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Interrog

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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HateCrime

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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Jail

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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PoliceArrest

Your Right to Protest and “Unlawful Assembly” Charges

By Hammad S. Matin |

There is no question that, in recent months, America has seen widespread protests denouncing police brutality, including here in Maryland, which has had thousands of people march in demonstrations statewide just over the death of George Floyd alone in cities such as Baltimore and Annapolis. In response, both local and federal law enforcement have… Read More »

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KnowRights

With Thousands Being Arrested at Protests, It Is Imperative That You Know Your Rights

By Hammad S. Matin |

With protests taking place around the country, the issue of how, exactly, one interacts with police, and how this can affect you as a potential criminal defendant has rarely been as relevant as it is right now. Whether you are exercising your First Amendment right to assemble and express yourself through protest, being pulled… Read More »

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PoliceSearch

What Should I Do if the Police Pull Me Over?

By Hammad S. Matin |

In Maryland, the standard for pulling someone over is reasonable, articulable suspicion that a traffic offense or a crime is in the process of occurring or has occurred. Driving under or over the speed limit, with equipment violations like a broken headlight or taillight, or committing a traffic offense, such as failure to signal,… Read More »

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CrimJustice

What Are Bench Warrants?

By Hammad S. Matin |

A bench warrant is issued by the judge “from the bench” usually when a party fails to appear for a court date.  An arrest warrant is issued at the start of a case.  If you are issued a citation or a summons, or arrested, you are will be ordered to appear at court at… Read More »

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CrimLawyer2

What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Former Prosecutor?

By Hammad S. Matin |

It’s more common than you might think for a prosecutor to pursue a career later on as a criminal defense lawyer. Although these two legal professionals face off against each other in the court room, the skills that a prosecutor acquires can make them an exceptionally skilled defense attorney when the time comes. What… Read More »

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Judge

A Deeper Insight on Bench Warrants

By Hammad S. Matin |

Did you just lose the chance of getting released after an offense (pre-trial release) or did you just miss a court appearance? Well, then just wait for a bench warrant to be out your way for your arrest. Disappearing won’t help the case either. If you are facing one of these situations, it is… Read More »

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CrimDef11

What is a Stet Docket?

By Hammad S. Matin |

The stet docket, literally the “let it stand docket,” simply means that a case has been stetted, or listed as inactive by the court. There is no actual docket on which the cases are listed. In fact, a stetted case is not listed on any docket. “stet docket” is simply a colloquialism referring to… Read More »

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