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Black defendants face harsher sentencing, finds study

Black men in Maryland and across the United States facing criminal sentencing may be worried about the potential impact of racial bias, including unconscious bias, on their sentencing. Those worries are borne out by sentencing data, according to a study by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, a bipartisan, independent agency that is part of the U.S. federal judiciary. Black men receive significantly longer sentences on average than white men convicted of the same crimes or similar offenses. On average, Black men's prison terms are 19.1 percent longer than those of white men; the study found when examining data related to sentencing between 2012 and 2016.

Is this the first time you've taken field sobriety tests?

You may have had a couple of drinks while spending time with family or friends. When it came time to drive home, you thought you were okay to do so. Maybe you weaved in your lane, missed a stop sign or committed some other traffic violation seen by a police officer.

Actress turns herself in on drug charge

Maryland residents may be familiar with actress Rose McGowan over statements that she has made on social media. However, she was also in the news after being taken into custody on a drug charge. McGowan turned herself in and was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond according to authorities in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Do you fall into the category of a repeat DUI offender?

Facing any type of criminal allegations can be disheartening. The outcomes of such accusations could considerably impact a person's life, and if you have been in such a situation and moved through the criminal court process as necessary, you may feel relieved to have such an issue behind you. However, if you find yourself charged with DUI for a second or subsequent time, you may wonder how the additional offense could impact you.

Man facing drug charges after pursuit and vehicle search

Police in Maryland have reported that a 39-year-old man was taken into custody on drug charges on the afternoon of Nov. 6 following a pursuit in Somerset County. The sequence of events began when officers attempted to pull over a Honda Civic sedan for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle at approximately 4:06 p.m.

The link between race and the terms of a plea bargain

When Maryland defendants decide to accept a plea bargain, they may not feel they are doing so willingly. While an individual may not want to plead guilty in a case, it may mean going home in a timely manner instead of sitting in a jail cell. This may be especially true for those who may not be able to afford bail.

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