Gary S. Bernstein, P.A.

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Posts Tagged ‘Harford County Criminal’

Baltimore County Not Guilty

This is a two part comment.  One on the case and one about the judge.  Yesterday I had a DUI with an issue about the arrest.  The video showed my client was not impaired, and the only reason for the stop was excessive speed.  Because of the judge's reputation for harsh sentences, I explained to my client that if we lost she would not accept a PBJ because of the probation conditions I expected would be imposed.  The judge is great on legal issues, but if you lose, I believe some of the "usual" probation conditions are unwarranted. I sat through the docket waiting for my trial and saw that the judge's probation conditions were completely in-line with everyone else. The "unusual" conditions were not imposed, even where I expected they would.  I told my client, there would be no appeal as no one would be fairer on the law, and that if we lost the sentence would be appropriate.

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Inmate Running The Asylum

This is a an off-spring of the treatment nightmare post.  I had a young client who is a junkie-plain and simple.  Like all heroin addicts he wanted everything his way and he wanted it now.  He decided he needed to be in a $40,000.00 28-day program because it will look good in court.  Aftercare?  An afterthought, actually no thought at all.  However this $40,000.0 waste of money might look good and get his charges dropped, which he also demands.  He is in a 7-day detox when he hatches this idea.  He is out of detox and using the day he gets out of detox when he tells his adult parents this is what has to be done.  They wanted to go along with this "plan."  It is in a nicer neighborhood than the program that will require 6 months of treatment and still cost less, but the neighborhood is very very important.  I had to argue against this nonsense and explain to everyone that he needed to get his addiciton and other issues treated.  He is inside, not wandering around the neighborhood.  They inspected the facilities and he and his parents agreed to admit him to treatment, and of course, another detox.  I understand the parents were at their wits end, but that does not mean they turn the decision making over to a nitwit.  They wanted a clean and healthy son, and by then they should have known that he is not the one to make the best decisions as to how that will happen.

Update to Prescription Pills and Teenagers

I got the client a second probation here to go along with the 2 in another county-that totals 4.  All the judges agreed to modify to a PBJ if successful on probation.  My client gave a nice speech to the judge about being clean, living in a sober house, working, going to meetings everyday, and regaining his family’s trust.  That was on a Monday……….On Wednesday I get an email that he was arrested for Burglary on TUESDAY.  In the car they find items stole in a Burglary the preceding Friday (3 days before the second case).  He has now plead to the Burglaries- both violate the first probation I got him- the second violates the day before probation. In the car was also a bottle of or a stolen prescription for 180 Oxys. He just got probation and a drug court recommendation on the new Burglaries, but I am not too sure the 2 judges over here are going to go along with that program when they see him for his VOP. The prosecutor here is completely pissed off about the lying in court, and the words “drug court” are not coming out of her mouth. So much time and effort spent by everyone trying to help this kid, but his addiction ate him up.

 

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NOT GUILTY Baltimore City Circuit Court Jury Trial

It took less than a day of trial and the jury less than 10 minutes to acquit my client.  I was disappointed because I told the jury they shouldn’t be out more than a few minutes before acquitting.  This was a case where because of the “policy” of the State’s Attorney’s Office, every convicted drug dealing liar gets to use the State’s Attorney’s Office when they have a vendetta against someone. The convicted drug dealer managed to get my client charged in 3 separate cases.  Two of them were investigated and cleared by a detective before a different police officer and Court Commissioners got snookered into issuing charges. When I summonsed the investigating detective and the other officer who investigated those cases to court the prosecutors spoke to them and then dismissed the charges, without even bothering to speak to the “victim” who was sitting in the rear of the courtroom. 

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Prescription Pills and Teenagers

There may be nothing harder than getting through to a teenager who is addicted to pills.  Oxycodone is synthetic heroin.  It does not matter how affluent your family is, heroin is heroin, and it is the ultimate monkey on the back of any person.  Couple that with raw immaturity, and the normal teenage sense of invincibility, and you have a parent’s worst nightmare.  These are becoming the criminal defense attorney’s worst nightmare.  

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