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March 10, 2014
When the police receive a tip, there are two conditions that must be met before a police officer can use and act on the tip: The first is that the officer must have reason to believe that the one giving the tip is personally reliable as a general matter; the second is that the tipster is speaking... Read More
March 10, 2014
A new bill, nicknamed the "move over" bill, seeks to protect those who work in one of the most dangerous industries on the road. The bill has just cleared in the Maryland House of Delegates unanimously just this week. The Senate vote is awaiting action the Judicial Proceedings Committee. Tow truck... Read More
March 07, 2014
A bill was passed on Tuesday which no longer makes possession of marijuana and smoking marijuana in the privacy of one's home a criminal offense in the District of Columbia. The bill will not turn into law until it has sat before the congressional panel for 60 days. Despite this obstacle, many are... Read More
March 07, 2014
The city of Baltimore is set to pay $250,000 to Christopher Sharp who claims that law enforcement officers took his cellphone and deleted a recording he took of police officers making an arrest in 2010. While the police deny the allegations, the attorneys state they are settling the case to resolve... Read More
March 06, 2014
Almost daily we are confronted with insurance companies denying liability for injuries based solely on the amount of property damage sustained by the attendant vehicle. This notion flies in the face of all reason. The dollar value to steel and fiberglass is going to be significantly less than the... Read More
March 06, 2014
Before a juror can be chosen to serve in a jury, there is a process known as voir dire. This is the questioning of prospective jurors to determine if the juror would be biased in a particular case. Last week, the Maryland Court of Appeals, the highest court in Maryland, reversed a criminal... Read More
March 05, 2014
Some are saying that a man has gotten away with murder from a recent case, Davis v. Commonwealth. The case arises out of an incident outside of a night club where an assailant fired shots into an occupied vehicle, killing a passenger. The defendant was charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle... Read More
March 04, 2014
Confessions can be very powerful in a criminal case. A confession usually leads to the end of an investigation and no other leads in an investigation are pursued. A problem that sometimes occurs in criminal cases is false confessions. Why are false confessions given? What are the options for a... Read More
March 03, 2014
As many of our clients know, the judicial system can be quite a slow moving process. There is a new measure that is being considered which attempts to expedite the legal process. The measure calls for Circuit court judges to make a written report within 60 days stating when a decision can be... Read More
February 28, 2014
We all know the dangers of drinking and driving, but there are many things about DUIs that our clients are surprised to learn: 1) Under the Influence: What does being "under the influence" in Virginia actually mean? Under the influence means if your blood alcohol content is .08 percent or higher.... Read More