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March 2018 Archives

Penalties and consequences of a DUI in Maryland

Individuals facing drunk driving charges face both criminal penalties and administrative sanctions which can be serious. It is important to know how to combat these charges and to understand the potential penalties and consequences faced when accused of drunk driving. Criminal penalties can include jail time and fines and administrative penalties can include driver's license suspension and revocation. The potential penalties and consequences, of course, can have a significant impact on the accused individual professionally, personally and financially.

What are robbery charges?

Individuals who have been charged with robbery may wonder what the charges include. Robbery charges are felony charges, which means they carry potentially stiff penalties, beginning with a possible year or more in prison. Robbery generally refers to the taking of property with the use of force or by causing injury.

Gun charges are serious in Maryland

In Maryland, gun possession laws are strict and the mandatory minimum sentences for violating them can be stiff. As a consequence, weapons crimes charges should never be taken lightly. For instance, possession of a firearm following a previous felony conviction; the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony; and the use of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime carry a mandatory prison sentence of 5 years, as well as additional penalties depending on the circumstances.

Maryland man faces 13 criminal charges

In a nearby Maryland community north of the Silver Springs area, a man is facing drug and weapons charges. According to authorities, they were called to the area based on a report of an individual with a firearm. Authorities found three men sitting on a step, and the man who was later arrested allegedly ran from police and tripped and fell.

Why is the jury selection process so important in criminal cases?

Many people get their impressions of what a jury trial is like from what they see on television or in movies. But, as much drama as there may be in these scenes of harsh cross-examination of witnesses and impassioned arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys alike, there is one step that comes before all of this that can make or break a trial: the jury selection process.

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