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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.

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."

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