• Are you smoking weed in DC and driving to MD?

    Tuesday November 07th, 2017 Initiative 71 made marijuana legal in Washington, D.C, and this means that if you are over 21 years old you can possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana to smoke on private property. DC also allows you to grow up to 6 marijuana plants in your home. The ... Read more
  • Filing Fees for Expungement – Maryland

    Tuesday October 31st, 2017 From October 1, 2017 the filling fee of $30 paid to the clerk to file for expungement in criminal cases in Maryland was removed for the following outcomes or dispositions: • Verdict of Acquittal • Probation before Judgement (PBJ) • Nolle Prosequi (Dismissal) • Stet • Not criminally responsible The filling fee was removed in District ... Read more
  • Who are you hanging with?

    Monday October 23rd, 2017 You know that saying, “Friends of a feather flock together” the criminal justice system believes in it. There are at least 3 criminal charges you will get if you ride with the wrong friends. Imagine you need a ride and your friend pulls up in her sedan. The police pulls ... Read more
  • The Juvenile Series: Juveniles in Adult Court

    Monday October 16th, 2017 There are certain crimes, such as kidnapping, carjacking, sex offenses and possession of a firearm, that could warrant a minor being automatically charged as an adult, thereby skipping the Juvenile Court altogether. In these cases, the juvenile’s lawyer can request a transfer hearing to send the juvenile back to ... Read more
  • The Juvenile Series: What does placement in the juvenile system mean?

    Monday October 09th, 2017 When the court decides to send a child to placement, it means the child will be taken away from their parent or guardian’s home and sent to a placement home or what I call “kiddie jail”. This recommendation is reserved for the most egregious crimes or for repeat offenders. Cheltenham ... Read more
  • The Juvenile Series: Department of Juvenile Services (DJS)

    Monday October 02nd, 2017 When DJS decides to forward a case to Juvenile Court, then the case goes through the process of a criminal circuit case. The child is arraigned in front of the Judge. A prosecutor representing the State prosecutes the case. After evidence is produced, there could be a ... Read more
  • The Juvenile Series: How Does the Juvenile System Work?

    Wednesday September 20th, 2017 When a child has been charged with a crime, the police officer takes the case to the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) for investigation. Some of the more common crimes for juveniles are assault (i.e. fighting in school), theft (from other students or department stores), and possession of a ... Read more
  • My Motivation

    Wednesday September 13th, 2017 I was recently asked by a potential client what is my motivation when I represent people. I smiled thinking about my earlier post about loving what I do. I stated in that post that, “If I wasn’t a lawyer, I would be that nosy relative who wanted to ... Read more
  • In Juvenile Court:

    Friday August 04th, 2017 When my client’s mother says to me, “Thank you so much for fighting for my son, we appreciate all that you did. We would never have won the case without you, but please understand I hope to never need your services again.” I totally understand, just send me referrals : ) Read more
  • You have the right to remain silent…does your child know that?

    Wednesday July 26th, 2017 Most adults know Miranda warnings because we have seen it in movies and on television shows. Does your minor child know they also have the right to remain silent? Most minor children (everyone under the age of 18 years) who are suspects in a crime are approached by the police ... Read more