Local Prince George's County sheriffs have arrested a Clinton man, following reports that the suspect fired shots at another man in Landover. Allegedly, the suspect fired several shots in the direction of the other person near the 1300 block of Capitol View Terrace on April 13.
After an investigation, a warrant for the man's arrest was issued on June 19. The charging documents show the man is being charged with multiple offenses, including first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment and firearm use/felony violent crime.
While there are no reports of anyone being injured in the incident, the suspect still faces significant jail time. Given the political environment surrounding firearms, Maryland has joined many other jurisdictions in ramping up criminal penalties when a gun is involved in the commission of a crime. As a result, the mere presence of the deadly weapon could result in a conviction on felony charges.
While misdemeanor assault charges and other minor offenses are nothing to take lightly, felonies and weapons charges present an advanced degree of exposure. Prosecutors in Maryland have been charged with taking violent offenders off the streets for good. As a result, government officials do not readily cut someone a break when a gun is discharged.
Therefore, local individuals accused of felonies or gun charges are urged to contact a skilled Upper Marlboro defense attorney. These experts have decades of experience combatting charges and penalties brought on by Maryland prosecutors. They know what strategies are used to unfairly increase jail time and how to leverage certain circumstances to reach plea deals that significantly lessen the penalties imposed. Expert criminal defense lawyers have time and time again proven the difference between life-altering jail time and manageable criminal penalties.
Source: WUSA 9, "Man arrested for firing shots at man in Md.," June 27, 2014