Posted On: November 22, 2010

Increase in Alcohol Tax Could Prevent DUIs and Crash Fatalities

Maryland alcohol taxes have not been raised in the past 50 years. The current alcohol excise taxes on alcohol in Maryland are less than a penny for one beer and less than two cents for wine or spirits. To some, this is an outrage as well as a cause for many health and crime issues in the state.

In a report entitled The Effects of Alcohol Excise Tax Increase on Public Health in Maryland by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, alcohol use is responsible for 1,278 deaths and 7,470 violent crimes in Maryland each year. The report continues to describe the negative effects of alcohol on Maryland residents, including the relatively high number of people addicted to or abusing alcohol.

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Posted On: November 19, 2010

Maryland Man Charged with Indecent Exposure

Recently, a man was arrested in Anne Arundel County in Maryland and charged with indecent exposure, reports WBAL TV. He was arrested after two teen girls reported he exposed himself to them.

On Wednesday, November 17, at about 3 p.m. a 16-year-old girl reported to police that a blue passenger vehicle stopped near her, and thinking the car was a friend’s, she went over to it. Allegedly she found a man not wearing pants and pointing to his exposed genitalia. The girl ran away and immediately called police. She reported the motor vehicle’s license plate number and gave them a description of the man.

As detectives were interviewing the teen girl, another call reported a similar incident occurring not far away from the first alleged instance. This time the victim was a 15-year-old girl who told police the man pulled his car up next to her and after getting her attention, gestured towards his exposed body.

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Posted On: November 17, 2010

Attempted Murder Charges Dropped against Man for College Park Bar Brawl

Attempted murder charges against a 21-year-old man have been dropped for a bar fight that allegedly took place last month in College Park outside of the Thirsty Turtle. The Baltimore Sun reports that the man was suspected of cutting three University of Maryland students and another individual with a pocketknife.

According to the article, the man is facing second-degree assault charges even though evidence from surveillance video demonstrates that he was acting in self-defense during the apparent altercation. As of this writing, it has not been reported whether prosecutors will charge the other four individuals allegedly involved in the bar fight.

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Posted On: November 9, 2010

Alpert Schreyer, LLC Established as New Maryland Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Law Firm

According to a recent press release, attorneys Andrew D. Alpert and Michael Schreyer have merged their Maryland law practices to form Alpert Schreyer, LLC. Offices will be located throughout the Maryland area, including locations in Bowie, California, and Waldorf.

Long-time Maryland residents, Alpert and Schreyer have provided legal representation to residents in the D.C. and Maryland areas for several decades. The two attorneys formed the new trial law firm in order to provide clients with legal assistance in both criminal defense and personal injury lawsuits. The founding partners have extensive experience and skill at trial, as do their associates Joseph P. Hart, H. James West, and Jennifer F. Hare.

The Maryland law firm will handle personal injury cases that involve ATV, bicycle, boat, car, motorcycle, pedestrian, SUV, train, truck, and 15-passenger van accidents; catastrophic, brain, burn, and spinal cord injuries; nursing home abuse and neglect; and wrongful death.

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