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August 2015 Archives

Former NFL cheerleader could face Maryland charges after Delaware sentence

Baltimore readers have likely all heard of Molly Shattuck, the former Ravens cheerleader and fitness author who was convicted of fourth-degree rape in Delaware in connection with an incident of sexual assault that occurred last summer in Bethany Beach. In that case, Shatuck pleaded guilty rather than take her case to trial.

College Board Honor Code Violation Hearings Regarding Sexual Misconduct

Generally, social honor code violations, involve behavior that harms or threatens the physical, emotional or social well being of any member or guest of the college community. This type of behavior would be a social violation of the honor code. For purposes of the honor code, most colleges define sexual misconduct as any deliberate sexual behavior or contact with the threat of sexual contact without the other parties consent. Examples include, but are not limited to:

Dealing with duplicative and unsupported charges in criminal defense

In our last post, we began speaking about a case involving a Maryland woman was charged with multiple criminal offenses in connection with a prescription drug fraud scheme. Earlier this year, according to sources, the woman pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement, two counts of identity fraud, and four counts of obtaining prescriptions by fraud.

Woman facing multiple drug charges for prescription fraud

Maryland readers are likely aware of the problem of prescription drug abuse, which is an issue across the United States. Pain pill abuse and addiction is a big enough problem that there has been sharp criticism of the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to approve OxyContin for sick children between the ages of 11 and 16.

What is probable cause and why does it matter in criminal defense? P.3

We’ve been speaking about probable cause in our last couple posts, particularly what it generally is and why it is important to explore the issue when building a criminal defense case. As we mentioned, it is important to be aware that police can make mistakes in assessing whether there is probable cause to conduct a search or make an arrest.

What is probable cause and why does it matter in criminal defense? P.2

In our previous post, we began speaking about issue of probable cause and generally what it means in criminal investigation. Probable cause is an important issue to explore not only when building a criminal defense case, but even when one ends up not facing criminal charges.

What is probable cause and why does it matter in criminal defense? P.1

In recent posts, we’ve been speaking about the Fourth Amendment and privacy rights, particularly as these issues can come up in criminal defense work. As we’ve noted, every criminal suspect has certain privacy rights, and law enforcement officers are required to respect these rights and do their job accordingly. When they don’t, a criminal defendant has protections available

DNA evidence and privacy rights: looking at a recent court decision, P.2

In our last post, we mentioned that the Maryland Supreme Court recently ruled in a case that raised the issue of whether DNA evidence collected as part of a routine booking procedure could be stored in a database and used for investigation of unrelated crimes. The court, after considering the issue, held that such use of DNA evidence is indeed constitutional, provided it is obtained legally.

DNA evidence and privacy rights: looking at a recent court decision, P.1

In our last post, we spoke very generally about privacy rights in criminal cases and the importance of working with an experienced attorney to scrutinize police work for possible Fourth Amendment violations. As we noted, privacy rights can come up in a number of ways in criminal cases, and one is how the Fourth Amendment interacts with DNA evidence.

The Fourth Amendment and privacy rights in criminal cases

When building a solid criminal defense, it is important to screen a case for the possibility of Fourth Amendment violations. As readers may know, the Fourth Amendment is supposed to provide protection from unreasonable searches and seizures and requires that all warrants are supported by probable cause and specifically describe the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.

Navigating probation in drunk driving cases, P.1

Drunk driving cases can involve a number of penalties and consequences, depending on the circumstances of the case. Not only are there potential criminal penalties of fines and prison time, in some cases, but also various administrative penalties such as license suspension, ignition interlock use, and alcohol use monitoring.

What issues are defense attorneys concerned about in DUI cases?

Bernard Pierce, former backup running back for the Baltimore Ravens, is reportedly set to go to trial on a DUI charge in October, as some of our readers who are sports fans may have heard. Pierce’s trial is connected to an arrest back in March, which ultimately led to his release from the team. The arrest occurred after Pierce had been with the Ravens for about three years. Now, of course, Pierce is with the Jaguars.

Sobriety checkpoints: a defense perspective, P.4

In our last several posts, we’ve been speaking on the issue of sobriety checkpoints, their effectiveness, and the factors courts in Louisiana look at when determining their legality. Last time, we listed a number of these factors, and pointed out that it is essential to balance the government’s interest in preventing drunk driving with the public’s interest in privacy.