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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: I'm 9 months pregnant and due any day but was subpoenaed in the state of Maryland, is there anyway out of this?

I also have avascular necrosis of my hip while limits my mobility.

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answered on Aug 4, 2017

You can see if the party that subpoena'd you will withdraw the request. If it is the State, and you are a witness, they may excuse you if the defense and State can reach an agreement on the case.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce and Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: I was subpoenaed to court to testify against my ex for 2nd degree assult. I don't want to testify, but I'm scared.

Will I lose my protective order? Can I try to get him a deal for anger management? I'm scared of what he will do if I testify.

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answered on Jul 21, 2017

Talk to the State's Attorney's Office and let them know of your feelings. It can't hurt to tell them your position.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: In MD, what would happen if you cannot swear to tell the truth? (As a witness for the state)

Say you are sociopathic or otherwise mentally "impaired", and would readily lie or manipulate the truth, without reservation or remorse, can the court still require you to swear an oath? If documentation of this incapacity was available, how would the court handle it?

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answered on Jul 18, 2017

You could face the penalties of perjury if such were shown to be the case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: What does d226;f to t mean on maryland case search
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answered on Jul 18, 2017

Sounds like a federal case number or a typo... not seen that before.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: Im afraid, I need advice now!

My ex and I can not agree on anything, We have shared physical custody, I informed him that I was going to modify the custody, When dropping off our children I asked what was the matter, one of my children stated that my ex told them that he was going to shoot and kill me, What should I do? He... Read more »

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answered on Jul 18, 2017

see my answer to the related question.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: Can i press charges? argument happened and in retaliation my pet was grabbed up by the neck and threateand to kill her.

My roomate and i got in an argument and she grabbed my cat by the neck and picked her up off the ground like that and had her hanging in the air while threataning to snap her neck and kill her. My boyfriend was able to get our cat away and to safety but i feel as though something needs to be done... Read more »

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answered on Jul 18, 2017

Yes. Cruelty to animals is a jailable offense type in Maryland. As a pet lover and former pet owner these are cases -- cruelty to animals -- I refuse to defend unless I am convinced my client didn't commit the offense. Obviously the State's Attorney's Office will make a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: How can I get help not rape charges

If you are the victim of a Rape 2nd Degree

and u feel like the person have a mental illness how do you help this person . I told the detective pacifically that I want to get him help and I told them that I don't want to participate and they serve me a subpoena To make sure I come, but... Read more »

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answered on Jul 18, 2017

I am a defense attorney so probably not the best person to ask but that being said I suggest you seek out counseling services to assist you to find the right pathway forward.

4 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: I was assaulted almost 2 years ago by my ex. I still have ongoing neurological issues, as well as ptsd, can I sue?

I realize the time for suing for the actual assault was one year... . however this was a brutal assault which left me for out of work for 2.5 months and I continue struggling at work due to the multiple concussions, memory issues, I get headaches, my right hand never fully recovered, and I still... Read more »

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answered on Jul 18, 2017

Yes you can sue for damages if within three years. You should immediately contact an attorney. if you have been treated for this and have substantial medical records you need to file your claim as soon as possible to preserve your deadline to file. In most cases in MD for this type of case that... Read more »

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Q: Can i sue for having my gold chain ripped of my neck and my versace prescription glasses stolen in the middle of a mall?

I was robbed at Scarborough Town Centre, I have retrieved my versace frames but with different lens as the suspect changed them. The prescription lens are yet to be found, aswell as the pendant and half of the gold chain as it broke when it was ripped of my neck. What can i do? Can i sue the... Read more »

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Thomas J. Maronick Jr
answered on Jul 18, 2017

It is an assault. You can both sue and press charges for potential rogue and vagabond, malicious destruction of property and second degree assault. The suit would be for damages to the property you own and any injury you may have sustained. The State's Attorney's Office will prosecute... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Federal Crimes for Maryland on
Q: Is this grounds for a protection order against my ex?

