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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."... Read more »

Thomas J. Maronick Jr
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Thomas J. 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?

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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.

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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

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Thomas J. 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
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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
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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?
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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.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Child Custody for Maryland on
Q: Can the testimony of a counsler in a child custody case be used against me in a criminal case
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answered on Dec 17, 2017

The counselor can testify what they were told if there is a hearing to allow the counselor to testify.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: If someone has been charged with misdemeanor 1 corruption of minor, can they ever own firearm
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answered on Dec 10, 2017

Typically the disqualifying offense would be a crime of violence or a felony. I’m not aware of this being disqualifying per se for a gun but could imagine this would be a condition of probation or release.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: My son's mother's new boyfriend is continuously texting me.

I have continuously asked him to stop and he won't. He verbally threatened me and through text. What can I do about it?

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answered on Nov 15, 2017

Seek a peace order or protective order if this is someone who lives with you. You can also look into filing criminal charges for electronic harassment. I would start with the protective order though as I think that could solve your problem given the lower legal standard.

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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Maryland on
Q: Can I still get a DUI if my BAC is under the legal limit?
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answered on Nov 7, 2017

Yes if you had enough bad facts --- accident, terrible field sobrieties, etc. It is fact specific.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Maryland on
Q: Are there any repercussions for refusing to take a chemical test?
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answered on Nov 7, 2017

Yes: IF reasonable grounds for the stop were show and the refusal wasn't based on something impermissible like the officer telling you to sign a form and you could leave, then this is likely a case where your license is automatically suspended based on the refusal. If you have a CDL, you will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Maryland on
Q: If I get convicted with a DUI, will I have automatic jail time or is there a way to negotiate to just pay a fine?
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answered on Nov 7, 2017

It isn't automatic jail time - is discretion of the court, but it depends on a lot of factors like whether this is your first time DUI or whether this is a multiple and whether there was an accident and people were hurt.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Maryland on
Q: If I was pulled over for swerving lanes but my breathalyzer results were under the legal limit, can I still be arrested

for a DUI?

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Thomas J. Maronick Jr
answered on Nov 7, 2017

Yes, but at that time it is an officer discretion situation. If the officer smells alcohol on your breath, probably this will kick in the field sobriety tests. It will depend on how you perform on those, also what you blow score is on the PBT. If it is, say .07, you are almost DUI level. An... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: Is this a felony or misdemeanor?

Going 20 mph over speed limit

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Thomas J. Maronick Jr
answered on Nov 7, 2017

Misdemeanor, payable traffic. Not even must appear.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: What are the statue of limitations on warrants in Maryland

Warrants for felony thefts

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Thomas J. Maronick Jr
answered on Nov 7, 2017

I am not aware of any statute of limitations on warrants. If you fail to appear for a case, for example, the warrant is going to sit there until it is addressed. I recently represented someone with a warrant from the 1990's that he is now addressing.

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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: If i was convicted of a mis. Poss of handgun then the charged was appealed,and granted and then got a pbj and expunged

Could i be eligible to get a gun license. And for dv or civil exparte that has been dismissed because of fta of the plantiff and then shielded?

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Thomas J. Maronick Jr
answered on Sep 18, 2017

Likely yes based on the expungement and you not having other disqualifying offenses

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: What happens during a hearing for missing a day of pre trial? Should i be worried?

A friend of mine was sent to jail because he missed a day to show up for a pre trial meeting, so he got a warrant for his arrest and has a violation hearing assessment in a couple of days. What are the possible outcomes for him to get out of jail during this hearing or the court granting him to be... Read more »

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Thomas J. Maronick Jr
answered on Sep 18, 2017

It is usually an FTA - failure to appear warrant. You can seek to get that quashed but sadly there are consequences if you don't make court.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: My fiances parole was just revoked in Maryland. I am trying to figure out if he is eligible to file for 8505 8507
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Thomas J. Maronick Jr
answered on Sep 18, 2017

He can certainly file for it - that is probably his next best bet after the revocation

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce, Family Law and Constitutional Law for Maryland on
Q: Can an attorney represent her lover in court ? In maryland?

I think my ex husband girlfriend will be representing him in our divorce and custody case, she's a lawyer and she's been posing as his lawyer in all of his resent defense cases. Who do I report her to? Is that a conflict of interest?

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Thomas J. Maronick Jr
answered on Aug 4, 2017

From what you have described it absolutely seems like a conflict. You can file a motion petitioning the court to order her withdrawal from the case. You can also contact the lawyer directly and insist she withdraw due to the conflict, if you are representing yourself or obtain a lawyer who would... Read more »

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