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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.

Factors for prosecution in Maryland

We have discussed a variety of criminal justice matters here. Some of those posts might have our Maryland readers wondering how the district attorney decides which charges to pursue. Because that is such an important part of the criminal justice system, we want our readers to understand this process.

The prosecutor decides which charges to pursue in a case by reviewing information that is provided by the police report. The prosecutor must decide if there is a legal basis to the case and if the evidence is suitable for the case. In some cases, there might be factors that make it likely that the case will be thrown out in court. In those cases, the prosecutor will usually decide not to pursue charges.

What is identity theft in Maryland?

In these days of digital access, a person's identifying information can be used in a variety of ways. One of those ways is for financial purposes. Some people might decide to use the personal identifying information of someone else to gain financially or for a variety of other reasons. This information can be a name, birth date, drivers' license number, Social Security number or any other information. It is important for our Maryland readers to know some basic information about identity theft.

How is identity theft classified in the criminal justice system?

Are domestic violence charges more common during the holidays?

There is a thought that domestic violence incidents increase around the holidays. Some people cite statistics from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence's compilation to refute that thought. Others say that those statistics show only part of the story, and a study done in Idaho backs that claim. No matter which side of the fence our readers in Maryland are on, the fact remains that domestic violence charges are some horrible charges for anyone to face.

When does domestic violence occur?

Alcohol test refusal can lead to penalties in Maryland

With the holiday season upon us, parties and other social events will occur. After these events, partygoers will have to get home or to a destination where they can sleep off the alcohol. As most of our readers know, driving after drinking alcohol is illegal in Maryland. Contrary to what some people believe, you can't just refuse to take tests for alcohol impairment in order to avoid a ticket. Failing to take alcohol tests can result in very serious consequences.

If you refuse to take the test, your driver's license will be taken. In its place, you will get a paper license that is temporary. The temporary paper license lasts 45 days. Unless you request a hearing in accordance with the paperwork you receive when you were stopped, your license will be suspended on the 46th day after the date listed on the Order of Suspension and on the Officer's Certification.

DUI charges can ruin your holidays if you don't take precautions

Before you head out to a party or family gathering where alcohol will be served, you should take a few minutes to think about how you will get home. By preparing ahead of time, you might save yourself from having to deal with the criminal justice system. The last thing most people want to deal with over the holiday season is seeing the flashing lights of law enforcement behind them, especially when the driver has been drinking and will likely end up in jail.

Maryland has very strict laws when it comes to drinking and driving. Drivers who are 21 years old or older can face DWI charges for a blood alcohol content percentage of .07 percent. A DUI charge is reserved for people who have a BAC of .08 percent or higher.

What are domestic violence charges in Maryland?

Our readers have sometimes read stories about domestic violence. It is important for our readers to know how Maryland views domestic violence. Not only can this help victims who need to get away from domestic violence, it can also help people who have been accused of domestic violence to fully understand what they are being accused of.

What is domestic violence in Maryland?

Juvenile crimes in Maryland are a chance to teach children

In our post last week, we discussed vandalism. That is one charge that is fairly common among juveniles. This is sometimes the result of boredom and sometimes the result of malicious intent. Many parents can probably remember being teenagers and egging a house or toilet papering a house. Those two events are classified as vandalism.

We know that teens will be teens. We understand that you don't want your teen to suffer a lifetime of negative consequences because of one seemingly harmless mistake. As your teen goes through the juvenile justice system, it is important to realize that the focus should be on rehabilitation and helping the teen instead of trying to punish and reprimand the teen.

Vandalism isn't legal in any state, including Maryland

Getting angry with someone might lead some people to do things that aren't appropriate. One of the actions that might be tempting is to destroy or damage that person's property. Defacing or destroying someone's property without his or her permission is considered vandalism. Acts of vandalism are punishable in the criminal justice system, so it is vital that anyone who is thinking of harming someone's property take a few minutes to think about the consequences.

Our readers in Maryland might like to know a little bit more about vandalism. There are several places where vandalism can occur. Street signs, parks, billboards, bus stops, cemeteries, homes, vehicles and any other place that doesn't belong to the alleged vandal are places where vandalism might occur.

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