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Firearm theft in Maryland

With several high-profile gun robberies in the news recently, many Maryland residents may not be surprised to learn Fox News reports that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) found nearly a 50 percent rise in stolen firearms in 2016. ATF officials noted that many of the burglaries are carried out by the same perpetrators who feel emboldened after completing a theft.

ATF officials stated that Maryland has had the fourth-most burglaries of gun shops in the nation. In 2016 alone the Old Line State saw 38 instances of federally licensed firearm dealers having their shops broken into and guns stolen, and there are no federal regulations concerning how firearms must be protected or secured in a un shop. As these thefts often result in stolen guns getting into the hands of criminals and being used in additional, sometimes violent crimes, Maryland and the ATF have a vested interest in punishing these offenses to the full extent of the law.

Medical misdiagnosis: What you should know

If you are similar to many other Americans who seek medical attention in an emergency room or outpatient clinic setting, you expect to be treated by qualified professionals who will find out what is wrong with you and create some sort of treatment plan. Although this is the expected outcome of most doctors office visits, things do not always go as planned. A surprisingly number of people are misdiagnosed or do not receive a diagnosis at all after been seen in these types of medical settings.

A study published in BMJ Quality & Safety found that every year, at least 12 million people receive the wrong diagnosis from outpatient clinics and emergency rooms. At least six million of these patients are harmed because of the medical negligence. The numbers are arguably higher, as some people may not even know that they have been misdiagnosed yet.

Do you qualify for expungement?

A criminal conviction or arrest record can follow you around for the rest of your life, making it difficult for you to find work, get a loan or even qualify for housing in Baltimore. It can also cause untold damage to your personal reputation should it be discovered by anyone other than those you feel comfortable knowing about it. If you have seen a past criminal action or arrest impede or embarrass you in any way, you may be desperately searching for a way to have it removed from any records associated with you. Yet is this possible?

You’ll be pleased to know that it is through the state’s process of expungement. Once a conviction or arrest has been expunged it will no longer appear on any court or law enforcement records. However, this privilege is only available to you if you meet certain criteria. According to the Maryland Judiciary, these are:

  •          If you show good cause, if the act you were convicted of is no longer considered to be a crime, if your criminal case was eventually transferred to juvenile court or you were pardoned by the Governor.
  •          If three years has passed since the act and you were convicted of certain public nuisance offenses, or the court either indefinitely postponed your case or you received probation before judgment (except in the case of DUI/DWI offenses).
  •          If three years has passed since the act or you file a General Waiver and Release Form, and you were either acquitted or the state chose not to prosecute you.

Looking at motor vehicle crash statistics

When it comes to car accidents, each crash is unique. Some may involve a head-on collision, while others leave a pedestrian or bicyclist seriously hurt. In Baltimore, and cities all over Maryland, these accidents happen because of drunk drivers, distracted drivers, people who fail to follow traffic safety laws, reckless speeding and many other reasons. Sadly, the physical, financial and mental consequences of a motor vehicle accident can upend a victim's life.

Over the course of 2013, the costs associated with traffic accident fatalities, which include lost work and medical expenses, totaled $44 billion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For those between the ages of one and 54, traffic accidents are one of the 10 primary causes of death. In fact, more than 30,000 Americans lose their lives in these accidents on an annual basis.

How a criminal conviction can affect your medical licensure

You have invested a substantial amount of time, effort and money into your medical career. You have gotten the education and training, obtained your license, reached your employment goals and established a solid reputation for your expertise and skill. What if all that were swept away in the blink of an eye? Many medical professionals worry about losing their license due to a malpractice suit but fail to think of how criminal activity can affect their ability to practice medicine. A criminal conviction can have major lasting consequences on your medical license.

How common are surgical errors?

When it comes to surgical procedures, you often have no choice but to trust your physician. While you may feel nervous going into the operation, the fact that the doctor may make a life-threatening mistake might never cross your mind. The truth is that surgical errors are made across the country every day. No state, even Maryland, is immune from this danger. Amednews.com details what you need to know about the risks of surgical errors.

 

What to know about federal identity theft

Identity theft is a serious crime in both state and federal law. With the development of technology, new and more advanced forms of identity theft have arisen, leading to increased enforcement. Several federal agencies have the authority to investigate and prosecute this crime, including the FBI, the Secret Service and the Federal Trade Commission. If you are accused of committing this crime, you could face harsh penalties, including jail time.

What makes older people more likely to fall?

Seniors across Maryland and the rest of the United States are highly susceptible to slip-and-fall accidents and associated injuries, and there are numerous factors that make you, as an older individual, more likely to take a tumble. AgingCare.com reports that falls are the single-largest cause of injury, hospital stays and death among older populations, so it is critical that you learn what risk factors you may have to enhance your chances of avoiding a serious fall.

Part of the falling problem can be tied to environmental hazards, such as loose wiring, loose carpeting, a lack of proper handrails and so on. While these types of hazards pose a threat to you regardless of age, there are additional factors at work among older populations that can make you, as a senior, more likely to be affected by them.

Maryland lawmakers discuss tougher drunk driving laws

Maryland officials are considering tougher penalties for driving under the influence.

A Montgomery County police captain recently testified at a state committee hearing, offering support for a bill that would make certain DUI arrests a felony for repeat offenders. The captain expressed frustration for the number of repeat DUI offenders he sees on the state’s roads and highways. In one instance, a repeat drunk driver hit his cruiser.

A criminal defendant deserves procedural due process

For a defendant facing criminal charges, the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides the right to a speedy trial. Although there may not be an exact definition of speediness, even the most subjective interpretations would not stand for a ten-year incarceration period without trial. Yet that is the predicament facing one defendant accused of shooting a man in connection with a drug deal.

According to the allegations, the defendant and two of his friends entered an apartment complex with the intention of purchasing marijuana. When they discovered that the dealer wasn’t home, they attempted to rob another tenant whose door was open, and shot that tenant in the process.

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