Criminal Law

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

Reasons for Driver’s License Suspension in Maryland

Driving is a privilege, not a right, and that privilege can be temporarily withdrawn or permanently revoked for a variety of reasons. In Maryland, the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) has the authority to suspend or revoke a driver’s license. The suspension or revocation of a license is not only a significant inconvenience but also a …

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What is Disorderly Conduct?

Under Maryland law, a person may not engage in what is known as disorderly conduct or what is sometimes referred to as disturbing the peace. Several different actions are considered to be criminal conduct under the relevant Maryland statute. See Md. Code Criminal Law 10-201. Disorderly conduct includes the willful and without lawful purpose obstruction or hindrance …

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What is Malicious Destruction of Property?

Malicious destruction of property is a property crime in Maryland in which a person willfully and maliciously destroys, damages, or defaces someone else’s property without the property owner’s permission.  See Md. Code Criminal Law Ann. 6-301.  Under recent changes to Maryland law, malicious destruction of property is a misdemeanor offense regardless of the value of …

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What is a Conspiracy?

A conspiracy exists when two or more people enter into an agreement with one another to accomplish a criminal or unlawful purpose or to accomplish a lawful purpose by criminal or unlawful means. A conspiracy to commit a crime is, by itself, a separate criminal offense in the State of Maryland. Conspiracy is what is …

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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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