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 Modification of Sentence?

Modification of sentence attorney in Baltimore County, MD

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 the Defendant’s sentence. Can the Judge Increase My Sentence? Despite popular …

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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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