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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.

High school coach facing felony charges after recent arrest

Reports about teachers who are arrested on allegations of inappropriate relationships with students always make the news, so it should come as no surprise to our readers that a recent report about the arrest of a coach at a high school in Maryland is surfacing. However, everyone should remember that an arrest is not the same as a conviction - the accused will have an opportunity to present a defense in court, if he so desires.

Is "reasonable suspicion" different from "probable cause"?

A recent post here detailed the conditions for conducting searches as laid out in the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. However, not all situations culminate in a full search. As Maryland residents may be aware, in some situations people are often detained briefly. The conditions for these brief detentions and stops also stem from the Fourth Amendment.

Fight drug crime allegations quickly to protect your rights

A previous post here noted that there is a great burden on the prosecution to prove their case against a Maryland resident suspected of committing a crime, due to the severe penalties associated with the felony conviction. The Constitution of the United States of America has provided certain procedural safeguards that must be met before either an arrest or a search and seizure can be conducted.

Constitutional requirements need to be fulfilled prior to arrest

Felonies are serious charges that come with serious consequences. This is why there is a heavy burden on the prosecution to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt and why there are certain constitutional safeguards available to Maryland residents facing allegations of committing felonies.

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