Federal Agents Arrest and Charge Rappers with Drug Crimes

Law Enforcement Officials Say Crimes Were Described in 2016 Video

Federal Agents Arrest and Charge Rappers with Drug CrimesCiting a YouTube video made in 2016, federal agents arrested two local rappers and booked them on drug charges. YGG, whose real name is Davante Harrison, was arrested at his Cockeysville apartment on Monday, November 25, after agents found heroin and an unknown white powder in his rental car. The same day, Damont Brown was arrested in Owings Mills on a drug charge. Harrison and Brown made a video in 2016 called “Errday,” which authorities say chronicles their illegal activity.

When arrested, Harrison also had nearly $10,000 in cash and a loaded .40 caliber Glock pistol. Officers found approximately 40 grams of heroin at Brown’s apartment, as well as a sifter, mixing bowl, and digital scale. A third defendant was arrested in the Riverside neighborhood, allegedly in possession of almost 500 grams of heroin and other drugs.

Officials contend that Harrison and Brown are associated with the “Trained to Go” crew they allege has been running the heroin and cocaine trade in Baltimore’s Westside for years. They say Harrison offered a bounty of $20,000 to anyone willing to kill a police informant working against the Trained to Go crew. The informant was slain on city streets a year ago.

Proven Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney

For over 30 years, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has fought for the rights of people charged with criminal acts in the greater Baltimore area and throughout Maryland. He has a thorough understanding of criminal law and procedure. He’ll painstakingly investigate your case, gather and preserve all relevant evidence, and confirm that law enforcement officers did not violate your constitutional rights.

Attorney Smith has been selected as a Maryland Super Lawyer, and was named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine in 2012. He is AV-rated (the highest rating possible) by his colleagues in the legal profession under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. He has a 10.0 (Superb) rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO and also has received AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with an average client review of 5 stars.

Effective Criminal Defense Lawyer in the Baltimore Metro Area

At the law offices of Jonathan Scott Smith, we fight for the rights of criminal defendants. Contact our office online or call 410-740-0101 to arrange a meeting. We handle cases throughout Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Baltimore Prosecutor Says Nearly 800 Convictions Tainted by Corruption

State’s Attorney Seeks to Have Convictions Dismissed

Baltimore Prosecutor Says Nearly 800 Convictions Tainted by CorruptionBaltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says that almost 800 criminal cases, involving both convictions and plea bargains, should be thrown out because of corruption by police officers. Those cases were linked to 25 police officers who were part of the Gun Trace Task Force, a now-defunct entity. Initially, six officers pled guilty to corruption charges and two were convicted of similar charges. In the course of those trials, another 17 officers were implicated in the wrongdoing. The State’s Attorney office has reviewed more than 2,500 criminal prosecutions to date and found those officers to have “material” connections to 790 cases.

State officials began reviewing the cases more than two years ago and had previously requested that a number of convictions be vacated. Those requests were rejected, as existing law did not allow the State’s Attorney General the legal authority to vacate those cases. A new law was passed, which went into effect at the beginning of October, 2019, conferring that authority.

AV-Rated Columbia, MD Criminal Defense Lawyer

Proven trial attorney Jonathan Scott Smith offers more than three decades of experience to criminal defendants across the greater Baltimore area and throughout the State of Maryland. Smith has been AV-rated (the highest rating possible) by his colleagues in the legal profession under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988 and also has received Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, given to less than 4% of all attorneys in Martindale-Hubbell’s directory. He’s been named one of the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers and tabbed as a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine in 2012.

Attorney Smith has the experience, skill, knowledge and resources to protect your rights in any criminal matter. He’ll carefully gather, assess and preserve all evidence in your case and ensure that police and prosecutors followed the rules. He’ll aggressively protect your constitutional rights throughout the criminal process, from investigation and arrest to arraignment and trial. He’ll meet with and question all prospective witnesses, so that he can prepare and present the most convincing arguments in your defense.

