Body armor and weapons in the commission of a crime

It’s likely not surprising for people to hear that the use of a weapon in a crime makes it more serious. However, did you know that wearing body armor during the commission of a crime can add an additional charge?

According to the Maryland criminal code, those who have a previous conviction for drug trafficking or a violent crime may not buy, possess or use bulletproof body armor. Anyone who violates this law may face five years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine. However, a petition may be filed by someone who has a previous conviction for drug trafficking or a violent crime can file a petition with the Secretary of State Police or with someone who is designated by the Secretary. That petition can ask for a permit to buy, possess and use body armor.

The Secretary may issue the person a permit based on the petitioner’s good cause for wanting to buy, possess or use body armor and whether or not the petitioner is likely to possess or use body armor in a lawful and safe manner. Some of the considerations of the Secretary will be:

— Whether granting the petition would be in the interests of justice

— The petitioner’s safety

— Whether the Secretary’s decision will have an effect on the petitioner’s employment

— The overall totality of the petitioner’s circumstances

At The Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. and Associates, LLC., we understand that each client has different needs. Some may want to petition for such a permit, while others may want to fight a DWI charge. To learn more about the areas of criminal defense we cover, please visit our website.