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Professor: Charges for federal crimes in Gray case unlikely

The U.S. Department of Justice was invited to examine the practices of the Baltimore Police Department late year. Federal agents were called after the city paid numerous legal settlements in cases of alleged police misconduct, like wrongful arrests and the unreasonable use of force.

Meth convictions can happen, even in Maryland

Some reports say that meth is not a big problem in the state of Maryland. In fact, Justice.gov places every aspect of methamphetamine in the low-risk category from possession to manufacturing to abuse. This tidbit might make the few who do dally with the substance complacent, and that could turn out to be a catastrophic error in judgment.

What can I expect if charged with a crime in federal court?

Facing a federal criminal trial is particularly frightening for defendants, but you can lessen your anxiety by becoming familiar with the process. Typically, your criminal defense attorney will fill you in on the details of your particular case, but in the meantime, here is a brief outline of what you can expect when appearing in court for federal crimes.

What is considered drug paraphernalia in Maryland?

Although the Maryland General Assembly moved to decriminalize the possession of marijuana earlier this year, it may come as a surprise to some to learn that having drug paraphernalia in your possession is still considered a misdemeanor in the state.

What is the role of the grand jury in Federal cases?

When it comes to the United States court system, there is the belief that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. To help determine if there is enough evidence to indicate that a person may have committed a federal crime, the U.S. attorney will typically present the case to the grand jury. They must then consider the weight of the evidence and decide whether there is enough evidence presented to indicate that a person should be indicted for the crime.

What you should know about drug distribution charges

Although you may think that you will only face a misdemeanor charge if you are caught with drugs in your possession, you could quickly see those charges increased to drug distribution if you are in possession of a large amount of drugs at the time of your arrest. Even if you are caught with only a small amount of drugs initially, but have a large amount of cash on your person or at the scene, you could find yourself facing felony charges of drug distribution instead of a misdemeanor.

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.

4 Maryland men face federal charges for gang activity

A joint effort by Baltimore Homeland Security, Maryland's Department of Corrections and sheriff and police officials from several Maryland counties resulted in a major sting operation with the arrest of four alleged gang members. The four men were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and multiple racketeering endeavors by a gang known as MS-13.

Man flees police in Maryland, is apprehended

A man who the police suspected was selling drugs was apprehended in Maryland. The police first were able to get warrants for two different locations. When they came to one of the locations to act on those warrants, the man allegedly tried to run from them in a vehicle.

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