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.

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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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 Trespassing?

Trespassing on posted property is a misdemeanor criminal offense in Maryland in which a person willfully enters the property of another without permission and a sign was posted on the property in an obvious manner warning against unauthorized entry. If convicted of trespassing (for a first offense), a person is subject to a maximum penalty …

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