Criminal Procedure

This blog category covers laws and rules regarding criminal procedure in the State of Maryland.

What is the Right to a Speedy Trial?

Table of Contents The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Maryland Declaration of Rights guarantee that every person accused of a crime has the right to speedy trial. This blog post will focus only on the constitutional aspect of the right to a speedy trial (not the Maryland Declaration of Rights or Maryland laws). The Sixth Amendment’s …

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Baltimore County, MD criminal defense attorney lawyer explains speedy trial

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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