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Prosecutors announce drug distribution network arrests

Federal prosecutors in Maryland have charged five individuals with distributing heroin, cocaine and fentanyl in the southern part of the state. The men have been charged with conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs and possessing controlled substances with the intent to distribute. They each face up to 60 years in prison if convicted. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the St. Mary's County and Charles County Sheriff's Offices and the Prince George's County Police Department.

Are you accused of taking someone else's life?

When accused of having involvement in someone else's death, you face one of the most serious situations a person could end up in in life. You may feel panicked and worry about the negative repercussions you could face simply from the accusations themselves. On top of that, you will likely have an entire legal trial through which to go.

Police have access to personal digital data

Accepting an exhaustive list of terms and conditions before signing up for an online service or downloading a useful piece of software is something that many Maryland residents have done. This fine print often allows technology companies to gather and store large amounts of personal information, which may then be shared with marketing companies, data brokers and law enforcement. Media outlets have sometimes reacted angrily when social media platforms have sold user data to advertising firms, but there has been little outrage over the sharing of this information with law enforcement.

The problems with coercive plea bargains

There were roughly 80,000 federal cases prosecuted in 2018. Of those, only 2% went to trial. Data indicates that 97% of all federal convictions are obtained through plea bargains while 94% of convictions in state cases are resolved through plea bargains. There are several reasons why defendants in Maryland and throughout the country confess guilt in a vast majority of cases. For instance, prosecutors may add charges if an individual doesn't take a plea deal.

Hazing is not all fun and games

Like many Maryland parents, you have worries and concerns as your child heads back to campus for a new semester. College students will have many important decisions to make, some of which may affect the course of their lives. These decisions do not include merely which courses to take or majors to declare, but which organizations to align with, how they will behave and who will influence their actions.

Court rules in favor of criminal background check company

When Maryland residents face criminal charges that are later dismissed, these charges could still show up in a criminal background check. This was the case for a woman who faced a battery charge in Illinois. The court had dismissed her charge without a conviction after she served a short supervision sentence. However, a rental application the woman submitted 20 years later was rejected because of the charge. She filed a lawsuit against the background check company, alleging that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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