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January 2019 Archives

Not all direct sales in Maryland are illegal pyramid schemes

It may seem like everyone these days is involved in some sort of direct sales company, also known as multi-level marketing. While this may not be so bad, often, the companies that make these products encourage and incentivize their independent consultants to recruit others to sell the products. While being asked by an acquaintance to "join their team" with "unlimited earning potential" may be annoying to some and too good to be true to others, it is important to note that doing so is not necessarily illegal. That is because there is a big difference between lawful MLMs and illegal pyramid schemes.

Drug trafficking involving a weapon has serious consequences

Most people in Maryland understand that the commission of certain drug crimes can result in serious penalties. For example, while possession of a small amount of marijuana may only result in a fine, other drug crimes -- such as drug trafficking -- could result in years behind bars. And, if a firearm is used in connection to the crime, it could lead to further penalties should one be convicted.

What constitutes the crime of burglary in Maryland?

When a person thinks of the crime of burglary, they may envision a masked criminal breaking into a locked home in the dead of night and stealing something inside. However, under state law, burglary does not necessarily have to involve theft, nor is it limited to a person's home. Thus, it is important to understand the difference between burglary and other crimes.

Montgomery County police cracked down on DUIs over holidays

Motorists in Silver Spring may have noticed an increased police presence on the roads over the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays. In fact, police in Montgomery County cracked down on DUIs in the seven-week stretch from November 14 through January 5, via its Alcohol Holiday Task Force. As of January 2, 2019, 286 individuals were arrested for drunk driving during this timeframe.

Is marijuana possession illegal in Maryland?

Recreational marijuana use is now legal in some states in the nation, but it is still technically against the law in Maryland. However, in 2014 a law was passed in Maryland that made possessing under 10 grams of the drug merely a civil offense rather than a criminal one. A first-time violation of this law will result in a $100 fine. A second violation of this law will result in a $250 fine. Subsequent violations of this law will result in a $500 fine. If a person is under age 21 or if it is the third time they have violated this law, they will be assessed for substance abuse disorder and they may be ordered to attend a drug education program.

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