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Parole or probation meeting: Recording them requires consent

When you are on probation or parole, you want to walk the straight line. You don't want to get into any more trouble. Most people in this position are ready to finish their monitoring time so they can move on with life.

There are some instances in which something might not seem right with your probation or parole officer. You might be tempted to record the meetings with your officer; however, you must have the consent of your officer to do so. Maryland is one of the 11 states that requires all parties to provide permission before conversations can be recorded. This means that you can't just leave your phone on record and tape the meeting without them knowing.

Personal property crime charges require a customized defense

Personal property crimes often have considerable evidence associated with them. These cases can often be challenging from a defense standpoint, but that doesn't mean that you can't work on a defense. We can help you to plan a defense that takes the specifics of your case into account.

There are several aspects of your case that we need to review when we are planning your defense. This starts with reviewing the claims that the prosecution has made about the incident. This could clue us into the points that we need to address.

Possible defense strategies for a theft charge

Theft charges are often based on specific circumstances that led a person to believe that you were trying to deprive someone of an item that was rightfully theirs. Think about shoplifting. If you slipped something in a bag while you meandered around the store, it could be construed that you were going to steal the item, even if you weren't anywhere near the exit.

When you are facing theft charges, finding ways to defend yourself is a priority. These can vary considerably, but you should at least look into all of the possibilities so that you can choose the one that best meets the circumstances of your case.

Understand the severity of a probation or parole violation

We recently discussed the expectations of someone who is on probation or parole. These expectations aren't suggestions that are optional. Instead, they are necessary requirements that you must comply with if you are going to successfully complete the program. We know that things sometimes happen and you might accidentally end up breaking the rules that govern the probation program.

When you break probation or parole rules, you might be slapped with a probation or parole violation. This means that you are going back to jail and that you will have to stand before a judge to answer for your actions. This is a difficult position to be in, but we are here to help you learn what tactics you might use as you face these charges.

Know what is expected of you when you are on probation

Being convicted of a crime places you in a difficult position. There are some cases where you might not be sentenced to spend time in jail or prison. Instead, you could be given probation. A sentence of probation means that you can remain free in the community while you serve your sentence.

Being allowed to remain free doesn't come without strings attached, however. You will have to report to a probation officer who is charged with ensuring your compliance with the terms of your probation. The terms can include making sure you hold a job, pay your fines and stay out of legal troubles.

Determine the objective of your drug charge defense strategy

The type of drug charge you are facing has an impact on the way you handle your defense. More serious drug crimes might contain more elements that you need to address.

The fact is that no matter how minor or serious the charges are, you need to work hard on your defense. We are here to help you learn about the ways you can do that.

Know how the controlled substance schedules can impact a case

Many prescription drugs and illicit substances are considered controlled substances. The federal government has classified controlled substances into five schedules based on how addictive they are and what kinds of medical uses they have.

Substances that are in Schedule I are always illegal because the federal government says that there aren't any true medical benefits to the substances. Two drugs that fall into this category are marijuana and heroin.

Domestic violence charges won't magically disappear

We recently discussed some of the harsh penalties that you might face for domestic violence charges. If you recall, you can face up to life in prison for a rape conviction that is related to domestic violence. While this might seem harsh, it is proof that you need to get to work on your defense right away.

Many people think that they don't need to do anything when they are facing charges related to domestic violence. They falsely think that they can make up with the alleged victim and that everything will be good again. The fact is that the prosecutors decide what is going to happen, so you don't count on reconciliation as a way to fight the charge.

You can face up to life in prison for rape as domestic violence

Maryland has very strict domestic violence laws that can have a serious impact on your life. If you are accused of domestic violence related actions, you should be prepared to fight for your freedom.

One thing that is interesting about Maryland is that domestic violence isn't a charge in and of itself. Instead, the charges that you will face are based on the actions and you would likely face the same charges as you would have if you would have committed the same action against a stranger.

How are energy drinks and drunk driving related?

Studies have found that those who drink a lot of energy drinks are statistically more likely to be involved in drunk driving incidents. One study interviewed 1,000 college students to find that data. There appear to be some very interesting connections.

One thing researchers weren't able to decide was exactly why the two were linked, but they have some theories. For one thing, energy drinks are simply mixed with alcohol in many cases. People who drink more of them may not be drinking them on their own, so the higher energy drink consumption stats could also show that these people are drinking more alcohol.

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