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November 2018 Archives

Violent crime charges in Maryland require a strong defense

Violent crimes such as assault, manslaughter and homicide, among others, can be some of the most serious charges a person in Maryland can face. These types of crimes often carry with them mandatory minimum sentences that could mean years or even decades behind bars, in addition to fines and a criminal record that could make it difficult to find housing and employment after the sentence is served. Therefore, those accused of violent crimes will want to take all the possible measures they can to defend themselves.

Were you stopped at a DUI checkpoint during the holidays?

The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year in Maryland and nationwide. It is also a time when people may be celebrating the holiday early with friends and family. These celebrations often involve alcohol. Due to the celebratory nature of the holiday, combined with an influx in traffic, police across Maryland will be on high alert for those they believe are driving under the influence of alcohol this time of year.

Can convicted felons possess firearms in Maryland?

In Maryland, those who have been convicted of a "disqualifying crime" may not possess a statutorily defined "regulated firearm." "Disqualifying crimes" include violent crimes, felonies and misdemeanors with statutory penalties of more than two years. However, after serving the sentence, a person who has been convicted of a "disqualifying crime" may pursue a pardon in order to regain the right to possess a firearm.

Assault charges in Maryland can lead to serious penalties

People in Maryland will get into fights with friends, loved ones or even strangers from time to time. Most of the time, these fights only consist of verbal disagreements or insults. However, the stakes are raised if one party threatens the other with physical harm or causes physical harm.

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