Category Archives: Howard County Criminal Defense

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

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…

Exceptional Service, Exceptional Results, & Affordable Fees

The law firm of Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates (SZA) is mindful that despite government statistics showing our economy is improving, many people are still out of work, not fully back to work, or a working but at a much lower rate of pay than they were prior to the Great Recession. So for the third…

Should I Answer The Officer’s Questions? 0 + 0 = 0

As most of you probably know, Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates (SZA) has an after hours emergency phone line. This allows us to not only to assist our clients when in the midst of police interactions, but to also be able to track the most common “emergency” questions people ask when in the heat of the…

Police officer reassigned over allegations she committed perjury – LISTEN TO THE AUDIO!!

****AUDIO: Listen to the May 20 preliminary hearing NOW!!!*** caught red-handed! ouch! Officer First Class Megan Mattingly, a member of the Frederick Police Department’s drug enforcement unit, has been reassigned to administrative duties while authorities investigate allegations she committed perjury during a May 20 preliminary hearing, Police Capt. Kevin Grubb said Wednesday. Frederick Police Chief…

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