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Marijuana drug charges can have serious consequences

We have often discussed cases involving drug charges. While some people might have a tendency to think that some drug crimes are worse than others, that isn't necessarily the case. The thought that being charged with cocaine possession is somehow worse than being charged with marijuana possession isn't correct. A person who faces charges relating to marijuana might find that there are very serious effects of those charges.

We know that you don't want a drug charge to affect every aspect of your life. Even if you are charged under the Maryland misdemeanor drug laws, you might find that there are negative impacts you didn't even realize would occur.

Federal drug charges will see reduced sentences in the next year

People who are incarcerated for federal drug crimes are facing a new sentencing guidelines as of Nov. 1. The new guidelines, which were passed by a federal judicial panel, call for reduced sentences. This will affect the prison terms for some people who are currently incarcerated, including some from Maryland, but determining who is eligible for an early release might prove daunting.

Public defenders, probation officers and judges will be some of the people who have to work to figure it all out. In Maryland, the first inmates who will be released under the reduced sentencing guidelines won't be released for another year. That, however, isn't stopping officials from getting the preparations underway.

What is a probation violation, and what are the consequences?

For people charged with a crime, the criminal court proceedings are sometimes only the start of them having to deal with the law. If they are found guilty of the charges placed against them, they might be sentenced to serve probation. While probation does give you some freedom, there are still rules that you are bound by in accordance with Maryland law. If you happen to disobey these rules, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, you might face a probation violation.

What is a probation violation?

Shoplifting: A theft charge with special considerations

Being charged with shoplifting is something that can be disheartening, especially when the charge is because of a misunderstanding. For people who have been charged with shoplifting, it is important to understand a few points about shoplifting charges. Our Maryland readers might find these points interesting.

Shoplifting is a farm of larceny that involves merchandise from a business. In a broad sense, a shoplifting charge doesn't necessarily mean that someone is found walking out of the store with goods. It can mean simply trying to conceal merchandise, which can lead to an implied intent to leave the establishment with the items.

Outcomes vary with drunk driving charges in Maryland

We discussed a case last week that had to do with the Maryland "Top Chef" contestant who pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge and didn't have to serve time in jail. If you are thinking to yourself that he must be one lucky guy, you might wonder how he ended up with the sentence he did. One answer to that might be that the man had a strong defense.

We know that facing a drunk driving charge is difficult. The prospect of losing your driver's license might be something that incites fear into your heart. We know how hard life can be without being able to drive. We can help you to fight a good fight against the charges that might yank your driving privileges from you.

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.


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