Some Marylanders who are otherwise nonviolent, law-abiding citizens can be driven to a level of anger and frustration they didn't think they had in them when they encounter an aggressive, dangerous, incompetent or rude driver. We know the resulting behavior as "road rage."
The justice system relies on truthful testimony in both criminal and civil cases. That includes verbal as well as written information provided by witnesses and others involved in a legal matter. Witnesses who testify in trials and depositions swear to tell the truth before they are questioned. When people complete and/or sign various types of legal documents, including their tax returns, they stipulate that the information they're providing is accurate to the best of their knowledge.
You made a mistake, broke the law and were convicted of a crime. You served your time, paid your fines and made it through your probation without any problems. You've put this part of your life behind you -- or so you thought. Now you're planning a trip outside the country and wondering if that criminal record is going to keep you from your dream vacation or a necessary business trip.
Apple just released its highly awaited iPhone X in November which will allow its owners to enjoy the option of unlocking their phone by simply giving their screen a gaze. To log off, an owner of the phone will simply have to look away from it.
Prosecutorial overcharging is a tactic used by prosecutors to try to intimidate a defendant into accepting a guilty plea. In exchange, the prosecutor will drop the most serious charges.
The topic of sexual assault continues to be widely discussed thanks to some high-profile cases involving well-known people. Most recently, allegations of sexual harassment by multiple women against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein led the board of directors of The Weinstein Company, which he co-founded, to fire him.
Body cameras worn by police officers can help ensure that people accused of a crime aren't treated inappropriately by officers. They can also provide exculpatory evidence or at least call into question the evidence that is being used against a defendant.
A 26-year-old man was arrested on July 24 after he jumped or fell off the Route 50 Bridge in Ocean City. He was reportedly found hiding under the bridge. Ocean City Police arrested him for trespassing, intoxication and endangering emergency responders.
Maryland police departments are increasingly providing their officers with body cameras. In Baltimore County alone, over 800 officers have them.
If you have an encounter with the police, no matter how unfair you believe it is, it's essential to be polite and not physically or verbally threaten any officers in any way. That doesn't mean that you can't assert your legal rights. However, it's important to do so in a manner that doesn't make them feel threatened or have grounds to charge you with anything more than they may already planning to.