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Finding the balance between help and punishment in drug cases

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

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…. Read More »

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Drug rehabilitation might help a person facing possession charges

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

Recently, we discussed recidivism and how this is an important consideration in the criminal justice system. There is one area in which this might be an issue because of a sickness. When a person is addicted to drugs, they often won’t let anything, including the risk of criminal charges, stop them from getting a… Read More »

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Will Maryland be the next state to legalize recreation marijuana?

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

Legislation is inching its way forward through the Maryland General Assembly that could make Maryland the next state to allow recreational use of marijuana. Technically, medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 2013, but access to the drug has yet to become a reality. Ongoing litigation from companies that were denied growing… Read More »

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Maryland joins states aiming to limit or end the cash bail system

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

Does the cash bail system punish the poor, particularly those accused of minor drug crimes and similar offenses, instead of guaranteeing them the right to a fair trial? Many people think so. Now, Maryland’s highest court has adopted a ruling that aims to end the practice of imprisoning the accused simply because they’re too… Read More »

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Odor of marijuana still justifies warrantless vehicle search

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

Users of marijuana in Maryland be warned: Although the state has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of the drug, the odor of it clinging to your clothes, hair, or wafting from the interior of your car is still enough to justify a warrantless search of your vehicle. Back in April 2014, Maryland passed… Read More »

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Do you know your rights when arrested on pot charges?

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

If the police are arresting you in a marijuana bust, there are some important things to realize regarding your rights. Our Constution, and its Amendments, provide you with certain rights, but if you fail to exercise or otherwise waive those rights, it’s to your detriment. Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind… Read More »

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Littering out car window leads to 5 arrests

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

Sometimes, it’s the simplest things that can lead to an arrest. For five individuals in Brooklyn Park, Maryland, trash thrown out a vehicle’s window led to a traffic stop. According to Anne Arundel County police, an officer reportedly saw the occupants of a vehicle throw trash out of the window. The officer pulled the… Read More »

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Heroin laws in Maryland provide harsh penalties

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

Heroin addiction is a serious problem in this country. In fact, the problem has become so widespread that the term “heroin epidemic” has become rather commonplace. Maryland isn’t an exception to this rapid rise in heroin addiction. A Hartford County Health officer notes that heroin addiction is a public health issue. Still, the state… Read More »

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Know the cocaine laws in Maryland

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

All illegal drugs can lead to serious penalties in Maryland. Cocaine isn’t an exception to that. In fact, cocaine charges come with some very serious penalties that can include incarceration, fines, and other punishments if you are convicted. Cocaine trafficking is one of the more serious cocaine charges in Maryland. If you are considered… Read More »

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Mass criminalization doesn’t solve any problems

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

There are some people who think that anyone who is found in possession of drugs should be sent to prison without a second thought. Most of the people who share that train of thought probably don’t realize that mass criminalization doesn’t solve the underlying problem. Instead, it puts financial pressure on government entities that… Read More »

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