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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Maryland on

Q: File a motion to retry case .. A juror husband was there everyday talking with detective he said “i wish u were a juror”

Trial lasted a week .. detective was shaking the hand of the juror’s husband and patted him on his back

I believe once the juror’s husband said his wife was on the jury, no further contact should have been made

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Apr 17, 2018

The question is whether the husband’s action connoted an impropriety with the juror and the case. I can’t tell from these facts but it is worth looking at. Contact the defense counsel with this ASAP for a potential appeal issue.

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Maryland on

Q: Can you get a DUI if you weren't driving while drunk? I was parked and asleep.

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Mar 30, 2018

Sounds like an Atkinson case to me. I’ve won cases in similar situations when the evidence showed the car was being used for shelter and not transportation.

Of course - as every case is different and past success is not an indicator of any particular result in your case - it will depend...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on

Q: Got a failure to appear in Anne Arundel County in 2014, petty theft. Bail forfeited.

In 2014 on vacation in Maryland with a group of friends. I got petty theft charge. a disagreement with a friends in our group. I was arrested spent a couple hours in jail,was released by the commissioner. I missed my court date and got a failure to appear and bail forfeited. I now have a warrant. I... Read more »

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Feb 25, 2018

You probably forfeited the bail when the court date was missed. You want a lot to happen for not having money to pay for a private attorney. That being said, you definitely need representation. I suggest you contact Office of Public Defender. If you qualify for their services they will assist you... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Maryland on

Q: I’ve been subpoenaed to testify against my child's father for 2nd degree assault but I don want too what should I do

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Jan 31, 2018

Who subpoena’d you? The State’s Attorney’s Office or defense. Tell State’s Attorney’s Office if it is them that you don’t wish to testify.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on

Q: Where would I begin looking for an attorney for grandson who is a criminal defendant with mental health issues?

What concerns me most about my grandson's case: My grandson appears to not have substantive conversations with a public defender who represents his interest. For example, the public defender who appeared in court on January 16 thought my grandson was still in the state mental health hospital... Read more »

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Jan 19, 2018

We handle these issues and you can call us at 410 244-5068. The initial consult is free.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on

Q: Can a person who previously had a ncr conviction for first degree murder become a gun dealer

If the person complied with treatment and has a Dr give an ok that person is in compliance.

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Jan 18, 2018

I would really have to look that up. I would normally say no way except that an NCR and a finding of mental fitness subsequently would seem to allow that. I will try to get back on this one. This feels like a law school exam question.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Maryland on

Q: Can the State be sued for releasing someone who murdered previously and then murdered again 2 months after release?

My brother was murdered. His

murderer killed a woman before- served 10 years... and was released back into society only to kill again 2 months after his release. Can someone be held responsible?

Thanks

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Jan 18, 2018

No. The courts and parole board make those decisions and both are immune from suit unless the release was due to negligent error. Then you might be able to sue the state.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Maryland on

Q: My bf is charged with first degree murder , first & second degree assault, &with deadly weapon will he come home

He is 19

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Jan 18, 2018

Doubtful. Unlikely he gets a bail on that. But he clearly needs counsel as soon as possible. Call or have someone call our office if he doesn't already have private counsel and can afford through his family to pay for private counsel. Consult is free. (410) 244-5068

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Maryland on

Q: Can i sue if a police they lock me up for a burglary i didnt commit and mistake me for the guy who did it .

There were two suspects and a black male and the other a lighter male the lighter male came to my house casually and didnt know he was on the run and the police came through my door and chase through my house through him and lock up me because they think i was the other guy . they told my family... Read more »

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Jan 18, 2018

Possibly. Depends when the incident occurred --- must generally be within 1 year to fulfill notice requirements -- and there would have to be some degree of damages. Deprivation of liberty could be part of that.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Municipal Law for Maryland on

Q: What crimes would be charged against a subject for self defense of their home or property?

More in depth if a person used a firearm in the defense of self or others what crimes are they being charged with?

