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 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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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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Assault Crimes: Understanding the Basics

Criminal Defense Attorney Stephen P. Shepard represents people charged with assault crimes

In the State of Maryland, assault includes making unwanted physical contact with another person, attempting to make unwanted physical contact with another person, or causing another person to fear unwanted physical contact. Maryland’s assault laws combine the crimes that are often separately defined as assault and battery in other states.