Most Maryland residents have probably heard of the terms "assault" and "battery." They also know that the terms are used in criminal cases when someone is charged with striking and injuring another person. However, they may not know that while the two words are often used together, they actually mean two different things. So, what is the difference between assault and battery?Battery is closely associated with assault, which is why they are frequently used together. The crime of assault means that a person has threatened another with physical violence, while the crime of battery is the actual physical act of striking another person. That means if someone believed that another person was going to hit them, they would be the victim of an assault, while they would be the victim of battery if they were actually struck by another person.
Driving while intoxicated can carry significant consequences including suspension of your driver's license, fines and even jail time. That being said, if you become the subject of a DUI stop, you still have rights and the stop itself does not mean that you need to submit of any and all police requests.
The 4th Amendment deals with unwarranted searches and seizures and lays out the basic limitations for how and when officers of the law can search your person or belongings. However, many people think the 4th Amendment applies to their situation without really understanding the specifics. The 4th Amendment says:
Maryland residents know that an individual charged with a crime cannot be convicted unless the prosecution has presented sufficient evidence that proves that this person committed the crime. But, some residents may not know that evidence presented in a trial may fall into several different categories. So, what are the different types of evidence that can be presented at a criminal trial?
Most Maryland residents are aware that crimes in the state are divided into one of two classifications: felonies and misdemeanors. They also know that a felony is a more serious type of crime, while a misdemeanor conviction could lead to a lesser punishment. But, some of our readers may not know exactly what types of crimes fall into the misdemeanor category.
Being arrested and charged with drug possession or any other type of drug crime can be a devastating development in a person's life. Their entire life must now be focused on defending themselves against these serious charges. Unfortunately, six Prince George's County men have now found themselves in this type of situation. They were the focus of an investigation by local and federal authorities, and as a result are now facing both weapon and drug charges.