Anthony Michael Hall, star of "The Breakfast Club," "Weird Science" and "Sixteen Candles" among other projects, has pled no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge. He had been facing a felony charge of battery for an altercation in which his neighbor sustained a broken wrist and a back injury.
Having a police badge does not guarantee that Maryland law enforcement officers will not face the situation where they need to mount a criminal defense. Earlier this month, prosecutors withdrew criminal charges alleging that a Baltimore police detective engaged in fraud by exaggerating his education credentials while seeking a salary raise.
The practice of courtroom identifications, where the jury watches the witness dramatically identify the alleged criminal, has been a long-standing challenge for criminal defense in Maryland and across the country. However, this practice is being criticized as being unreliable and outdated.
Maryland's Supreme Court imposed new rules liberalizing bail this month. When setting bail, judges must consider the accused's ability to pay and impose the least burdensome release terms on suspects who are not considered dangerous or a flight risk. The rules were unofficially implemented last fall.
It is likely a majority of Americans are aware of Tim Tebow, college football star, National Football League failure and now Major League Baseball hopeful who signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets and has kept fueling the media fire by attending spring training down in Florida. Many Americans love Tim Tebow, not necessarily due to his on-field successes, which have been few since college, but because of his extremely positive and enchanting attitude and demeanor on and off the field. His good looks and charm may have been too much for one fan however.
Many people in Upper Marlboro may have a basic understanding of what distinguishes a misdemeanor from a felony, or, if they have watched enough crime shows on television or tuned into the nightly news, they may already know that felony crimes are more serious than misdemeanor crimes. However, it is important to understand the basic categorization of crimes, as courts will treat different levels of crimes differently.
Police officers in Maryland have the difficult job of determining when an individual is committing a crime, and then responding appropriately. Sometimes there are claims of police overreach in certain situations, particularly if the incident is captured on video. Recently, a 53-year-old Baltimore police officer was acquitted of charges for assault in the second degree, and misconduct in office, after an incident involving a student was captured on video.
When one thinks of driving under the influence, the term is typically applied to drinking and driving. But as the United States slowly starts to accept marijuana consumption, either for medicinal purposes or in some states, recreational purposes, it is important to understand and recognize that the term is also applicable to drug use, and the same penalties and laws apply to someone driving high as someone driving drunk.
If you have been arrested for a criminal charge, it may be in your best interest to see whether the proper procedures were followed by law enforcement officers during every phase of your case. Evidence typically plays a big role during a court case. As was famously stated in the O.J. Simpson trial, "if the glove don't fit, you must acquit." And as all know, O.J. was in fact acquitted, and errors by authorities played a significant role in that case.
Although it may be assumed that the sentencing phase of a court trial means that the subject was found guilty, sentencing also takes place when a plea bargain has been met with the prosecutors. The sentencing phase determines several factors that will determine the fate of the defendant.