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The importance of issue preservation for an appeal

Getting a guilty verdict in a criminal trial is a grim moment for a defendant. Nonetheless, the verdict does not necessarily doom a defendant to serving a sentence. To ensure justice, convicted defendants in Maryland and the District of Columbia have the right to...

How reliable is DNA evidence?

When it comes to criminal cases, courts consider DNA evidence as a reliable indication of a person's guilt or innocence. A technician will collect DNA samples at the scene of the crime, take them to a lab, and test them to look for a potential match. When there is a...

How do collateral consequences affect people?

A felony conviction can have a deep impact on people. Even after people fulfill a prison sentence, they may experience additional consequences. A criminal conviction is often accompanied by collateral consequences. The State of Maryland defines collateral consequences...

Appeals due to ineffective assistance of counsel

If you lost a trial and feel that your attorney did not do an appropriate job of defending you, you may be able to file an appeal due to ineffective assistance of counsel. As part of your right to have a fair trial, the actions of your lawyer play a role, whether the...