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Authorities arrest fisherman accused of witness retaliation

A commercial fisherman licensed in the state of Maryland has been accused of federal crimes. Allegedly, the 41-year-old from Tilghman Island, Maryland, was involved in fishing that violated the Lacey Act. Investigators were looking into felony crimes included harvesting striped bass from the Chesapeake Bay in an illegal manner. The man was recently arrested and was also charged with witness tampering and retaliation in association with the investigation.

Can the cops look through your cell phone?

Technological innovations have brought the practices surrounding search and seizure into question, as many people have argued that their cases involve illegal forms of the typical police habit. The problem is a constitutional one, stemming from the ways that Fourth Amendment rights interact with new technology like smartphones, DNA and global positioning systems. Many of the questions concern whether a warrant is necessary: Can a police officer search your phone to look for incriminating videos, texts, pictures and emails without a warrant? Can a car belonging to a potential defendant be tagged with a GPS tracker to determine if any criminal activity can be associated with that individual? Can a DNA swab be taken so that your chemical makeup can be placed into a database for past and future crimes?

2 out-of-state teens accused of marijuana possession

Two teenagers from another state have been arrested in Maryland. According to the Kent County Sheriff's Office, the two 18-year-olds were taken into custody after a traffic stop. Police said that the two were charged with drug possession after the vehicle they were in was allegedly seen traveling faster than a posted speed limit. The incident occurred last month on Route 301.

DUI conviction could carry over to nearby states

Drinking and driving laws vary from state to state, and with so many states in close proximity in New England, it is important to understand the differences. For those living in Prince Georges County, Maryland, drunk driving charges often depend on the history of the driver that is defending against such accusations. First-time offenders in Maryland can be fined up to $1,000 for getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Those defending against Tier 1 charges and have no previous offenses on their records can be sentenced to jail for a year. They can also have 12 points added to their driving record, which will increase insurance costs.

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