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A suspended license can from a DUI or other causes

You depend on your driver's license to get where you need to go. When your license is suspended, you might find that you can't go grocery shopping, get to work or run other errands. This is why some people fight so hard to keep their driving privileges.

Drunk driving charges in Maryland can lead to a suspended driver's license. You can also lose your driving privileges in some cases, even if you aren't driving drunk. Implied consent laws require that you consent to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test when one is requested. If you don't consent to the test, you can lose your license.

Know the basics of drug charges before your criminal trial

In our recent blog post, we discussed controlled substances and how they are classified. That is only one of the components of a criminal trial regarding drugs. Once the drug classification is determined, the amount of the drug that you were said to have possessed and other factors of the case come into the picture. All of those factors must be considered when you are combating criminal drug charges.

We know that you probably need some help determining how you are going to handle your case. You do have options that you can consider, no matter how serious your charge. We will help you to evaluate each of the possibilities that you have so that you can think about how each of them might impact your life.

Know how controlled substances are classified

Controlled substances are classified according to schedules. Each of these schedules has specific points that play a part in the classification. A person who is facing drug charges should know what schedule the drug he or she is charged with having is in so that he or she can know how to combat the charges.

There are five schedules used to divide controlled substances. These are numbered from I to V. Schedule I is the most tightly controlled. The substances in this schedule are said to have no medicinal value. Heroin and marijuana are included in this schedule.

All property crimes are very serious matters in Maryland

Money laundering was our topic of choice last week. This is only one of the possible white collar crimes that you can face. Other crimes, such as identity theft and money laundering, are also possible. If you are facing any of these charges, we can help you learn about how you can handle your defense.

When you are facing one of these property crimes, there is a good chance that the evidence against you has been in progress for longer than you realize. This means that you will have to go through all of that evidence to find out what you need to point out in your defense.

Points you should know about money laundering charges

People who have criminal enterprises and those who are taking part in illegal activities have to find a way to make their funds seem legitimate. Money laundering, which involves moving money made in these criminal endeavors into places that make it seem like it came from a legal source, is one way that they handle this money concern. Money laundering is an action that can lead to criminal charges.

Money laundering was initially outlawed in the 1970s and the law against the criminal act was strengthened the following decade. The Money Laundering Control Act of 1989 made it illegal to engage in the transfer of money that was made in certain ways. While this did outlaw transferring the money into banks and other businesses, it also made transfer of funds from one person to another illegal if the funds came from one of the specified criminal acts.

Maryland might have a new bail protocol that will help inmates

The bail and bond system is something that many people who are facing criminal charges in Maryland find troublesome. The bail amounts for charges are often preventative when a person is trying to get out of jail while their criminal charges are pending. For these inmates, efforts that are currently being made might help with the issue of getting out of jail.

The Maryland Court of Appeals was recently the location of a six-hour hearing on bail amounts in the state. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh were present seeking to have the justices agree to judicial guidelines that would help to set more realistic bails for people facing criminal charges.

Don't let a slip up affect your parole and fresh start

We recently discussed how job hunting is a difficult task for person who has the label of felon. For the men and women who have served their time in prison and are trying to get back on the right path, being on parole is another factor that might hurt job prospects. In all of these cases, it is important to remember that the ultimate goal is to be reliant on yourself and to live a life on the right side of the law.

We know that keeping up with the expectations of parole can be difficult. You have to follow the rules. You might feel like you are being treated as a child. Just remember that this is only temporary and that eventually, your time on paper will be over.

Job hunting for felons can be a rough journey

We have often discussed what a difficult life you can have if you are a felon. One aspect of life that is often difficult to cope with is what being branded a felon does for your opportunities to earn a living. You might have trouble finding a job, especially if you are still on probation or parole after a conviction. This is especially challenging because most parole and probation programs will require you to have a job. If you are looking for work after being convicted of a felony, consider these tips.

One of the most important things that you should remember is to be honest. Don't try to blame your conviction on someone else. Instead, own up to your actions. If you are able to get an interview and your criminal history comes up, don't make excuses for it. Let the interviewer know that you are aware that your actions were wrong and let him or her know what you have done to move past that type of lifestyle.

Don't take a theft charge sitting down

When you are facing a theft charge, your integrity is being called into question. There are many instances in which an alleged theft might have been something else entirely. We know that you probably never thought you would find yourself in this position, but you mustn't dwell on that. Instead, you need to focus your energy on your defense.

Each factor in a theft case has the potential to be the factor that we must focus on. As we discussed in our previous blog post, there are many elements of theft cases to consider. When we are looking into your case, we will consider each possible option for a defense and share those with you. As we do this, you can think about how each option might impact your life.

Many factors matter in theft cases

Not all thefts are created equally in the eyes of the law. There are several factors that can determine what type of theft charges a person will face. These factors include the value of the items taken, the reason the items were taken, the location of the items that were taken and the manner in which the items were taken. When prosecutors opt to charge a person with a theft-related crime, all of these points are taken into consideration. Each of these points is an opportunity for the defense to raise questions.

The value of the items taken matters. The lower the value of an item that is taken, the lesser the charge. This means that you likely wouldn't face as serious of a charge if you stole a tube of lipstick as what you would face if you stole a Ferrari.

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