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2017 Senate Bill 316 - Changing the Admissibility of Sexual Assaultive Behavior in Maryland

The 2017 Senate Bill 316 seeks to allow prosecutors greater latitude in admitting evidence of sexually assaultive behavior. The new legislation would be known as "The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act of 2017." If it passed, the changes would take effect on July 1, 2017. Senate Bill 316 authorizes a court, in a prosecution for specified sexual offenses, to admit evidence of “sexually assaultive… Read more

Search warrant requirements in Baltimore

Search warrant requirements in Baltimore Search warrants are not just something from the movies. If a police officer wants to enter your home and search it, the officer must have a court issued search warrant to do so. According to the United States Constitution, the Fourth Amendment protects all U.S. citizens -- in most cases -- from being subjected to unreasonable searches and seizures. The Fourth Amendment reads: "The right of the people… Read more

Federal crimes: Avoid serious punishments at the federal level

Federal crimes: Avoid serious punishments at the federal level In Maryland, if you're accused of a federal crime, you need to understand that the weight of punishments is typically heavier than if you were tried in a state court for a misdemeanor or state-recognized felony. Generally speaking, if you face federal sentencing, your case will call for longer sentences in jail or prison and potentially higher fines. As a person who wants to avoid any unnecessary… Read more

How do I fight a driver's license suspension?

How do I fight a driver's license suspension? Your driver's license can be suspended for a few different reasons in Maryland, including failing a breath test or refusing to take one. Once it is gone, what can you do to fight it and get your license back? Your best option is to ask for a hearing. You have a legal right to do this, and it gives you a chance to show why your license should not have been taken away and why it should be returned to… Read more

Internet sex crimes: Your right to a strong defense in Maryland

Imagine this scenario: You've gone online to a local Maryland website and met someone you like. You're in a chat room for adults aged 21 and older. You had a nice conversation; it might have been lewd or could have even included X-rated images, but because you're both over age, it doesn't matter, right? Well, now imagine what would happen if you found out that the person you thought was over age was… Read more

Why do domestic violence victims recant?

The main thing that sets domestic violence cases apart from other types of assault in Baltimore, Maryland, is that the two parties -- both the alleged assaulter and the accuser -- are from the same household. They may be dating, married or related through paternity. In these cases, alleged victims will sometimes start out by contacting the authorities, but then they will seemingly change their minds.… Read more

School officer pleads guilty to federal drug charges

A 31-year-old man who was employed as a police officer in Baltimore schools has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges. The man, who has served on the force for four years, will spend at least five years in prison for the alleged drug crimes, according to news reports. The man pleaded guilty to drug possession with intent to distribute both crack cocaine and cocaine base. Investigators say that the… Read more

Man gets 20 years with 15 suspended for fatal DUI crash

A Maryland man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in a fatal accident that killed his young son, but 15 of those years have been suspended by the court. As a result, the man will spend only five years behind bars for the traffic crimes. The 28-year-old man had pleaded guilty to a variety of charges in connection with the accident, including aggravated involuntary manslaughter. He… Read more

Maryland teens warned against underage drinking this prom season

Spring is a special time for Maryland high school seniors, as they begin to look ahead to major events such as prom and high school graduation. Although the upcoming weeks are sure to bring a great deal of celebration and joy, it is important for parents to remember that this time of the year is also a high-risk period for youngsters. Experts say that underage drinking and other dangerous behaviors… Read more

Maryland may eliminate drug charges for marijuana

The 2014 Maryland General Assembly will consider bills that could change drug laws in the state. The House and Senate may vote to legalize recreational marijuana use in Maryland. The proposed legislation is called The Marijuana Control Act of 2014. It could change the nature of drug charges brought in the state. The legislation is modeled off of laws in Colorado. That state legalized recreational… Read more