Negligence and Its Four Elements

Personal Injury Lawyer To prove a responsible party legally liable for a personal injury, you have to prove that he or she was negligent. Because negligence is fundamental to a personal injury claim, it is essential that you understand what it means. Most people understand negligence to mean doing something without taking proper care. The…

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Talking to Police During a Criminal Investigation

In the past few weeks, the phrase I find myself repeating more than anything is “stop talking to the police.” Individuals call me with concerns that they may have committed a crime and are afraid they will be arrested. It always follows with, “when the police called me, I told them….” This is one of…

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COVID-19, Temporary Protective Orders, and You

On March 12, 2020 Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera ordered that all Maryland court houses be closed to the public until at least June 5, 2020. While the Courts are still hearing a very limited number of emergency matters, the vast bulk of cases involving members of the public have been postponed. This includes cases…

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Search Based on Odor of Marijuana in Maryland (Part I)

Odor of Marijuana Coming from a Vehicle Does Not Create Probable Cause to Search In August of 2019 the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled in Pacheco v. State that the odor of marijuana coming from a vehicle does not create probable cause to search the person of the driver of that vehicle.  This decision was…

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PBJ, Masking, and your Maryland Commercial Driver’s License (DCL)

Maryland’s Probation Before Judgement disposition is often used in minor traffic cases to allow people to avoid the points from a conviction from impacting their insurance rates.  Probation Before Judgement allows a judge to impose probation before a judgement is entered, and upon the successful completion of the probation (frequently a one-day unsupervised probation), stops…

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