It seems as though new horror stories about in-person meetings of people who met online make the news on a daily basis. When these meetings go bad, criminal charges are sometimes filed against the party who is accused of illegal actions.
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.
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.
People in this world want to protect the property they worked hard to accumulate. For that reason, people usually decide to contact the police when their property is missing. In some cases, the person who took the property is properly identified. In other cases, the person who is detained might not be the person who took the items. No matter which category you fall into, it is vital that you understand your rights throughout the process.
When you are arrested, you likely want to know what you are being charged with. You probably want to move through the process as fast as possible so that you can move on with your life. But, what happens if you are arrested and held without charges? The answer to that might interest some of our readers.
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.
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.
A former principal at a Maryland high school admitted his involvement in stealing $10,000 from the school. The 37-year-old entered a guilty plea to a felony theft charge in Baltimore Circuit Court on March 19. The court sentenced him to four years of probation and 150 hours of community service work. He was also ordered to repay the money, which he immediately did. He allegedly used the funds to pay for several expenses, including his wedding. He expressed his relief that the ordeal was over.
A man faces scrap metal theft charges to the tune of about $45,000. Authorities have accused him of the theft of numerous machines and sheet metal from a former employer. The defendant was employed by the business for about six months. The business owner said the thief knew how to avoid detection from security cameras. The suspect sold the items to a scrap yard for just under $700 in December 2012. He gave the business his driver's license information. The metal was destroyed almost as soon as it arrived at the business. A slow economy and the increasing price of metal have resulted in the rise in scrap metal thefts from businesses. Salvage yards realize the implications of the thefts and help authorities who investigate.
Many people wouldn't think of someone steeling electrical cords or rain gutters when they think of theft. Authorities are saying these types of theft crimes are increasing in Maryland because the items often contain copper. The price of copper has been increasing, making any item with that metal in it a valuable asset.