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Review of Handgun Laws & Penalties in Maryland

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To safeguard public health and safety, the State of Maryland has strict criminal penalties for numerous types of gun crimes. Unlike certain places, Maryland institutes certain requirements for the purchase and use of firearms, including handguns. Does Maryland Require Permits for Handguns? The general requirement for handgun permits appears in Maryland Code, Public Safety… Read More »

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What is the Difference Between Reckless Endangerment & Assault in Maryland?

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The Maryland Criminal Code makes it illegal for any person to engage in violent crime, such as reckless endangerment or assault. Even though these offenses have similarities, there are subtle differences between reckless endangerment and assault in the second or first degree. Reckless Endangerment Maryland Code, Criminal Law Section 3-204 details the state laws… Read More »

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Analyzing 3 Variations of Robbery Crimes in Maryland

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In Maryland, robbery crimes largely follow common law. This means that robbery occurs when a perpetrator steals a victim’s property using force or the threat of force. The perpetrator must also intend to permanently deprive the victim of ownership. At common law, robbery is a crime that combines theft and assault into one offense…. Read More »

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Involuntary Manslaughter & Vehicular Homicide Under Maryland Law

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Involuntary manslaughter is a violent crime that involves the death of a person. Vehicular homicide is a type of involuntary manslaughter crime that involves certain vehicles. In either case, the offender causes the death of another person without intending to do so. To understand what this means, the following sections will explore Maryland laws… Read More »

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Is it Legal to Possess an Assault Weapon in Maryland?

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Under Maryland state law, there are various rules and regulations concerning firearms. Any person who violates these state laws is guilty of a gun crime, which can lead to prison time and costly fines. In addition to other gun laws, Maryland prohibits any person from purchasing, possessing, or using assault weapons. What is the… Read More »

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How Does Maryland Classify Illegal Drugs into Schedules?

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Any person who commits a drug crime in Maryland — such as possessing, or distributing illegal drugs — can face severe criminal punishment under state law. That being said, the specific punishment often changes based on the type of illegal drug in question. Under Maryland law, illegal drugs are referred to as controlled substances… Read More »

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When Does a Maryland Traffic Offense Result in Driver’s License Suspension?

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When a person commits a traffic offense in Maryland, they can experience various consequences. Major traffic infractions — such as drunk driving or accidents with fatalities — a person can face prison time and criminal fines. For less severe infractions, the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) generally assesses points on the driver’s license. Many minor… Read More »

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Maryland Laws Against & Penalties for Speeding

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Even though the State of Maryland has general and specific rules against speeding, it remains one of the most common traffic offenses. When a driver exceeds the maximum speed limit, they can face a hefty fine and demerit points on their driver’s license. When a person accumulates too many demerit points, they may experience… Read More »

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How Does Maryland Regulate Handgun Use?

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Even though every person in the United States has a constitutional right to bear arms under the Second Amendment, Maryland imposes numerous handgun laws and similar regulations. Every handgun owner in Maryland must abide by these rules or face criminal penalties, including but not limited to costly fines and even prison time. Definition of… Read More »

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Drunk Driving Suspected in Maryland Crash That Kills Three Kids

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A 27-year-old man could face criminal charges for driving under the influence (DUI) in Maryland after causing an accident that killed three children and injured two adults, reported NBC affiliate WJAC. This fatal car crash occurred at approximately 10 p.m. on December 30th. At that point, the man was driving south on Indian Head… Read More »

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