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Understand your rights when charged with violent crimes

When Maryland residents are facing violent crime charges, they know the matter is serious. Violent crime charges, such as rape, aggravated assault, robbery and murder, are some of the most severe charges that anyone can face. The consequences upon conviction - if it comes to that - can be many years lost in state or federal prison.

That is why it is so important for Maryland residents to know their rights when it comes time to plan a criminal defense strategy for violent crime charges. First and foremost, you have a right to see the evidence that the prosecution has obtained in order to attempt to prove the charges. Defendants should do their best to make sure that they get the evidence - all of it - as soon as possible. This way the evidence can be reviewed for potential weaknesses.

Next, some defendants may be able to exercise their constitutional rights against illegal search and seizure by filing a motion to suppress. This type of motion seeks to get the evidence that was obtained illegally "thrown out" due to the violation of the defendant's constitutional rights.

Lastly, every defendant has the right to present a criminal defense in front of a jury of their peers. Not all cases go all the way to this step, but, when they do, it is crucial for defendants to have the right advocate presenting the evidence and making persuasive arguments. At our law firm, we do our best to make sure that our clients' stories are told in court. For more information, please visit our law firm's website.

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