misdemeanors and felonies. Infractions, including parking violations, are the most minor crimes and are generally result in a ticket or fine. These generally don't carry the possibility of a jail sentence, though they can become serious matters if the fine goes unpaid. More serious crimes fall under the categories of misdemeanors and felonies. It's important for Maryland residents who have been accused of crimes to understand the distinction between the two.

Gun possession charges should not be taken lightly


The Second Amendment clearly states that Americans have the right to carry guns and arm themselves. Anyone who has violated gun laws in Maryland understands that the state imposes tough penalties on those people who are convicted of gun possession. Weapons charges are not considered minor criminal offenses that carry minor penalties. Conviction of such offenses can leave a permanent mark on one's record and can carry a mandatory minimum prison sentence.

Maryland’s ‘golden boy’ arrested for drunk driving…again

In 2004, when gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps was just 19-years-old, he was charged with drunk driving in Wicomico County, Maryland. Undoubtedly, the star athlete hoped that this would be his last run-in with Maryland police. Unfortunately, that's not the case.

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