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.