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Why are plea bargains used in criminal cases?

People who are going through a criminal case might learn that they are being offered a plea deal. More than 90 percent of criminal cases are resolved using this method. It is important for defendants to understand some points of plea bargains so they can decide if they want to accept the offer or not.

Criminal defense strategies can impact a case

Last week, we discussed two teenagers who were being charged with crimes related to an alleged shoplifting spree they went on along the Atlantic Avenue boardwalk. That story brings up an important point -- everyone who is facing criminal charges of any sort has the right to offer a defense against the charges. There are several things that a person facing the criminal justice system must think about.

Theft charges placed against 2 teens for shoplifting spree

The boardwalk shops in Ocean City, Maryland, are a place of intrigue for many people. The colorful wares and amazing shops seem to just pull people in. Sadly for two teens, the decision to visit those shops and their alleged actions while there now have them facing criminal charges.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Maryland police track cell phone to chase down stolen $150,000

An employee who was working at a casino in Maryland allegedly decided to take a chance to bring home some extra cash after spotting a pile of $100 bills at work. He grabbed the money before ending his shift, and the total value of the stack was $150,000.

Maryland men face theft charges, stolen merchandise recovered

The lure to get things can sometimes lead people to do so through methods that aren't normally used. Taking things in this method can sometimes lead to criminal charges. For two Maryland men, having things in their possession that were taken from other people has resulted in them facing theft charges.

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