Stephen P. Shepard

Towson, MD shoplifting retail theft attorney lawyer

What is Shoplifting?

Shoplifting or retail theft generally refers to the theft of merchandise from a retail store or a place of business. Shoplifting is a variation of a theft crime, which simply means taking and carrying away the property of another person or business without permission and with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the …

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Baltimore County, MD theft attorney lawyer

What is Theft?

The crime of theft, sometimes referred to as larceny, is the unauthorized taking and carrying away of the property of another person with the intent to permanently deprive that person of his or her property. Theft can be either a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending on the value of the item or items allegedly taken. …

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Baltimore County, MD robbery attorney lawyer

What is Robbery?

Robbery is the taking and carrying away of property from another or from property in that person’s immediate presence by force or threat of force and with the intent to deprive that person of the property. See Md. Code Criminal Law Ann. 3-402. What is Force? To support a robbery charge, force or a threat …

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Baltimore County, MD malicious destruction of property attorney

What is Malicious Destruction of Property?

Under Md. Code Criminal Law Ann. 6-301, malicious destruction of property is a misdemeanor property crime in which a person willfully and maliciously destroys, damages, or defaces someone else’s property. What Does “Maliciously” Mean? An act is done “maliciously” if it is done knowingly and with deliberate intention to do harm or cause injury to …

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First-Degree Assault attorney Stephen P. Shepard in Towson, MD

What is First-Degree Assault?

First-degree assault a serious criminal offense that is committed when a person causes or attempts to cause a serious physical injury to another person without legal justification. Conduct that would normally be considered a second-degree assault that is coupled with the use of a firearm is also considered to be an assault in the first degree. See Md. Code …

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What is a Stet?

A stet is a special type of disposition or resolution of a criminal or serious traffic case pursuant to Md. Rule 4-248 in which the State’s Attorney asks the court to mark a case as inactive or place it on what is sometimes referred to as the “stet docket” for three years, usually with one or more …

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What is a Modification of Sentence?

Within 90 days from the date of sentencing, a Defendant in a criminal or serious traffic case in either District or Circuit Court may file a motion for modification and/or reduction of sentence pursuant to Md. Rule 4-345 asking the court to essentially reconsider or modify the Defendant’s sentence. Can the Judge Increase My Sentence? No. Despite popular belief, …

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