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5 Law Enforcement Mistakes During an Arrest

Every citizen deserves to know their rights. Even if you have made a mistake or done something wrong, you still are protected by the rights granted to you as a US citizen. What are the most common law enforcement mistakes during an arrest?

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What Should I Do If I Have Been Accused of a Crime?

Being arrested or charged with a crime can be very frightening, especially if you have never been in a similar situation before. Unfortunately, when you are emotional and under a great deal of stress, you are more likely to make mistakes that could jeopardize the results of your case. Here is what you should do if you are accused of a crime in Maryland.

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Do I Need a Lawyer for a Misdemeanor Charge?

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There are two types of crimes one can be charged with in the state of Maryland: felonies and misdemeanors. As the most serious of the two crimes, felonies are usually attached with more severe and long-lasting consequences. This knowledge can steer individuals towards electing self-representation when faced with a misdemeanor charge. Even though felonies are more serious, any crime has the potential to impact your future and introduce difficulties into your life. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common misdemeanor charges in the state of Maryland, along with their associated outcomes that an experienced criminal attorney can work diligently to reduce or remove altogether.

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Understanding Your Drug Possession Offense

Drug charges vary greatly in the state of Maryland based on several relevant factors. Generally, penalties can include jail time, probation, and indirect consequences like difficulty securing future employment. In this blog, we’ll look at the main factors that determine the severity of the punishment resulting from drug possession charges.

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What is the Right to a Speedy Trial Under the 6th Amendment?

If you have been accused of any crime, it’s important to have a grasp of the Sixth Amendment, which grants you the right to a speedy trial. The purpose of this amendment is to ensure that citizens do not spend an unreasonable amount of time waiting for the chance to defend themselves and resolve their case in court. If you have been arrested or indicted, you have the right to a speedy trial. There is no set-in stone timeline that has to me followed when scheduling a trial. Instead, our courts rely on four factors established in the case of Barker v. Wingo to decide whether a trial has been unlawfully delayed.

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What Should You Do if There is a Warrant Out for Your Arrest?

Finding out that the police have a warrant out for your arrest can be very alarming, but there is a course of action you can take. Understanding the proper measures to follow after finding out you have an active warrant can protect you and keep you from having any unnecessary interactions with the police without an attorney present.

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Tips for Reducing or Avoiding DUI Consequences

It’s important to understand that if you are charged with a DUI, even after blowing above the legal limit on a breathalyzer test, all hope is not instantly lost! There are many avenues you can take in hopes of having the charges reduced or removed altogether. Let’s explore some of your potential options!

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The 3 Most Common Maryland Criminal Traffic Charges

In the state of Maryland, there are a host of punishable driving offenses. Punishment for these offenses generally ranges from a simple infraction to felony charges. As such, you should make sure you have an experienced attorney representing you if you are at risk for any potential life changing consequences from a driving offense.

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Outlining the Difference Between an Unconstitutional Interaction and a Consensual Interaction with Police

The state of Maryland and the United States have laws in place designed to protect its citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures from law enforcement.  If you follow the news, you’re probably aware that these protections are not always honored. Perhaps you’ve even witnessed an unconstitutional search or seizure firsthand. In this blog, we want to outline the difference between a consensual interaction with the police and an interaction that violates your rights.

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What Should You Do If You’re Charged with Assault?

In the state of Maryland, assault charges are taken very seriously. As such, if you have been charged with assault in the state of Maryland, it is crucial to gain a deeper understanding of the potential consequences and begin forming a plan to defend yourself.

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