When a person is killed at the hands of another, police and prosecutors will go to great lengths to determine who committed the crime and prove that person is guilty. It may be easy to jump to conclusions in an effort to identify the perpetrator of the alleged murder. However, it is important that an innocent individual is not wrongfully convicted of such a serious crime.
Violent crimes such as assault, manslaughter and homicide, among others, can be some of the most serious charges a person in Maryland can face. These types of crimes often carry with them mandatory minimum sentences that could mean years or even decades behind bars, in addition to fines and a criminal record that could make it difficult to find housing and employment after the sentence is served. Therefore, those accused of violent crimes will want to take all the possible measures they can to defend themselves.
People in Maryland will get into fights with friends, loved ones or even strangers from time to time. Most of the time, these fights only consist of verbal disagreements or insults. However, the stakes are raised if one party threatens the other with physical harm or causes physical harm.
Of the many types of violent crimes that exist, most would say that first-degree murder is the most serious. This is especially true since murder can be committed while a person is committing or trying to commit a second violent crime. Maryland has incorporated the felony murder rule that applies in such situations into its first-degree murder statute.
Last month, a young Maryland girl died after she was shot while riding in a car with several other people. While the girl was initially taken to the hospital for treatment, she could not overcome her wounds and passed away about two weeks later.
Accusations and charges of sex crimes can be life-altering for those accused of them. It is important to keep in mind that regardless of the crime the accused individual has been charged with, they have the right to all of the criminal defense protections available to them through the criminal justice system and the protections included in the Constitution.
Many of our readers likely remember seeing news reports about a gruesome incident back on October 18 of last year where a man entered his workplace in Edgewood, Maryland, and shot five people, killing three of them. Now, a recent report indicates that a suspect has been arrested for the crime. According to the recent report, a 38-year-old man is the suspect in the shooting spree. He has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.
There are many different types of crimes that carry a stigma for defendants: rape, homicide, robbery and other violent crimes, for example. When defendants are convicted of these types of crimes, the conviction will be on their "record" for everyone to see, and the results can be difficult to overcome, even after the defendant serves a prison sentence to "pay" for the crime. Defendants who are facing accusations of having committed violent crimes in Maryland need to have a plan for their defense strategy.
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.
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.