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DUI charge ends without jail time for Maryland restaurateur

By now, readers of our blog know that we understand that mistakes happen. We know that facing drunk driving charges is something that no driver ever wants to face. Sometimes, the horror of facing those charges becomes a reality. For a 2009 contestant on "Top Chef," facing drunk driving charges could have been a lot worse.

The chef owns a restaurant in Baltimore. He was stopped on June 6 on South Howard Street. As a result of that traffic stop, he was charged with a DUI. He recently learned the outcome of his case after pleading guilty to that charge.

What are the penalties for drug charges in Maryland?

For people who are facing drug charges or have a loved one facing drug charges, understanding the different types of charges is vital. Knowing what the charges mean and what the potential consequences are for various charges can help to take some of the wonder out of the process. There are several points to consider in Maryland when it comes to first offense drug charges.

What are the penalties for bringing drugs into Maryland?

What should I know about a drunk driving charge?

Nobody usually expects that his or her life will be changed by a drunk driving charge. The reality is that people have to face these types of charges each day in Maryland. When you are facing a drunk driving charge, you might have some questions about what various things mean. Getting answers to these questions can help you to make sure that you understand your charges and the possible consequences.

Do I have to take a Breathalyzer if I am pulled over?

Domestic violence charges stem from 1 of 4 types of alleged abuse

When things get tough at home, the last thing you probably expect is to be accused of domestic violence. While many cases of domestic violence go unreported, there are instances in which domestic violence claims are falsely made. If you are facing domestic violence claims, you should be aware of some of the basic aspects of domestic violence.

While physical abuse is the most commonly thought of type of domestic violence, it isn't the only type of domestic violence. Domestic violence can also come in the forms of financial abuse, sexual abuse and psychological abuse. Each type of divorce has specific points that set them apart from the others.

Understanding the difference between parole and probation

Maryland residents who have been charged with a crime may be wondering about the definition of two important legal terms: probation and parole. Criminal defense attorneys know that these two concepts are very different, even though they both feature a form of supervised release. Understanding probation and parole rules can help you and your attorney identify the best strategies for defending your criminal case.

Probation and parole may sound the same, but there are striking differences between these two programs. Probation is considered part of a criminal sentence. That is, when someone is sentenced in connection with a minor crime, he or she may be required to comply with some supervised release regulations. Probation is generally reserved for nonviolent, first-time offenders. These defendants are sentenced to suspended jail terms that will not be served unless the person violates the terms of probation. In general, these terms include checking in with a probation officer, along with attending drug and alcohol classes or other educational events.

Complaint in Maryland leads to drug charges

Reports are now coming out about an arrest that happened in St. Michaels, Maryland, back on the July 24. The whole incident began when someone -- who was not named -- called the St. Michaels Police Department to lodge a complaint. He or she said that someone was illegally using marijuana.

The complaint came from a building that was located down on Talbot Street. Police officers responded to it to investigate the situation. They were accompanied by the special Talbot narcotics task force.

Man denied bail in Maryland, extensive criminal history presented

For some people, what they have done in the past has a way of coming back to them at a time when they least expect it. In some cases, the past can hinder them from being able to move forward with their future as they have it planned. For one Maryland man, an extensive criminal history seems to have played a part in a recent court hearing. That court hearing has resulted in him being held without bail.

The man was stopped on Interstate 95. During the stop, he allegedly said his name was Robert Ernest Johnson, but later changed his first name to Roger. Neither was his real name. While he was stopped, authorities allegedly found suspected heroin, as well as two glass pipes that contained what was suspected to be crack cocaine.

Sisters allegedly fight, 1 now faces domestic violence charges

When most people hear the term domestic violence, they often think of a spouse who is abusing another spouse. That, however, is a misconception because in Maryland, being married isn't necessary to face a domestic violence charge. A recent case between sisters highlights this point.

Two sisters got into an altercation in Easton. One of the sisters is facing criminal charges for domestic assault. It is alleged that she injured her sister during an argument. The woman was released on her own recognizance after being taken into custody and having to face the district court commissioner.

Man charged with arson held on probation violation without bond

The past has a way of catching up with us. After an investigation of a year and a half, one Maryland man is now facing charges from an incident that occurred in 2012. According to the chief/public affairs officer, the man is being held on a probation violation without bond. He allegedly was the person who was responsible for starting a fire on Nov. 14 of that year at the Loudoun County Community Corrections Office. An estimated $200,000 in damaged was caused by that fire. The community corrections office had to be relocated. While it is believed that a fire at the office's new location was related to the November fire, the Dec. 19 fire is still under investigation.

At the time of the Nov. 2012 fire, the man who has been charged with arson of a building, two counts of a fire bomb used to commit arson, and conspiracy to commit a felony, had sentencing pending after a guilty plea for possession of methadone. He was ultimately sentenced to two years of probation and 18 months of suspended jail time for the possession of methadone charge.

Man and many others face drug charges for cross-country operation

In a country that is supposed to be free, some might find it shocking that there is still such a focus being placed on people who sell drugs to adults who want to experience their effects. Recently, at least 16 people have been charged in connection with an interstate narcotics trafficking scheme. The main person netted in the sting was a 46-year-old man. This case might interest readers in Maryland since seven of the accused people are facing drug charges in the U.S. District Court in Maryland.

The operation was said to be a cross-country drug ring that was getting heroin to various locations around the country. The main person netted in the sting is accused of bringing shipments of multiple kilograms of the drug into Baltimore. With an average wholesale price of around $60,000 per kilogram of heroin in the Baltimore region, it is easy to see that this man was pushing serious weight.

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