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Hazards for Road Construction Workers

By Hammad S. Matin |

Six highway construction workers didn’t make it home one tragic March 2023 day after two vehicles, each traveling over 100 mph, collided, and one flipped over into a construction zone, killing the innocent and unsuspecting workers. It was yet another reminder of the importance of slowing down and being extra alert when driving through… Read More »

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The Witness Protection Program

By Hammad S. Matin |

The Witness Protection Program, under the guidance of federal U.S. Marshals, provides new identities to individuals who face the possibility of retribution after testifying against organized crime groups (like the Mafia, for example) who intimidate communities and are responsible for appreciably violent crimes. Cooperation from witnesses can be an indisputable safety concern for such… Read More »

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Gag Orders – How Do They Work?

By Hammad S. Matin |

We hear about judges issuing gag orders in high-profile cases to restrict their speech, despite First Amendment guarantees of free speech in this country. Most recently, multiple judges associated with various civil and criminal cases related to former President Trump have issued gag orders against Mr. Trump and his attorneys.  The Trump camp argues… Read More »

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Can You Make a Personal Injury Claim?

By Hammad S. Matin |

You may be thinking about filing a personal injury claim in order to recoup damages if you or a family member has suffered serious injury or death through no fault of your own. What can you expect going forward? Our personal injury attorneys can answer your questions and fight for the best possible settlement… Read More »

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Courtroom Decorum Behooves You

By Hammad S. Matin |

You’re in a courtroom facing criminal charges, and you’re really not happy about it. You have dozens of thoughts running through your head that are just itching to get out.  But irrespective of the situation, it’s never prudent to spout off, despite what you may have heard about Donald Trump’s courtroom antics. Mr. Trump’s… Read More »

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Are Two Trials Possible? What About Double Jeopardy?

By Hammad S. Matin |

If you’ve ever watched courtroom drama on TV you’ve probably heard of double jeopardy—the 5th Amendment protection against being tried twice for the same crime. But what you may not know is that there are some situations in which defendants may very well face separate prosecutions for the same crime. State and federal governments… Read More »

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Healthy Snacks that Aren’t

By Hammad S. Matin |

Apple puree that’s kosher, gluten-free, and preservative-free to boot!  What better snack food for toddlers! You can imagine the shock parents experienced when they learned that their young children were suffering from lead poisoning after consuming these supposedly healthy snack foods!  Recalled Foods  Only after a recall of WanaBana products did some parents learn… Read More »

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Pedestrian Accidents

By Hammad S. Matin |

125 individuals are killed every year while trying to cross a street in Maryland. It’s a statistic that  has police concerned, especially because another 2,900 people are hospitalized with a range of injuries due to auto-pedestrian crashes. Statistics  Across the country, over 70 pedestrian deaths occur every minute.  Here in Maryland, nearly 60 percent… Read More »

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Police Transparency Benefits Everyone

By Hammad S. Matin |

A recent law requiring public access to law enforcement disciplinary records that occurred prior to the law is being challenged by a police union here in Maryland, noting that because officers were promised confidentiality at the time, they are entitled to protection from public scrutiny. The courts will decide how to balance the required… Read More »

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Rail Crossings are Dangerous

By Hammad S. Matin |

The most dangerous corridor in the nation:  that’s what one expert called a stretch of track that runs just under two miles long in Rosedale.  The reason?  The tracks have seen over 40 collisions in the past 50 years or so, the most recent of which occurred in May 2023 involving two trucks that… Read More »

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