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Temporary Protective Orders in Maryland

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When an abuser commits domestic violence or other forms of abuse in Maryland, the courts can intervene on behalf of the victim. In order to protect the victim and halt further abuse, the Maryland courts can even issue a temporary protective order before a final hearing occurs. Purpose of a Temporary Protective Order Maryland… Read More »

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Drunk and Impaired Driving Laws in Maryland

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In order to safeguard public roadways within the state, it is illegal in Maryland to drive under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, drugs or controlled substances. To regulate this type of dangerous behavior, Maryland has strict laws and penalties for intoxicated or impaired driving. Given the gravity of the potential consequences, drivers should understand… Read More »

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What Happens if a Maryland Driver Refuses a Sobriety Test?

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When Maryland law enforcement officers stop a suspected drunk driver, they will request permission to conduct a breath test to determine blood alcohol concentration. Contrary to popular belief, the driver is not required to submit to this sobriety test; but, if the driver refuses to submit to the test there are immediate and long-term… Read More »

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7 Key Definitions for Domestic Violence Cases in Maryland

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Domestic violence laws make it unlawful to abuse or commit other violent acts against family members. Sometimes referred to legally as domestic abuse, this offense combines certain facets of criminal and family law. To help get a firm grasp on domestic violence laws in Maryland, the following sections will define seven key terms. Abuse… Read More »

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Regulated Firearm Laws in Maryland

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Today’s blog entry will explore the boundaries of regulated firearm laws in Maryland. The first section will define the term regulated firearm. What is the Definition of a Regulated Firearm in Maryland? Under Maryland Public Safety Code section 5–101, the term regulated firearm includes: Handguns; and Assault Weapons. Concerning assault weapons, specifically, Section 5-101… Read More »

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Examining Assault Crimes in Maryland

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This blog entry will provide an overview of three different kinds of assaults crimes under Maryland law: misdemeanor in the second degree, felony in the second degree and felony in the first degree. Second-Degree Misdemeanor Assault The definition of the crime of assault appears in Maryland Criminal Code Section 3-201. Maryland employs a broad… Read More »

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What is the Ignition Interlock Program in Maryland?

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Drunk driving is a dangerous problem in Maryland, one that results in approximately 171 fatalities and 4,026 injuries each year. To help minimize the impact and consequences of drunk driving and other traffic crimes, Maryland instituted the Ignition Interlock Program. What is an Ignition Interlock Device? An ignition interlock device is a mechanism that… Read More »

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How Does Maryland Law Address Different Types of Robbery?

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There are four types of robbery in Maryland — robbery, armed robbery, carjacking and armed carjacking. While these four crimes have similar roots, the incarceration periods change dramatically based on the circumstances of the offense. In order to gain a firm grasp on this type of criminal offense in Maryland, the following sections will… Read More »

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Maryland Laws and Penalties for Marijuana Possession

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Outside of certain exceptions for medicinal use, marijuana possession remains an illegal activity in Maryland. While the penalties for illegal possession of marijuana are not as harsh compared to other controlled substances, it is a crime nonetheless. In order to avoid a criminal record and even jail time, it is crucial to understand the… Read More »

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What is the Difference Between DWI and DUI in Maryland?

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Today the subject for examination involves the difference between the Maryland crimes of driving while impaired (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI). The following sections will explore the laws and penalties in Maryland for DWI and DUI. What is the Definition of DWI in Maryland? Under Maryland state laws, it is unlawful to… Read More »

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