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Think about the school schedule as it relates to child custody

Now that school has started, parents who have child custody schedules will need to sit down with a calendar and take a look at the school schedule for the year. There are several reasons why this is a good idea to do now and not just on a month-to-month basis as the school year progresses.

One thing that you need to determine is where your child is going to be during times when school is out. Make a plan for half days and vacation days. This gives you time to determine if a parent can take off of work or if other arrangements need to be made. If other arrangements, such as babysitters or daycare, can be made in advance to save you the stress of trying to do this at the last minute.

Maryland may toughen laws against repeat offenders

If the governor of Maryland has his way, the state is about to get a lot tougher on repeat offenders. The proposed changes, which are to be presented next year, are being referred to as "truth-in-sentencing" legislation.

The governor feels that a large part of the problem with Baltimore's escalating violent crime rate is that repeat offenders are being treated too leniently. Seasoned criminals, in essence, already know that the justice system is going to treat them fairly lightly, so they don't fear the consequences of their criminal behavior.

Make careful plans about your defense strategy

We recently discussed how Maryland might see some tougher laws for repeat offenders soon. This is something that many people might question, but when it comes to violent crimes, people might be more willing for it to happen. We understand that you might need to think about the charges you are facing to determine what you want to do.

Fighting criminal charges is something that takes a lot of planning. You need to consider what happened at the time in question and what the prosecution is claiming happened. This might give you some ideas about how you can get your defense strategy moving.

Who can't bring a gun to Maryland? What happens if they do?

Gun laws are becoming increasingly complicated to follow -- so if you're planning on moving to (or even just visiting) a different state while in possession of a gun, make certain that you aren't violating any laws while you do it.

Here are the basics of who can't own a gun in Maryland:

  • Anyone who has been convicted of crime that would be a felony in Maryland (even if it wasn't a felony where you were convicted)
  • Anyone guilty of a misdemeanor that carried a sentence of 2 or more years in jail
  • Any "habitual drunkard," which would mean anyone who has been detained or charged with public intoxication more than once
  • Anyone with a drug addiction
  • Anyone who "habitually," or regularly, uses a controlled or dangerous drug -- which could include something as simple as Percocet or oxycodone that you receive legally from your doctor
  • Anyone under the age of 21 -- which can be a major shock to people from states that allow anyone over the age of 18 to possess a firearm
  • Anyone with a mental illness that includes violent behavior, especially those who have been confined to mental institutions
  • People with a legal guardian
  • People who are subject to a civil protective order (sometimes called a restraining order), including those only subject to the order from another state

Know how to make joint custody a bit easier

Having a child with someone means that you are tied to that person, even if your marriage ends. Child custody cases can be difficult to handle; however, if you go into the situation with the right attitude and a plan, you might be able to make things easier for yourself.

One thing that you can do is remember that just because your ex made a bad spouse doesn't mean that he or she is a bad parent. As long as the parent is acting in a loving and responsible way with your children, you shouldn't come between them.

Going through a divorce with a narcissistic person

Going through any divorce is difficult. When the divorce is due to you having to live with a person who is narcissistic, you might be in for more than what you realized since this type of divorce is even more complicated than other divorces.

A narcissistic person is more likely to try to run the divorce proceedings so that everything goes in his or her favor. This is something that can work against you, but by preparing, you can make it easier on yourself.

Understand what a robbery is and how it differs from burglary

Some people use the terms robbery and burglary interchangeably; however, this is incorrect. There are a few differences between the elements of these charges that can have a profound impact on the case. If you are facing one of these charges, you should understand a few basic things.

First, robbery charges usually involve a victim who was physically present during the incident. A burglary charge usually doesn't involve a victim who was there at the time of the crime.

Another body camera fiasco leads to dozens of dismissals

In an earlier blog post, we discussed the deplorable state of affairs that caused Baltimore prosecutors to drop dozens of criminal cases -- but the news just keeps getting worse.

Prosecutors in Baltimore recently found out that their officers didn't exactly understand when their body cameras were recording -- a fact that caught two officers in the act of planting drugs in a suspect's property when they couldn't come up with any legitimate evidence to make an arrest.

Finding the balance between help and punishment in drug cases

Drug possession charges are something that must be handled very seriously. There are some cases in which the person who is facing these charges is addicted to drugs. This presents a difficult conundrum because the court usually focuses on punishing people convicted of crimes, but these addicts might need help to overcome the addiction.

We know that there are some very troublesome issues that face people who addicted to drugs. One of these is the difficulty of overcoming the addiction and remaining sober. Fortunately, Maryland has a drug court program that addresses the issues.

'Drug deals on wheels' gets doctor arrested

It's hard not to notice that the entire country is in the midst of a prescription drug panic -- caused largely by the number of deaths from prescription drug overdoses in the last year or two and the rising tide of addicts who got their start on prescription painkillers.

Prescription drugs used to be the drug of choice for the wealthy alone -- now, they're just about everywhere. While the majority of doctors take their responsibility to care for their patients seriously and don't overprescribe, some doctors are definitely in the business to make the most money they can by operating "pill mills" in various locations around the country.

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