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

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…

Shielding Protective and Peace Orders from your Civil Record

Pursuant to the Maryland Family Law Code, if you have been a Respondent in a Protective Order or Peace Order and the Petition was denied or dismiss at the interim, temporary, or final Protective/Peace order stage of the proceeding; or you consented to the entry of a Protective Order/Peace Order, you may be eligible to…

Steps To Take To Have Ignition Interlock Installed In Your Vehicle

Arrested for a DUI? Here are the steps to take to have the Ignition Interlock installed in your vehicle: If you have been arrested for a DUI in the State of Maryland, you are likely going to face a suspension of your Maryland driving privilege. You have a right to request a hearing with the…