Residents of Upper Marlboro may have seen crime dramas on popular television shows and movies showing someone kicking down a door to enter a building and steal something. The crime of burglary, however, can be subtler than that.
In Maryland, there are varying degrees of murder. After all, sometimes a murder is committed in the heat of passion, or sometimes it is a deliberate act. It is important to understand that not every killing is automatically first-degree murder.
When a person thinks of the crime of burglary, he or she may think of popular television shows or movies that depict a person smashing through a door or shattering a window in order to enter another person's home in the dead of night. It might make for good television ratings or movie reviews, but in fact the crimes of first-degree burglary and home invasion are felonies in Maryland and could have serious consequences.
To say that President Donald Trump's has been busy in first week in office is quite an understatement. In addition to multiple shake-ups among personnel on various levels and within various departments, he has also signed an unprecedented number of executive orders in an effort to start fulfilling his campaign promises. While his actions thus far have been met with relief and joy for some, for others, many of his decisions have left people with anxiety and fear over their own future, and the future of their loved ones.
Earlier this week, a 31-year-old man from Waldorf, Maryland, was arrested following a break-in near the Dahlgren area. The incident began when police received multiple calls regarding multiple suspects trying to kick a door and open windows in an attempt to enter a residence. When police arrived at the scene, they found one man walking away.
If you have been charged with a felony, you have everything to lose if you are found guilty, and everything to gain, including your freedom, if you are able to fight the charges and win. But even if you are totally innocent of a crime, if you are being charged, it means that prosecutors have enough evidence and believe they are capable of winning the case in their favor.
Local residents know that being accused of any type of major crime can have a devastating effect on someone's life. That individual is suddenly plunged into a legal struggle that could affect their freedom and their ability to pursue their dreams. According to recent reports, a Maryland man is now going through this precise situation and must now face first degree murder charges for a crime that took place in Prince George County back in 2015.
A grand jury can be a key part of the criminal justice system, even though it doesn't function like a criminal trial jury and render a verdict. Instead, a grand jury consists of people who are selected by government officials and are asked to decide whether criminal charges should be filed against a potential defendant after viewing evidence that has been collected. A grand jury usually investigates felony crimes and not common misdemeanors. A grand jury can have as many as 16 to 23 members, while a traditional criminal court jury has between six and 12.
Some people believe that robbing a store is a victimless crime because it's only a business that loses any assets. But any business that has been robbed may take a significant amount of time to recover from the crime and some may even have to close for a while which hurts the surrounding community. Recently, local authorities have been searching for a man who is suspected of robbing a number of businesses in Prince George County.
Most Maryland residents have heard of the term "fraud." They have also probably heard that fraud is a crime committed by someone who illegally tries to acquire something that doesn't belong to them. However, they may not know that there are many different kinds of fraud that are very common nowadays. They may also be unaware that many kinds of fraud are prosecuted as felonies in most states.