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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.

A mandatory prison sentence can compromise the accused person's right to parole. Working in criminal defense, James N. Papirmeister, Esq., has a great deal of experience with cases involving serious offenses where the accused person is tried for offenses that involve major injuries to the victim.

In most cases, the court will look into the accused person's criminal history on the chance that the person committed other relevant crimes to determine if the case is eligible for a mandatory sentence under Maryland laws. A prior criminal history can often unfavorably prejudice the accused person's case.

Since a prior criminal history is one of the key factors for mandatory prison sentences, the different mandatory sentences that are prescribed for repeated criminal offenses must be noted. A second occurrence of a violent crime can lead to a 10-year prison sentence. In such cases, the court is unlikely to reduce the maximum 10-year sentence that is prescribed under the law.

In cases involving a third repeated violent crime, unless the specific law recommends otherwise, the accused person may be liable for a prison sentence of up to 25 years. Such incarceration might also be awarded without any chance for parole in most cases, with a few limited exceptions.

In extreme cases where the accused person has been convicted or accused of a violent crime for the fourth time, the mandatory sentence can even be for life without parole. In some cases, where the accused is an elderly person above the age of 65 years or where the accused has already served time, such sentences can be reduced or given the chance for parole.

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