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October 2019 Archives

The downsides of community service sentencing

For many people in Maryland, community service sentencing appears to reflect a more humane approach to criminal justice than levying heavy fines or assigning jail time. However, the UCLA Labor Center and School of Law carried out a study that takes issue with that conclusion. It argues that the extensive use of community service exacerbates poverty and unemployment, especially in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, where most defendants sentenced to community service live. The school argues that not only may defendants be blocked from pursuing employment themselves, but potential paid jobs are being replaced by free labor obtained through the sentencing process.

A reasonable defense against voluntary manslaughter charges

Criminal charges of any kind are a serious threat to your future, but they are especially serious when they involve violence or the taking of a person's life. If you find yourself facing voluntary manslaughter charges, you know that your entire future is on the line. It is of critical importance to find the right defense strategy and to do it quickly.

The rippling effects of arrest and conviction

Some Maryland residents may have seen firsthand the effect that increased incarceration rates can have on a community. Although the incarceration rate in the United States has diminished slightly in recent years, there is no country on the planet that has an incarceration rate as high as the United States.

Tougher laws and harsher sentences for DUIs in MD

In most surveys of DUI laws, Maryland ranks low. When comparing laws, penalties and enforcement of drunk driving legislation, safety advocates place this state near the bottom. While this may seem like a free pass to those who get behind the wheel after a night of drinking, that assessment is not entirely true. The penalties for any drunk driving conviction can be life-changing, creating burdens to carry for years into the future.

New drug initiative cracks down on fentanyl crimes

A Maryland man who had been previously convicted of dealing heroin and fentanyl was sentenced by a United States district judge to nine years in prison. The man is one of the first to be sentenced under a new federal-state initiative in Maryland, which aims to stop the fentanyl crisis.

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