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Examining 4 Elements Of Robbery Crimes Under Maryland Law

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Robbery is a common law crime that involves unlawfully obtaining another person’s property by way of force or the threat of force. As a reminder, robbery is a felony crime under Maryland Code of Criminal Law Section 3-402. Upon conviction for this offense in Maryland, the applicable punishment includes a maximum prison sentence of… Read More »

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Foster Care & Adoption Under Maryland Family Law

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Foster care is an out-of-home placement program that enables the State of Maryland to assume child custody in certain situations. This program delivers short-term care and other services to children subjected to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. As foster care is meant to be a temporary program, foster children are typically returned to their natural… Read More »

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Maryland Address Confidentiality Program For Domestic Violence Victims

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Domestic violence victims in Maryland can face an uphill battle to escape further harm at the hands of their abuser. In certain cases, protective orders can help prevent further abuse or harm. But in other cases, the abuser ignores the protective order and continues to harm or threaten a domestic violence victim. To help… Read More »

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Examining 3 Requirements For Divorce Actions In Maryland

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Maryland family law imposes numerous requirements on divorce actions. Before a married couple can pursue a divorce, they must be able to demonstrate an acceptable reason, which is referred to legally as a “ground.” In certain cases, there is a residency requirement. And when children are involved, parents may need to complete an educational… Read More »

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How Can Domestic Violence Victims Request Protective Orders In Maryland?

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Maryland family law provides numerous considerations and protections for domestic violence victims. When a person suffers actual or attempted abuse at the hands of a relative, it is possible to request a protective order from the Maryland courts. These orders allow the state courts to intervene on behalf of a victim and, ideally, safeguard… Read More »

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3 FAQs On Prenuptial Agreements In Maryland

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Before prospective spouses get married in Maryland, they can execute a prenuptial agreement to govern certain rights in the event of divorce, such as alimony or property division. These agreements are mutually agreeable contracts that are generally valid and enforceable under Maryland law. But state law also prohibits certain terms and conditions from appearing… Read More »

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Does Maryland Require Ignition Interlock Systems For DUI?

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Maryland law prohibits any person from driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of substances. Any person who commits DUI in Maryland can face serious consequences — up to and including confinement and fines. In addition to these criminal penalties, DUI offenders in Maryland can also face the requirement of… Read More »

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Analyzing Maryland Domestic Violence Laws Against Child Abuse & Neglect

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The State of Maryland features strict laws against domestic violence, including child abuse and neglect. Concerning children, specifically, parents and guardians have a duty to safeguard the health and safety of children under their care. If a person responsible for a child commits abuse or neglect, the state can remove the child temporarily to… Read More »

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Overview Of Identity Theft Crimes Under Maryland Law

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Identity theft is a white collar crime that seems to occur more frequently with the rise of technology. With so much personal identifying information available online these days — particularly from a financial or medical standpoint — identity theft occurs on a regular basis in Maryland and across the United States. Accordingly, there are… Read More »

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Can Nonconsensual Sexual Acts Terminate Child Custody Rights In Maryland?

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Under Maryland family law, both of a child’s birth parents typically enjoy the same rights from a child custody perspective. But there are certain circumstances in which a parent does not have custody or visitation rights with respect to their child. This outcome applies to circumstances where pregnancy occurs because of a sex crime,… Read More »

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