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Woomen can face domestic violence charges, too

People who think of domestic violence cases might not realize that men aren't the only people who have to face domestic violence charges. There are some women who have to face those charges. For women, the consequences of a domestic violence charge can be serious. With that in mind, it is important for women to understand the behaviors that might lead to them being accused of domestic violence because not all of them involve hitting or other physical contact. In fact, many of them are simply about controlling the man.

A woman can be accused of domestic violence may have called her husband or partner names or insulted them. She might try to stop them from going to see their family members. In some cases, the woman might control the money without letting her husband or partner have any say in the matter. Controlling what a person wears and where they go are also signs of domestic violence.

School bus driver faces 20 charges, including DUI

When you are facing drunk driving charges, your world might seem dark. In those days, it is vital that you have the representation you need to protect your good name. One person in Maryland is now facing charges that will likely mean that she needs a very strong defense. The woman was driving a bus when other drivers on the roadways called 911 to report a bus swerving all over the road.

The bus driver didn't have any children on the bus, but was on her way to pick up children at a private school. As it turns out, the bus driver was hired to drive the bus despite having a criminal record. She was previously arrested for DUI, drug possession and assault, and potentially other crimes. The bus company owner says he was trying to give the woman a second chance in life. He says he didn't think she would ever hurt anyone. He did confirm that she is no longer with the company.

What are driving restrictions after a DWI conviction in Maryland?

There are certain things that people expect to happen if they are convicted of a drunk driving offense. Some people might expect to have to pay fines or go to a treatment program. Some might even know that they are likely to have their driver's license suspended or revoked after they are convicted. There are some instances in Maryland in which a person who is convicted of drunk driving might face certain driving restrictions.

What types of driving restrictions are possible?

Possession of controlled substances is serious in Maryland

We have discussed a variety of drug cases on our blog. Some of those cases have involved controlled substances. Our Maryland readers might like to learn about controlled substances and why having these in your possession without a prescription can lead to criminal charges.

Controlled substances are all governed by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This act separates controlled substances into five categories. These categories are called schedules. In order to be classified as a controlled substance, the substance has to have a detrimental effect on the user. That effect can be health-related, welfare-related or both.

DUI charges require firm representation in Maryland

In our last post, we discussed the Episcopal bishop who is facing serious charges because of a drunk driving accident. It is alleged that she killed someone and then fled the scene of the accident. The charges she is facing are very serious charges. Despite the severity of those charges, she is presumed innocent until she is found guilty. We know that some of our Maryland residents can empathize with her plight. We understand that facing those types of charges are very serious.

Just the thought of possibly losing her freedom is probably weighing heavily on her mind. Add in the fact that she is being asked to resign from her profession, and you can only imagine the horror she is feeling. That is the thing about facing drunk driving charges that some people don't realize. Not only is a person's freedom at stake, their livelihood is also at stake.

Drunk driving charge and more for bishop in hit-and-run crash

Anyone who drives on the Maryland roadways has the responsibility to drive in a safe manner. People who fail to do so and those who are perceived as not driving safely might end up facing criminal charges. For those people, presenting a defense against the criminal charges becomes necessary because of the severity of the consequences in this state. One Episcopal bishop is learning all about the importance of defending herself in court.

The woman is facing 13 charges after being indicted by a Baltimore-based grand jury. The woman was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident last year that killed a bicyclist. She has been charged with a variety of charges, including manslaughter by vehicle, texting while driving, driving under the influence of alcohol per se, reckless driving and criminal negligent manslaughter by vehicle. Other charges have also been placed against the woman.

Several considerations affect parole eligibility in Maryland

Last week, we discussed the differences and similarities of probation and parole. That post might have left some of our readers wanting to know more about how parole works in Maryland. There are a few basic points that might make it a little easier to understand.

It is important for people who are facing time in prison to understand that parole isn't something that is guaranteed. People who are incarcerated must complete a certain percentage of their sentence before they are eligible for parole. In addition to the requirements for time served, several other factors are considered. These factors include a home plan, rehabilitation needs, possibility of adjustment to life outside of prison, employment readiness, program needs, victim input, criminal history and prior incarcerations. The sentencing judge's notes are also considered in this process.

Similarities and differences between probation and parole

When you read about criminal trials in the newspaper, on television or online, you might come across the terms probation and parole. These two terms might seem to be similar in some ways, but they are actually very different terms. It is important for our Maryland readers to know the ways they are the same and the ways they are different.

Probation and parole are similar in one major way. Both refer to methods of criminal justice that involve supervision of the person who was convicted of a crime. This supervision is done by probation officers and parole officers. While the person is being monitored, he or she is allowed to be out and about in the community.

Domestic violence charges require immediate attention

In our blog post last week, we discussed how the Alford plea resulted in a man receiving a probation sentence in a domestic violence case. That story brings up the importance of having top-notch representation when you are facing domestic violence charges in Maryland. These charges can have some serious effects on just about every aspect of your life.

When an accusation of domestic violence is made against you, it is possible that you will be displaced. That is because you might not be able to return to your home if there is a protective order against you. Even if that is only temporary, it can still be a huge burden for you to bear. If you have children, you might even be kept away from them.

Alford plea results in probation for domestic violence charges

Family disputes can be very tense and stressful situations that make people react in a manner that might result in threats being made. The results of these disputes and the subsequent actions of the parties involved can often involve the criminal court system. In the criminal court system, there are various ways that a person can answer to the charges placed against them.

In a recent case in Maryland, a man who was facing a host of charges walked away with a sentence of one year on probation. The charges he originally faced included two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, driving with a suspended license and reckless endangerment. Ultimately, he only faced two counts of second-degree assault. Those were heard at a non-jury trial.

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