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Know the law: College students face criminal and educational sanctions

Across the U.S., many colleges are under the spotlight for claims of sexual assault. Not only is there concern over the frequency of these claims, but school administrators are facing increasing pressure when it comes to disciplinary actions. People want to see justice, and in many cases, the public is deciding the accuser is guilty before the case even makes its way through trial.

3 things to know about digital search warrants

Think of how often you use technology. Even right now, reading this blog post, you are using some sort of device, be it your personal computer, work computer or smartphone. In 2017, technology is simply a way of life. We use Facebook to connect with friends and family, Spotify to listen to our favorite music and online banking apps to pay our bills. Due to this reliance on technology, it is important to know your legal rights when it comes to digital search warrants.

What Happens If You Get Caught Driving On A Suspended License?

You know you're not supposed to drive with a suspended license, but you need to get somewhere and no one else can drive you. You decide to risk it, but get pulled over by a Maryland cop. What happens now?

6 ways your college freshman can get in trouble his first week on campus

It's normal for parents to be worried as their high school graduates prepare to go to college. There are many ways for a college student to get in trouble on a campus, which is why it's important to be aware of the common issues and potential consequences.

Understanding college disciplinary hearings in Maryland

Colleges and universities have honor codes that prohibit many types of behavior, including underage drinking, drug use and certain types of sexual behavior, such as rape, inappropriate touching and nonconsensual sexual contact.

Your right to privacy and your computer

The Fourth Amendment in the U.S. Constitution that address search and seizure limits for police and other law enforcement. The amendment basically states that a person's home, business, or other property cannot be searched by police looking for evidence of a crime unless they can prove that there is probable cause that justifies such a search. If police believe there is probable cause, they should obtain a warrant, unless they are gathering evidence in a situation where the suspect cannot assume a reasonable expectation of privacy, for example, if they have a gun out in full view.

New DHS policy guideline raises issue of privacy in criminal investigations, P.3

We've been discussing in our last couple posts the recent change in policy announced by the Department of Homeland Security concerning the use of cell site simulator devices. With the change in policy, investigators must now--at least in most cases--demonstrate to a judge that they will likely be able to gather evidence of criminal activity with the use of the device before they can actually go ahead and use them.

New DHS policy guideline raises issue of privacy in criminal investigations, P.2

Last time, we began speaking about a change in the Department of Homeland Security's policy regarding cell site simulators. Specifically, investigators are now required to obtain warrants to use the devices. The policy is certainly an improvement over previous practice, but there are definitely privacy-related concerns over even the new policy.

New DHS policy guideline raises issue of privacy in criminal investigations, P.1

Law enforcement officers and agencies have a great deal of power when it comes to investigating suspected criminal activity. As we frequently point out, though, there are definite limits on investigators’ ability to search persons and property and to seize evidence.

When mental illness is a factor in criminal defense, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about the issue of mental illness as a factor in criminal cases, and potential ways to resolve cases in light of mental illness. As we mentioned, the criminal system in Maryland can and does make use of programs aimed at addressing some of the special needs of offenders with mental illnesses.