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May 2017 Archives

Stun gun ban dropped in Baltimore

The city of Baltimore, Baltimore County and Howard County recently dropped bans on stun gun possession and ownership. The reversal is based upon a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the possession and use of stun guns are protected by the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment.

Rights during police encounters in our criminal justice system

The criminal justice system provides rights to individuals who are stopped by the police or arrested in Maryland. A person's conduct could also harm their criminal defense and have long-term consequences.

Can the government seize property in Maryland?

Maryland state or local governments can seize property related to criminal activity, even if there is no criminal conviction, through civil forfeiture. In cases related to drug crimes, the government may seize real estate, cars, equipment, money, accessories and all types of other property.

Prosecutors drop rape charges against immigrants

Criminal charges can have major penalties for defendants in Maryland. For example, many offenses carry mandatory sentences upon conviction. The negative consequences can be further compounded when the accused are immigrants. State prosecutors earlier this month dropped rape charges against two immigrant teenagers in a case that received attention from the White House and international community.

General information on what to do in a DUI traffic stop

A traffic stop by Maryland police, especially after a motorist was drinking, may have long-term consequences. Although the best way to avoid a DUI conviction is not to drive after drinking alcohol, there are also other general recommendations regarding what a driver should and shouldn't do if they are pulled over. This blog post will provide a few of these general recommendations. For more specific legal advice, an attorney should be consulted.

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