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Do Those Accused Of Atrocious Crimes Deserve A Vigorous Defense?

By Hammad S. Matin |

Why in the world would anyone choose to defend individuals who are charged with vicious and evil crimes?  No one argues that a defense is understandable when the charge is non-violent, like maybe shoplifting, credit card fraud, or running a Ponzi scheme.  Yes, those crimes are bad and have the potential to hurt innocents,… Read More »

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Defending Against Armed Robbery Charges

By Hammad S. Matin |

If you’ve been charged with armed robbery, your life could change forever.  That’s because you’re looking at a possible felony conviction, which means serious time behind bars if you’re found guilty.  This is no time to leave your fate to chance:  you need an experienced La Plata & Waldorf criminal defense lawyer fighting on… Read More »

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Are Eyewitnesses All They’re Cracked Up To Be?

By Hammad S. Matin |

Let’s say you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime.  The prosecution is pretty confident they’ve got the case all locked up.  After all, they have eyewitness testimony from a very upstanding member of the community. Should you be nervous?  Not necessarily.  Without question, criminal charges of all kinds should raise concern.  But the… Read More »

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The Costs Of Racial Profiling

By Hammad S. Matin |

Racial profiling is real.  Study after study tells us that people of color experience more stops while driving and more frisks in all situations than do their white counterparts.  While many law enforcement agencies recognize the problems associated with racial profiling, data indicate that the occurrences of racial profiling are rising, not declining.  If… Read More »

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Marijuana Laws In Maryland

By Hammad S. Matin |

Despite the hopes of many Marylanders, legislation to legalize recreational use of marijuana failed once again in the 2021 legislative session. That being said, the medical marijuana business is booming, with nearly $500,000 in sales annually.  For those lacking a medical justification for using marijuana, the penalties can be surprisingly steep, and definitely life… Read More »

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Accused Of A Crime? Know Your Rights

By Hammad S. Matin |

What could be more terrifying than being charged with a crime?  As you are cuffed and driven to the county jail, thoughts of years behind bars and the loss of freedom, family, and job overwhelm.  Nevertheless, whatever charges you may be facing, you need to know that you have very clear, Constitutionally guaranteed rights…. Read More »

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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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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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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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