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First time Maryland DUI: Why do I need a DUI lawyer?

First time Maryland DUI: Why do I need a DUI lawyer?

Many clients don't want to go to the expense of hiring a Maryland DUI lawyer OR think that they will automatically be given a Probation Before Judgement (PBJ) for their first time Maryland DUI offense (this includes other non-DUI lawyers).  This line of thinking is...

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Probation Before Judgement Maryland: What is a PBJ?

Probation Before Judgement Maryland: What is a PBJ?

What is a Probation Before Judgement in Maryland? Probation before judgment in Maryland (PBJ) is when a defendant is put on probation before a judgment is entered for their criminal or traffic case. A judge can give you probation before judgment after a guilty plea or...

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Good hold music? Is there such a thing?

Here at our law firm, we pride ourselves on bringing a bit of funny to the mundane. Calling anywhere for help is hard.  Being stuck on hold is even harder. That's why we decided to put a little fun back in our hold music.  Give it a listen! We hope you don't ever have...

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Immigration Law – Changes in USCIS review process

Because of changes in United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy, anyone submitting immigration petitions or applications should first consult with an immigration attorney.  This is especially important in cases that could previously be...

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Internet Harassment – Part 1 – Criminal Charges

In the last 20 years, the explosive growth of the internet caused an explosion of Internet Harassment.  Whether it is internet harassment of a person or a business, the growth of cyber-bullying, revenge porn, or just plain false information online has grown...

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Steps for Starting a Business in Maryland

The steps necessary to start a business in Maryland can seem overwhelming, but, with the help of a trusted advisor they need not be. Here, the ENLawyers small business advisors detail the process, and explain Maryland requirements for starting a business. Depending on...

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ENLawyers/Helping Up Mission – Drive toward change!

As we approach Thanksgiving the Law Offices of Eldridge & Nachtman, LLC would like to reflect on the coming season and lend a hand to those less fortunate and have a little fun while doing it!  The Contest: The individual who donates the most items, in terms of...

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Tips for Entrepreneurial Small Business Longevity

Tips for Entrepreneurial Small Business Longevity

Turning vision into reality can be far more complex than the development of the vision itself. Entrepreneurs starting small businesses often have an innovative vision, as well as an incredible capacity for creativity. However, they may not be as familiar with best...

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When is it Time to Talk to a Criminal Defense Attorney?

When is it Time to Talk to a Criminal Defense Attorney?

Speaking to the police can be intimidating and cause stress, leading an individual to speak or act in a way that is not in their best interest. Knowing when to seek the advice of a criminal defense attorney and when to request that an attorney be by your side is the...

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Assault Charges and Consequences

Assault Charges and Consequences

Assault is typically considered an act that induces harm by means of physical violence. However, a person can also be charged with assault when their actions have been deemed to be a threat or attempt to physically cause harm or inflict physical violence on another...

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The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 serves to extend protections against trade secret theft to federal jurisdiction. The Act passed unanimously in the Senate and was approved in the House by a vote of 410-2. The new legislation was then signed into law by President...

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Car Accidents: What Are “Damages”?

Damages in car accident claims usually fall into one of two broad categories: special and general damages. Special damages lend themselves to exact calculation, like lost wages and medical expenses. General damages, on the other hand, cannot be exactly estimated. Pain...

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Baltimore Criminal Defense: Extreme Defenses – Entrapment

ENLawyer Kurt Nachtman had an interesting case recently involving some “law school” defenses that are rarely seen in real life.  While that case highlighted involuntary intoxication, we wanted to expand on that story and provide some other rarely-seen defenses.  Some...

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Baltimore Criminal Defense: Extreme Defenses – Duress

ENLawyer Kurt Nachtman had a case recently involving some “law school” defenses that rarely seen in real life.  While that case highlighted involuntary intoxication, we wanted to expand on that story and provide some other rarely-seen or EXTREME defenses.  A few weeks...

