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Woman faces misdemeanor charges, wanted for warrant in Maryland

This shocking news about a woman being arrested for a misdemeanor is unusual, because it led to an arrest based on a warrant. Police in Columbus, Indiana, reported that they had stopped a 22-year-old woman on a routine traffic stop for an equipment violation. At that point, the officers reported that they could smell marijuana coming from the car, which led them to investigate the woman further.

After the 22-year-old woman was taken into custody, the police located a small amount of marijuana in her vehicle. She was arrested on a misdemeanor charge for the possession of marijuana at that point, but officers looked further into who she was by checking her driver's license. When the license check returned, the officers noted that the woman was wanted under a no-bond warrant from St. Mary's County in Maryland.

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 actually a teen and now you're being accused of being a sex offender.

If you've been accused of a sex crime online, then you already understand how serious the situation can become. You may already be facing trouble at work with your job or even problems within your own family. If your situation becomes public, people may jump to conclusions before ever looking at the facts of your case.

Online exploitation board leads to arrest of Maryland man

A man from Polson, Montana, has recently been sentenced for creating and maintaining an online child exploitation bulletin board that spanned the globe. Interestingly, at least one man from Maryland was sentenced along with this man in connection to the board. The 48-year-old man from Polson pleaded guilty to creating the Kingdom of Future Dreams online exploitation board, which provided a way for people to advertise, share and exchange child pornography.

It's been alleged that around 40 men shared thousands of images on the board that depicted child pornography. One the men accused was the 66-year-old man from Gaithersburg, Maryland. He was sentenced in relation to the use of the board on Oct. 22, 2014. He plead guilty on a plea and received 180 months in prison and lifetime supervised release. The report states that he had to forfeit his hard drive and computers, and he will have to pay $29,859 in restitution.

Felonies and your rights as the accused in Maryland

Felonies are the most serious of all crimes in Maryland. If you're charged with a felony, it's likely that you will need to defend yourself and your actions in court. Felonies are split into different classes, making it possible for you to face a different number of penalties and punishments based on the class your crime falls in. If this is not your first offense, you may be punished more severely than if it was your first offense.

Felonies are addressed in one of three ways. You could face fines that you'll have to pay back, you could have to go to prison or jail, or your could have to pay fines and go to prison. The circumstances of your crime will determine which of these outcomes is most likely.

What is probation and is it a better than jail in Maryland?

If you've been convicted of a crime and now face time on probation, you need to understand what probation really means to you. Probation is simply the suspension of a jail sentence; that means that instead of spending your time in jail, you can live in your home, stay in your community and participate in the actions approved by the courts.

There are certain court-ordered rules that you will have to follow. You will have a probation officer that you have to speak to regularly to make sure you're following the law as required. Your time on probation will be determined by the courts, but it typically lasts up to three years.

The difference between felonies and misdemeanors in Maryland

A misdemeanor is distinguished from a felony in a number of ways. As a rule, the type of crime is differentiated by the amount of time you could spend in jail. Knowing the difference can help you understand how long you could potentially go to jail if you're accused and convicted of a crime.

Did you know that a misdemeanor is defined as a crime that is punishable with up to a year in jail? You may not have to go to a high-security prison if you are convicted of a misdemeanor, which means you could go to a local jail instead. In some states, a misdemeanor is instead defined as not being an infraction or felony, which means in those states it can be harder to guess the amount of jail time that you could receive.

Don't let underage drinking affect your life forever in Maryland

Drinking underage in Maryland can cause many problems for teens or young adults. Even having a small amount of alcohol in the blood stream can be enough for a minor to be arrested and charged, leading to penalties like fines or jail time. For that reason, if you're under age and accused of drinking, you need to defend yourself.

It's not legal for anyone under 21 to drink alcohol. If you, as a teen or person under 21, are caught with a blood alcohol content of .02 percent or higher, you can be charged with underage drinking. If you were driving at the time when you registered the 0.02 BAC, you can be found guilty of driving under the influence even though the adult legal limit is 0.08.

How does a lawyer defend you against federal crimes?

If you're accused of a crime, you need to defend yourself. Criminal defense is an area of the law that can help. In general, when you're developing a defense, the job of an attorney is to look at what the prosecutor is planning to do or the story he will tell. So for instance, if the attorney is going to talk about a robbery and how it happened, the defense attorney would make sure to have alibis, witnesses and a story that negates the prosecutor's theories.

A criminal defense needs to be based on truth. So, if you've been accused of a federal crime, then it's important to be honest about what happened if you speak with an attorney. Take for instance if you have been accused of murder; your story of what happened may be very different than what the prosecution tries to say happened. There is no reason that you shouldn't be heard, and with the right defense, you can be.

Defend yourself against computer crime charges in Maryland

Have you been accused of computer-based crimes like Internet solicitation or child porn? If so, you know that your life and livelihood could be at risk. As a whole, the world is moving toward using the Internet more but with that, identities can be stolen or you could be accused of crimes someone else did in your name.

When you're accused of a crime, you need to first focus on defending yourself. Evidence against you might include things like emails or programs you have on your computer; if evidence was obtained illegally, then the evidence may be thrown out and unable to be used by the courts. In Maryland, there are many programs where police can work to collect information from your computer and use the data that was mined to prosecute you. You can fight back, though.

Identity theft: A federal and state crime in Maryland

Identity theft is a serious problem that happens when your information is stolen and used online or in person. Identity theft is often seen as an Internet crime, due to the ease of stealing credit card information and other private banking information online. If you've been charged with identity theft, you may be overwhelmed by the way it's handled. It's a federal crime along with a state crime, so the burden will be on you to prove your innocence.

Here are some statistics about identity theft in Maryland and the U.S. that may show why it's so severely punished by the law. For instance, there are over 9 million incidents of identity theft each year. Identity theft ranges in severity, from using a credit card once, using someone's identification to get into a club or activity or actually stealing the entire contents of a person's bank account.