Category Archives: Criminal Law

News and Information on criminal law in Columbia and Howard County Maryland from Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates (SZA), P.A. Attorneys at Law in Howard County, MD

RoboCops: WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN ROBOTS CAN KILL YOU?

  RoboCops: WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN ROBOTS CAN KILL YOU? By: David Zwanetz   As far as years go, 2016 was quite a doozy. Some of the events include the deaths of several beloved celebrities, an unparalleled political divide that made enemies out of friends, waves of ISIS attacks (most notably in Paris and…

Despite All my Rage I am Still just a Rat in a Cage

  Despite All my Rage I am Still just a Rat in a Cage By: David Zwanetz   Don’t get me wrong, it’s fantastic to live in a democratic society where crucial matters are decided by vote rather than swift, angry order of a monarch or dictator. As the great Winston Churchill once said, “Democracy…

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…

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…