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Your Miranda Rights When Facing a Violent Crime

- Lotze Mosley

Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court ruled on a landmark case about your rights during police interrogations. The case is known as Miranda v. Arizona, or simply Miranda. In that case, the Supreme Court sought to protect the rights of the accused when facing police questioning. In particular, it set out rules to allow individuals […]

Maryland DUI Laws Updated as Noah’s Law Takes Effect This Month

- Lotze Mosley

Last month, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program revealed that, as of October 1, 2016, Noah’s law is officially in effect across the state of Maryland. According to the updated law, any person convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the state of Maryland is required to outfit their vehicle with an ignition interlock device, […]

Maryland Authorities Arrest High School Teacher on Drug Charges

- Lotze Mosley

Police in Somerset County, Maryland announced last month that they had apprehended a 51-year-old high school teacher in connection with suspected drug crimes on a high school campus. According to court documents, an officer was called to the high school in Crisfield, Maryland on September 23 after receiving a report that an employee of the […]

Social Media Exchange Leads to Sex Crime Allegations Against Maryland Track Coach

- Lotze Mosley

A Maryland track coach is facing new sex offense and assault charges after allegedly having sex with a teenager he met online through social media. The man, who also stood accused of striking the 14-year-old with a stick during the encounter at his Montgomery County home in Germantown, turned himself into authorities earlier this month. […]

VA Mayor Facing Drug Charges in Wake of Methamphetamine Arrest

- Lotze Mosley

Earlier this month, the mayor of Fairfax, VA was arrested after he allegedly attempted to exchange drugs for sex with undercover detectives. Mayor Richard Silverthorne was apprehended by the Fairfax City Police Department, and charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and felony distribution of methamphetamine. In addition to Silverthorne’s arrest, Fairfax Police also apprehended […]

Maryland Woman Facing Weapons Charges: Loaded Gun in Carry-On

- Lotze Mosley

Last month, a Maryland woman was arrested on state weapons charges, after officers with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discovered a loaded semi-automatic handgun in her carry-on luggage. According to the Maryland Transportation Authority, officers identified the weapon when the woman attempted to pass through the airport security checkpoint. The weapon in question was a […]

US Supreme Court Confirms DUI Defense against Warrantless Blood Tests

- Lotze Mosley

The United States Supreme Court recently rendered a decision requiring search warrants before administering blood tests in connection with DUI defense cases. The ruling is expected to affect states with ‘implied consent’ laws that punish motorists who refuse to submit to blood draws incident to DUI arrests. Washington, D.C. has a similar implied consent law. […]

DPA as an Effective Criminal Defense Strategy

- Lotze Mosley

D.C. criminal defendants may have the opportunity to enter into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the government in certain situations. DPAs are increasingly used in situations of perceived difficulty in obtaining a criminal conviction or if a criminal conviction would result in unwarranted collateral consequences for the defendant and third parties. Benefit of DPAs […]

Racial Profiling as Credit Card Fraud Defense

- Lotze Mosley

A recent incident involving the illegal arrest of a retired bi-racial professional golfer in New York highlights the use of racial profiling as a law enforcement approach to curbing credit card fraud in the United States. Problem of Racial Profiling Racial profiling is the practice of targeting persons as suspects of crimes such as credit […]

Self Defense as Violent Crime Defense

- Lotze Mosley

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Annual 2014 Crime In The United States report showed that the estimated number of violent crimes decreased slightly when compared to 2013 data. In 2014, law enforcers all over the U.S. reported a total of 1,165,383 violent crimes with police making 498,666 arrests for various violent crimes that year. In […]