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Actresses charged with fraud in college admissions scam

Lori Loughlin, actress on Full House, and Desperate Housewives actress, Felicity Huffman, are two of 50 parents, coaches, and other defendants, who are facing fraud-related charges for their involvement in a college admissions scam. According to the allegations, a number of wealthy parents bribed coaches and college entrance exam administrators thousands, and possibly even millions of dollars, to get their children into top schools all around the country.

Prosecutors claim that the students applied to major universities using fake exam scores and many coaches falsely listed students as "recruited athletes" to increase their chances of getting into the schools.

Our attorneys can assist with drug charges

If you are facing criminal charges for drug possession or distribution, you may be concerned that your life is about to change forever. If you are convicted of a drug crime in Maryland, you could be facing years in prison, thousands of dollars in fines, and various other serious consequences that could affect the rest of your life. Even after you have done your time, a drug conviction may remain on your record, making it difficult for you to find a job, get a loan, and even get custody of your children. Maryland residents facing drug charges can strongly benefit from the assistance of an experienced attorney throughout the legal process.

Michael S. Rothman, an experienced criminal defense attorney, can evaluate your claim and give you a realistic approach to limit your exposure to the severe consequences of a drug crime conviction. When you are facing drug charges, our attorneys will work with you to help you obtain the best possible outcome to allow you to move forward with your life.

Woman charged following alleged Kellyanne Conway

incident

If a person intentionally touches another person in an aggressive or inappropriate manner, they may be convicted of assault in the state of Maryland. A 63-year-old Maryland woman was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, as well as disorderly conduct, following an incident involving White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. In Maryland, second-degree assault is a misdemeanor and could result in up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $2,500.

Can I say no to a Breathalyzer test?

Your day is going fine -- really no different than any other day. Then, while driving around town, you see flashing lights in your rearview. The police are pulling you over, but you are not sure what for. The officer comes to your window, and you learn that he or she suspects you of driving while under the influence of alcohol. He or she asks you to submit to a Breathalyzer, which is standard in the state of Maryland. What should you do?

Believe it or not, you do not have to say yes when a police officer asks you to supply a breath sample. Most people think that compliance is a must and feel shocked to find out that it is not. Whichever choice you make, just know that the decision made in this moment can have a significant impact on your life.

Lawmakers work to close ignition interlock devices loophole

A drunk driving conviction in Maryland can result in serious criminal penalties, including license suspension, jail time, and significant fines. In 2016, Maryland passed the Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016, also known as Noah's Law, which specifies that Maryland drivers with drunk driving convictions on their record must have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles.

Ignition interlock devices prevent drivers from starting their car without first blowing into the device, which tests the driver's blood alcohol level. The car will only start if the driver's blood alcohol level is lower than the established limit.

Can a police officer search my vehicle for drugs?

Many Maryland drivers are stopped for a routine traffic violation and end up arrested on drug charges after the arresting officer finds illegal substances or drug paraphernalia in the driver's vehicle. However, the Fourth Amendment protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures in areas where you have a legitimate expectation of privacy, such as your home or vehicle. If an officer performs an unlawful search or seizure, any evidence obtained during that search will likely be thrown out of the criminal case stemming from the drug charges brought against you.

Under the Fourth Amendment, officers may only perform a search or seizure of your vehicle if they have a valid search or arrest warrant, your consent to perform the search, or probable cause to reasonably believe that you or your vehicle were involved in a crime. If an officer stops your vehicle for a minor traffic violation, such as speeding or running a stop sign, they are generally not permitted to conduct a search of your vehicle unless they believe the search is necessary to protect themselves (e.g. if they suspect you are armed).

Defending against assault charges with self-defense

According to the Maryland Criminal Code, you may be charged with first- or second-degree assault for placing someone in imminent fear of physical harm. A serious threat of violence, a serious physical injury, or an assault with a deadly weapon, would all qualify as first-degree assault. Courts will consider whether the injury creates a substantial risk of death or causes permanent injuries or impairments when determining whether an injury is "serious."

Second-degree assault covers threats of or actual offensive physical contact, but is not as serious as a first-degree assault. To determine what counts as offensive physical contact, courts will look at whether a reasonable person would be offended by the contact.

Most common types of federal crimes

Finding yourself facing federal charges is a serious matter. It is never a good feeling to have the law against you and be facing possible time away from loved ones, high amounts of legal fees/fines and more. Any type of legal trouble can hurt your reputation in society and alter your course in life. However, there are some charges in our country that are linked to more serious consequences than others.

When you are charged with a federal crime, you can expect the punishments to be severe when found guilty. Without strong legal defense at the federal level, you are at high-risk for losing your freedom and rights.

Maryland massage therapist facing assault charges

Assault charges can have serious consequences that could have a long-term effect on the accused and their family. According to Maryland Criminal Code, Section 3-202, an assault conviction can result in up to 25 years in prison for a first-degree assault and up to 10 years in prison, plus $2,500 in fines for a second degree misdemeanor assault. If the assault was sexual in nature, the alleged perpetrator may be charged with a sexual offense. For instance, one may be charged with a fourth degree sexual offense Maryland.

For example, a Maryland massage therapist was recently arrested and charged with two misdemeanors, including a second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense following an incident involving a female client. According to the client, she went to the spa for a massage and was touched inappropriately by the male masseuse during the massage.

Consequences to drunk driving in Maryland

If arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the consequences of a conviction on a DUI or DWI has serious consequences. While the penalties vary based on the circumstances, a drunk driving conviction will almost always have a significant effect on one's life for years to come.

Generally, a first time DUI offender in Maryland faces up to a year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines, along with a license revocation of up to six months. There will also be 12 points placed on the convicted person's driving record. Second time offenders, will receive up to $2,000 in fines and a minimum of five days in jail (and a maximum of two years), in addition to license revocation of a year and 12 points on the driver's driving record.

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