Criminal Law

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Cafeteria Style Law Enforcement: The Idea That We Can Pick And Choose Which Laws To Follow Or Enforce

Should you have to follow a law that you don’t believe is “just” or “righteous” or even constitutional?  If so, should someone else have to follow a law just because you think it IS valid?  These questions seem to be more and more prevalent in today’s society.  Who should decide what laws to follow and when should … Continue reading

Why I Chose to Hang My Own Shingle and Start My Own Firm

When my mom found out that I was opening my own firm, her response was classic. She said to me, “I knew that it would happen one day, because you don’t play well with others!” Thanks Mom! But it was the truth, and not necessarily in a bad way. You see, many attorneys, me included, … Continue reading

‘This Is My Jail’: Baltimore Corruption Case Goes To Trial

Originally posted on CBS DC:
BALTIMORE — Inside the Baltimore City Detention Center, gang members used smuggled cellphones, dealt drugs and had sex with corrupt guards — several of whom they impregnated — who helped them as they ran operations of the Black Guerilla Family, according to court papers in a case alleging widespread corruption…

“Ask a Lawyer” Websites: What You Need To Know BEFORE You Ask

There are many websites and forums available to the general public to pose legal questions, which are then answered by “attorneys.”  I participate on some of these sites from time to time and often question the wisdom of the people posing the questions, but also regularly question the wisdom contained in the answers.  As a … Continue reading

Stop and Frisk to Receive Face-Lift with New Name

Can changing the name of an over-used, invasive, warrant-less search, known as a “Stop & Frisk” become less offensive, simply by changing the name?  Baltimore City Police think so.  In what appears to be a bad case of deja vu, the City Police are again choosing a re-branding approach to a public relations problem than … Continue reading

What Would Happen If You Actually Demanded Your Day In Court?

Did you know that more than 90% of all court cases, criminal and civil, are never actually decided by a court?  That isn’t to say they don’t make it to court, only that they are “resolved” by way of plea bargain, settlement, or other agreement to dispose of the case without having to present any … Continue reading

Is a Private Attorney better than a Public Defender?

I have a public defender, should I get a real lawyer?  Which is better a paid attorney or a free attorney?  The public defender works for the prosecutors don’t they? If you hang around a courthouse long enough, you will hear these same questions, over and over, in various forms.  The problem is that these … Continue reading

When Can I Fire My Own Lawyer? Are You Getting The Service You Deserve?

Do you have an attorney that acts like you are wasting his or her time when you call?  Or, do you feel that you are being treated like a file on your attorney’s desk rather than a valuable client?  Are you wondering whether you should fire your attorney, or whether you are even allowed to? … Continue reading

Alcohol No Longer Required For A DUI Arrest, Only Bloodshot Eyes And A Dark Complexion

Despite passing a series of field sobriety tests, taking a breathalyzer test which showed a blood alcohol level of 0.000, and having a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) officer state that there were no signs of impairment or signs of any drugs, Jessie Thornton, a 64 year old retired firefighter, was arrested and charged with Driving … Continue reading

Slamming the Brakes on a Tailgater: How It Can Land You With A Criminal Charge AND Prevent an Injury Recovery!

Slamming your brakes when being tailgated can lead to criminal charges, civil lawsuits, and an empty hole in your wallet when it comes to personal injury cases.   We’ve all done it, or had it done to us.  One car is tailgating another and the front car slams on his brakes to back the second … Continue reading