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Wrongful Arrests And Convictions In Maryland

By Hammad S. Matin |

17 years.  That’s how long David Morris spent in prison after being found guilty of felony murder based primarily on eyewitness testimony that was ultimately proven to be wrong.  The exoneration is no doubt welcomed by Morris and his family and supporters; but those 17 years can never be redeemed. The Case Against Morris … Read More »

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When Juveniles Are Charged With Violent Crimes

By Hammad S. Matin |

As the parent of a child who has been involved in the criminal justice system, you know what it’s like to be fearful of a future in which your child is behind bars.  If the charges involved particularly violent activity, you have the added worry that the case could be moved into the adult… Read More »

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How Criminal Defendants Can Help Themselves

By Hammad S. Matin |

Anyone who is facing criminal charges can attest to the fact that it is a frightening, unpredictable, and intimidating experience. Sometimes the accused are so off balance due to their situation that they make foolish mistakes that put their futures in peril. If you are charged with criminal activity, you should know that you… Read More »

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When Is The Insanity Defense Appropriate?

By Hammad S. Matin |

If you are facing serious criminal charges, you may be convinced that with an insanity defense you can escape any serious jail time.  While it may be true that you are plagued by ADHD, depression, schizophrenia, or other mental health issues, it’s important to understand that “crazy” behavior does not necessarily equate to legal… Read More »

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A Criminal Trial: Should You Testify To Defend Yourself?

By Hammad S. Matin |

The question of whether a defendant should take the stand in a criminal case is a tricky one.  On the one hand, testifying gives the defendant an opportunity to interact with the jury to a certain extent—to make a connection.  On the other hand, it is entirely possible that a skilled prosecutor makes a… Read More »

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What Happens In The Interrogation Room? Don’t Expect Honesty

By Hammad S. Matin |

What is more intimidating than being locked in an interrogation room at the police department?  If things have gone well, you’ve been Mirandized and have suffered no abuse at the hands of officers.  You know you have the right to remain silent now, but you’re under a lot of pressure to tell what you… Read More »

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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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