While possession and sale of controlled substances are widely known to be crimes, the transportation of illegal drugs across state lines can constitute not only a federal crime, but can be a separate felony under Maryland law as well. Not every amount of of a controlled substance will trigger such a transportation felony, however.
Good people are sometimes charged with felonies. The indictment of a Maryland Episcopal bishop earlier this month on charges that include vehicular homicide serves as an example. In cases like this, public outrage over the alleged misdeeds of a public figure can obscure the fact that like all people charged with a crime, the bishop is innocent until proven guilty.
It's inevitable that family members are going to have arguments and disagreements from time to time. Many people are able to express their opinions by calmly using their words, but when arguments get heated and family members use physical force to assert their opinions, those family members may find themselves in trouble with the legal system. Being charged with a crime can be a scary time in a person's life, and domestic violence charges should not be taken lightly.
With the NFL season finally over, commentators across the country are discussing the happenings of preceding year. While the exciting finish to the Super Bowl is a common topic, the evolution of the NFL's treatment of domestic violence offenders has a more wide reaching effect. It is abundantly clear that a slap on the wrist will no longer be an acceptable punishment for an NFL player convicted of domestic violence charges.