Following Baltimore Sun reporter Peter Hermann for one day, the British Broadcasting Group ran a piece on crime and crime reporting in our city. Entitled Baltimore’s Crime Scene Reporter, the video shed light on the job of a man tasked with documenting the criminal offenses of our metropolis.
Baltimore is often seen as a capital of crime, a mecca of criminal behavior. We know our city has its high crime areas and often a violent disposition, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have redeeming qualities as well. However, as Hermann states in his Baltimore Sun blog, the BBC piece may shed light on how the city gets accustomed to the crime and it becomes less and less horrific as people are desensitized to it.
Even those folks who are accused of criminal activity know the city has a high crime rate. They feel it as they are shuffled through the local criminal justice system, as one small piece in a system that is busting at the seams. Whether waiting in a local holding cell to be processed in or awaiting trial, criminal defendants often feel just how congested the system is.
As cable would have you believe, murders are rampant here in Baltimore. While we do have our share of violent crime and none of it is acceptable, drug offenses and property crimes are far more common. Sure they don’t make the headlines, but they are there, making up a large percentage of arrests and court cases.
Facing any criminal charge, whether violent or “victimless” can be frightening and extremely stressful. Filled with delays and technicalities, the journey from arrest to trial can be long and arduous. When up against charges, a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney is an asset.
If you are facing criminal charges in the Maryland criminal courts, contact me today to discuss your case.