Category Archives: Expungement

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 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 […]

What is an Expungement vs. Nolle Prosequi vs. Stet?

In Maryland, a criminal case can be closed either through a Nolle Prosequi or a Stet. What are the differences of those two? And what is an expungement? When does that take place? Expungement An expungement is the deletion and removal of all court and police records related to a defendant’s charges and case. This […]

Potential Pitfalls in an Application for Maryland Handgun Permit

“Providing False or Misleading Information May Lead To Your Arrest” “FALSE INFORMATION WILL BE SUFFICIENT GROUNDS FOR DENIAL OF THE APPLICATION AND/OR CRIMINAL PROSECUTION WHICH CARRIES A PENALTY OF IMPRISONMENT NOT TO EXCEED 1 YEAR AND/OR $1000 FINE.” “Warning: Any person who willingly makes false statements on this application is guilty of a misdemeanor.” These […]

I received a Probation Before Judgment (PBJ) in my Maryland case, and need an expungement right now! Do I have to wait three years?

Not necessarily! Although technically you have to wait three years before being eligible to expunge a PBJ, there is a “good cause” exception. If a defendant can demonstrate a good cause reason for an early expungement, the Court has the discretion to grant an expungement before three years have elapsed. A few examples are if […]

Can a Guilty Conviction be Expunged in Maryland?

Unfortunately no, outside of a pardon from the governor. If a judge enters a disposition of guilty after a plea or trial, that guilty conviction cannot be expunged. That does not mean all hope is lost, however. Because a Probation Before Judgment (PBJ) is eligible for an expungement, a defendant would first need to convert […]

Criminal and Traffic Case Expungements in Maryland

What is an expungement? An expungement is the deletion and removal of all court and police records related to a defendant’s charges and case. A person who has been charged with a criminal act or incarcerable traffic offense may be eligible to have those records expunged. If eligible, an expungement can be hugely beneficial to […]