Top things to do if your loved one is arrested in Anne Arundel County

If you or a loved one is arrested in Annapolis or is in the Jennifer Road Detention Center, the first thing that will likely be on your mind is securing their release from the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Annapolis.

1. Inform your loved one to talk to no one about their case without a lawyer present.

2. Call Scott MacMullan Law (443-494-9775) for immediate, nearby legal help. (We will come to the initial appearance hearing as soon as they are arrested and represent your loved one.)

3. Work with your attorney to secure bail or call Scott MacMullan Law (443)-494-9775 to represent your loved one at the initial appearance hearing in an attempt to have the arrested released. The commissioner’s, in setting bail consider, among other things, whether the arrested is:

1. a significant flight risk (Will they show up to their court date if released?) or
2. a danger to society (Will they harm society if released?)

A lawyer can help you greatly in securing the arrestees release or a low bond so they arrestee can post the amount and be released.

Call now for immediate help that could save you thousands of dollars in posting bail. Scott MacMullan Law can help you immediately when your loved one is arrested in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland and is in or is going to The Jennifer Road Detention Center.

4 Judges Strong

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This week’s guests are the Anne Arundel Circuit Court judges who are up for election after being appointed by a governor. These current judges are Klavans, McCormack, Schaeffer and Vitale. (They are the “Final Four” on the ballot when you vote.) They all gave great insight on why we should care who are judges are. We talked about their connections to the community. These serious judges have a fun, down-to-earth side that I think you will enjoy listening to.

In the beginning of the podcast, I explain the rigorous and thorough vetting process each of them undertook to become appointed judges. These judges had to apply and interview with various specialty bars representing various ethnic, racial and gender groups, legislators and community organizations before they were able to meet with the nominating commission. The 13 member Nominating Commission was made up of Republican, Democrat and Independents, lawyers and non-lawyers who then aske questions of the candidates before the commission then determined if they were qualified to be placed on a list that was forwarded to the Governor. 

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Defending a Domestic Violence Protective Order in Annapolis

Many safety concerns exist between the alleged criminal and a victim of domestic violence.

  • The perpetrator of the domestic violence has an extensive access to the victim. They may both live together, or have a consistent contact with each other for doing parental rights. If they are not living together, the criminal somehow knows the daily routine of the victim or has ready means to go about her whereabouts.
  • Domestic violence perpetrators operate on a pattern of social, physical, psychological and/or economic control over their intimate partners. Many of such abusers who sees loose of control over their partners resort to physical violence to regain it. Appropriately, a courts mediation in such abusive behaviour may elevate the risk of violence for everyone concerned with the case.
  • Domestic violence usually happens at home, where the witnesses are in control by the abuser. Such happenings is a predicament evidence process, as well as the victim to participate in it. This may also cause the victim to appear “crazy” to outsiders who in that case does not know how to discern the “craziness” as a normal reaction to the abuse.

In Maryland, prosecutors do not take domestic violence charges lightly and neither should you. Domestic violence laws pose unique challenges to defendants. It is possible to be arrested, charged and convicted in a domestic abuse case where the other party was equally at fault in the argument or there was an innocent explanation. Furthermore, prosecutors are the ones who press charges, not the alleged victims. This means that you can be convicted of domestic abuse even if the alleged victim says you never committed it.

At Scott MacMullan Law  we are committed to protecting your rights in these sensitive legal matters. In Maryland, victims of domestic violence can get protection any time of day, seven days a week. During business hours, you may obtain an ex parte temporary protective order from the district court or circuit court. This order is valid for seven days.

On weekends or holidays, you may be granted an interim protective order which is valid for two days. Before that order expires, you may have a hearing to be granted a temporary protective order.

When a temporary protective order is granted, you will have a hearing within one week, in which a judge will decide if a final protective order will be granted. Protective orders make it illegal for the alleged abuser to have contact with you, and may affect child custody, visitation and support matters.

Scott MacMullan represent clients on both sides of this issue. We are committed to helping victims of domestic violence, as well as those who are facing accusations of domestic abuse.

Charged with assault in Annapolis?

Dealing  with criminal charges is a frightening and serious situation. When it is a violent crime such as assault & battery, the future can look very depressing. If you have been charged with this crime, it is critical that you contact an Annapolis criminal defense attorney directly. These cases can be complicated, as there may be altering stories associated to the case.

Anyone can be wrongfully accused of this crime. In fact, there are without a doubt individuals in prison/jail today who were wrongfully convicted of these very grave charges. Searching for an lawyer for an assault case in Annapolis? With the aid of a criminal defense lawyer Scott McMullan, Attorney at Law, the evidence against you can be reviewed and evaluated, and the strategy for your defense quickly determined.

