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Shoplifting In Maryland Can Have Serious Consequences

By Hammad S. Matin |

If you have been charged with theft, you could be looking at severe penalties, even if the crime involved a small item pinched from a local convenience store.  In Maryland, shoplifting is viewed with gravity.  If convicted, you could be facing stiff fines, in addition to time behind bars.  Now, more than ever, you… Read More »

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Can You Be Compensated For A Traumatic Brain Injury?

By Hammad S. Matin |

In just an instant, life can change forever.  Tragic, unforeseen events occur every day, leaving victims of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families to try to piece together some semblance of reason.  Roughly 1.5 million people suffer from a TBI every year somewhere in this country, and 500,000 of TBI incidents are fatal…. Read More »

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From Protest to Treason: Understanding the Terms of the Times

By Hammad S. Matin |

Recent events at the Capitol in Washington D.C. have sent myriad vocabulary words whirling through America.  Was it a protest?  A riot?  An insurrection?  Legally, these and other words have specific meanings linked to differing penalties. Do you, or someone you know– need an attorney after involvement in such activity?  Charges related to January… Read More »

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Know Your Rights When You’re Pulled Over

By Hammad S. Matin |

No one wants a surprise encounter with law enforcement on the road.  Nevertheless, most of us have been pulled over at one time or another. As you ease to the shoulder, you should mentally prepare for the upcoming police interaction.  Now, more than ever, it is essential that you understand your rights. Goal One:… Read More »

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The Risk of Driving When Drowsy

By Hammad S. Matin |

If you’ve ever started to nod off when behind the wheel of your vehicle, you’re not alone.  The fact is, six in ten adults say they’ve driven when they were tired, and about a third of them admit to actually falling asleep behind the wheel.  If it makes you feel unsafe being out on… Read More »

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Police Interactions: Know Your Rights!

By Hammad S. Matin |

You’re driving along when you see the dreaded red and blue lights flashing in your rear-view mirror.  You get a pit of fear in your stomach, hoping beyond hope that maybe the police are after someone up ahead.  But no, as you pull to the shoulder of the road, the lights follow you, and… Read More »

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Wrong-Way Driving

By Hammad S. Matin |

It was the last thing 22-year old Ronet Aching ever saw: a Ford F150 barreling toward her on the Capital Beltway.  Aching’s Xterra was no match for the truck in a head on collision at high speed and was killed on scene. The driver of the truck was charged with manslaughter by vehicle and… Read More »

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Changes to Hate-Crime Standards

By Hammad S. Matin |

Getting a conviction for a hate-crime, along with the associated stricter penalties, just got a lot easier in Maryland.  If you are charged with a hate-crime, you are looking at some pretty serious sentences, as the hate crime designation increases incarceration lengths and fines above those associated with typical convictions. The best thing you… Read More »

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More Arrests & Jail Time for “COVID-19 Crimes” Here in Maryland, But Are They Constitutional

By Hammad S. Matin |

In late September, a Maryland man was convicted and sentenced to prison time for violating Governor Larry Hogan’s COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings. According to reports, the defendant held two parties that had at least 50 people in attendance while, at the time, Gov. Hogan’s emergency order prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people. According… Read More »

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Premises Liability Claims in Maryland

By Hammad S. Matin |

Sadly, injuries due to shootings and other security issues on property, including at schools, are becoming more and more common, including here in Maryland, where students and staff have been injured after shootings in Baltimore, for example, due to inadequate security being in place. While the Maryland Tort Claims Act places a damage cap… Read More »

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