Locals are probably aware that there have been a serious of recent reports of violence on or near the boardwalk in Ocean City, including brawls, shootings, etc. The most recent example of alleged violence at this popular Maryland vacation spot was a shooting and arrest of a Milton man.

According to the police, the man shot a juvenile on near the boardwalk last Friday. The police claimed the shooting occurred after two groups had confrontations, one inside a nearby hotel and another outside. The juvenile was shot in his buttock and arm, and he was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Soon after, the hospital released the juvenile.

The police stated that the alleged shooter remained on the scene until police arrived. The Milton man had a bail hearing Monday, but there has been no reports on whether bail was granted. According to the most recent reports, he was being held without bail. He faces charges of reckless endangerment, discharge of a firearm, and first- and second-degree assault.

It is important for those accused, like the Milton man here, to remember that no matter what the police allege, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Gun crimes in Maryland have severe consequences, if convicted, including lengthy jail time and fines. Even after one serves there time, having a felony conviction can often mean that employment and educational prospects disappear.

Unfortunately, the media, police, and some prosecutors forget that those accused are innocent until the prosecutors prove to a judge or jury beyond a reasonable doubt. This is why crafting a strong and aggressive criminal defense quickly is so important because an experienced criminal defense attorney is often the only person working to protect the accused rights.