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May 2015 Archives

Mandatory sentences in Maryland

Violent crimes committed in Maryland are subject to very strict laws. In certain exceptional cases, the accused person, if convicted, may even be subject to a mandatory prison sentence. Examples of such violent crimes often involve cases relating to rape, murder, arson, child abuse, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

New technique to help police read "filed off" gun serial numbers

In any criminal investigation that involves a gun, the first step that police take is reading the serial number of that gun. However, in a number of cases police find that the gun's serial number has been erased. In such cases, police in Maryland and elsewhere often have to depend on federal forensic laboratories to determine a gun's serial number, if it has been filed off. Unfortunately, even these forensic labs are sometimes not able to find the actual serial number.

How does a person apply for a gun permit?

Maryland, as a general rule, does not consider handguns with permits issued from other states to be valid in Maryland. However, there is an exception to that rule, which is an armored vehicle. In that case, the person might be working for the federal or state government and the person is stationed in Maryland. While gun possession as a general rule is not strictly illegal, possession without a valid license can come with many legal penalties, especially in cases where the person with a gun is accused of using the gun to commit a crime.

Protecting the rights of the accused in sex crime cases

Maryland residents who are accused of crimes have their work cut out for them. Prosecutors have the motivation and massive resources at their disposal to win a conviction. Still, it's important to remember that everyone accused of a crime is entitled to a defense. Experienced defense attorneys know how to examine evidence and all other pertinent pieces of information carefully in order to determine the best strategy to use in court.

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