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Will Justice Department changes impact Maryland drug sentencing?

Last year, Maryland lawmakers passed and Gov. Larry Hogan signed the Justice Reinvestment Act. The intent of the law, which received bipartisan support, was to lessen the number of people behind bars for nonviolent drug crimes and redirect funds to providing treatment for those convicted of these crimes.

Federal prosecutions at 20-year low, but that's about to change

The Pew Research Center just released a very interesting analysis of recent trends in federal prosecutions. Specifically, the respected nonpartisan fact tank found that Department of Justice activity peaked in 2011 but then began to drop. Today, the Justice Department is prosecuting drug charges, property offenses, immigration violations and other crimes at the lowest level in 20 years -- while at the same time, crime itself is at the lowest rate since 2006.

Mexican wall may not keep out drug traffickers

One the signature promises of the Trump Campaign was the construction of a border wall along the southern border with Mexico. The details on the wall were noticeably sparse however it appears the Administration is taking concrete steps to secure the southern border. The Administration is allocating funds for border security and increasing the number of border agents. But, it appears that the wall overlooks critical sources of illegal immigration and may not slow the flow of drug trafficking over the border.

How your drug charge could be expunged

Drug possession is considered a major felony in the U.S. In Salisbury, Maryland, culprits are liable to hefty penalties as well as considerable time behind bars. Not only is your reputation tarnished, but your freedom is significantly limited in various ways. Contrary to common belief, crimes related to drug violations do not necessarily put the proverbial nail in your coffin. With the aid of a prominent drug charge attorney, your acquittal can be guaranteed in a matter of days.

Marijuana possession can mean a fine or more

In our previous blog post, we discussed how you must be careful about marijuana usage in Maryland because only medical marijuana is legal in this state, and only for very limited uses. If you aren't able to possess marijuana for the legal reasons, you will likely face criminal charges if you are found to have some in your possession.

Maryland struggles for answers to wave of opioid overdoses

It's no secret that heroin and opioid prescription drugs have become major killers in Maryland. The past year saw a 21 percent increase in deaths statewide, for a total of 1,259. Opioid overdose death rates nationwide quadrupled between 1999 and 2014.

Is marijuana possession a civil offense?

Ever since Colorado and Washington voted to legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana in 2012, there has been a sharp increase in the public's interest in how their individual state laws may be changing in light of shifting attitudes toward this controlled substance. In Maryland, some forms of marijuana possession have been reduced from criminal to civil offenses.

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