The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization, has included him as one of the top 100 attorneys in Maryland. Smith also has a 10.0 (Superb) rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO and, with an average client review of 5 stars, has received AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, given to less than 1% of all American lawyers who have obtained million-dollar judgments, awards or settlements.

Carroll County, Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney

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Happy Thanksgiving 2019

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

Two Die in Spate of Shootings in Baltimore

Six People Shot in Three Separate Incidents

Two Die in Spate of Shootings in BaltimoreBaltimore police reported two dead and four more injured in three shootings Monday night, October 28, 2019:

  • Around 5 p.m., a 27-year-old man was found at the corner of Garrison Boulevard and Ridgewood Avenue, apparently suffering from a gunshot wound.
  • Sometime later, according to law enforcement officials, two unidentified men entered the intersection of Pimlico Road and Quantico Avenue and opened fire on a number of people standing in front of a corner store. Three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but a fourth person sustained a gunshot to the head and was declared dead on the scene.
  • Some moments later, police were called to Sinai Hospital, where a woman had been admitted after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest. Police believe she was shot about a mile and a half from the earlier incident. The woman died at the hospital.

Proven Frederick County Criminal Defense Lawyer

For over 30 years, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has fought to protect the constitutional rights of people charged with crimes in Baltimore and across the state of Maryland. Attorney Smith has been listed among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers, and was named a Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer in 2012. He has maintained an AV rating (the highest rating possible) under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988 and also has received Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, an honor given to less than 4% of all attorneys listed.

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has called Smith one of the “10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction.” He’s a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an honor bestowed upon less than 1% of all American lawyers who have obtained million-dollar judgments, awards or settlements. The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization, lists him as one of the top 100 attorneys in Maryland. He also has a 10.0 (Superb) rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO and has received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars.

Attorney Smith has a thorough knowledge of criminal law and procedure. He will carefully investigate your case, gathering, evaluating and protecting all relevant evidence. He’ll assess the actions of law enforcement officers, ensuring that they did not violate your constitutional rights.

Results-Oriented Criminal Defense Attorney in the Metropolitan Baltimore Area

At the law offices of Jonathan Scott Smith, we fight for the rights of criminal defendants throughout Baltimore County and the surrounding communities. Contact us online or call 410-740-0101 to arrange a meeting. We handle cases throughout Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Happy Veterans Day 2019

Happy Veterans Day 2019

“Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day.” – Charles B. Rangel

Baltimore Police Raid Brothel, Arrest Four and Rescue Two

Law Enforcement Officers Act on Community Tip

Baltimore Police Raid Brothel, Arrest Four and Rescue TwoFour men were arrested in southeast Baltimore this week, and have been jailed and charged with human trafficking and prostitution. Law enforcement officers say the arrests come as the culmination of a three-month investigation, initially triggered bya tip from the neighborhood. The prostitution operation allegedly targeted undocumented Hispanic women. Police say they found two females during the raid and have moved them to a safe house. They believe that there may be additional perpetrators and victims who were not at the location at the time of the raid, and have asked community members for information.

AV-Rated Ellicott City Criminal Defense Lawyer

Proven trial attorney Jonathan Scott Smith offers more than 30 years of experience to criminal defendants throughout the greater Baltimore area and across the state of Maryland. He’s been cited as one of the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers, and was named a Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine in 2012. Smith has been AV-rated (the highest rating possible) by his colleagues in the legal profession under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988 and has also received Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, awarded to less than 4% of all attorneys in that directory.

Attorney Smith has the skill, knowledge and resources to protect your rights in any criminal prosecution. He’ll carefully gather, assess and preserve all evidence in yourdefense and will ensure that police and prosecutors did not violate your constitutional rights. He’ll meet with and question all prospective witnesses, so that he can prepare and present the most compelling arguments in your defense. He’ll aggressively protect your constitutional rights throughout the criminal process, frominvestigation and arrest to arraignment and trial.

The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization, has listed him as one of the top 100 attorneys in Maryland. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has named him as one of the “10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction.”

