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Being accused of drug crimes can affect several points of your life. In some cases, you might have to miss work if you are placed in jail. You might also have to miss work to make your appearances in court. Most people who are facing drug charges want to minimize the effect the charges have on their life. One way you can do this is to invoke your right to counsel.

By having an attorney present as you move through the criminal justice process, you can ensure that your rights are being respected. You will also have someone on your side to help you understand the process and to help you understand how certain options might affect you. You should be prepared to invoke your right to have an attorney present right away.

Any theft-related charge must be taken seriously

Theft charges of any sort are difficult charges to face. When those charges stem because of an accusation of fraud or similar circumstances, it can seem like a huge weight is being placed on your shoulders. We know that you don't want your good name ruined because of those types of charges. We can fight for your rights as you go through the criminal justice proceedings.

There are some instances in which theft charges can pose unique challenges. Examples of this would be if the theft charge has a violent undertone, such as carjacking or armed robbery. No matter what type of theft-related charges you are facing, we can help you to learn your options for defense.

Auditors accuse 2 nonprofits of misusing federal grants

A recent report from an Energy Department watchdog group is accusing two Maryland nonprofit groups of overcharging the government in a fraudulent manner. The report claims that Maryland Energy Conservation and C&O Conservation have received $1.5 million in unsupported, prohibited or improper reimbursements in connection with federal grant money meant to be used to weatherize low-income homes.

The federal auditors claim that the funds meant to be used to weatherize homes was used make donations to a company's founder's child's school, to pay personal credit card bills and make improvements to a director's home. The Inspector General noted that the review highlighted oversight problems. He noted that personal responsibility was at the core of the issue.

Mandatory reporting of domestic violence is complex

In our previous post, we discussed how domestic violence is a serious matter in Maryland. It is taken so seriously that some people are required by law to report domestic violence. This means that just because a victim doesn't report domestic violence, it doesn't mean that it won't get reported. It also means that some reports of domestic violence might not even be true.

Generally, health care workers are required to report domestic violence to law enforcement agencies. This report has to contain at least very basic information. That information includes the patient's name, location, injuries, and the identity of the alleged abuser if it is known.

Domestic violence is a serious matter in Maryland

When you and a family member get into an argument, it is easy for things to get out of hand. In some cases, you might end up with criminal charges or civil action against you because that family member claims that he or she was a victim of domestic violence.

Maryland has some very strict laws about what constitutes domestic violence. In this state, domestic violence occurs when there is a rape, sexual offense, attempted rape, attempted sexual offense, assault, stalking or false imprisonment. Domestic violence is also defined as doing something that places a family member or household member in fear of imminent body harm that would be serious.

Probation violations must be taken seriously

When you are given probation as a penalty for a criminal conviction, you must ensure that you meet all the requirements for the probation program. When you don't meet the requirements, you can stand to face new criminal charges for a probation violation. In some cases, being found guilty of a probation violation can land you in jail and can result in more fines.

There are several ways that probation can be violated. The tie that binds them all together is that you didn't follow the rules of the program. Generally, the terms of probation stipulate that you can't get into any new legal trouble, you can't miss any court dates, you can't miss meetings with your probation officer, you can't use drugs and you can't leave the area without permission.

Several factors affect drug case defense strategies

The circumstances surrounding drug cases can vary greatly. In our previous blog post, we discussed the case of the fatal heroin sale that led to one person facing criminal charges. If you recall, that case was resolved with a plea agreement. That is only one possible way that a drug case can be resolved.

We know that you value your freedom and don't want to have to face a lifetime of negative impacts because of a drug charge. We can't promise you that you will be found not guilty or that you won't have to deal with some penalties. We can, however, promise you that we will give your case personalized attention from start to finish.

Plea agreement ends criminal proceedings for fatal heroin sale

For some people, selling drugs is a way to make fast money. Making that money, however, can come at a high cost if the person is caught. Drug charges in Maryland have serious penalties that aren't anything to laugh at. One 24-year-old man was recently sentenced as part of a plea agreement involving heroin sales.

The incident occurred on July 18, 2013 when the young man sold heroin to a customer. Later on the same day, the man sold more heroin to the same individual. That individual died shortly after that second purchase. The cause of death was ruled to be heroin intoxication.

An order of protection can make life challenging

The four forms of domestic abuse were our topic for last week's blog. Those forms show just how widespread allegations of domestic abuse can be. When it comes to domestic violence accusations, it is vital that you take those accusations seriously because they can affect every aspect of your life.

When you have been accused of domestic violence, you might face proceedings in civil court and criminal court. Both courts have serious penalties that can make your life difficult. From the start, you will likely have to make some serious life changes because if an order of protection is issued you won't be able to go home as long as that order is in place. If you have children, that order usually means that you won't be able to see the children for a while.

Domestic violence encompasses 4 forms of abuse

Domestic violence is something that hits close to home in a literal sense. When you learn that you are being accused of domestic violence, it can often feel like your world is crashing down around you. In some cases, you will be forbidden from seeing the people you love. If criminal charges are filed, that adds another level of difficulty to the situation.

It is important that anyone involved in a relationship understand some basic points about domestic violence. Not all domestic violence is physical. In fact, there are four forms of domestic violence: physical, emotional, economic and sexual. Each covers a different set of actions, but some forms of domestic violence can include more than one of these forms.


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