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Benjamin Herbst is an experienced Maryland criminal defense lawyer who has represented over one thousand clients charged with criminal and traffic offenses in state and federal court. These cases range from DUI and drug possession to murder, and high profile media cases. In addition, Benjamin has defended clients in over 50 jury trials and hundreds of pre-trial motions. Visit the Blog or the firm's website to learn more.

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Fruitland is a small Eastern Shore city located off of Route 13, just south of Salisbury and a few miles north of Prince...
01/14/2020
Wicomico County May Criminalize Public Pot Smoking

Fruitland is a small Eastern Shore city located off of Route 13, just south of Salisbury and a few miles north of Princess Anne. As an incorporated municipality, Fruitland maintains a city council that can enact legislation, and a police department to enforce its laws. With a population of around five thousand residents though, it’s no surprise that major news headlines do not appear when Fruitland passes new laws. [ 681 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/wicomico-county-may-criminalize-public-pot-smoking/

Fruitland is a small Eastern Shore city located off of Route 13, just south of Salisbury and a few miles north of Princess Anne. As an incorporated municipality, Fruitland maintains a city ...

The 2020 Maryland legislative session is set to kick off this week and there are a host of criminal law issues that will...
01/06/2020
Maryland Legislative Session Set to Kick Off

The 2020 Maryland legislative session is set to kick off this week and there are a host of criminal law issues that will be debated in Annapolis. While it’s too early to tell exactly the kind of bills that may cross the governor’s desk in April, it’s never too early to speculate what will become a hot topic. One thing we can almost guarantee is that there will be serious debate about whether to legalize recreational ma*****na, but it will not actually happen. [ 585 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/maryland-legislative-session-set-to-kick-off/

The 2020 Maryland legislative session is set to kick off this week and there are a host of criminal law issues that will be debated in Annapolis. While it’s too early to tell exactly the kind of ...

A father and daughter recently pled guilty to federal racketeering charges stemming from an ongoing prison corruption sc...
12/30/2019
— Baltimore Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog — December 30, 2019

A father and daughter recently pled guilty to federal racketeering charges stemming from an ongoing prison corruption scheme that took place back in the summer of 2017. According to federal prosecutors a 28-year old woman and her 55-year old father were recruited by a family member who was serving a Maryland state prison sentence to smuggle contraband into an Anne Arundel County correctional facility. [ 679 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/1565-2/

A father and daughter recently pled guilty to federal racketeering charges stemming from an ongoing prison corruption scheme that took place back in the summer of 2017. According to federal ...

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland recently announced indictments in two cases against men who ran ...
12/23/2019
Two Businessmen Indicted For Maryland Wire Fraud

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland recently announced indictments in two cases against men who ran lucrative businesses in and around Maryland. Both men now face federal charges for wire fraud, which has become one of the main catch-all tools for federal prosecutors in cases involving fraudulent activity. The first indictment was announced on December 19, and involved a 45-year old Carroll County man who now faces up to 20 years in federal prison for multiple felony charges. [ 668 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/two-businessmen-indicted-for-maryland-wire-fraud/

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland recently announced indictments in two cases against men who ran lucrative businesses in and around Maryland. Both men now face federal ...

A 24-year old Washington D.C. man was recently sentenced to over 4 years in federal prison followed by 3 years of probat...
12/17/2019
D.C Man Sentenced In BW Parkway Vehicular Manslaughter

A 24-year old Washington D.C. man was recently sentenced to over 4 years in federal prison followed by 3 years of probation for striking an SUV and killing the driver on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. According to the plea agreement the man was involved in a collision with a D.C. Metro police vehicle but rather than stop he fled the scene into Maryland via the parkway. [ 606 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/d-c-man-sentenced-in-bw-parkway-vehicular-manslaughter/

A 24-year old Washington D.C. man was recently sentenced to over 4 years in federal prison followed by 3 years of probation for striking an SUV and killing the driver on the Baltimore-Washington ...

The U.S. Attorney’s Office recently announced that a former dealer at a Maryland casino was sentenced to 18 months in fe...
12/09/2019
Casino Dealer Sentenced To Prison

The U.S. Attorney’s Office recently announced that a former dealer at a Maryland casino was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for his role in a card table scam, which resulted in the casino losing in excess of $1 million. The convicted defendant will be placed on probation after he is released from prison, and ordered to pay restitution totaling $1,046,560. [ 581 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/casino-dealer-sentenced-to-prison/

The U.S. Attorney’s Office recently announced that a former dealer at a Maryland casino was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for his role in a card table scam, which resulted in the ...

Over the summer a federal jury convicted two Washington D.C. men of multiple felonies after they were charged with commi...
12/04/2019
Convicted Robber Sentenced To 33 Years

Over the summer a federal jury convicted two Washington D.C. men of multiple felonies after they were charged with committing two separate armed robberies in Prince George’s County. This week at the United States District Court in Greenbelt one of the men was sentenced to 33 years in prison followed by 5 years of probation on charges including conspiracy to commit commercial robbery, discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, being a felon in possession of a firearm and interstate transport of a stole vehicle. [ 685 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/convicted-robber-sentenced-to-33-years/

Over the summer a federal jury convicted two Washington D.C. men of multiple felonies after they were charged with committing two separate armed robberies in Prince George’s County. This week at ...

