Archive for 2012

Do not give a statement to the police without an Attorney

There is a Maryland case that recently emphasized the importance of not waiving Miranda rights.   Since this blog related to Maryland laws and legal rights, the case of  Ramiro Arce Gonzalez v. State, No. 4, September Term, 2012,  emphasizes why you should not give a statement without an attorney present.  The case can be…

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No De Una Declaracion a la Policia

Soy un abogado en Maryland.  Entonces, esta información es para personanes que han sido arrestados en Maryland.  (Primero, lo siento porque mi español no es el mejor. ) Cuando los policias piden que usted vaya a la estación para hacerle preguntas, yo recomiendo que usted pida un abogado.  Aunque usted tenga que ir a la…

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We will miss Judge Ann Brobst of Baltimore County Circuit Court

It was indeed tragic to hear that Judge Anne Brobst passed away this week.  Therefore, I am posting an article that I wrote for the Baltimore County Bar Association Advocate monthly magazine in February, 2010.  After experiencing the joy of Judge Brobst’s investiture, I felt compelled to write this article.  This piece comes from the…

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Veterans Benefits: Serving Our Women Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recommitted its efforts towards fulfilling the VA’s action plan for resolving gaps in services provided to Women Veterans.  The urgency of this effort is great, given the rapid growth of the Women Veteran population. Consider these facts: Fully 14 percent of active duty and 18 percent of National…

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Debt Collectors in Maryland: Consumer beware.

There has been a recent development of out of state debt collection agencies contacting Maryland residents and threatening to file lawsuits. If these debt collection agencies do not have a license issued by the State of Maryland, they are illegally collecting money and erroneously filing claims within the district courts. Debt collections agencies must have…

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New Maryland Court of Appeals Case- Police Use of Taser Turn a Stop Into an Arrest

Yesterday, the Maryland Court of Appeals, in Reid v. State, overturned a conviction for a handgun violation. The ruling was that there was not probable cause for an arrest. Because there was not probable cause, the evidence obtained after arrest should have been suppressed. You can read the full opinion here: http://mdcourts.gov/opinions/coa/2012/113a11.pdf

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

If you want to file a “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”, an attorney can be very helpful Si usted quiere aplicar para “Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia”, un abogado es moy importante (debajo en Espanol tambien…) On August 15, 2012, a major new program announced by President Obama went into affect.  The…

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Supreme Court Stays Maryland’s State Court of Appeals DNA Ruling

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is allowing police in Maryland to resume collecting DNA samples from people arrested for serious crimes.  Roberts on July 18,2012,  issued an order that temporarily blocked the Maryland Court of Appeals ruling effectively barring the collection of genetic material from criminal suspects without a warrant.

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New rule specifies you must request court date to fight points

Did you know that you now have to Request a Trial in Maryland if You Want to Fight Your Traffic Ticket or the Points From the Ticket? If you ever received a traffic ticket, prior to January 1, 2011, for speeding or driving through a red light, you knew that, if you did nothing, you…

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Towson Lawyer examines Financial Exploitation of Elders

Elder Financial Abuse and Exploitation In October 2000, the Attorney General launched Project SAFE (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation), a public-private partnership which provides for the training of personnel in financial institutions to detect and report cases of financial exploitation. (1) The Maryland legislature also passed a law more than a decade ago that allowed financial…

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