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What You Need to Know About Maryland Expungements

What is an expungement?

An expungement is the legal process of removing a criminal record from public inspection. Maryland allows records to be expunged from Motor Vehicle Administration files, police files, and court files. Although generally thought of as universal, each expungement process and agency is different and has different requirements to guarantee that the files are properly removed. Which means even if you expunged your record with one agency, it could still be viewed by the public through a different agency. To successfully expunge a record from all the files, there needs to be an application submitted for an expungement with each agency and a proper petition and supporting documents filed with the court. Maryland Agency Specific Processes

The Motor Vehicle Administration expunges some records automatically after three years while others depend on the offense type and time of the last conviction.

For police records when charges were not filed and you were detained by a police agency, … Continue reading

Facebook in Family Court Matters: Tips for Posting and Sharing

Facebook in Family Court Matters

Facebook’s Role in our Lives

Facebook is an online social media platform that allows users to interact, link, communicate, and partner with other users from around the world. Through photo uploads, status updates, and videos, users can keep-in-touch with family, friends, professional colleagues, and acquaintances. Facebook has captivated the society as we know it; with nearly two billion users worldwide, it is no wonder why this social media powerhouse has found its way into a majority of educational, societal, and cultural spaces. Therefore, it is important to know how your social media use can impact you in family court.

Facebook Use in Family Court Matters

Statistics on the use of Facebook in family law matters:

Facebook evidence is used in 20% of custody proceedings; 1 in 5 divorces are blamed on Facebook; 66% of attorneys cite Facebook as the primary source for online divorce evidence used by or against them in court;

Given these statistics, people must continuously … Continue reading

Maryland Traffic Ticket Violations–What You Need to Know

Traffic Ticket Violations

Although traffic violations are sometimes thought to be minor in severity, a traffic ticket in Maryland may carry penalties that can affect your long-term driving record and, in some cases, your freedom. This blog is designed to review some of the most common traffic ticket types in Maryland, the points they carry, and some of the long-term effects that a traffic ticket may have on your driving record and other facets of your life.

Most Common Moving Traffic Violations in Maryland and the Points They Carry Below is a list of the most common moving traffic violation in the State of Maryland and the point penalties that they carry if a person is convicted of a violation. Keep in mind that the point system is designed to issue penalties that can ultimately take away your driving privilege in the State as a result of a moving violation. These penalties also remain on your driving record for 2 years following … Continue reading

Facebook in Family Court Matters: Steps for Getting Evidence in or Keeping It Out


In my previous blog post titled “Facebook in Family Court Matters: Tips for Posting and Sharing” I discussed six things to consider before posting to Facebook, with tips from the perspective of an experienced Maryland Family Law attorney. Here, I follow-up with strategies on how to get the Facebook evidence into (or kept out of) Family Court proceedings, using general evidence rules.

Step 1: Proving Relevance The first step to getting any evidence into the courtroom is proving that it is relevant to the matter at hand. The standard the court uses to determine relevance is whether with or without a piece of evidence, the fact to be proven has a higher chance of being true. This burden is easily met in most family law cases where the evidence likely concerns personal conduct or statements about the other party.

The most obvious example of this type of evidence in family court would be a custody case where … Continue reading

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