Rosedale is a small community in Baltimore County. Pulaski Highway (Route 40) is a major route that runs through Rosedale and connects it to the city. Just because the community is small, that doesn’t mean crime won’t occur. If you have been in the Rosedale area and are charged with a crime, call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice for assistance.
Court Houses in Baltimore County
When you are facing charges, many concerns come to mind. But you don’t have to be concerned about where to appear. In Baltimore County, there are three District Courts and one Circuit Court. The district courthouses are located in Towson, Essex, and Catonsville. All three of these locations are within a 20-minute drive from Rosedale. The Essex and Catonsville courthouses offer free parking on site and the Towson courthouse has garage parking. All locations operate from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except legal holidays. You don’t have to go to court alone, allow a Rosedale criminal attorney stand by your side.
Questions and Answers
If I am 17 will I be charged as an adult or a minor?
In Maryland, the age of majority is 18 years old. However, it is possible for the court to charge minors as adults. Minors that are 16 years or older may end up in adult court for carjacking, kidnapping, second-degree murder, rape or assault, and manslaughter, except involuntary. There are serious consequences to ending up in adult court. If charged as a minor, the consequences are normally much less severe and will have less of an impact on the minor’s future. When the defendant is so young, do not gamble with their future. Contact a Rosedale criminal lawyer to fight for you or a minor in your life.
What is the role of the grand jury?
The grand jury decides whether there is sufficient evidence to indict a suspect and continue the criminal proceedings. In order to make that decision, the grand jury hears evidence including testimony. However, the grand jury does not hear from the defense side because the decision is only to decide on whether the prosecution has enough evidence to proceed. The grand jury, unlike a regular jury, does not determine guilt or innocence and up to 23 people can serve on the grand jury. When dealing with a trial jury there are only 12 people for criminal trials.
Who decides if it is a bench trial or jury trial?
A jury trial is a group of persons selected to determine questions of fact and return a verdict in a case. A bench trial does the same thing; however, it is the judge determining the verdict and there is no jury. Bench trials are much less common in criminal trials, but in most civil cases bench trials are used. The defendant makes the decision as to whether he wants a bench or jury trial, as the law permits. Some offenses do not give the right to a jury trial, so that is important to keep in mind. Whether a jury or bench trial will be best for your case is a question that should be discussed between you and your attorney.
Charges a Lawyer Can Help You With
Driving while suspended / revoked
Driving with a revoked or suspended license can lead to misdemeanor charges that could carry jail time and/or fines. If it is not your first time being charged with driving on a suspended license, the penalties can increase even more. You can be caught driving on a suspended or revoked license just by being pulled over for a minor infraction. Often, a defense of lack of knowledge is used to fight these charges. You must not just prove lack of actual knowledge, but also inferred knowledge. So, you can’t just ignore the letters that the MVA has sent to your house. Proving this knowledge falls on the prosecution. If you have been charged with driving while suspended or revoked, you need a lawyer to help aid in your defense.
Traffic tickets happen to the best of us. It is bound to happen in everyone’s lifetime and the process of fighting the ticket may be frustrating. The penalties of a ticket involve paying fines and could increase car insurance rates. When given a ticket, it may be a payable ticket or a must appear ticket. If you receive a payable ticket, you may fight the ticket in court, which will be forgiven if the officer does not appear. However, if you are cited a must appear ticket, failing to appear may result in jail time. It is important to understand the difference and to have an experienced attorney fighting for your best outcome. Call Randolph Rice, an experienced traffic attorney in Rosedale, Maryland.
The accusation of abuse is a serious matter that can ruin a reputation. If convicted, there could be a lengthy jail sentence and a permanent criminal record. There are three offenses under the umbrella of abuse cases; domestic abuse, child abuse and elder abuse. All three charges are taken very seriously that result in jail time and a fine. If you are facing charges for abuse be sure to call an experienced attorney today.
The process of fighting a criminal charge is a scary, difficult and time-consuming task. You have other things to worry about, like your job and family. Leave the hard work to an experienced Rosedale criminal defense lawyer.