Rising crime rates, falling population and police and prison corruption have marred Baltimore City for the past few year...
11/25/2019
Former Baltimore Mayor Pleads Guilty

Rising crime rates, falling population and police and prison corruption have marred Baltimore City for the past few years, but now more than ever it is obvious that lawlessness starts from the top and trickles down. It has been several months since federal agents from the FBI and the IRS raided the former mayor’s home and office, so it came as no surprise that she was eventually charged. [ 626 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/former-baltimore-mayor-pleads-guilty/

Rising crime rates, falling population and police and prison corruption have marred Baltimore City for the past few years, but now more than ever it is obvious that lawlessness starts from the ...

This past summer the Maryland Governor signed off on a bill that changed the definition of ma*****na, and now the impact...
11/19/2019
Ma*****na Definition Change Could Lead To Dismissed Charges

This past summer the Maryland Governor signed off on a bill that changed the definition of ma*****na, and now the impacts of this bill could have a real effect in courtrooms across the state. The bill did not receive much media attention despite the fact that it was ma*****na related because the bill was created with the intent to modify agricultural laws rather than continue to reform ma*****na policy. [ 686 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/ma*****na-definition-change-could-lead-to-dismissed-charges/

This past summer the Maryland Governor signed off on a bill that changed the definition of ma*****na, and now the impacts of this bill could have a real effect in courtrooms across the state. The ...

There are a number of different ways to appeal or modify a criminal case in Maryland, and the rights of a defendant depe...
11/11/2019
How Do You Appeal A Criminal Case?

There are a number of different ways to appeal or modify a criminal case in Maryland, and the rights of a defendant depend on where the case took place and whether it ended in a plea or a trial. All defendants with cases heard in the District Court of Maryland have an absolute right to appeal the outcome within 30 days to the circuit court. [ 747 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/how-do-you-appeal-a-criminal-case/

There are a number of different ways to appeal or modify a criminal case in Maryland, and the rights of a defendant depend on where the case took place and whether it ended in a plea or a trial. ...

A federal jury recently convicted a Baltimore business owner of multiple felonies for setting fire to his commercial pro...
11/04/2019
Baltimore Business Owner Convicted Of Arson

A federal jury recently convicted a Baltimore business owner of multiple felonies for setting fire to his commercial property with the intent to fraudulently reap insurance benefits. The trial took a whopping seven weeks to complete, and now the defendant faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison. According to evidence presented by the government at trial, back in July of 2015 the business owner began to devise a plan to illegally recoup millions of dollars his company had been losing in the previous few years. [ 596 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/baltimore-business-owner-convicted-of-arson/

A federal jury recently convicted a Baltimore business owner of multiple felonies for setting fire to his commercial property with the intent to fraudulently reap insurance benefits. The trial ...

Maryland has numerous laws governing the responsibilities of drivers who are involved in accidents, and understanding th...
10/28/2019
What Happens If You Leave The Scene Of An Accident?

Maryland has numerous laws governing the responsibilities of drivers who are involved in accidents, and understanding these laws can mean the difference between a simple traffic ticket and a serious criminal charge. The main requirement under Maryland law is that all drivers involved in an accident have a duty to remain at the scene, and drivers who are forced to move their vehicles after the accident due to safety reasons must immediately return. [ 719 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/what-happens-if-you-leave-the-scene-of-an-accident/

Maryland has numerous laws governing the responsibilities of drivers who are involved in accidents, and understanding these laws can mean the difference between a simple traffic ticket and a ...

Two weeks ago a lawmaker in the Maryland House of Delegates abruptly resigned from her position, and this past week it b...
10/21/2019
Prince George’s County Lawmaker Guilty Of Fraud

Two weeks ago a lawmaker in the Maryland House of Delegates abruptly resigned from her position, and this past week it became apparent why. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office the former Prince George’s County lawmaker, who served from 2001 until the present, pled guilty to one count of wire fraud for converting more than $22,000 of campaign money to her personal use. [ 684 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/prince-georges-county-lawmaker-guilty-of-fraud/

Two weeks ago a lawmaker in the Maryland House of Delegates abruptly resigned from her position, and this past week it became apparent why. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office the former ...

Once the criminal justice system starts moving against a defendant in Maryland it becomes extremely difficult to undo th...
10/15/2019
Can I Drop Criminal Charges Against Someone?

Once the criminal justice system starts moving against a defendant in Maryland it becomes extremely difficult to undo the process. We are often contacted by victims who are requesting assistance in dropping charges against a defendant, and if you happen to be in this situation there are a few things to keep in mind. First off, victims in a criminal case never have total control over the prosecution of the case. [ 625 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/can-i-drop-criminal-charges-against-someone/

Once the criminal justice system starts moving against a defendant in Maryland it becomes extremely difficult to undo the process. We are often contacted by victims who are requesting assistance ...

