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July 2015 Archives

Maryland college among many being investigated for sexual assault

Parties are often the high points of the difficult and studious weeks that many students endure during college. Maryland students who attend institutions of higher education may indulge their leisure time at private parties, parties thrown by Greek-life houses, or even parties sponsored by their schools. While many students use parties as a way to unwind and reduce stress, others discover that college parties can be environments where allegations of criminal activity are born.

A closer look at domestic violence in Maryland courts

In general, there can be criminal and civil consequences associated with domestic violence. In Maryland, domestic violence abuse is defined as assault; an act that places an individual in fear of imminent serious bodily harm; an act that causes serious bodily harm; attempted rape or an attempted sexual offense; rape or a sexual offense; stalking; and false imprisonment or kidnapping between family or household members.

The penalties for drug paraphernalia possession in Maryland

Many Maryland residents may already know that the State Assembly recently reduced the criminal penalties for possession of marijuana. However, even with this development, the Assembly has not changed the penalties for possession of drug paraphernalia and if a resident is found in possession of this material, he or she may still incur significant consequences.Drug paraphernalia is a term that describes any item that is associated with illegal drugs. This can refer to many different articles but is primarily used to describe items such as a crack pipe, a marijuana bowl or pipe or a hypodermic syringe. It can even refer to the residue of a narcotic or a written description of a device that explains its use.

What are some defenses to robbery charges in Maryland?

Anyone who has been charged with robbery in Maryland faces serious consequences because robbery, no matter the degree, is a felony. Penalties for a robbery conviction can include a significant prison term and a permanent criminal record. So mounting a strong criminal defense against any robbery charge is imperative. But what types of defense might a criminal defense attorney raise in a robbery trial?

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