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Happy Thanksgiving 2022

Baltimore Homicide Rate Up in 2022

City Sees Record Monthly Murder Tolls

Baltimore Homicide Rate Up in 20222022 is on track to be the deadliest in Baltimore’s history, with nearly 180 homicides in the first six months. The city recorded 42 slayings in May, 2022, the first time that the monthly toll exceeded 40 since May, 2015, when police logged a record 45 killings. The city’s Carrollton Ridge neighborhood, which experienced just six murders between 2012 and 2014, counted six in the month of June this year. City officials expect that the annual tally of homicides in Baltimore will surpass 300 for the 8th year in a row.

Aggressive Baltimore Criminal Defense Lawyer

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith brings more than three decades of proven experience to criminal defendants across the Baltimore metropolitan area and the state of Maryland, including people charged with violent crimes. He has been received an AV-rating (the highest rating possible) under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System from his colleagues in the Maryland bar for more than 34 years. He has been ranked among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland listed by SuperLawyers and was named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine. He has also earned Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, awarded to less than 4% of all lawyers nationwide.

Over the past 30 years, attorney Smith has successfully protected the rights of individuals facing all types of criminal charges, including prosecution for domestic violence or abuse. He will work hard to protect your constitutional rights, fully investigating your case to verify that law enforcement officers and prosecutors follow proper procedures when gathering evidence. He’ll question all potential witnesses and preserve all relevant evidence, so that he can prepare and present the most compelling arguments for your acquittal.

Attorney Smith has been listed among the top 100 attorneys in Maryland by the National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization. He holds a 10.0 (Superb) rating as a trial attorney from AVVO, as well as AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with an average client review of 5 stars.

Aggressive Howard County Criminal Defense Attorney

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

Man Dies of Gunshot Wounds 22 Years after Shooting

Can the Perpetrator Still Be Charged with Murder?

Man Dies of Gunshot Wounds 22 Years after ShootingA 38-year-old Baltimore man died in 2021 from gunshot wounds originally sustained in 1999, when he was just 16. Police say the bullet severed the victim’s spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed. After his death, a medical enquiry determined that the man had never returned to good health after the shooting and ruled the death a homicide.

Officials say that, because there is no statute of limitations on murder in Maryland, the perpetrator can still face prosecution. The statute of limitations establishes the time period in which a legal claim must be made. Most criminal acts must be prosecuted within a fixed period of time, but some of the more serious crimes, such as murder, manslaughter and rape, have no time limit on prosecution.

Experienced Baltimore Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith brings more than 30 years of experience to criminal defendants in Maryland, including people charged serious or violent crimes. SuperLawyers has named him one of the top 100 lawyers in Maryland and The American Lawyer Magazine has also cited him as a Top-Rated Lawyer.

Attorney Smith has been AV-rated (the highest possible) by his colleagues in the legal profession under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System for more than three decades. He has also received Martindale-Hubbell’s prized Client Distinction Award, an accolade earned by less than 4% of all attorneys nationwide. He carries a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a trial lawyer from AVVO and has also earned AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with an average client review of 5 stars.

A well-respected trial lawyer, Jonathan has a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Maryland criminal law and procedure. He knows how to effectively gather and preserve evidence and will take all necessary measures to ensure that law enforcement officers did not violate your constitutional rights.

Contact a Proven Maryland Violent Crimes Defense Lawyer

At the law offices of Jonathan Scott Smith, we aggressively advocate for criminal defendants throughout the greater Baltimore area and across the state of Maryland. 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.

