Criminal

This site does not generally give information on criminal matters, however, we can direct you to other resources in Maryland.

Defendant's Rights

Expungement

Filing Charges

  • This article describes the options for criminal charges a victim may wish to pursue against an abuser.

Victim's Rights

  • All law enforcement entities in Maryland also provide extensive training and guidelines on domestic violence.
  • This article describes the rights of victims of crime and how victims may seek restitution and compensation.
  • Maryland Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) Service and all Maryland courts that have implemented the Maryland Electronic Filing and Case Management (MDEC) system provide crime victims, victim advocates, and other concerned citizens free offender information and hearing notification.

Criminal

Legal Options

  • This article describes the options for criminal charges a victim may wish to pursue against an abuser.
  • All law enforcement entities in Maryland also provide extensive training and guidelines on domestic violence.
  • Maryland Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) Service and all Maryland courts that have implemented the Maryland Electronic Filing and Case Management (MDEC) system provide crime victims, victim advocates, and other concerned citizens free offender information and hearing notification.

Child Abuse/Neglect

Alcoholism/Substance Abuse

  • In Maryland, effective October 1, 2014, possession or use of less than 10 grams of marijuana is no longer a criminal offense. Decriminalization replaces criminal penalties with civil penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. Before October 1, 2014, the possession or use of any amount of marijuana is still a criminal offense.

Youth

  • In Maryland, effective October 1, 2014, possession or use of less than 10 grams of marijuana is no longer a criminal offense. Decriminalization replaces criminal penalties with civil penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. Before October 1, 2014, the possession or use of any amount of marijuana is still a criminal offense.

Health

  • In Maryland, effective October 1, 2014, possession or use of less than 10 grams of marijuana is no longer a criminal offense. Decriminalization replaces criminal penalties with civil penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. Before October 1, 2014, the possession or use of any amount of marijuana is still a criminal offense.

DWI

  • This article describes Maryland's driving while impaired by alcohol laws.

Criminal Law

Youth Law

  • Overview of Maryland's Juvenile Justice System
  • In Maryland, effective October 1, 2014, possession or use of less than 10 grams of marijuana is no longer a criminal offense. Decriminalization replaces criminal penalties with civil penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. Before October 1, 2014, the possession or use of any amount of marijuana is still a criminal offense.

Other Legal Issues

  • This article introduces government seizure and forfeiture of personal property, explains the procedure, and provides information on how a property owner can respond when the government takes property.
  • In Maryland, effective October 1, 2014, possession or use of less than 10 grams of marijuana is no longer a criminal offense. Decriminalization replaces criminal penalties with civil penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. Before October 1, 2014, the possession or use of any amount of marijuana is still a criminal offense.
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