Monthly Archives: May 2012

Is A Second Probation Before Judgment (PBJ) for Drug Possession in Maryland Possible?

Under current Maryland law, a defendant can only get one Probation Before Judgment (PBJ) for a drug-related offense. Once that defendant receives a PBJ in a drug case, they are prohibited by law from ever receiving another one for a new drug related crime. However, the Maryland legislature recently changed this law regarding the court’s […]

Free Speech Protection in School

Can a 5th grader blow up a school with a crayon? No, but he can draw a picture, make a bad joke, and find himself suspended from school. A federal court has supported a school’s decision to suspend the 10-year-old that drew an astronaut wishing to blow up the school. His parents sued the school […]

Maryland’s Reduced Penalty for Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana

Maryland’s governor just recently signed a new law which reduces the penalties for possession of a small amount of marijuana. The law differentiates between possession of marijuana less than 10 grams and of greater than 10 grams. This law is set to go into effect on October 1, 2012. Current Law Currently the possession of […]