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Happy Halloween! 2022

The Penalties for Drunk Driving in Maryland

The Potential Sanctions When You Have Been Convicted of DUI/DWI

the-penalties-for-drunk-driving-in-marylandThe penalties for conviction of drunk driving in Maryland will depend on a number of factors, including the type of charge and whether you’ve had any prior convictions. Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is considered a lesser offense than driving under the influence (DUI), carrying the following potential sentencing:

  • No prior convictions—Up to 60 days in jail and $500 in fines
  • One prior conviction—Up to a year in jail and $500 in fines
  • Multiple priors—Up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines

For the more serious charge of driving under the influence, the potential penalties include:

  • No prior convictions—You can expect up a year in jail, as well as the potential of $1,000 in fines
  • One prior conviction—The potential incarceration is up to two years and fines can reach $2,000
  • Multiple prior convictions—You could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines

Aggressive Baltimore DUI/DWI Defense Lawyer

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith brings more than three decades of experience to criminal defendants across the Baltimore metropolitan area and the state of Maryland, including people charged with domestic violence or abuse. He has been received an AV-rating (the highest rating possible) under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System from his colleagues in the Maryland bar for more than 34 years. He has been ranked among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland listed by SuperLawyers and was named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine. He has also earned Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, awarded to less than 4% of all lawyers nationwide.

Over the past three decades, attorney Smith has successfully protected the rights of individuals facing all types of criminal charges, including prosecution for domestic violence or abuse. He will work hard to protect your constitutional rights, fully investigating your case to verify that law enforcement officers and prosecutors follow proper procedures when gathering evidence. He’ll question all potential witnesses and preserve all relevant evidence, so that he can prepare and present the most compelling arguments for your acquittal.

Attorney Smith has been listed among the top 100 attorneys in Maryland by the National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization. He holds a 10.0 (Superb) rating as a trial attorney from AVVO, as well as AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with an average client review of 5 stars.

Proven Frederick County Criminal Defense Lawyer

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

Maryland’s Drunk Driving Laws—An Introduction

What Is the Difference between DUI and DWI?

the-penalties-for-drunk-driving-in-marylandLike all other states, Maryland takes a serious approach to drinking and driving. Under state law in Maryland, a person may face either a DUI (driving under the influence) charge or a DWI (driving while intoxicated) charge if convicted of drunk driving.

What Is the Difference between a DUI and a DWI in Maryland?

In Maryland, a DUI is the greater offense of the two. You can be charged and convicted of driving under the influence if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 8% or higher. You can also be charged and convicted if it can be proven in court that you were driving while substantially impaired by either alcohol or drugs.

You can face charges for driving while intoxicated in Maryland if your BAC is 7% or greater, but less than 8%. There must also be evidence that your driving was affected by your level of intoxication.

It’s important to understand that you can be charged with either a DWI or a DUI in Maryland, even if your vehicle is not traveling along the road. The statute allows you to be prosecuted if you were in “actual control” of the vehicle. Accordingly, you may be charged with drunk driving while sleeping in a running vehicle or while having the motor running while in a parked car.

Experienced Prince George’s County Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith brings more than three decades of experience to persons facing criminal prosecution in Maryland, including people charged with drinking and driving. SuperLawyers has listed him as one of the top 100 lawyers in Maryland and The American Lawyer Magazine has also named him a Top-Rated Lawyer.

Attorney Smith has held an AV-rating (the highest possible) under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System for more than three decades. He has also received Martindale-Hubbell’s coveted Client Distinction Award, an accolade earned by less than 4% of all attorneys nationwide. He carries a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a trial lawyer from AVVO and has also earned AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with an average client review of 5 stars.

A highly experienced trial lawyer, Jonathan has a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Maryland criminal law and procedure. He knows how to effectively gather and preserve evidence and will take all necessary measures to ensure that law enforcement officers did not violate your constitutional rights.

Contact a Results-Oriented DUI/DWI Defense Lawyer in Maryland

At the law offices of Jonathan Scott Smith, we aggressively advocate for criminal defendants throughout the greater Baltimore area and across the state of Maryland. 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.

The Penalties for Domestic Violence in Maryland

The Consequences of a Conviction for Domestic Abuse

The Penalties for Domestic Violence in MarylandProsecutors and legislators in Maryland take a serious approach to domestic violence and abuse. If you are convicted of assault in relation to domestic violence, you can be sentenced to:

  • Up to 1o years in prison on a charge of second-degree assault. Second-degree assault includes any type of offensive touching that reasonably puts the victim in fear of imminent harm.
  • Up to 25 years in prison when charged with first-degree assault. An assault will rise to the level of first-degree assault if a firearm is involved or if the assault causes serious bodily injury or death.

