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What are murder charges and how can I protect myself if charged?

In general, most people in Maryland have a basic understanding of what murder is. However, any individual accused of murder may be left wondering exactly what the charges include. It may not be as simple as it initially seems. Because the penalties for murder can be so serious, it is important to understand murder charges if you are facing them.

The basics of white collar crime

Sometimes people may not think of white collar crime as serious but white collar criminal charges are serious criminal charges and can carry potentially significant consequences for accused individuals. The term white collar crime refers to a variety of different crimes but typically all are motivated by the desire for financial gain and deceit is commonly used in the commission of them.

What are some common felony drug charges?

Felony criminal charges are always serious and felony drug charges are no different. While there are different types of felony drug charges, felony drug charges include drug trafficking and drug distribution charges. While drug possession charges are serious, and can carry potentially serious penalties and consequences, the penalties for drug trafficking charges can be especially harsh.

Why should felony charges be taken so seriously?

Knowing the reasons why felony charges should be taken seriously is important for individuals who have been accused of committing a felony crime to understand. While all criminal charges should not be treated lightly, felony charges can be particularly serious because of the potential consequences and repercussions individuals accused of felony charges can face.

What should you know about defending against burglary charges?

Maryland, like all other states, has a range of criminal charges that defendants can face, including misdemeanor and felony charges. One of the more common felony charges is burglary. But, here as well, there is a range in the severity of the charges. For example, a burglary that is alleged to have been committed with a firearm will usually result in a more severe charge.

Felony drug charges in Maryland

Many states throughout the country are trying to wrestle with the rampant issue of opioid addiction, and the crime that results from the issue. Some states have taken the stance of pursuing harsher punishments for drug crimes, while others prefer the approach of helping to treat those who are addicted to drugs like heroin by instituting "drug courts." It may be that the right course of action is somewhere in between.

What should you know about burglary charges in Maryland?

Of all of the felony charges that people can face in Maryland, burglary is one of the more common. Burglary, which is often confused with theft and robbery charges, involves the act of breaking into a home or other structure, with the intent to commit a felony inside. Contrary to popular belief, the crime that is intended to be committed inside doesn't have to be theft - it could be any type of felony, including assault or rape, for instance.

Alleged "road rage" incident leads to attempted murder charge

Most of our readers have probably seen reports about "road rage" incidents that have occurred over the last several years. In some cases, the reports indicate incidents of side-swiping or other contact between vehicles, leading to accidents. In other cases, there have been reports of weapons being brandished and even shots being fired. That was the case in a recent incident, according to reports.

Your best criminal defense option when facing felony charges

Our readers may know that felony charges are the most serious charges that a Maryland resident can face. But, there are varying degrees and types of felonies as well. Every day law enforcement officials are arresting people for alleged crimes such as burglary, robbery, sexual offenses and drug charges. When Maryland residents are facing these serious allegations, they need to immediately begin crafting a strong criminal defense strategy.

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