Assault Defense Lawyer in Annapolis, MD

Assault and battery are actually two unlike crimes, and a person may be charged with either or both, depending on the case. In some cases, an individual was aggressively attacked in an dispute and after defending themselves, got detained and charged for the crime. Also in Maryland you can only be charged with Assault even if it is a battery. Everything is under the assault statute of that makes sense. So you can’t be charged with a battery. A battery would be charged as an assault.

In self-defense cases it may be necessary to find other witnesses to the event. Time is very important in such a charge, as witnesses often become harder to find as time goes on. When there are two conflicting stories in any assault & battery case, the skill of your defense attorney becomes of the foremost concern.

Looking for an attorney for an assault case in Annapolis?

The Annapolis criminal defense lawyer at McMullan Law, Attorney at Law has a long history of successfully defending criminal cases, and is prepared to make your case a priority. With the help of this outstanding law firm, the likelihood of a better outcome in the case can be increased. Every aspect of the case will be carefully reviewed and evaluated, as there is no perfect prosecution case. Attorney McMullan knows this. With this background, Attorney McMullan knows what to look for in the case against you, and how to come up with a compelling defense on your behalf.

Why is it important to Find a DUI Lawyer?

Whenever you face the  offense of DUI, it’s important that you find an professional DUI attorney to help you begin building your DUI defense. An experienced and qualified DUI attorneys and DUI lawyers like Attorney Scott MacMullan focus on DUI and drunk driving defense. For immediate help, please contact him to help you with it.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a serious offense. If you have been charged with a DUI or driving drunk you should seek legal help at once from a DUI Attorney. Each year, states enact stronger DUI laws and more severe drunk driving penalties. You could lose your driver’s license, be placed in jail and fined substantial fees. Your car insurance rates may rise and you could end up with a criminal conviction on your record that could impact your future and your employment opportunities.

Having the help of  a DUI attorney or DUI Lawyer who focuses on drunk driving defense could make a difference in the outcome of your case. This is why it is important to seek the help of Attorney Scott MacMullan. Consultation is free. Scott MacMullan will visit your house to review and consult you on this matter in person, should you be unable to come to his office in Anne Arundel County.

Car Accident Lawyer Scott MacMullan worked for the head judge in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court where he interacted with every judge and the courthouse personnel. He also is currently on the Judicial Appointments Committee for the Maryland State Bar Association. It is important that you chose a DUI criminal defense lawyer who primarily dedicates their practice to DUI defense, because they know the DUI laws and drunk driving consequences in your state. Choosing the right DUI lawyer may help you save your driver’s license and get your drunk driving charge reduced or even dismissed. So contact Attorney Scott MacMullan today!

New DUI Defense: Case dismissed because of ‘auto-brewery syndrome’

As an Annapolis DUI Attorney, I’m constantly monitoring different potential defenses for my clients. Here is one such novel defense: A woman in New York was caught for registering a .33 percent content alcohol in her blood. She was able to drive again without restrictions as a physician later found out she has a rare, undiagnosed condition called “auto-brewery syndrome” whose case got dismissed as her body brews its own alcohol.

 

“Read more here”

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/12/30/judge_dismisses_new_york_woman_s_dwi_because_her_body_brews_its_own_alcohol.html

 

Right to Remain Silent…Maybe?!

During a custodial interrogation, the defendant’s statement, “I don’t want to say nothing. I don’t know,” was an ambiguous statement such that a reasonable police officer in the circumstances would not have understood him to be invoking his right to remain silent because the defendant’s addition of “I don’t know” created ambiguity as to whether he sought to invoke his right to remain silent, and, therefore, the circuit court properly denied the defendant’s motion to suppress his subsequent statements for failure to give the proper Miranda

A Note on Preliminary Hearings

A prosecutor has two ways of charging a felony to be tried in circuit court: (1) a criminal information. A grand jury indictment is a prima facie finding of probable cause that the felony was committed, and probable cause that the defendant was the person who committed it. If a prosecutor chooses to charge a felony in a criminal information, or if a  grand jury indictment has not been returned, a defendant has an absolute right to a preliminary hearing.

A criminal information is simply written charges written by the prosecutor. The prosecutor decides whether to bring charges.

The Fifth Amendment to our constitution says that nobody can answer for a crime “unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury.” That means that some formal process must occur before you have to stand for a felony tria.

If felony criminal charges are brought by a criminal information, there will usually be a probable cause hearing before a judge, called in Maryland a Preliminary Hearing. This is simply a hearing to determine if there is “probable cause” that a felony was committed.

2. A grand jury indictment:  The purpose is not to determine guilt or innocence, but to determine if there is enough evidence that some crime has been committed in order to have a trial later on.

 

5 rights everyone must know if they’re stopped by the police

  1. You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so outloud.
  2. You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of your car or your home.
  3. If you are not under  arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.
  4. You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately. Call criminal defense attorney Scott MacMullan.
  5. Regardless of your citizenship or immigration status, you have constitutional rights.

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