To determine whether a defendant will be charged with first-degree assault, prosecutors will typically look at a number of aggravating factors, including:

  • The nature and extent of injuries
  • Whether or not the injuries are permanent
  • Whether or not there were any broken bones
  • Whether or not the victim required emergency medical treatment or hospitalization

Aggressive Ellicott City Criminal Defense Lawyer

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith brings more than three decades of experience to criminal defendants across the Baltimore metropolitan area and the state of Maryland, including people charged with domestic violence or abuse. He has been received an AV-rating (the highest rating possible) under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System from his colleagues in the Maryland bar for more than 34 years. He has been ranked among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland listed by SuperLawyers and was named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine. He has also earned Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, awarded to less than 4% of all lawyers nationwide.

Over the past three decades, attorney Smith has successfully protected the rights of individuals facing all types of criminal charges, including prosecution for domestic violence or abuse. He will work hard to protect your constitutional rights, fully investigating your case to verify that law enforcement officers and prosecutors follow proper procedures when gathering evidence. He’ll question all potential witnesses and preserve all relevant evidence, so that he can prepare and present the most compelling arguments for your acquittal.

Attorney Smith has been listed among the top 100 attorneys in Maryland by the National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization. He holds a 10.0 (Superb) rating as a trial attorney from AVVO, as well as AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with an average client review of 5 stars.

Results-Oriented Montgomery County Criminal Defense Lawyer

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

Assault Crimes in Maryland

What Are the Different Charges You Can Face? What Are the Potential Penalties?

Assault Crimes in MarylandImagine yourself in a situation where someone has done something to cause you to lose your temper. You say something or you engage in a reflex gesture, maybe clenching your fists, and the next thing you know, the police are at your door, seeking to arrest you on charges of assault. It can happen.

In Maryland, assault is generally categorized as first-degree assault or second-degree assault. Assault in Maryland is defined as an “offensive touching,” made without consent or permission, that creates a reasonable fear of imminent harm. Even the slightest contact can be considered assault. Maryland law distinguishes the different levels of assault this way:

  • First-degree assault either involves the use of a firearm or causes serious injury or death
  • Second-degree assault may be charged anytime there is offensive physical contact

Unlike other states, Maryland does not differentiate between assault and battery. Accordingly, an attempt to cause bodily harm or to put a person in reasonable fear of imminent harm may constitute an assault, even if there is no physical contact.

Experienced Baltimore County Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith brings more than 30 years of experience to persons facing criminal prosecution in Maryland, including people charged with any type of assault, including domestic violence. SuperLawyers has listed him as one of the top 100 lawyers in Maryland and The American Lawyer Magazine has also named him a Top-Rated Lawyer.

Attorney Smith has held an AV-rating (the highest possible) under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System for more than three decades. He has also received Martindale-Hubbell’s coveted Client Distinction Award, an accolade earned by less than 4% of all attorneys nationwide. He carries a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a trial lawyer from AVVO and has also earned AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with an average client review of 5 stars.

A highly experienced trial lawyer, Jonathan has a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Maryland criminal law and procedure. He knows how to effectively gather and preserve evidence and will take all necessary measures to ensure that law enforcement officers did not violate your constitutional rights.

Contact a Proven Assault Crimes Defense Lawyer

At the law offices of Jonathan Scott Smith, we aggressively advocate for criminal defendants throughout the greater Baltimore area and across the state of Maryland. 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.

Can You Refuse to Take a Field Sobriety or BAC Test in Maryland?

The Potential Consequences of Choosing Not to Be Tested

Can You Refuse to Take a Field Sobriety or BAC Test in Maryland?In Maryland, as in other states, when you have been pulled over by a police officer, you may be asked to submit to either a field sobriety test (to establish probable cause) or a blood alcohol test, to determine whether you are in violation of the law. Can you refuse to take either one of these tests? If so, are there consequences?