Smith has a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a litigation attorney from AVVO and has also received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, given to less than 1% of all American lawyers who have obtained million dollar judgments, awards or settlements.

Criminal Defense Attorney in Montgomery County, Maryland

Contact us by e-mail or call our office at 410-740-0101 for an appointment. We represent criminal defendants in Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and MontgomeryCounty in Maryland.

Child Abuse Case Changed to Murder after Child Dies

Infant Dies Seven Years after Initial Prosecution

Child Abuse Case Changed to Murder after Child DiesA Baltimore woman has been charged with murder in the death of her 7-year-old son, after the boy died earlier this year. The child was just 11 months old when his parents brought him to Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2012. Doctors at Johns Hopkins diagnosed the infant as suffering from severe and prolonged malnutrition, bone deformity caused by a lack of calcium, brain injury due to lack of nutrition, and other associated medical conditions. At the time, his mother was charged with child abuse and sentenced to five years probation, while the boy’s father was given a three-year prison term and five years probation.

In May, 2019, when the boy died, the medical examiner concluded that his death was a consequence of the abuse he suffered as an infant. When Baltimore police were notified of the death, the abuse charge against both parents was upgraded to murder.

Experienced Baltimore County Criminal Defense Lawyer

For over 30 years, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has fought to protect the constitutional rights of people charged with crimes in Baltimore and across the stateof Maryland. He has a comprehensive knowledge of criminal law and procedure, andwill carefully investigate your case, gathering and protecting all relevant evidence. He’ll look at the actions of law enforcement officers, to ensure they did not violate your constitutional rights.

Attorney Smith has been listed among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers, and was named a Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine in 2012. He has maintained an AV rating (the highest rating possible) under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988 and has alsobeen the recipient of Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, an honor given to less than 4% of all attorneys listed there. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has called him one of the “10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction.” He’s in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an honor given to less than 1% of all American lawyers who have obtained million dollar judgments, awards or settlements. The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization, puts him among the top 100 attorneys in Maryland. He also has a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a litigation attorney from AVVO and has received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars.

Effective Criminal Defense Lawyer throughout the Greater BaltimoreArea

At the law offices of Jonathan Scott Smith, we aggressively advocate for criminal defendants. Contact our office online or call 410-740-0101 to arrange a meeting. We handle cases throughout Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Baltimore County Police Say MS-13 Gang Involved in Slaying

Towson Murder Tied to Alleged Gang War

Baltimore County Police Say MS-13 Gang Involved in SlayingLocal law enforcement officials say the death of a Towson man in July, 2019, is tied to a gang war. According to police, at least seven members of the MS-13 gang followed the victim home from a laundromat and stabbed him to death. They believe the man had been seen by MS-13 members holding up a hand sign of a rival gang known as 18th Street. Law enforcement officers have arrested seven members of MS-13 and charged them with homicide.

The MS-13 gang, originally founded on the West Coast, is comprised of Salvadoran refugees. Officials say the large Salvadoran population in Maryland has led to an influx of MS-13 activity.

AV-Rated Carroll County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Jonathan Scott Smith brings more than 30 years of experience to criminal defendants throughout the greater Baltimore area and across the state of Maryland. He’s been named one of the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers, and was designated a Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine in 2012. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has named him as one of the “10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction.”

Attorney Smith is a highly experienced trial attorney, with the skill, knowledge and resources to protect your rights in any criminal prosecution. He’ll also gather, assess and preserve all evidence in your defense and will confirm that police and prosecutors followed constitutional requirements. He’ll carefully question all potential witnesses, so that he can prepare and present the strongest arguments in your defense. He’ll aggressively protect your constitutional rights throughout the criminal process, from investigation and arrest to arraignment and trial.

Smith has been AV-rated (the highest rating possible) by his colleagues in the legal profession under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988 and has also received Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, awarded to less than 4% of all attorneys in that directory. The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization, has honored him as one of the top 100 attorneys in Maryland.

