Posted On: February 28, 2013

Maryland Man Who Died in Police Custody Said He Loved Law Enforcement

The death of a 26-year-old Maryland man is under criminal investigation by the Frederick County Bureau of Investigation. As reported by The Washington Post, the victim enjoyed talking with police officers and was a fan of the television show, “NCIS.” The man died after being restrained with three sets of handcuffs linked together, according to police spokeswoman Cpl. Jennifer Bailey. He had been watching a movie in a Frederick movie theatre. When the movie ended, the young man with Down syndrome wanted to see it again and refused to leave. Three off-duty Frederick County sheriff’s deputies working security for the shopping center were called by a theatre employee.

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Posted On: February 20, 2013

Hearing Scheduled for Ex-Swimming Coach Rick Curl in Montgomery County Circuit Court

Courtesy of The Washington Post, and reported on February 5, 2013, Rick Curl will plead guilty to child sexual abuse in Montgomery County Circuit Court on February 21, 2013. Curl’s former swimming student Kelly Currin has informed investigating detectives that in 1983, when she was 13, the abuse began, and it did not stop until she turned 18. She told investigators the abuse began with fondling and kissing and when she was 15, it began involving sexual intercourse. Curl, now age 63, was charged with child sexual abuse in October, 2012.

Last week, a memorandum about the agreement to plead guilty was filed in Rockville Circuit Court. No details about possible probation or incarceration are included in the memorandum. But under Maryland law Curl could be facing a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. Defense attorneys for Curl and state’s attorneys will be able to present their own recommendations at the Montgomery County Circuit Court hearing. There will also be an opportunity at that time for victim impact statements.

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Posted On: February 18, 2013

Virginia Jewelry Robbery Suspect Being Returned to Frederick

According to Frederick Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Clark Pennington, a Virginia man is being returned to Frederick, Friday February 8th, 2013 so that he can face burglary charges.

Police believe Alonzo Meadows, age 32, from Fairfax, Virginia is one of the three masked thieves who got away with approximately $200,000 in merchandise from Colonial Jewelers at 1 S. Market Street. As reported by Gazette.Net, Meadows waived extradition from Washington, D.C. He was being held by the Metropolitan Police Department after being arrested driving a vehicle that resembled the getaway vehicle used in the robbery—a black pickup. That truck has been towed to Frederick where it is being processed for evidence.

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Posted On: February 14, 2013

License Suspension for a Traffic Citation in Maryland

A valid Maryland driver’s license is a privilege that most Maryland residents cannot live without. Maintaining a valid driver’s license can mean being able to keep a job or being able to continue your education/job training if you are still in school. In Maryland, a traffic citation is titled, “Maryland Uniform Complaint and Citation.” Citations are issued by police officers when certain motor vehicle traffic laws have been violated such as not wearing a seat belt or speeding. On the back of each citation is information about what you must do: pay the fine specified or contest the citation in Maryland District Court.

Most Maryland citations are issued to the driver of the vehicle whether or not that individual is the owner. Red light camera citations and parking citations are issued to the vehicle’s owner regardless of who was driving.

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Posted On: February 11, 2013

Cell Phone Tower Data Used in Recent First-degree Murder Trial in Baltimore Circuit Court

Wire-tapped phone conversations, texts, and cell phone tower data were introduced as evidence in the first-degree murder trial of Michael Maurice Johnson in Baltimore Circuit Court, which ended in a guilty verdict for the second-degree murder of Phylicia Barnes.

Police say the communications and tower data helped track the accused’s movements the day in December, 2010, when Phylicia Barnes disappeared. As reported in The Baltimore Sun, on December 28th, when the 16-year-old disappeared, more than 50 cell phone calls or texts were made by Michael Johnson.

The skilled attorneys at the law firm of Alpert Schreyer understand the seriousness of a murder charge and can help protect the rights of the accused as they provide aggressive legal defense.

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Posted On: February 7, 2013

Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Deputies Make Suspect Arrest in Attempted Murder Case

According to a press release dated January 25, 2013, the Office of the Sheriff, Prince George’s County, Maryland reported the arrest of Andre Hamilton on an arrest warrant. The warrant, obtained from the New Carrollton Police Department in December, 2012, was issued for Attempted First Degree Murder.

The arrest warrant specified that on November, 28, 2012, the accused assaulted a male in the 5400 block of 85th Avenue, New Carrollton, Maryland. Witnesses reported observing the accused use a handgun to shoot the victim, firing three times prior to leaving the scene.

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Posted On: February 4, 2013

What Increases the Severity of a Maryland Drug Crime?

Being accused of a drug crime in Maryland should not be taken lightly. If convicted, you can face serious consequences, including, but not necessarily limited to, years or even decades in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. The penalties you face are determined by the drug crime you are accused of and the circumstances surrounding that crime.

As a former prosecutor and an aggressive drug crime defense attorney in Maryland, Andrew Alpert is not only aware of the state’s drug crime laws, but also the circumstances under which those crimes may carry harsher penalties. When aggravating factors further threaten your freedom and financial security, you need a strong defense to protect you from unjust prosecution and excessive penalties. There are many circumstances under which the prosecution may push for additional penalties, whether this means a longer prison sentence, larger fine amounts, or other consequences. The following include some common reasons for an increase in drug crime penalties.

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Posted On: February 1, 2013

Negligent Manslaughter and/or Homicide by Motor Vehicle under Maryland Law

Vehicular manslaughter is a serious charge, but depending on the circumstances of the incident, the crime may be considered a misdemeanor or felony. If you have been accused of vehicular manslaughter in Maryland it is important that you take immediate action to protect your legal rights by consulting with an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney. There are different types of vehicular manslaughter that you may be charged with and an experienced defense attorney will be able to build a specific defense against the charges you are facing and fight for the best possible outcome in your case.

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