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Criminal law involves clients who are being prosecuted by the state or federal government after being arrested and charged with either a misdemeanor or felony offense. An arrest, and subsequent criminal charge, comes with many foreseeable consequences including incarceration, a criminal record and/or serious fines.
An arrest, and subsequent criminal charge, for a DUI or DWI, carries with it exposure to a host of potential punishments; the most serious charge, carries a maximum penalty of three (3) years incarceration and/or a $3000.00 fine. Additionally, if charged with a Maryland DUI or DWI, one can lose his or her privilege to drive for up to one (1) year or more regardless of guilt or innocence.
An individual convicted of a traffic offense in Maryland faces many serious consequences, which may include jail time, points on his or her driving record, fines, and increased insurance rates. Additionally, there are many situations whereby the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will take action against one’s license seeking to suspend, revoke or otherwise restrict driving privileges.
Juvenile justice is the area of criminal law applicable to persons not old enough to be held responsible for criminal acts. Juveniles, or minors, are by law, any individual not yet 18 years of age. When a minor child is accused of a criminal act, the process is initiated by the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services and a hearing is held in their offices to determine whether the allegation can be handled on an informal level or whether the case needs to be referred to the criminal courts for prosecution.
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