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What percentage of arrests are for drug charges?

People in Maryland are arrested every day for many different reasons, but it is natural that some crimes are going to come with more frequency than others. With all of the talk in the news about the war on drugs, you may be wondering what percentage of all arrests are related to drug charges. If so, the answer may surprise you.

Questions to ask when forming a DUI defense

A DUI charge may be more serious than you realized in Maryland. Did you know that you could get both fines and jail time, and that the penalties go up the more DUI convictions you have on your record? Did you know that your license could also be taken away from you?

46,000 federal drug crimes convicts could gain early release

Earlier this year, a panel of federal judicial officials voted to reduce the length of jail sentences for thousands of individuals who are currently imprisoned on federal drug crimes convictions. The decision was celebrated by prisoner advocates and the Justice Department alike; however, it also means that the judiciary will have a lot of work to do in order to determine which prisoners will be eligible for early release. Also, a deadline of Nov. 1 is looming -- when Congress could vote to reverse the federal justices' decision.

Federal officials turn animal cruelty charges into Group A felony

Starting in January 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigations will begin to track statistics on animal cruelty crimes from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The hope is that such statistics will help identify children who commit animal cruelty crimes and provide help to prevent crimes against humans as an adult.

The long-lasting impact of felony charges in Maryland

People who are convicted of felonies can face the consequences of those convictions for much longer than they are actually behind bars. Even after being released, they may not get certain rights back -- though they can apply to have some of them reinstated -- and this can change the way that they have to live.

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