Category Archives: Criminal Procedure

Legality of a Traffic Stop for Having a Covered License Plate in Maryland

What is the law on license plate covers in Maryland? Maryland, like all states, has an interest in having all vehicles on the road have license plates clearly visible and legible. If a license plate number is covered, obscured, blocked, or altered this is a problem for tag readers (at toll booths, for instance) and […]

Can a Police Officer Stop Someone for an Obtructed Windshield in Maryland?

Maryland Traffic Stop for Something Hanging From the Rear-view Mirror So, what exactly is the law for having a hang-tag, air freshener, fuzzy dice (does anyone have these anymore?), graduation tassel, or any other object hanging from a vehicle’s rear view mirror? Maryland law prohibiting obstruction of a windshield, Transportation Article 21-1104(c), states that “a […]

Chris Peretti as a Guest on Lonny The Street Lawyer: Winning a Case Even Though The Client Committed the Crime

I had the pleasure recently of being a guest on Lonny The Street Lawyer. LTSL is a weekly radio program hosted by attorney Lonny Bramzon who uses the show to provide listeners a fresh view from a insider–an attorney working in the trenches–on what is happening out on the streets locally and in the courthouse. […]

Do the Police Have to Read Someone Their “Miranda Rights” Before an Arrest?

Here is a general set of facts similar to a type of arrest is seen all too frequently in Maryland: The police pull someone over for some kind of traffic stop–speeding, rolling a stop sign, having expired registration tags, etc. The officer comes into contact with the driver, states that he smells marijuana, and orders […]

What is the Potential Outcome for a Possession of Marijuana Citation Less Than 10 Grams in Maryland?

What the actual outcome will be for a Possession of Marijuana Less Than 10 Grams citation varies depending on a number of factors, but there are many potential outcomes. Some of the most common are: 1. Nolle Prosequi / Charge dropped A skillful lawyer can put your case in a position to have the charge […]

What factors determine what will happen to my Possession of Less than 10 Grams Citation in Maryland? How can I get the best result?

What is the expected result for someone who has received a citation for possession of marijuana less than 10 grams in Maryland? Rarely does someone get the maximum penalty for this type of offense, but the result depends on a number of factors. 1. Having an Attorney v. Representing Yourself No doubt about it, having […]

What is the Maximum Penalty for a Maryland Possession of Marijuana Less Than 10 Grams Citation?

Maximum penalty for this offense is 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine. That does not mean that is what you are going to receive as a penalty, that is only the maximum! An experienced defense attorney can help you avoid any jail time, probation, and/or potentially keep it off your record. Did you […]

Do I have to go to Court if I received a Citation for Possession of Marijuana in Maryland?

When police in Maryland encounter a person they suspect is in possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana they will almost always issue a citation provided that there is no other crime that has allegedly been committed.  These citations are usually yellow slips of paper with some possibly illegible handwriting on it that should […]