Smith is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, given to less than 1% of all American lawyers who have obtained million dollar judgments, awards or settlements. He has a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a litigation attorney from AVVO and has also received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars.

Criminal Defense Attorney in Ellicott City, Maryland

Contact us by e-mail or call our office at 410-740-0101 for an appointment. We represent criminal defendants in Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

U.S. Attorney Announces Formation of Drug Enforcement Task Force

Strike Force Targets Violent Crime in Baltimore

U.S. Attorney Announces Formation of Drug Enforcement Task ForceEarlier this month, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland announced the creation of the Baltimore Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, a combined effort between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to try to reduce drug-related violent crime in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Officials cited a dramatic increase in homicide in Baltimore—up nearly 17% compared to the same period a year ago—as one of the motivating factors. The AG’s office said it will work to identify individuals most responsible for drug-related violence and create partnerships to investigate and apprehend those persons. Officials hope to have all aspects of the strike force in place by the end of the year.

Experienced Prince George’s County Criminal Defense Attorney

For more than three decades, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has worked hard to protect the rights of people facing criminal charges in Baltimore and throughout the state of Maryland. He has a thorough understanding of criminal law and procedure, and will take the time to fully investigate your case, gathering and protecting all relevant evidence, and confirming that law enforcement officers did not violate your constitutional rights.

Smith has been named among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers, and was honored as a Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine in 2012. He has held an AV rating (the highest rating possible) under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988 and has also received Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, an honor bestowed upon less than 4% of all attorneys listed there. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has identified him as one of the “10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction.” He’s a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, awarded to less than 1% of all American lawyers who have obtained million dollar judgments, awards or settlements. The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization, counts him among the top 100 attorneys in Maryland. Attorney Smith also has a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a litigation attorney from AVVO and has received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars.

Effective Criminal Defense Lawyer throughout the Greater Baltimore Area

At the law offices of Jonathan Scott Smith, we aggressively advocate for criminal defendants. Contact our office online or call 410-740-0101 to arrange a meeting. We handle cases throughout Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Woman Tries to Hit Grocery Store Employee with Car

Woman Tries to Hit Grocery Store Employee with Car

Woman Tries to Hit Grocery Store Employee with CarA 27-year-old woman is in custody after allegedly attempting to run over a Martin’s Food employee in Eldersburg on August 14, 2019. According to the store employee, the woman entered the store, filled a cart and some bags with groceries, and then left without paying. When he confronted her in the parking lot, she attempted to run him over with the car she was driving. She missed, but crashed into a parked car in the parking lot and fled.

The employee took a picture of the vehicle’s license plate and called police, who tracked down the owner in the 7400 block in Sykesville. The owner admitted that the woman lived there. She was arrested and charged with a number of other violations, including first-degree and second assault, theft, reckless driving, and driving without a license.

AV-Rated Frederick County Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith brings more than three decades of experience to criminal defendants throughout the greater Baltimore area and across the state of Maryland. He’s been named one of the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers, and was designated a Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine in 2012. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has named him as one of the “10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction.”

Smith is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, given to less than 1% of all American lawyers who have obtained million dollar judgments, awards or settlements. He has a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a litigation attorney from AVVO and has also received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars.

Attorney Smith is a highly experienced trial attorney, with the skill, knowledge and resources to protect your rights in any criminal prosecution. He’ll also gather, assess and preserve all evidence in your defense and will confirm that police and prosecutors followed constitutional requirements. He’ll carefully question all potential witnesses, so that he can prepare and present the strongest arguments in your defense. He’ll aggressively protect your constitutional rights throughout the criminal process, from investigation and arrest to arraignment and trial.

Smith has been AV-rated (the highest rating possible) by his colleagues in the legal profession under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988 and has also received Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, awarded to less than 4% of all attorneys in that directory. The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization, has honored him as one of the top 100 attorneys in Maryland.

Baltimore, MD Criminal Defense Lawyer

Contact attorney Jonathan Scott Smith by e-mail or call our office at 410-740-0101 for an appointment. We represent criminal defendants in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

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