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Felony burglary and murder charges filed against 20-year-old

When you're charged with a felony for a robbery, you want to know that you have the right to protect yourself and your reputation. If you're facing burglary charges, you could face work punishments like getting fired or suspended and penalties from the law in the form of fines or even prison time. Because of this, it's vital that you do what you can to defend yourself in Maryland.

This young man may be in a position similar to yours. The man in Baltimore has been charged for allegedly taking part in a string of robberies and a shooting in Maryland. Police have said that the man, a 20-year-old, was arrested on Aug. 22 for armed robbery and then connected to several other burglaries around the area. That's just one of the 12 robberies in the Southeastern District on that day, six of which he's been linked to.

Man faces felony for drug offenses in Maryland

A man who was serving a sentence in Harford County, Maryland, has been sentenced again for his part in a federal heroin distribution conviction in a separate case. The man, a 32-year-old, has been given 12 years in prison and four years of supervised release for having in his possession over 100 grams of heroin.

The man pleaded guilty to the federal charge of possession with the intent to distribute narcotics in June 2014, court records showed. Since the man was already serving time in prison, it was ordered that the sentence of 12 years be served at the same time as his current 20-year sentence that he was serving for another offense.

Marijuana laws in Maryland changing, leaving gray areas

Maryland has recently passed two marijuana bills into law: SB 364, which decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana, and HB 881, a law that allows patients to obtain medical marijuana with the right identification. Having marijuana on you in Maryland is no longer a misdemeanor in these small amounts.

Under SB 364, the possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana becomes a civil offense. So, realistically, it's not really decriminalized. You just get less of a punishment for having it. Initially, a first offense can result in fines of up to $100. On a second offense, you face fines of up to $250. For a third offense, you can be fined up to $500. If you're under 21 and/or a third-time offender, you have to have clinical assessment completed for substance abuse disorder and go through a drug education program.

The internet crime of cyberbulling

If you're frequently online like many people today, then you know that you can post images, information and data online from your home or work computer. Did you know that using the Internet to harass someone is now an Internet crime? In the past, cyberbullying was not a crime recognized by the state of Maryland or the United States government, but that has changed.

Cyberbullying is when a person uses the Internet or mobile technology like cellphones or tablets to intimidate, harass or cause harm to another person. For example, a teen posting an image of another undressing or being picked on could be considered, among other things, cyberbullying.

What are criminal cases and their process?

The process for criminal cases for felonies can vary, but they may be tried at the state level in Maryland. Federal crimes are tried with the U.S. attorney as a prosecutor and a grand jury for the decision. The United States is represented at trial, and the jury must determine if the evidence is great enough to convict the person being charged.

Initially, the U.S. attorney looks at the case to determine if there is enough evidence against the defendant for it to go to trial. For instance, a case of a bank robbery in Maryland may seem to have enough evidence to take someone to court, but if the image isn't clear and it's not certain who committed the crime, he may not have to go to trial. In some cases, the charges will have to be dropped.

Do Felons Deserve the Right to Vote in Maryland?

Felons typically do not have a right to vote. In fact, it's estimated that 5.85 million people have been barred from voting in elections, according to FelonVoting.org. This is due to a process called disenfranchisement. Not all states are the same, with Vermont and Maine allowing people with felony convictions to vote while they're in prison.

There are at least nine other states that permanently ban certain kinds of felons from voting. It's argued, of course, that once the people have paid their dues, they should have their voting rights reestablished. Otherwise, it could be seen as unfair and undemocratic.

Robbery linked to Maryland man nearly a decade later

Have you been charged with a crime like robbery? Maybe you are facing a charge for assault or a form of violence. You have a right to speak your mind and to tell your story to those who need to hear it. You shouldn't have to face unjust penalties or charges, and with some legal help, you may be able to protect your reputation, too.

Burglary may be charged as a felony or misdemeanor, but it's more likely to be a felony when it involves violence. In this case, the man being charged could potentially face different levels of charges, although it's not clear which charges he'll have filed against him yet or to what degree. The man from Maryland has allegedly been DNA linked to a robbery that took place in 2005.

Maryland makes revenge porn a crime

Maryland residents should be aware of a new law that will take effect Oct. 1. This year, the legislature passed a law making so-called “revenge porn” a crime. This has been an issue for adults and teenagers alike and usually occurs upon the end of a relationship. One of the parties posts sexually revealing pictures or videos online intending to harm his or her former partner.

Beginning this fall, those convicted of revenge porn could wind up in prison for up to two years and pay a $500 fine. One of the co-sponsors of the new law, a Republican delegate from Frederick County with two teen daughters, had this to say about the ramifications of the new law, "It means that the ex-lover or boyfriend . . . can't use those pictures and other information to have revenge on someone who may have broken up with them or who may have walked away from the relationship."

Maryland boating accident injures 2 men who now face charges

Here's an interesting story about two people who have been charged with a crime. They were injured while kayaking at a local reservoir, but are now facing misdemeanors for being somewhere they weren't supposed to be. They reportedly fell over 200 feet off the Prettyboy Reservoir in Baltimore County, and now they've been charged by the Baltimore Environmental Police despite the fact that they suffered injuries.

Entering a national forest or federally owned land with a "no trespassing" sign is a federal crime, despite the fact that it only results in misdemeanor charges. This reservoir, however, is owned by the City of Baltimore.

Felony for Maryland man leads to 30-year sentence

Sometimes, things happen that can land you in hot water. You may be at the wrong place at the wrong time or have made a bad decision. If you're facing charges for burglary or other crimes, you may want to seek a defense to protect yourself in court.

The news reports that one man, a former employee of Amherst County Schools, has pleaded guilty to eight felony charges for child pornography and sexual offenses against three girls in Nelson County.