Category Archives: Criminal Defense
When Media Impacts A Trial
From television, magazines, newspapers and radio to other forms of digital media, you can find virtually any information you want. We all know the public is influenced by the media. It impacts our opinions about fashion, diet, activity, and politics. While the benefit of this may be argued, there are particular circumstances in which… Read More »
Confidential Informants: Can They Be Trusted?
We’ve all seen the way Hollywood treats confidential informants. While in some cases they are regular ol’ citizens doing the right thing on behalf of their communities, just as often they are people with criminal records themselves—even jailhouse snitches—who are working with detectives in order to lessen their own legal peril. The fact is,… Read More »
Defending Murder Or Manslaughter Charges
You know that you are in serious hot water if you are facing manslaughter or murder charges, What you might not know, however, is that there are many nuances to “murder” from a legal standpoint, and juries must consider circumstances in the case, previous convictions, and a number of issues when deciding a case…. Read More »
Police Interactions With Vets Experiencing PTSD
Yet after being deployed once, twice, or even many more times, veterans come home to face multiple hurdles in rebuilding their lives. One of those hurdles is a bit of a surprise to some: military veterans are arrested at higher rates than other Americans. Veterans of any war have sacrificed everything to protect America. … Read More »
Defending Shoplifting Charges In Maryland
Ah, the holidays—A time of celebration and giving. It can be the best of times…unless: If you were charged with retail theft—shoplifting—in order to boost your holiday haul, you could be facing some pretty significant legal penalties. That’s why it’s critical that you find an experienced La Plata & Waldorf criminal defense attorney to… Read More »
The Use Of Facial Recognition Technology In Law Enforcement
If you’ve ever watched crime-drama on television or in a movie theater, you’re probably familiar with facial recognition technology to some extent. Facial recognition technology (FRT) is used to catch the bad guy all the time in Hollywood scenarios. It is counted on to positively identify suspects, ultimately saving communities from further transgressions by… Read More »
Comply With Police Request To Stop
If there is one bit of advice that anyone involved with the police needs to hear, it is this: do not try to flee. This is important to know no matter who you are, but particularly if you are a man of color. The jaw-dropping fact is that of every three fatal police shootings,… Read More »
Mental Health Issues Impacting Justice
Across the country, jails and prisons are filled with people who suffer from a variety of mental health issues. More than half of individuals in prisons and over sixty percent of those in jails suffer from mental health problems. Isn’t there a better way? Impact of Mental Health Issues on Incarceration The Bureau of… Read More »
What Should You Choose: Trial By Judge Or By Jury?
Are you facing criminal charges? If so, the decisions will mount as you and your legal team proceed through your criminal case. One issue to which you may not have given much thought is whether you’d be better served by a bench trial or a jury trial. What factors should you consider as you… Read More »
Have You Been Charged With Parental Kidnapping?
You suffered through a nasty divorce, it’s true, but never in your wildest dreams did you imagine your ex would accuse you of kidnapping your own child! But now you are facing serious criminal charges, and the damage to your relationship with your child may be irreparably harmed. What do you do now? The… Read More »