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Does Sending the offender a Cease and Desist Letter stop the Harassment?

While Maryland’s harassment laws do not require the victim to formally request the harasser to stop by letter, some documentation goes a long way in establishing your displeasure with the offender’s actions—hence the cease and desist letter- often at a lower cost than hiring an attorney to pursue other actions.

What is a cease and desist letter? A cease and desist letter is a letter sent to the offender which outlines their offending behavior, informs of the legal reason that the […]

June 22nd, 2020|

How Social Stigma Silences Domestic Violence Victims

Reprinted with permission from the author: Wendy Patrick, Esquire, PhD.

Many domestic violence victims suffer in silence. Enduring a steady pattern of abuse and humiliation at home, they bravely attempt to present a solid exterior in public. Sometimes they pull it off; usually, they do not.  We notice the signs.  Whether physical or emotional, red flags are flying.

In such cases, some people wonder why victims continue to deny […]

May 6th, 2020|

Facts You Should Know Before You File A Protective Order in Maryland

If you have been abused by a family member or someone with whom you are in a romantic relationship, you are eligible to file a Petition for Protective Order against the person responsible for the abuse. While filing the Petition itself may seem straightforward, there are a few things you may not know about the legal process. Learn more about the process here.

September 18th, 2018|

Felony vs. Misdemeanor Charges in Maryland

If you are charged with a felony in the State of Maryland, the general rule implies that you are facing at least one year of potential jail time for the charge, while misdemeanor charges usually carry a maximum in jail of one year or less. However, due to changes by the Maryland General Assembly, some crimes no longer fall within the general rule and some misdemeanors carry longer sentences than felonies.

May 25th, 2017|

For Protective and Peace Orders, Maryland Law Provides for a Cooling Off Period Between the Parties

Whether you’re the person filing for a protective order (Petitioner) or the person against whom the Protective Order is filed (Respondent), Maryland law gives the parties a period of up to six months to decide whether to seek a final protective order or to dismiss the case, if they choose to. This window often serves as a golden opportunity for the parties to enter into discussions to attempt to settle some of their outstanding differences. Find out more about this cooling off period in this post.

November 2nd, 2016|

Some of the Ways in Which Marijuana and Other Drugs are Sent in the Mail

With the legalization of marijuana in places like Colorado and its decriminalization elsewhere, more marijuana is now being shipped through the U.S. mail than in recent years, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, whose seizures of marijuana parcels have increased by more than 400 percent since 2007.

October 17th, 2016|

Hiring a Lawyer for Your Criminal or DUI / DWI Case

While the answers to questions you ask your lawyer will vary widely, it is important to keep in mind that nothing should be taken as a guarantee. Instead, these questions should give you some general knowledge of a specific lawyer's experience and skill-level, and whether the lawyer is a good fit for you. Learn More

September 8th, 2016|
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