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Theft charges placed against 2 teens for shoplifting spree

The boardwalk shops in Ocean City, Maryland, are a place of intrigue for many people. The colorful wares and amazing shops seem to just pull people in. Sadly for two teens, the decision to visit those shops and their alleged actions while there now have them facing criminal charges.

The two teens, a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old female, have been charged with various crimes. The man faces a second-degree assault charge and six counts of theft less than $100. The female faces a possession of drug paraphernalia charge and six counts of theft less than $100.

What is probation?

A person who is going through a criminal trial knows that there are several ways the trial can end. In some cases, the person will be found not guilty. When the person is found guilty, there are several possible sentences, including incarceration and probation. Some people might have some questions about probation.

What is probation?

Take immediate action if you are accused of domestic violence

Anyone can be accused of domestic violence. In last week's blog post, we discussed that women can sometimes be accused of domestic violence. Anyone, male or female, who is accused of domestic violence should take steps right away to protect their reputation. This involves fighting against the charges.

What some people don't realize is that even the accusation of domestic violence is enough to tarnish a person's reputation. The accusation can lead to troubles with your daily life. In some cases, you might lose your job or be placed on a leave while the case is ongoing. In other cases, you might find that you can't go home because of court orders to stay away from the accuser.

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.

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