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How drug addiction leads to other crimes

There is a clear link between addiction and actual drug crimes, and the understanding of this link in the courts is growing all the time. It's not hard to argue that a person who gets arrested for illegal drugs may have a better chance of ceasing that criminal activity with rehabilitation and treatment than they would with jail time or fines. After all, it is the addiction that causes them to break the law.

However, it is important to note that drug addiction can also lead to a whole host of related crimes. Experts have even called some of these activities a "necessary way of life" for many addicts. These crimes could include:

  • Larceny
  • Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Robbery
  • Embezzlement
  • Burglary
  • Fraud
  • White collar crimes

2 charged in shooting death in Prince George’s County

Two Southeast Washington residents are facing murder charges in a shooting that left a Prince George's County man dead. The 31-year-old man was shot Friday, Dec. 28, at approximately 11:35 a.m., police report.

Law enforcement responded to reports of gunfire in the 200 block of 68th Place in Seat Pleasant. Upon arrival at the scene of the alleged shooting, the found the victim mortally wounded. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene, according to police reports.

Prince George's County's Re-Entry Court can reduce your sentence

The probation officer for a 37-year-old defendant had approved for him to take a trip to Florida in anticipation of him moving there. He just had to take a drug test before heading out of town.

A family member had died and anyone that could give him a ride to the office was at the funeral. He missed his drug test. When he did, he put his trip and graduation from re-entry court on the line.

What exactly is the 10/10 rule?

If you are in the military and are contemplating a divorce, you may have heard of the 10/10 rule. There are many misconceptions about this rule. Some people believe that it entitles spouses to 50 percent of a military member's pay. Others think that it gives the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) the right to seize spousal support from a military member. Both of these are falsehoods. Here, we will discuss the 10/10 rule and how it applies to military divorces. 

Anne Arundel man pleads guilty to federal stalking charges

A 51-year-old Anne Arundel County restaurant owner pleaded guilty to federal stalking charges in front of a U.S. District Court judge on Dec. 12. He faces both deportation and five years in prison when he's sentenced in March.

What led the man to agree to plead guilty to stalking? The entire story came when he pleaded guilty.

Is birdnesting a workable solution for child custody?

Even when it is time for divorce, as a parent, you are still always looking out for what will be best for your children. While you and your spouse may not always agree on what that means, generally you still have the same intention.

In the interest of making the transition easier on the children, some divorcing couple are trying an idea called "birdnesting". It is not something that can work in every situation, but some are saying that it makes the process easier for the children.

You can be under the legal limit and get a DUI

The police pull you over and give you a breath test. You know you've been drinking, so you're relieved when you blow a .07 percent. That's under the legal limit of .08 percent, so now you get to go home, right?

Not quite. You can absolutely get a DUI even though you did not break the legal limit of .08 percent. Don't think that simply "passing" the test means there are no ramifications.

Reducing drug charges by becoming a confidential informant

If you have been found to be in the possession of drugs, or you are assumed to have been trafficking drugs in the state of Maryland, you will be facing some serious charges. These charges could have the potential to affect the rest of your life; therefore, it is vital that you do what you can in order to reduce them.

Law enforcement has the primary goal of reducing illegal activity in relation to drug use, drug manufacture and drug trafficking. Therefore, they place a high emphasis on trying to gain more information about the activities that are going on in the state, as well as in the United States and beyond.

A Forest Heights man allegedly shot, killed a motorist post-crash

A Prince George's County police spokesperson announced on Nov. 29 that they'd arrested a 37-year-old Forest Heights man whom they believe is responsible for killing a 31-year-old man from Oxon Hill. The defendant now is being held on both first- and second-degree murder charges for shooting the man after a minor traffic crash.

The decedent's mom grew concerned on Nov. 24 when she didn't receive her daily phone call from her son this past Sunday. She knew that he'd agreed to pick up a friend from a nightclub on Saturday evening to make sure that they got home safely.

After 3-car crash, man arrested for drunk driving

A man in Maryland is now facing some serious charges after he was involved in a three-car crash. It happened on Friday, Nov. 16.

According to the Maryland State Police, the man was driving a 2017 Jeep Wrangler when he got to an intersection. It had a flashing red light, meaning he needed to stop before continuing, even if the road was clear. Police say he did not stop at all, running the light and slamming into a Toyota.

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