2505, 2017

Felony vs. Misdemeanor Charges in Maryland

May 25th, 2017|Criminal Defense|

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.

211, 2016

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

November 2nd, 2016|Peace and Protective Orders|

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.

1710, 2016

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

October 17th, 2016|Criminal Defense|

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.

809, 2016

Hiring a Lawyer for Your Criminal or DUI / DWI Case

September 8th, 2016|DUI / Traffic|

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

1708, 2016

Supreme Court News on Criminal Law in Rockville

August 17th, 2016|Criminal Defense|

On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court decided the case of Birchfield v. North Dakota. As we described in our previous blog on criminal law, the Court in Birchfield took up the issue of whether under the United States Constitution, a state can punish someone by suspending their right to drive simply because they refused to take a blood or breath. Learn More.

505, 2016

Police Use Cell Phone Tracking Technology in Maryland

May 5th, 2016|Criminal Defense|

With the pervasiveness of cell phones, police are using GPS coordinates for cell phone tracking and to track the location of crime suspects. However, in their zeal to make arrests, the police have been secretly and illegally using high tech equipment to locate suspects in a wide range of cases, including murder, robbery, and drug-related offences.

1904, 2016

Supreme Court to Hear New Case on DUI’s

April 19th, 2016|DUI / Traffic|

Using a federal law known as the implied consent law, police are getting around the search warrant requirement by coercing suspects into consenting to a blood test when they are charged with violating DUI laws on federal property: something police may find to be faster and easier than obtaining a warrant.

1102, 2016

DUI Checkpoints – What You Need To Know

February 11th, 2016|Criminal Defense, DUI / Traffic|

DUI checkpoints, otherwise known as sobriety checkpoints, are an exception to the usual rules that police must follow when engaging with members of the public. Police may stop and question a driver at a DUI checkpoint without having any suspicion that the driver is committing a crime.

802, 2016

Citizens’ Right to File Criminal Charges

February 8th, 2016|Criminal Defense|

By Maya Kushner, Esq. and Marc Emden, Esq.

What steps can you take to enforce your rights if a crime is committed against you? When one falls victim to a crime, most people report the incident to the police, which is always an advisable first step. Usually, the police create an incident report, […]

1712, 2015

Black Box: Your Car’s Dark Secret

December 17th, 2015|Criminal Defense|

Most of you know that planes have black boxes that record in-flight data such as aircraft speed and trajectory. But did you know that your car probably has a black box too? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 96% of model year 2013 and newer cars already have a black box, or an Event Data Recorder (EDR) as it is known, and NHTSA is proposing a rule to make EDRs a requirement.

912, 2015

DUI Checkpoints

December 9th, 2015|DUI / Traffic|

Police officers must follow specific rules when they engage members of the public, so you may ask yourself if this applies at DUI checkpoints. Learn More.

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