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Maryland man acquitted of assault and use of firearm charges

Many U.S. citizens, including those here in Rockville, Maryland, probably feel a sense of relief when we read a newspaper or internet story about a crime where the defendant has been convicted. We read the words of the prosecution about how pleased they are with the outcome and we often nod our heads in silent agreement with this assessment. However, all too often we fail to realize that there are too many times when someone has been accused of a crime that they didn't commit. And, even though these innocent citizens have done nothing wrong, they are dragged into a courtroom on phony charges.

Recently, a Maryland man was acquitted of several felony counts of assault, firearm and endangerment charges. According to sources, the man was arrested in early 2014 after an incident on his farm. The Maryland native hired a mason to work on two brick pillars, but was upset with the quality of the work that was performed. Angry, the man made the original mason leave his property and was forced to hire another mason to properly fix the pillars. Several days later, the original mason and another worker, who also worked on the man's property, filed charges against him.

The man was charged with first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The prosecution alleged that after yelling at the mason, the defendant went into his barn and came out with a gun, threatened the mason and then turned towards a wooded area and discharged the gun. But, during the trial, a daughter of the farm's co-owner testified that she was at the farm on the day of the incident and that while the defendant was upset, she never saw him produce a firearm. The defense also pointed out that there were inconsistencies in the testimony of the prosecution witnesses.

In cases where someone has been accused of a felony crime, such as assault charges, a strong criminal defense can play an extremely important role in helping to blunt the charges leveled by the prosecution. A competent defense strategy will carefully examine all of the evidence gathered by the prosecution and use its findings to help with the defense of the client.

Source: Carroll County Times, "Jury acquits man of assault," Heather Coburn, March 10, 2015

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