Maryland's new expungement law becomes effective October 1. The new law greatly expands the expungement remedy for several misdemeanor convictions, including:
• Assault in the Second Degree • Possession of controlled or noncontrolled dangerous substances • Possession of drug paraphernalia • Disorderly intoxication • Failure to return rental vehicle • Breaking and entering of a motor vehicle • Theft and unauthorized removal of property • Bad check cases • False statements to officials regarding crimes or hazards • Bigamy, prostitution • Gambling • Criminal and Civil contempt of court • And many more
Generally, you will become eligible for expungement for an expanded crime only after 10 years from when you completed your sentences, including any parole or probation. For second degree assault and domestic violence, eligible begins after 15 years.
The opportunity to scrub arrest records and misdemeanor convictions can be invaluable for employment, security clearance, bonding capacity, credit, and other purposes. If you or someone you know has questions about eligibility for expungement under the new law, give us a call for a free consultation – 301-588-8100. ... Read MoreRead Less
It's often said that Americans will sue over anything, and that the legal system is set up to encourage lawyers to sue big companies because there is an incentive to settle. Well, the Seventh Circuit's recent opinion regarding the class-action against Subway regarding its "foot-long sandwiches" may make some class-action lawyers reassess their cases.
In reversing the trial courts certification of a class against Subway and the approval of settlement that provided minimal payment to named-plaintiffs, a half million dollar attorney fee award, and a promise to strengthen its foot-long oversight, the Seventh Circuit stated:
“In their haste to file suit, however, the lawyers neglected to consider whether the claims had any merit. They did not. [. . .] Because these consolidated class actions ‘seek only worthless benefits for the class,’ they should have been ‘dismissed out of hand.’”