Monthly Archives: February 2012

Difference Between “Motor Vehicle Theft” and “Unauthorized Removal of Property”

In Maryland a stolen car is typically prosecuted under one of two different criminal law sections. One is Motor Vehicle Theft, defined under Criminal Law Article Section 7-105. This statute prohibits a person from “knowingly and willfully taking a motor vehicle out of the owner’s lawful custody, control or use without the owner’s consent.” This […]

What is Unauthorized Removal of Property in Maryland?

By definition, a person in Maryland may not take or carry away a vehicle, motor vehicle, vessel or livestock of any person without the owner’s permission. As a practical matter, a person charged with unauthorized removal of property is usually alleged to have stolen a car (or a boat, or cattle!) or taken someone else’s […]

Maryland Theft and Shoplifting Laws

Theft Defined in Maryland In Maryland, theft is the willful use, concealment, or abandonment of property of another, without the owner’s consent. Maryland does not differentiate between someone who took the property and someone who received the property, so even the receiver of stolen goods can be charged with theft, provided they knew or should […]

Nolle Prosequi in Maryland – What it is and What it Means to Your Criminal Case

In Maryland, the State’s Attorney has the power to enter a “Nolle Prosequi” or “Nol Pros” in a criminal case. You may have heard of this term, or maybe heard that your case was “Nol Prossed.” These terms all mean the same thing–that the State has essentially dropped the charges in the case. Definition of […]

Malicious Destruction of Property in Maryland

Definition of Malicious Destruction of Property In Maryland, a person is prohibited from “willfully and maliciously” destroying, injuring or defacing the real or personal property of another person. Real or personal property can be a home, vehicle, or any other item of value. This is basically vandalism–breaking windows, slashing tires, graffiti, smashing a phone or […]

Making a False Statement to a Police Officer in Maryland

False Statement to a Police Officer In Maryland, under Criminal Law Article Section 9-501, it is a crime to make a false statement to a law enforcement officer. But what exactly is a “statement” and what does it mean for the statement to be “false”? Definition of Offense A person cannot make a false “statement, […]

How To Change Your Probation Conditions in Maryland for the Better

Honestly, no one likes to be on probation. Most people would rather be placed on probation than be in jail, sure, but no one actually likes to be on probation. Despite being ordered to be on probation for a period of time, there is always a possibility that someone can ask the court to improve […]