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Maryland organizations seeking more domestic violence funding

Multiple organizations in Maryland are seeking increased funding for their domestic violence abuse programs. The organizations, all of which are grassroots, are working to change the way that the funding for these programs is distributed by state and county entities. One of the organizations, People for Change Coalition, argues that it's the same organizations that continue to receive funding.

One such organization that has received funding for the last two years was the Family Crisis Center. The Family Crisis Center has been awarded $150,000 in each of the last two periods for grants. When you look at the other side of things, a group known as Building Bridges has not received any funding in the past two years at the county level in Maryland.

Woman arrested for driving under the influence

A woman was recently arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Maryland after striking multiple vehicles intentionally and then resisting arrest. The incident occurred on Tuesday, March 6 in Faulkner. She is facing multiple charges following the arrest. According to a news report, the woman is 43 and from the area where the incident occurred.

After the woman was placed under arrest, she was able to slip her hands out of the handcuffs applied by the arresting officer. When she got out of the handcuffs, she tried to use her cellphone while in the back of the officer's vehicle. When the officer pulled to the side of the road to get the suspect back into custody, she tried to grab the computer in the front.

Finding housing with a felony record is difficult

When you have a criminal record, you might realize that it is hard to find housing. If you own your home, you won't face this difficulty. Renters are the ones who will have trouble with housing. This is because landlords can choose not to rent to people who have criminal convictions on their records.

The decision about whether to rent to a person who has a record is one that is fully up to the landlord. A criminal record isn't something that is covered under disability or similar laws. There are several things that these individuals might consider when they are trying to decide if they should rent a property to someone who has been involved in the criminal justice system.

Many theft and property crimes demand attention to details

We recently discussed some of the specifics of arson and what it means to be facing a charge for this matter. When it comes to property crimes, arson is only one of the possible criminal charges you might face. No matter what type of a property crime or theft you are facing, we are here to help you find out what you can do about your defense.

There are many aspects of these cases that might be subject to scrutiny. In many of these cases, the value of the items at the center of the case matters. This is something that is often up for a debate based on the market at the time the incident happened. If you think that the value of the items in the case are overinflated, speak up so that we can see if the moving to the true value might have a positive impact on your case.

Arson: Property crime with serious consequences

When people think of criminal matters, they usually think of violent crimes or incidents involving theft. While those crimes do make up a good portion of the ones that move through the criminal justice system, there are others that can occur. One of these often overlooked crimes is arson.

A person who is charged with arson is accused of setting a structure on fire. There doesn't have to be anyone in the building when it is ignited in order for someone to face criminal charges. Structure fires aren't the only prohibited kind. A person can also face arson charges for starting a forest fire.

Review the options you have for a drug case

Any type of drug charge can impact your life now and long after the case is resolved. Remembering that this isn't simply a short-term issue can help you determine what you are going to do to address the matter. We realize that you might need some help to learn about the options you have. We can help you find these out so that you can make informed decisions at each step.

Many criminal justice cases are handled through plea deals. This saves time since the case won't have to go through a trial, but it comes at a cost. You will have to plead no contest or guilty to specific charges. In exchange, the prosecution will usually seek a specific penalty that you agree to as part of the deal. You should remember, however, that the court can refuse the prosecution's suggestion or even decline to honor the plea deal.

Classifications of drugs can impact criminal cases

Drugs that are illegal are classified into five schedules on the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). This schedule is based on what medicinal use the drug has, as well as the impacts that it has on the people who use the drug, including the likelihood of addiction.

The CSA's scheduling decisions aren't always without debate. One of the biggest debates in the country now is whether marijuana should continue to be listed as a Schedule I drug, which is the category reserved for drugs without medicinal use and that are considered very unsafe. Drugs in this category, which also includes heroin, are said to never have acceptable use.

Verify your plans for the big game this weekend

This weekend is one that will be full of fun and excitement for football fans. If you are planning on heading out to watch the big game somewhere, you must make sure that you have a designated driver or a way to get home if you plan on consuming alcoholic beverages. Hopefully, you have already made those plans and just need to take a minute to verify that everything is still ready to go.

We realize that even the best laid plans might not go as you intended. If something happens and your transportation falls through, you will have to decide what you are going to do now. Unfortunately, you might not have much of a choice if you find this out at the party. You might be forced to drive home.

Parole and probation are difficult for women and juveniles

There is a vicious cycle in the criminal justice system that seems to suck some people in. The cycle keeps them in the system, moving from probation or parole back into prison and then back into the community corrections program. Getting out of the cycle takes determination and careful planning; however, some women and juveniles don't have the things they need to make the transition.

One particular issue that these individuals have is that they are often isolated. They can't hang around the people they know because of the fear that they will get into trouble. One of the conditions of these programs is that you can't hang around with people who are felons, who are on probation or who are on parole. This means that some women and children come into the program without any type of support system.

Tips for job hunting while you are on parole

A parolee who is just getting out of prison faces some difficulties while adjusting to the world. This is especially true for people who were incarcerated for a long period of time. One of the challenges that you are facing is finding a job.

You might be stuck in the vicious cycle of needing a job to comply with parole terms and being unable to find a job because you are on parole. Unfortunately, there is a chance that you could face a parole violation if you don't find and keep a job.

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