Back in June a Baltimore Police sergeant was arrested and charged with second degree assault, false imprisonment and mis...
10/09/2019
Baltimore Cop Charged With Assault Is Highest Paid In City

Back in June a Baltimore Police sergeant was arrested and charged with second degree assault, false imprisonment and misconduct in office for wrongfully arresting a bystander. There hasn’t been much movement on his criminal case that is currently set for jury trial in mid December, but the suspended sergeant is back in the news in an embarrassing twist for the city. [ 610 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/baltimore-cop-charged-with-assault-is-highest-paid-in-city/

Back in June a Baltimore Police sergeant was arrested and charged with second degree assault, false imprisonment and misconduct in office for wrongfully arresting a bystander. There hasn’t been ...

The U.S. Attorney’s Office recently announced that a Howard County physician was sentenced to 15 months of federal priso...
10/02/2019
Howard County Doctor Sentenced To Prison

The U.S. Attorney’s Office recently announced that a Howard County physician was sentenced to 15 months of federal prison followed by 3 years of probation for passport fraud. The 50-year old doctor had been held without bail in a federal detention facility since his arrest back in May, meaning he will have to serve about one year of additional incarceration. He also may face deportation, as Homeland Security has initiated removal proceedings. [ 597 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/howard-county-doctor-sentenced-to-prison/

The U.S. Attorney’s Office recently announced that a Howard County physician was sentenced to 15 months of federal prison followed by 3 years of probation for passport fraud. The 50-year old ...

As we approach the two-year anniversary of the first medical ma*****na sales in Maryland all signs point to the program’...
09/24/2019
Medical Ma*****na Still Growing

As we approach the two-year anniversary of the first medical ma*****na sales in Maryland all signs point to the program’s continued growth. On December 1st of 2017 dozens of patients lined up at a Montgomery County dispensary to become the first purchasers of legal cannabis in the state. The Rockville dispensary stocked its shelves as soon as the products arrived that Friday afternoon, and there has been no looking back since then. [ 573 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/medical-ma*****na-still-growing/

As we approach the two-year anniversary of the first medical ma*****na sales in Maryland all signs point to the program’s continued growth. On December 1st of 2017 dozens of patients lined up at ...

In the summer of 2017 a dangerous multi-alarm fire broke out a popular local bar in Pasadena an hour after closing time....
09/17/2019
Anne Arundel County Man Indicted For Arson

In the summer of 2017 a dangerous multi-alarm fire broke out a popular local bar in Pasadena an hour after closing time. More than 75 firefighters responded to the scene and one suffered injuries trying to battle the blaze, which spread from the side of the building and into the attic. After an hour and a half of intense work Anne Arundel County firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, but not after it caused over $200,000 worth of damage and shuttered the bar indefinitely. [ 628 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/anne-arundel-county-man-indicted-for-arson/

In the summer of 2017 a dangerous multi-alarm fire broke out a popular local bar in Pasadena an hour after closing time. More than 75 firefighters responded to the scene and one suffered injuries ...

Last week two Maryland defendants were sentenced to more than a decade in federal prison for drug distribution charges t...
09/09/2019
Two Drug Dealers Sentenced In Federal Court

Last week two Maryland defendants were sentenced to more than a decade in federal prison for drug distribution charges that were far from run of the mill. The first case originated in Annapolis where the defendant, a 25-year old Howard County man, met up with a female buyer and sold her he**in. The next day the female buyer was found unresponsive in her Bowie apartment, and was pronounced dead on the scene after Prince George’s County paramedics were unable to revive her. [ 751 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/two-drug-dealers-sentenced-in-federal-court/

Last week two Maryland defendants were sentenced to more than a decade in federal prison for drug distribution charges that were far from run of the mill. The first case originated in Annapolis ...

Maryland has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, and a large number of these laws are designed to punish peopl...
09/04/2019
Which Charges Disqualify You From Gun Possession?

Maryland has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, and a large number of these laws are designed to punish people for illegal possession of handguns, rifles and shotguns. There are numerous different provisions in the state code that address gun possession, and there are a few that are somewhat obscure. Most people know that being convicted of a felony prohibits a person from ever possessing a gun, but this is far from the only restriction placed on a former defendant in a criminal case. [ 589 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/which-charges-disqualify-you-from-gun-possession/

Maryland has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, and a large number of these laws are designed to punish people for illegal possession of handguns, rifles and shotguns. There are ...

Finding out that there is a warrant for your arrest is stressful and frightening, but it’s even worse if you think there...
08/27/2019
How Can I Find Out If I Have A Warrant?

Finding out that there is a warrant for your arrest is stressful and frightening, but it’s even worse if you think there is a warrant but you can’t find out for sure. The uncertainty and the waiting can often be a great deal more stressful than just taking care of the warrant and moving on with your life, but unfortunately in Maryland the judicial system is set up to keep many warrants sealed. [ 643 more words ]
https://www.baltimorecriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/how-can-i-find-out-if-i-have-a-warrant/

Finding out that there is a warrant for your arrest is stressful and frightening, but it’s even worse if you think there is a warrant but you can’t find out for sure. The uncertainty and the ...

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