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Jan 18, 2018

Almost anything. Maryland generally DOES NOT allow use of deadly force to defend against property. The gray area is that Maryland does allow citizens to make an arrest when warranted and that the castle doctrine means you ARE allowed to defend yourself within your home using reasonable force and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on

Q: My son lives in MD and currently has three outstanding FTA warrants. He was in VA and Stafford County police picked him

up after his gf gave them info about where he was and that he has warrants in MD. He is now in jail there with three FUGITIVE, FELONY W/O WARRANT charges. What does that mean?

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Jan 18, 2018

Means he could be extradited into MD. He should hire both VA and MD counsel. MD counsel such as myself can help with the cases in MD where he Failed to Appear for court. It means he skipped or couldn't make 2 court dates and the judge set in warrants for both. Not sure what "fugitive without... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on

Q: My son is currently serving 18 months for theft under $1000. He is now being charged for vagabond theft under $1000.

The new charges are from 2016. We are in Maryland. Could this add more time to his sentence?

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Jan 18, 2018

Depending on if he's convicted and whether any part of the prior sentence included probation and backup time.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on

Q: am i eligble for a hql if i have a charge for resisting arrest without violence in another state

my case is 11 years old from 2007 for resisting arrest without violence i was found guilty researching fl statue it is punishable by less than a year but was denied hql because of charge i was given 6 months probation which i completed suscessfullly

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Jan 18, 2018

It could affect it but possibly not. I would need to see the specific facts of the case to determine whether this specific case falls into the category of excluded offenses or whether there was a grandfather clause for certain cases.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on

Q: Contradiction on Findlaw.com over Stand Your Ground, and Castle Doctrine in Pensylvannia. Does PA support S.Y.G or not?

My fiance and I are planning a move to PA and I was looking up laws that might pertain to our family in the future. On Findlaw.com it states that PA "is not one of the states that have stand your ground laws, but the state does follow the castle doctrine, which shares similar traits." Upon further... Read more »

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Jan 18, 2018

You have asked the right person in a sense... I am the US Law Shield gun rights lawyer for Maryland, but I am not the attorney for PA. You should post this in PA rather than MD.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Civil Rights for Maryland on

Q: If my mom is in prison, will that affect my background checks?

My mom is in prison for benefit fraud and child abuse (not to me) but I had nothing to do with it, could it still affect my background checks and ability to work in the government?

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Jan 18, 2018

No.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Criminal Law for Maryland on

Q: Hello my friend was just arrested for keeping a rental car. What is she facing and what cost for an attorney.

Happen in Calvert maryland. She also was charged cause her prescription bottles count was below what it should have been.

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Jan 18, 2018

I handle Maryland cases. The cost is determined by the seriousness of offense, record if any of the accused before this case, and complexity. I have handled cases in Calvert County and can absolutely help here. I think the best way to proceed is a free consult. Call me at (410) 244-5068. The... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Maryland on

Q: Husband had dui 12 yrs ago, took class and given unsupervised probation for a year judge said no record after that

Now being asked if EVER charged with anything on a form, should he put that down? A record search shows no results for him

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Jan 16, 2018

MD says you can be asked about convictions not arrests. Don’t answer about arrests. Leave that blank unless he’s applying for a certain type of job where that can be required such as a police officer

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on

Q: What can I do if I don't want to testify

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Dec 29, 2017

Plead the 5th if you are the defendant. No inference can be inferred by your silence under the Constitution and the jury will be so instructed as well

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Kentucky on

Q: I was arrested on felony drug charge in Kentucky. I'm I'm currently released on Bond. What happens if not indideted

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Dec 29, 2017

Is this a KY case or a MD case? MD depends on how the case resolves. Can’t speak for KY...

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on

Q: What is a typical sentence for an inmate convicted of violating section 3-210 of the Maryland Criminal Code?

Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr answered on Dec 24, 2017

It is the code the deals with inmate assault. If you get convicted, the sentence is consecutive to other sentences and it cannot be suspended. That’s just the sentence part- VOP would be on top of that.

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