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  • What is Drug Paraphernalia and the Related Penalties?
    2014-07-28T01:58:20.670Z
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    Many people who are charged with drug-related offenses are often charged with possession of drug paraphernalia under Maryland Criminal Law 5-619.  This blog post examines what is considered drug paraphernalia under Maryland Criminal Law 5-619 and the various penalties associated with it.

     
    • Factors Used to Determine Whether an Object is Considered "Drug Paraphernalia"

     

     

    The factfinder (e.g., a judge) in a criminal case considers various factors based on the evidence to determine whether or not an object qualifies...

  • Understanding Maryland's New Marijuana Decriminalization Law
    2014-04-19T12:15:40.196Z
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    What is the New Law in Maryland that Decriminalizes the Possession of Less than 10 Grams of Marijuana?
     
    On Saturday April 5, 2014, the Maryland Senate voted 34 to 8 to pass Senate Bill 364 which decriminalizes the possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana.  By "decriminalizing" the possession of marijuana of less than 10 grams, the bill made such possession of marijuana into a civil offense punishable by only a fine.  It is important to note that the new bill does ...
  • Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Possession of Marijuana of Less than 10 Grams!
    2014-04-15T22:46:21.257Z
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    Breaking News:  Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Possession of Marijuana of Less than 10 Grams!
     
    S.B. 364, which decriminalizes the possession of marijuana of less than 10 grams, was offiicially signed into law this week by Maryland's Governor Martin O'Malley.  The new law will go into effect on October 1, 2014.  
     
    A more thorough analysis of the new law and its effect on Maryland residents will be posted soon.  
  • Possession of Marijuana of Less than 10 Grams Set to be Decriminalized in Maryland
    2014-04-08T01:51:09.041Z
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    Currently, possession of marijuana of less than 10 grams is a criminal offense that carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.
     
    On Saturday April 5, 2014, the Maryland Senate voted 34 to 8 to pass a bill that would  decriminalize the possession of marijuana of less than 10 grams.  By "decriminalizing" possession of marijuana of less than 10 grams, the bill would make such possession into an offense punishable by only a civil...
  • What is a Stet (or the Stet Docket)?
    2014-02-02T03:19:24.838Z
    Maryland Rule 4-248 provides that the Office of the State's Attorney may move the court to mark a case as a "stet" or place it on what is commonly referred to as the "stet docket."  This blog post addresses the definition of a stet and what effect it has on a case.  
     
    • What is a Stet?
     
    In short, a stet is a way of marking a case as "inactive" for a period of time, usually with one...
  • What are the Similarities and Differences Between a Private Attorney and Public Defender?
    2014-01-28T00:00:00.000Z
    As a former public defender and current private attorney, many people have asked me about the similarities and differences between the two types of attorneys.  In this blog post, I will provide a general overview of those similarities and differences.  Please keep in mind that this blog post is geared toward private criminal defense attorneys and public defenders.  Also, to be clear, this blog post is intended to be purely neutral and is not intended to disparage or otherwise speak poorly of either private attorneys or public defenders.  I've been a...
  • A Snowy Day at the Office
    2014-01-22T00:00:00.000Z
    A Snowy Day at the Office
    Today, the State of Maryland expierenced its second major snow event.  Some areas of the State received 8 to 12 inches of snow!  This is a photo of the Law Office of Stephen P. Shepard, LLC that was taken in Towson during the snow storm at around 2:45 p.m.  
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