A former contractor for the federal court system in Maryland has been accused of taking bribes from defendants to provide inaccurate urine test results, tampering with witnesses and lying to a grand jury. The woman's former co-worker recently pleaded guilty to similar charges.
There are probably more than a few people in Maryland who have been to a restaurant or store that allows for drive-up alcohol sales. Because Maryland is one of only 23 states that allow businesses to sell packaged alcohol through drive-up windows, there is considerable scrutiny surrounding the process. There have also been many who say that this kind of behavior contributes to drunk driving.
For Marylanders accused of sexual assault, rape or statutory rape, there is a huge fear that they will be sent to prison for the rest of their lives. There are, however, alternative programs that are sometimes available for those convicted of a sex crime, including civil commitment. Although Maryland doesn't have a civil commitment system, the example of other states may call into question whether such a program would actually benefit the men and women convicted of sex crimes.
For many people in Montgomery County and across Maryland living with serious medical conditions, medical marijuana provides relief from the chronic pain and constant discomfort caused by their poor health. Despite Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's enactment of legislation that no longer made it a crime for patients to receive medical marijuana, many patients are still arrested and prosecuted for marijuana drug crimes. Now, a representative from Baltimore County has submitted two bills to the state House of Representatives that would protect patients that have a medical need for marijuana.
Maryland drivers know how serious a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or driving while impaired can be. Both a DUI and a DWI could lead to a suspended driver's license or time in jail. DWIs may also carry fines, lengthy probation terms or even a mandatory inpatient treatment program for alcohol. The more serious DUI could land a Silver Spring driver in jail for up to three years and with a revoked driver's license. Because of such serious consequences, it is extremely important for anyone arrested on a drunk driving charge to contact a criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible.
It is the middle of the holiday season and many Maryland residents may be going from holiday party to holiday party, spending time with friends or getting together with family members. For many, the holidays are a time to enjoy a relaxing drink with friends or family, but Maryland police may be putting a stop to that. There was a recent press conference in which Maryland police pledged themselves to work towards cracking down on suspected drunk drivers with law enforcement officials from Maryland's three closest neighbors.
If you are arrested and charged with a sex crime in Maryland, you may be concerned about how much time you will have to spend in prison if convicted or how much damage a criminal record will have when you apply for jobs, but prison and a criminal record are only two of the many consequences of a sex crimes conviction. If you are unable to clear your name after being accused of a sex crime, it is likely you will be forced to register on the Maryland sex offender registry, sometimes for the rest of your life.
The holidays are supposed to be a time to get together with friends and family, relax and have fun, but Montgomery County and Maryland State police are cracking down on impaired drivers, raising concerns among Maryland motorists. Drunk driving is a serious offense and can result in severe penalties. If you are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol you could face up to three years in jail and the suspension or revocation of your driver's license. While driving while impaired is a lesser offense, a conviction could still lead to jail time, a fine, probation and driver's license restrictions. Drunk driving charges are, at best, severely disruptive and, at worst, can destroy your career and reputation.
The Baltimore Sun has recently released some statistics on the alleged domestic violence cases that arose in Maryland during the last year and the statistics may serve to create an unfair prejudice against men in domestic violence allegations. The statistics allegedly show that men are more likely to murder girlfriends, ex-girlfriends and wives than women are to kill boyfriends, ex-boyfriends and husbands. These kinds of statistics could lead to a stereotype that will immediately label men as the aggressors whenever domestic violence is suspected.
Everyone makes mistakes, whether that is forgetting to lock a door or driving after having one too many drinks. Although driving while impaired can carry a criminal conviction in Maryland, people should not have to unduly suffer for their mistakes. Unfortunately, many in the Maryland legislature do not agree and have decided to expand its burdensome and expensive ignition interlock program.