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How the state of Maryland views felony identity theft

The crime of identity theft has been continually rising throughout the nation. The state of Maryland has not been immune from this increase and has also seen an increase in the number of identity theft crimes. To help combat this epidemic, the Maryland state government has enacted strict laws against it. So, here is a brief look at how the crime of identity theft is viewed in Maryland.

Will I go to jail if I'm convicted of drunk driving?

Getting pulled over by the police is never a comfortable experience, but if you have stopped after having a couple of drinks, the experience can be even more unnerving. You may even think you are ok to drive and not over the legal limit - but what if you have had too much? If you're charged with drunk driving will you be sent to jail? If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is above the legal limit (0.08 percent or higher in Maryland), jail is a possibility.

The illegal use of prescription medicines can end in drug charges

Every day doctors and other health care providers prescribe a variety of prescription drugs and painkillers to their patients. Most of these are prescribed with the goal that they only be taken for a short time. After that, the patient should discontinue using them because these drugs are often highly addictive.

What is a deposition?

Usually, after criminal charges have been filed against a Maryland resident, the defendant is then arraigned in court and must declare their innocence or guilt. If they state that they are not guilty, a trial date is set. But, before the trial, the defendant and his or her criminal defense team engage in the process of discovery with the prosecution to prepare for trial. During discovery, both the prosecution and the defense may use depositions to help them prepare their case. Nonetheless, exactly what is a deposition, and what is it used for?

Behaviors that can result in child sexual abuse charges

Most Maryland residents know about the severe nature of child sexual abuse crimes. They also know that there has been a very strong effort on both the federal and state levels to introduce legislation to help prevent this kind of abuse from happening. However, many people may be unaware of the type of conduct that can result in sexual assault charges. So here is a brief look at these types of actions.

How does a drug conviction affect your ability to get federal financial aid for college?

If you're facing drug charges, you may be worried about monetary fines or jail time. However, a drug conviction can affect your life in various other ways as well. One of the lesser-known consequences of a drug conviction is the possibility of losing your eligibility for federal financial aid for college. In some situations, you may also be responsible for having to pay back aid monies given to you during the time of the offense. Understanding how the drug conviction affects financial aid and what you may be able to do about it is an important part of forming a plan moving forward.

Drugs on college campuses reach 35-year high

With the smoking of marijuana on college campuses at its highest level in 35 years, more students are at risk of being caught and charged. These students face more than just criminal charges, which can be severe in themselves. Many also face discipline at the college or university they attend. These college discipline proceedings can result in the loss of scholarships and other forms of financial aid, or they may even be expelled from school.

Third man charged with killing in Prince George County

Maryland residents know that being accused of any type of felony charges can have a devastating effect on a person's life. Suddenly, that individual is no longer concerned with everyday problems, but now must focus on more serious issues. According to recent reports, one Virginia man must now face first degree murder charges for a crime that took place in Prince George County.Prince George County authorities report that they have arrested a 48-year-old Manassas, Virginia man and charged him with the felony crimes of first and second degree murder. The crime involved the death of a man whose body was found in Prince George County back in February. Two other men have also been charged with the crime.

Maryland man faces multiple drug charges following traffic stop

It is important for all criminal defense options to be fully understood when an individual is facing serious drug charges. A man was recently charged in a nearby community north of Upper Malboro with traffic offenses and drug charges. According to authorities, the 46-year old man is facing drug charges after police stopped him for failing to wear a seat belt. The traffic stop resulted in the man facing multiple drug charges, as well as traffic charges. According to authorities, the man was driving with a suspended license.

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