My ex and I can not agree on anything, We have shared physical custody, I informed him that I was going to modify the custody, When dropping off our children I asked what was the matter, one of my children stated that my ex told her that he was going to shoot and kill me, he does own a gun, What... Read more »

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answered on Jul 18, 2017

The issue is health and safety. If your health or safety is being threatened, that is grounds. A judge will have to agree but the threat of shooting and killing is prima facie evidence if what your child said was true.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Products Liability for Maryland on
Q: I recently took my honda vehicle to the dealer for the safety recall on airbags for the passenger and driver

Got into a car accident where both airbags didn't go off....it was a very bad accident where I could of died if it wasn't for my seat belt....do I have a case? And if so what is the type of lawyer I should be looking for? Do you have any recommendations I live in Columbia md

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answered on Jul 18, 2017

It is a possible product liability case. You want a product liability lawyer who handles personal injury. My office will be happy to consult with you free of charge. Call 410 244-5068 and ask for my intake paralegal Mark.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Maryland on
Q: Can having a DUI affect my ability to get full or partial custody of my children?
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answered on Jun 13, 2017

Not specifically but it could be a factor when a court considers the standard for allowing custody

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Criminal Law for Connecticut on
Q: Is it illegal for me to walk around or text everyone I see that I love a specific person?

So I like this girl but I shouldn't contact her. Would it be illegal to send out a chain text to say thousands of people saying only nice things about her and how I feel about her?

Nothing that would be threatening or mean or hurtful about her. She's not a minor and I don't... Read more »

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answered on Jun 10, 2017

Is there a peace order or protective order against you? Is she a minor and you are not? These questions would affect the answer to this.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: I have a 11 to parole warrant In md. I now live in Florida and want to resolve the warrant

I have been in Florida for the past 11 yo and ND will not extradite me from Florida. I have a parole warrant in md that is 11 years old. I have 2 small babies at home and I want to resolve the warrant but cannot go back to md. Can I write the courts or the governor and ask for foegivness/pardon of... Read more »

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Thomas J. Maronick Jr
answered on Jun 10, 2017

Hire a lawyer, such as our office to see if the warrant can be quashed. I'm not sure writing the governor will do much good other than a pardon application. Whether the warrant can be quashed depends on the unique facts of the case.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Maryland on
Q: If I have sex with a 16 or 17-year-old and she consented for the sexual engagement would I be charged with a crime?

I need some legal advice on something I read that the state of Maryland age of consent law states that a boy or girl has to be at the middle age of 16 years old to consent to sexual activity, I'm writing up a consent form that would be in the legal terms of this stature. However, I am not sure... Read more »

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answered on Jun 10, 2017

Here is the general Maryland rule:

first: consent can only be granted WHEN the statutes allow for consent. It is NOT a defense if you thought she was older.

IF you are 20, and she's 17, it is OK if she consents. If you are 21 and she's 17, it isn't generally OK....
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: I have been subpoenaed to court to testify against my children's father for 2nd degree assault but I do not want to

Am I able to call the clerk who subpoenaed me and tell her that I do not wish to testify because I do want the case dismissed and the charges dropped. We have 3 children and the state has a peace order where he is not able to contact me or come near me at the time I called the police I was very... Read more »

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Thomas J. Maronick Jr
answered on Jun 10, 2017

You would need to call the State's Attorney's office if they subpoenaed you. Your views on the case may assist what they wish to do with it. They will make those determinations but usually the positions of witnesses and victims provide input into what they choose to do.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: Can a person thats living with someone. Be charged with unlawfull confinement if the other person controls movement

Like calling to see if they are still there confining her to the house and restricting her mobility

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answered on Jun 10, 2017

It would really depend on the facts. Of course this can happen. Many stories in the news of a man who holds his domestic partner as some sort of a sex slave. But then again, parents ground their kids all the time, that restricts their movement and there is usually nothing criminal about that.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Appeals / Appellate Law for Maryland on
Q: My son was sentenced to 18 months for a first time technical VOP on Friday. Everyone that I have talked to has said the

sentence is completely unjust considering it was a technical violation and he has no record prior to his 2nd degree assault from over a year ago and no criminal history since the probation was ordered. My issue is I can't find any resources regarding appeals, reviews, etc. for a VOP sentence.... Read more »

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Thomas J. Maronick Jr
answered on May 26, 2017

The problem is that a VOP is technically a civil proceeding. The sentence was already given out by the judge who then imposed it upon a preponderance of the evidence finding that the defendant violated probation. So the legal standard is different. Judges have wide latitude to impose the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment, Criminal Law and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: If my child was investigated as a victim of a child abuse case in school, should the school relay specifics to parents?

What if during the investigation which was the day it happened, parents were not notified of all the facts. Some of the abuse was told to parent over the phone but the worst part was left out. What are the parents rights?

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answered on May 26, 2017

They are supposed to contact the parents of the alleged abused individual. Parents are to be notified depending on what kind of school and what level of school this was.

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