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Field Sobriety Tests and Your Rights

Field Sobriety Tests and Your Rights

If you are pulled over on the suspicion of being intoxicated, a police officer will likely request that you take a field sobriety test. This test is used to assess if there is cause to detain someone for driving under the influence. The attorneys at The Law Offices of...

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Assault Charges and Consequences

Know Your Miranda Rights

We have all heard the phrase, “you have the right to remain silent”, hundreds of times while watching movies and television shows. However, people do not always fully understand what this phrase, and those that follow it, mean. It is important that you understand your...

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Understanding Search and Seizure Laws

The United States Constitution establishes limitations on the power that law enforcement officials have when searching people. Search and seizure laws help to protect the rights of individuals against being wrongfully incriminated. Here, the ENLawyers explain what you...

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Crime Prevention Tips for the Holiday Season

The holidays bring about excitement and cheer. However, it is important that the holiday spirit does not cloud your preparedness when it comes to staying safe. The Maryland criminal lawyers at the Law Offices of Eldridge and Nachtman have provided some basic tips for...

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Hogan Proposed New Ignition Interlock Legislation

On November 6, 2015, Governor Larry Hogan announced a proposal for new Ignition Interlock Legislation, which would expand the criteria for those permitted to participate in the program. What is the Ignition Interlock Program? Since 1989, the Maryland Motor Vehicle...

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Understanding Maryland Drug Laws

As the nation continues to discuss drug law reform, it is important to stay updated regarding the drug laws in Maryland. Take a moment to understand legal terms and consequences regarding Maryland drug laws. Decriminalization In 2014, Maryland passed a...

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What to Know About Pleading Guilty or Going to Trial

The phrases “innocent until proven guilty” and “right to trial” are fundamental to being American. But in a court of law, there is more to read between the lines. What actually happens when you go to trial? While criminal defendants could be inclined to prove their...

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Small Business Law: Personal Liability for Business Debt

When forming a small business, it is important to consider the impact that potential future debt could have on one’s personal finances. Specifically, the classification of a business can affect the degree of liability one has to settle business debt. Debt is a large...

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Driving Overweight in Maryland

If you are a commercial driver and get a ticket for driving overweight, please contact ENLawyers immediately. We can request a trial for you, represent you in court possibly without you having to appear personally, and often are able to negotiate time with the court...

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Maryland Shoplifting Laws

Shoplifting or theft in Maryland is a crime with serious penalties, including potential fines and jail time. In addition to facing criminal penalties, shoplifters can be sued by business owners in civil court to recover damages, often referred to as treble damages....

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Maryland Driver with Out of State DUI

If you received a DUI or DWI in another State, such as New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, or Washington DC, but you are a Maryland driver, then the consequences for your license can be completely different from a local licensee who gets charged with the same...

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DUI in Maryland with Out of State License

If you received a DUI or DWI in Maryland, and you have an out of state licenses, such as New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, or Washington DC, then the consequences for your license can be completely different from a Maryland licensee who gets charged with the same...

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Did You Get a DUI on Federal Property?

Federal DUI/DWI cases can be governed by the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) or the Assimilative Crimes Act (ACA). Most DUI cases in Maryland occur as a result of driving on property monitored by the National Park Service, thus making the violations subject to...

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DUI v. DWI – What is the Difference?

Summer may be over, but it is important that you have fun and enjoy yourself while the weather is still nice. However, it is more important to be mindful of how much alcohol you have consumed before getting behind the wheel. Driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving...

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Laws to Keep in Mind While Tailgating

Are you ready for some football? As the season kicks into full gear, take a few minutes to catch up on some of the laws that could put a damper on your tailgating and game-day festivities. Open Containers State and City ordinances dictate where a person is able to...

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When Recording the Police Becomes a Legal Issue

A series of tragic events within recent months have caused a flurry of videos showing police activity to appear across the internet. But in certain situations, taking video footage of police officers can be illegal. Police departments across the nation are under a...

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Expungements: When it doesn’t clear your name

Fortunately here at ENLawyers we are able to help many of our clients with expungement paperwork.  It's one of the simple pleasures of the job.  After a case is dismissed, you fill out a few pieces of paper and pay a small fee and the case disappears. All traces of...

