Criminal Law

This blog category covers topics concerning criminal law in the State of Maryland.  Such topics include assault, crimes against the public, drug crimes, property crimes, theft crimes, and sex crimes.

What is Harassment?

Harassment is the following of another person in a public place or maliciously engaging in a course of conduct that seriously alarms or annoys the other person with the intent to harass, alarm, or annoy the other person after receiving a reasonable warning or request to stop by the other person and without legal purpose. …

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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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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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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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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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