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Know the options for getting out of jail pending trial

A criminal case moving through the court system can take time. For many people who are facing criminal charges, the thought of sitting in jail for months or longer isn't something they want to do. In many cases, there are ways that a person might be released from jail pending the outcome of a criminal case.

After an arrest, a bail is set. This is usually done through a hearing; however, some criminal charges might come with an automatic bail that doesn't require any hearing. More serious charges will usually require a bail hearing.

Explaining drug diversion programs in Maryland

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor in Prince George's County and do not have a prior record, it's possible for you to avoid prosecution and keep your record clear. The method used to make this happen is the diversion program. If the subject successfully completes a diversion program, he or she could have the charge dropped.

One of the most common diversion programs offered by the county is the marijuana diversion program. People who have been charged with possession of less than 10 grams of the drug as an initial charge could be offered a six-hour class or 24 hours of community service.

A band of alleged credit card thieves is arrested in Temple Hills

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided two Prince George's County residences at around 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24. Among the two raids, at least 12 were arrested on suspicion of having engaged in credit card fraud.

Court documents filed with the Eastern Virginia District Court show describes how the defendants allegedly acquired the numbers off of thousands of credit cards belonging to dozens of unsuspecting victims. After obtaining them, it's alleged that they then distributed them to others.

Capitol Heights man arrested for burning pregnant woman

A Capitol Heights, Maryland, man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder of both his girlfriend and her unborn child, after he set fire to her apartment on the morning of Friday, Sept. 8.

Prince George's County dispatch first received a call to come to the Addison Chapel Apartments, located at 1400 Elkwood Lane, shortly before 11:47 a.m. that day. The caller suspected that someone had attempted to set fire to a second-floor unit in the victim's three-story complex.

Think about all aspects of a drunk driving defense

Drunk driving charges come from a variety of reasons. The main factor that binds them all together is that you need to determine what defense you are going to use in your case. This is a decision that can be difficult to make because the consequences are so serious.

One thing that a drunk driving conviction can do is impact your social life. You might find that is very difficult to live your life like you want to because your driver's license will likely be suspended because you were driving drunk.

How are penalties for a DUI conviction determined?

Being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol is a big deal, as this can change your life in many ways. For instance, it could result in a loss of your license, meaning that you are unable to do your job as expected.

While you hope to avoid a DUI conviction, you may find that you are unsuccessful in doing so. This can lead to penalties such as jail time, fines, probation and community service.

Assault and battery: Things you need to know

Assault and battery are among the most serious crimes, as a conviction could change your life forever. There are many things you need to know about assault and battery, including the fact that both of these can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor.

Here's something you need to know: A person can be convicted of assault even if the victim was not physically harmed. As long as the victim can prove that there was an attempt to cause injury, a conviction can be the end result. This alone can make your situation a bit more challenging.

How authorities determine intent to distribute

The police catch you with illegal drugs, and they quickly say you're not just being charged with possession. Instead, they're going to charge you with intent to distribute, which can bring about a stricter sentence.

Is it fair? How do the police know what you planned to do? If you maintain that you bought them for yourself and never planned to sell them, can they still charge you with intent to distribute?

Charged with embezzlement: What you need to know

Embezzlement is typically defined as the stealing of assets -- whether those assets are in the form of property or money -- from a person who was responsible for those assets. This is something that generally takes place in a corporate environment, where the lines of possession over particular assets are not always clear-cut.

This blog will present a brief overview of how embezzlement is defined under the law, and how the case can be typically defended. Embezzlement can be a very complex issue, but because of this, there are a great deal of defense options that can prove very successful.

A Prince Georges father enters guilty plea for his son's death

A 32-year-old Prince George's County man pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 to fatally wounding his 2-month-old son.

The transcript of the court proceedings that day don't go into much detail about how police first became aware of the child's death. They do, however, recount how the father and 24-year-old mother of newborn confessed to killing the child.

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