Adolescence is generally a time for learning about life. Part of that learning involves making mistakes. Parents can only prepare their children so much for the realities of being an adult in the real world. Once a child becomes a juvenile, sometimes experience is the only teacher that counts. For most youths, these mistakes might only take the form of smoking or engaging in a little rebellious activity. For others, it goes a little farther and becomes criminal. Juvenile crimes like shoplifting, DWI, underage drinking and petty theft are taken very seriously in Maryland so mistakes like these can change a child’s life forever.
In a moment of anger, people often say or do things they later regret. Unfortunately, this can not only lead to them causing harm to those around them, but can also result in a criminal charge. Violent crimes are taken very seriously by law enforcement officials, so it is important to establish the reasons for your actions if you are accused of assault.
In Maryland, a 19-year-old woman was taken into custody on suspicion of assault. Officers were called to a property in Easton on the report of a domestic assault. On arriving there, they were told by another woman, the sister of the accused that the pair had argued, resulting in a physical altercation.
An accusation of sexual misconduct is a serious matter. Anything from allegations of rape or molestation to indecent exposure or chat room offenses can result in severe penalties like fines and imprisonment. Additionally, the damage to the accused’s reputation can be devastating. People accused of sexual misconduct are subject to losing a job and being ostracized by friends, family and the community, making it difficult to find employment and be a contributing member of society.
Many cases come down to one person’s word against another’s. While sex crimes are horrendous and do happen frequently, there are cases of false accusations. Sometimes, the accuser stands to gain something from claiming assault, or they are looking for revenge against someone who they feel wronged them.
A police cadet in Baltimore County is facing theft and drug charges in relation to allegations that he was stealing from the evidence room. The matter first came to the department’s attention when a commander found some oxycodone missing. Internal Affairs and Vice Narcotics launched an investigation into the matter and found that oxycodone involved in several other cases had also disappeared. Following this investigation, evidence from other cases began disappearing.
Investigators eventually began to suspect that the disappearance of the drugs was the work of one cadet. They stopped him as he left work one day, allegedly discovering a backpack with $40,000 in it. In a search of the cadet’s car and home, officers allegedly found oxycodone, morphine, suboxone, things from the evidence room and a white powder in a bag.
A Maryland man was pulled over by police in Rock Hall around midnight June 13 for suspected drunk driving. Field sobriety tests were administered and officials reported that the man performed poorly while doing them. Police released the man, but he is facing charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol and driving while impaired by alcohol.
Stops like these happen every day in Maryland. If you find yourself being pulled over for suspected drunk driving, it's important to stay calm. Sometimes, the nervousness you feel just at the thought of being questioned by police can make you behave differently than you normally would. Or maybe you've had a very small amount to drink hours ago and you're anxious about taking a Breathalyzer test. Just remember that a drunk driving charge does not necessarily equal a drunk driving conviction.
More and more evidence is coming to light that juvenile detention centers do little to rehabilitate and are essentially breeding grounds for lifelong criminals. And now we can add yet another report to that growing body of proof. A new book took a searing statistical look at the sad state of affairs when it comes to the enforcement of juvenile crimes and the numbers are not pretty.
- Jailing a juvenile costs $88,000 a year, significantly more than it costs to educate a child in school.
- Around 66,000 juveniles are currently locked up in juvenile detention centers
- Sexual assault and violence are rampant. Even federal studies have demonstrated that around 10 percent of these children suffer sexual abuse each year, 80 percent of which is done by government staff who are charged with their well-being. These abuses can be prevented.
The job of enforcing the law, especially on the street level, is not easy. There are all sorts of variables that just don’t show up in any manual and make doing the job by the book a tall order. That’s why the temptation of corruption gets to a lot of officers at one time or another. Sometimes we hear of cops taking a little cash on the side or planting drugs, but there’s another form of corruption that doesn’t get as much press: fudging the numbers.
Violent crimes are a stain on a police department’s reputation, so an emphasis is placed on keeping the numbers down. But what if keeping the numbers down comes at the expense of truth? Evidence is sometimes ignored and people are unjustly put away for the simple sake of convenience or vanity.
It’s an incredibly razor-thin line. Due to their very nature, sexual assaults are usually a he said-she said affair. So, how do you police them? If women aren’t allowed to report their attackers and have them punished, what would deter offenders from attacking again? On the other hand, if women are given free rein to report men for sex crimes without evidence, what’s to stop rampant false accusations that give men little recourse to defend themselves?
Sex crimes are serious offenses and, as such, come with severe penalties. But false accusations can ruin a person’s personal and professional life, leaving them with a damaged reputation that can take years, and even a lifetime, to overcome.
Getting pulled over for suspected drunk driving can be a confusing, nerve-wracking ordeal. If charged with drunk driving, the repercussions can be life-altering. Even if you’re not guilty, the damages to your professional and personal reputation can often have devastating consequences. If convicted of operating under the influence, the penalties are severe and range from fines to major jail time.
With all these thoughts running through your head during a traffic stop, it would be nice consult someone knowledgeable before you allow a police officer to conduct field sobriety tests on you, right? Well, the Maryland courts say that that’s a right you really don’t have. Maryland’s Court of Appeals handed down a ruling May 21 that says a person pulled over for being suspected of drunk driving cannot call an attorney before submitting to a test.
Most Americans agree that our prisons are full to the brim of minor drug offenders and the nation’s police are overworked and under-paid. Because of this, many critics argue that marijuana offenses should take a back seat to more serious crimes. Opponents to the type of enforcement going on now contend that police departments’ resources and focus should shift to crimes with real victims like assault, theft, murder or crimes that are sexual in nature. They argue that the taxpayer’s money would be better spent, the public would be better served and the police would be better utilized.
Yet the drug war continues despite growing opposition. Consider the case of a Maryland man who was recently charged with six counts of possession. On May 12, St. Mary’s police answered a call of a disturbance in Leonardtown. While speaking with the man who had called to complain, the officer noticed some paraphernalia often used to smoke marijuana inside the man’s house.