Refusing to Take a Field Sobriety Test

Maryland law does not require that you submit to a field sobriety test. You may have valid reasons for not doing so—health issues, weather or your personal safety, for example. Though you won’t face legal sanctions for refusing to take the field sobriety test, your refusal can be construed as suggesting or even creating probable cause. Accordingly, the officer may choose to make an arrest based on your refusal.

Refusing to Take a Breath Test

As with the field sobriety test, you are not legally required in Maryland to take a preliminary breath test. Even if you agree to take the test, it may not be admissible at trial. However, you can expect that, once you are taken to the police station, you will be asked to take another blood alcohol content test. Because Maryland is an “implied consent” state, when you get behind the wheel, you agree to submit to such a test when requested. If you refuse, your driving privileges will automatically be suspended for 9 months (270 days).

Results-Oriented Baltimore Drunk Driving Lawyer

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has more than 30 years of experience successfully protecting the rights of criminal defendants across the Baltimore metro area and the state of Maryland, including people charged with drunk driving. He has been awarded an AV-rating (the highest rating possible) under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System by fellow members of the Maryland bar for more than 34 years. He has been listed among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland listed by Super Lawyers as well as a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine. He has also earned Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, awarded to less than 4% of all attorneys listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s directory.

Over the past three decades, attorney Smith has successfully handled the defense of a wide range of criminal charges, including cases involving prosecution for drinking and driving. He will aggressively protect your constitutional rights and fully investigate your case to determine whether police and prosecutors follow proper procedures when gathering evidence. He’ll carefully interview all potential witnesses, so that he can prepare and present the most compelling arguments in your defense at trial.

Attorney Smith has been listed among the top 100 attorneys in Maryland by the National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization. He holds a 10.0 (Superb) rating as a trial attorney from AVVO, as well as AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with an average client review of 5 stars.

Effective Howard County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Contact us online by e-mail or call 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.

The Different Types of Field Sobriety Tests

The Ways a Police Officer Can Establish Probable Cause in a DUI/DWI Case

The Different Types of Field Sobriety TestsIn Maryland, as in other states, when a police officer pulls you over for speeding, running a red light or other traffic infractions, he or she may look for evidence that you are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. One of the common ways that a law enforcement officer will look to establish probable cause that you have been drinking before you got behind the wheel is with what is known as a “field sobriety test.” There are three field sobriety tests commonly used by police officers in Maryland:

  • The one-leg stand test: You will be asked to stand on one leg and count to a certain number (usually between 15 and 30), while the officer looks for evidence of instability caused by alcohol or drugs. Of course, many people cannot pass this test because of physical conditioning (or lack thereof).
  • The horizontal gaze nystagmus test: The officer will hold an object in front of your face and move it from side to side (typically a light or a pencil). The officer will watch your eyes to see if they jerk back and forth, supposedly an indication of intoxication.
  • The walk and turn test: You’ll be asked to walk “heel-to-toe,” often both forward and backward. You may also be asked to turn left, right or completely around. The officer is looking for a failure to follow directions or some clumsiness in your gait.

Proven Maryland DUI/DWI Defense Lawyer

For more than three decades, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has protected the constitutional rights of criminal defendants across Baltimore and through out the state of Maryland, including people charged with DUI or DWI. Super Lawyers has named him among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland and The American Lawyer Magazine has also listed him as a Top-Rated Lawyer.

Jonathan has maintained an AV-rating (the highest possible) under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System for more than 34 years. He has also received Martindale-Hubbell’s coveted Client Distinction Award, an honor earned by less than 4% of all attorneys in Maryland. He enjoys a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a trial lawyer from AVVO and has also earned AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with an average client review of 5 stars.

A well-respected trial lawyer, Jonathan has a thorough understanding of Maryland criminal law and procedure, and has considerable experience successfully handling a wide range of criminal cases. He knows how to effectively gather and preserve evidence and will take all necessary measures to ensure that law enforcement officers did not violate your constitutional rights.

Aggressive Anne Arundel County Drunk Driving Defense Attorney

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.

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