A Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the NAACP in their effort to obtain racial profiling data from the state police’s internal investigations reports. Previously, the state police had denied requests, stating the information within should be protected as personnel files. The Court saw otherwise. [Read more…]
A former officer for the Maryland Transit Association was sentenced to 5 years in prison for his participation in an insurance fraud scheme. He destroyed his SUV and that of some friends in order to get out from under the loan payments due to tight financial conditions.
Often criminal fraud charges in Maryland result from desperate financial situations and momentary panic. If you committed an act of fraud , exercising bad judgment in a weak or stupid moment, we understand how this can happen. You do need to face that these charges are serious.
But that doesn’t mean you deserve the maximum penalty allowed by law for a stupid mistake. Please contact us to find out how we can help you work out a reasonable deal, and get on with your life.
Everyone deserves a second chance, and fair treatment under the law. But you will not be treated fairly without an attorney on your side to protect you.
The Maryland House of Delegates is proposing a new DNA collection law pushed by Governor O’Malley. Under the proposed law, Maryland police and law enforcement agencies would routinely collect DNA samples from anyone arrested for a criminal charge in Maryland. The result would be an expanded database of DNA from which to search in future cases, but civil libertarians argue that it is a violation of the rights of a person who has not been convicted of a crime.
Similar laws are in place in 12 states, including Virginia, and are being actively considered in 22 other states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Members of the Maryland legislatures Black Caucus are against the proposal, saying that it unfairly targets African-Americans, who are arrested at a much higher rate than whites. Supporters of the bill suggest that it is no more of a violation than collecting fingerprint samples during the booking process, but DNA is arguably much more personal, and contains sensitive and detailed information about a person’s medical history and background.
The Maryland State Senate approved a measure to increase fines for adults providing alcohol to minors, but rejected the House proposal that would have made doing so a misdemeanor criminal charge.
If the proposal becomes law, maximum civil penalties will increase from $1000 to $2500 for a first offense act of providing alcohol to someone under the legal drinking age of 21, and fines for 2nd or subsequent offenses will rise from $1500 to $5000.
Keeping the offense as a civil penalty was controversial, as lawmakers were clearly torn by the difficulties in balancing the dangers of alcohol use by minors with the practical realities of enforcement and prosecution. One factor in stopping the criminal enhancement was that the criminal charge of “Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor” is still an option for prosecution of serious cases.
Cigarettes are much cheaper in Virginia and North Carolina, due to the fact that the average tax is $2 per pack here, while it is only about $1.20 in Virginia. So even if you literally walk across the border, and bring back 3 packs of cigarettes, you are a criminal.