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What Are Your Bail Options In A Criminal Case?

When a criminal court requires you to post bail, you have several options. Depending on how high the bail is set, your resources and the expenses involved, you can evaluate which type of bail works best for your situation. Court clerks operate based on Maryland Court Rule 4-217 Bail bonds, which the legal basis for… Read More »

When Does The Court Order An Ignition Interlock Device?

DUI (driving under the influence) is the most common legal charge where drivers end up using an Ignition Interlock Device (IID). IIDs are often discretionary, but Maryland courts make use of an IID mandatory for second and subsequent DUI convictions. However, the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) says that a District Court, the Office of Administrative… Read More »

Sexual Offense Charges

With so many different legal terms for sex crime, understanding which terms relate to less serious or more serious offenses can be confusing. Maryland law broadly describes sex offenses to include minor crimes where there is no sexual contact, such as sexting or solicitation. However, it can also refer to sexual contact that involves touching… Read More »

Underage Drinking Laws And Zero-Tolerance DUI Laws

Maryland laws allow underage drinking on private non-alcohol selling premises with parental consent and also for religious reasons. However, under no circumstances do Maryland laws allow underage individuals to drink and drive. Maryland passed a Zero Tolerance law in 1989 that prohibited drivers under the age of 21 from drinking and driving. Authorities charge someone… Read More »

Why Fighting For Reduced Burglary Charges Matters

How authorities charge you can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. This is true with burglary in Maryland. Under the Maryland Code for Burglary and Related Crimes, charges vary widely and are subject to greater and lesser punishments. The possible charges for burglary include: Misdemeanor of breaking and entering a vehicle… Read More »

Theft Vs. Robbery

All theft is certainly not the same in the eyes of the law, and a substantial difference exists between robbery and theft. Maryland Code Criminal Law Title 7 defines theft as unauthorized control over property where the individual intends to deprive the owner of property through deception, concealing the property or possessing it. The severity… Read More »

What Are Preliminary Hearings And Why Are They Important In A Criminal Case?

Understanding your right to a preliminary hearing is crucial because it can mean the difference between dropping charges due to lack of evidence or the case being tried as a misdemeanor instead of a felony. The purpose of a preliminary hearing is to decide whether probable cause for arrest and sufficient evidence exists to proceed… Read More »

What Is The Difference Between Parole And Probation?

When thinking about criminal conviction, you envision spending time in jail or prison. However, serving a sentence does not always involve incarceration — or, at least, not as much incarceration as you expect. Probation and parole are supervisory conditions within the criminal justice system that allow defendants convicted of crimes to serve time outside of… Read More »

What Is The Pretrial Release Process?

The best case scenario when under criminal arrest without a warrant is for the judicial officer to find a lack of probable cause and release you. Pre-trial release must follow Maryland Rules Pre-trial Procedures, and you typically come before the district court commissioner within a matter of hours and no later than 24 hours after… Read More »

Invoking Miranda Rights

Indeed, you have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney when taken into custody, whether being interrogated or arrested for a crime. Law enforcement’s responsibility to advise you of this right is known as the Miranda warning. You derive these rights from the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution, which protects you… Read More »