The laws about domestic violence have changed dramatically over the years in Maryland and all over the nation, and many people don't fully understand how they work. At their best, domestic violence laws can help keep people safe from abusive partners or family members. However, those who are prosecuted for domestic violence crimes may find themselves facing serious charges, severe penalties and a highly unsympathetic court.
Recently, just outside Upper Marlboro, Maryland, policymakers and leaders in Washington, D.C. were debating one of the most critical issues in criminal law: evidence disclosure. Most states, including Maryland, are strict about their fair disclosure requirements. This means that prosecutors must reveal to the criminal defense anything which may be beneficial to obtaining an acquittal.
Parents and students at a local Prince George's County middle school are in an uproar after their principal was accused of punching a student. According to reports, the principal confronted a student, who attempted to run from him. The now ex-principal allegedly ordered the student into a back room, where authorities claim he punched the student twice in the stomach. When the minor tried to fight back, the student was allegedly struck in the face.
A Montgomery County middle school has come clean about rumors involving a school worker allegedly sexually assaulting a minor student. According to reports, a 44-year-old camera maintenance worker at Baker Middle School is being charged with second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense for allegedly touching a 12-year-old female on the butt.
For many of us, criminal charges are a foreign thing. The prosecution of a criminal case is a formulaic nightmare for those unfortunate enough to face its wrath. Since the endgame may be stiff fines or jail time, the nightmare can be as real as it gets. Fortunately, local Upper Marlboro criminal defense lawyers are experts at guiding their clients through the process.