Category Archives: Criminal Appeals

What consequences do I face outside of the justice system if I am convicted of a crime?

If you have been charged with a crime, a conviction could impact your life negatively in many ways. A felony conviction is more limiting than a misdemeanor conviction, but any crime on your record can be harmful. Here are a few of the ways that a conviction could haunt you long after you have completed […]

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 […]

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 […]

Change Your Maryland Guilty Conviction to a Probation Before Judgment (PBJ)

Your case is now over–you were either found guilty after trial or pled guilty–and the judge entered a guilty conviction against you. You would have rather had a probation before judgment (PBJ) since that is not a conviction and can be expunged off your record, unlike this guilty conviction. Is it now possible to convert […]

Upset About Your Case Result? Options After Your Maryland District Court Case is Over

So you had a case in District Court that didn’t turn out the way you had hoped. Maybe you were sentenced to serve jail time, didn’t receive a Probation Before Judgment (PBJ) as you had hoped, or simply were given supervised probation when you expected it to be unsupervised. No matter the reason for your […]

Overloaded Public Defense Systems Result in More Prison Time, Less Justice

A recent report published by the Justice Policy Institute looks at public defender’s offices across the U.S. and finds that their offices are overwhelmed and overburdened with cases. According to the study, 73% of county-based public defender’s offices lacked the number of attorneys to handle the volume of cases they should be handling under national […]