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Domestic violence comes in many different forms

Domestic violence includes a lot more than just physical violence. For individuals facing domestic assault accusations, allegations and possible criminal charges, it is important to be familiar with the different types of domestic abuse and the options available when facing allegations of domestic violence.

Montgomery County crime down but sex offenses up

Accused individuals who have been caught up in the criminal justice system should be familiar with how the process works. Overall crime is down in Montgomery County by 48 percent, however, some categories of crime, including some violent crimes, have increased. Murders and assaults are up by a small amount, while sexual assaults are up by 53 percent. The local police chief referred to the increase in sex offenses as alarming.

A journey through the criminal justice process

An overview of the criminal justice process and its components can help an accused individual better navigate the process. There are three primary institutions that comprise the criminal justice system including law enforcement, the court system and the corrections system. It is helpful to understand a little about what each does.

What is a "plea bargain"?

Plea bargaining is important to understand because it is a significant part of the criminal justice system. For an accused individual facing criminal charges, and a potential plea bargain, there are likely many important questions that come up that need to be answered.

How social media affects criminal cases

Social media affects every aspect of society. If you use any social media site or app, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, you should be aware of the impact this may have on your criminal proceeding. Anything you post on social media may turn into evidence to convict you of a criminal offense.

The seriousness of sex offenses and sex offender registries

One of the most challenging aspects of sex crimes charges can be the requirement to register as a sex offender. Sex offenses can result in serious penalties, a potential loss of freedom and significant personal and professional consequences. The added requirement to register as a sex offender is something individuals in Maryland accused of sex crimes should know about.

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.

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