What is Possession?

Criminal defense attorney Stephen P. Shepard explains the different types of possession

A person has criminal possession of something if he or she consciously had the item on his or her person or took the item into his or her control. A key aspect of criminal possession is that the person must exert a restraining or directive influence over the item. There are two types of criminal …

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What is Considered at a Bail Review?

Bail review attorney Stephen P. Shepard in Baltimore County, MD

A bail review is a formal proceeding in which a District or Circuit Court judge makes a determination as to whether or not a Defendant should be released into the community pending trial. At a bail review, a judge considers many different factors regarding the Defendant’s release. Whether the Defendant poses a danger to himself/herself, …

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What is a Stet?

Stet attorney Stephen P. Shepard helps people in Baltimore County, MD who are accused of crimes

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 …

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What is Disorderly Conduct?

Disorderly conduct attorney in Baltimore County, MD

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 …

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