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Understand your rights when charged with violent crimes

When Maryland residents are facing violent crime charges, they know the matter is serious. Violent crime charges, such as rape, aggravated assault, robbery and murder, are some of the most severe charges that anyone can face. The consequences upon conviction - if it comes to that - can be many years lost in state or federal prison.

How can you defend against homicide charges?

When Maryland residents are facing homicide charges, they might feel like they have no options. After all, many people think that there is most likely a mountain of evidence against people who are charged with homicide because the prosecution wouldn't pursue the case if it wasn't sure a conviction would result. However, every criminal defendant has legal options.

What are the varying degrees of rape charges in Maryland?

There is no question that of all the crimes a person can be charged with in Maryland, rape is one of the most serious. When Maryland residents face these charges not only are they going to face determined and meticulous efforts on the part of the prosecution, but they will also likely be dealing with a significant, negative public perception, as sex-based crimes are among the worst that society has categorized.

Prosecutors drop rape charges against immigrants

Criminal charges can have major penalties for defendants in Maryland. For example, many offenses carry mandatory sentences upon conviction. The negative consequences can be further compounded when the accused are immigrants. State prosecutors earlier this month dropped rape charges against two immigrant teenagers in a case that received attention from the White House and international community.

What is the punishment for first-degree murder?

As mentioned previously, first-degree murder charges in Maryland have various elements that need to be fulfilled in order to be proven. Even though the death penalty was abolished in Maryland, the punishment imposed for a conviction in this violent crime is the most severe that can be imposed and therefore it needs to be treated seriously.

What is felony murder?

People often-reasonably-- equate murder charges with killing someone-therefore, if someone has not physically committed the act of murdering someone, they do not understand how murder charges can follow. However, under the legal concept of felony murder rule, a person is charged with first-degree murder even if a murder results during the commission of certain violent crimes.

What is the "Three Strikes Law"?

When Maryland residents are convicted of committing a crime they may receive a prison sentence. Upon release from prison, they have paid their debt to society and usually try to go on with their lives in as productive a manner as possible, trying to put their past behind them. However, in Maryland and other states where the Three Strikes Law operates, a conviction for a previous felony may count towards increasing the penalty in future convictions.

Let our experience guide you when facing violent crimes charges

It is everyone's right to defend themselves against accusations of a violent crime and try their best to avoid the penalties that come with a criminal conviction. When facing such situations, individuals may be overwhelmed without the aid of a guide by the possibility of severe punishment. An exceptional defense may be essential and could prove to be the key element to avoid prison sentences when facing murder or homicide charges.

Are there any remedies for ineffective assistance of counsel?

Someone facing criminal charges may be aware they have the right to counsel, but they may not be aware their constitutional right is for effective assistance of counsel. What happens if counsel provides ineffective counsel and what exactly constitutes ineffective assistance of counsel? Maryland residents who have been following the post conviction relief trial of fellow Maryland resident Adnan Syed may not be aware of a few key points of the law regarding this.

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As Published in Washingtonian Magazine | Washington's Best Legal Minds | 2013