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7 Strange Local Laws in Baltimore

There's not much better than a weird law.  You know, you've seen the list of weird laws like, "it's illegal to walk your elephant off-leash on Tuesdays."  Well, the good news is that in addition to all the standard laws in Baltimore, there are plenty of strange ones...

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Is a DUI or DWI grounds for Deportation?

Is a DUI or DWI grounds for Deportation? Immigration law does not specify driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI) as grounds for deportation or removal from the United States.  In recent months, however, DUI and DWI have become de facto...

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Crowdfunding concerns: Baltimore Small Business Lawyer

As a Baltimore Small Business lawyer I recently had a potential new client come into the office who said that his/her business was going to be funded on the crowdfunding site indegogo.  The first thing I thought was, "cool." Second thing was, "what a legal and...

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Baltimore DUI: DUI Checkpoint plan?

Here at ENLawyers, the internet has provided a few interesting ideas for defeating a Baltimore DUI checkpoint and/or a traffic stop.  However, many of them will not work in Maryland.  For example, I received this in my inbox the other day... Maryland Law You are...

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Baltimore Criminal Lawyer’s Take on Serial: Part One

written by Kurt Nachtman, partner at ENLawyers: As a Baltimore Criminal lawyer, I first heard of the podcast Serial a few months ago.  I drive regularly for work, so I listen to a ton of audio books and podcasts.  I was especially intrigued by the subject matter, and...

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Employee Termination: Baltimore Small Business Lawyer

Here at ENLawyers, we have represented both employees and employers in unemployment hearings as well as wrongful termination actions.  Based on some recent information in the news, I thought it would be helpful to dispel a few rumors, inaccuracies, and untruths with...

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School discipline = due process? Think again…

Your Baltimore Criminal Lawyer has never blogged on a part of our practice that absolutely drives us nuts.  School discipline hearings.  ENlawyers have handled school discipline hearings at the high school and university level. We've worked at UMBC, Towson, Maryland,...

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Let ENLawyers clean your closet!

Let ENLawyers clean your closet! As we approach Thanksgiving the Law Offices of Eldridge & Nachtman, LLC would like to reflect on the coming season and lend a hand to those less fortunate. To that end, ENLawyer Kurt Nachtman volunteers as a pro bono attorney for...

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Baltimore Criminal Defense Lawyer: Self-Defense

Recently, the news has covered stories about intruders in homes or people being attacked and the victims in the cases defending themselves.  A person has every right to defend themselves, yet in a court of law, there are several factors that need to be met in order to...

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Baltimore DUI Lawyer: DUI Checkpoints Revisited

Baltimore DUI Lawyer: DUI Checkpoints Revisited Although we are about mid-way through the summer, there is still a lot of fun and sun to be had.  Summer cookouts and BBQs are almost certainly on the agenda for the rest of the summer.  One certainty with summer fun is...

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Maryland Criminal Lawyer: Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Everyone has heard the phrase “innocent until proven guilty in a court of law”, but most people do not recognize this as an actual tenet of the American criminal justice system.  Most notably, Ray Rice’s recent arrest and suspension has stirred a debate on whether or...

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Maryland Bans High-Proof Alcohol

Governor O’Malley approved Senate Bill 75 on May 25, 2014 that effectively banned the sale of high-proof alcohol in the State of Maryland.  The bill, which went into effect on July 1st banned the retail sale of alcohol that is more than 95% alcohol (190 proof). ...

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Background & Credit Checks and Pitfalls for Employers

We have discussed the issue of proper due diligence in hiring and retention of employees (See here).  As your Baltimore Small Business Lawyer, if you fail to properly investigate potential new employees you expose your self to negligent hiring suits, workplace fraud,...

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Baltimore Small Business Lawyer: Are your TOS enforceable?

Any Baltimore Small Business conducting sales online or transacting any business online should consider their terms of service (TOS), how they are constructed, and most importantly if they are enforceable.  Below your, Baltimore Small Business Lawyer has summarized an...

