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A Breakdown of the 2015 “Second Chance Act”

A Breakdown of the 2015 “Second Chance Act” Don’t we all deserve a second chance? BY: David Zwanetz   One of the most difficult aspects of criminal defense work is explaining to our clients that a one-time lapse in judgment could result in a record that will follow him or her for life. Next to being…

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JAY-Z’s Prose v. 4th Amendment

A Breakdown for the Cops and Robbers: JAY-Z’s Prose v. 4th Amendment BY: David Zwanetz, Esq. Once upon a time, I was 15 years old and skateboarding with friends across from the Columbia Mall in Howard County, Maryland. We were practicing our moves next to a large fountain in the town’s center when a lone…

I Smell a Rat, Not Marijuana – Here’s How the Police “Smell Test” Affects Everyone

For years, police have been using the claim of smelling marijuana as probable cause to search individuals, vehicles, and personal property. And while this measure is considered legal in Maryland, it doesn’t mean that it’s fairly and accurately administered. In fact, courts have consistently ruled that detecting the odor of marijuana is unscientific and doesn’t…

Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates (SZA): The Green Law Firm

The attorneys and staff at Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates (SZA) are dedicated to providing the highest level of legal representation to our clients, impeccable client/customer service, and we are also dedicated to being the Greenest law firm that we can possibly be. We do what we do because: We care about our clients We care…