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The 2014 Marijuana laws and it’s effects [Part 2]

In case you hadn’t heard, the Maryland General Assembly made major changes to the state’s marijuana laws.  We briefly discussed them here.  Now your Baltimore Marijuana lawyers want to review both the decriminalization (not legalization) and the medical marijuana...

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The 2014 Marijuana laws and it’s effects [Part 1]

In case you hadn't heard, the Maryland General Assembly made major changes to the state's marijuana laws.  We briefly discussed them here.  Now your Baltimore Marijuana lawyers want to review both the decriminalization (not legalization) and the medical marijuana...

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Baltimore Criminal Lawyer: 2014 General Assembly Recap

Well the 2014 session is over and it sure ended with a bang.  A full recap is forthcoming, but here is your Baltimore Criminal Lawyer's winners and losers. Baltimore Criminal Lawyer 2014 General Assembly Session Winners Pot Smokers - Marijuana possession less than 10g...

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Baltimore Criminal Lawyer: Revenge Pictures a felony?

As your Baltimore Criminal Lawyer, we have regularly discussed the dangers of social media to our clients and our strong urge to avoid posting materials which may later be used against you in a court of law.  See here, here, and here.  Now it appears that some members...

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Crime on Halloween? Don’t Get Smashed by the Law

Tales from the ENLawyers Crypt Can an innocent costume land you in the slammer?  Last Halloween, I wore a DOC prison jumpsuit, gifted to me by a former prison guard. My wife and I left the house and on the way to a Halloween party; my wife hungered for some McDonald's...

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Baltimore Small Business Lawyer: Non-compete clauses

Continuing with our start-up series, your Baltimore Small Business lawyer wants to briefly discuss something that is often overlooked by small business owners, non-compete clauses, and making sure they work for you and your business.  If you want to review our...

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Baltimore Criminal Lawyer: First-time Offender series

Baltimore Criminal Lawyer: First-time Offender series Following up on some earlier posts: What to expect when you're expecting...a court date & Diversion programs.  Now up, "Trial Tax" or better said, why can't I exercise my rights to force the State to prove...

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Failure to Stop at a Red Light [Maryland Traffic Lawyer]

Continuing our series of posts here at your favorite Baltimore Criminal Defense firm, "Traffic Lawyer Series" where we break down the exact charges you may face and what the State must prove for you to be guilty.  For our first post, click here: Driving without a...

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Baltimore Small Business Lawyer: Contracts

Continuing with our start-up series, your Baltimore Small Business lawyer wants to discuss the single most important topic that will cause the most legal mistakes for a small business owner, Contracts.  If you want to review our previous post, check out the startup...

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Employee fraud: Getting your money back

  If you find yourself a victim of fraud by one of your own employees, you are not alone.The typical organization loses 6 percent of its annual revenues to occupational fraud. When fraud is discovered and the perpetrators identified, you should seek professional...

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Speeding [Traffic Lawyer Series]

Continuing our series of posts here at your favorite Baltimore Criminal Defense firm, "Traffic Lawyer Series" where we break down the exact charges you may face and what the State must prove for you to be guilty.  For our first post, click here: Driving without a...

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ENLawyers discuss the Importance of Client Consultations

Not all lawyers are created equal At the Law Offices of Eldridge and Nachtman, LLC, we pride ourselves on providing free legal consultations for our potential clients. The purpose of the consultation is to meet the client, discuss legal issues surrounding the case,...

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Driving Uninsured [Traffic Lawyer Series]

Continuing ourseries of posts here at your favorite Baltimore Criminal Defense firm, "Traffic Lawyer Series" where we break down the exact charges you may face and what the State must prove for you to be guilty.  For our first post, click here: Driving without a...

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Baltimore Small Business Lawyer: Startup legal checklist

Starting a business is a scary proposition.   There is a huge amount of information to review and understand from legal hurdles to accounting, to finance and marketing, and HR issues as well. It can be overwhelming and maybe enough to stop you from opening up your...

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