If you or someone you love has served in the U.S. military since 2003 and experienced hearing loss or ear-related problems, it may be due to defective earplugs.  3M Company manufactured and sold dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs to the U.S. government for combat and training purposes between 2003 and 2015. It was later revealed that…

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Some criminal convictions are now eligible for expungement under the Justice Reinvestment Act, which went into effect on October 1, 2017.  As a general rule, a case with a Guilty disposition cannot be expunged.  However, some misdemeanor convictions will be expungeable after October 1, 2017, provided they meet certain criteria. The case must be from…

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Joe Snee and Laura Bechtel were again among the local volunteers who assisted in bringing life-like DUI mock trials to area high schools amidst the 2017 Prom season.  For 30 years, Judge Stephen M. Waldron, retired Associate Judge of the Harford County Circuit Court, has led teams of local attorneys and prosecutors in putting on…

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Fighting a traffic ticket can be challenging, but it is not impossible and can be well worth your time in serious instances. Here, the attorneys at Snee, Lutche, Helmlinger, and Spielberger outline several defense strategies to fight traffic tickets. Becoming acquainted with Maryland traffic laws and penalties is the first step to preparing an effective…

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Clients often question whether a spouse can be charged in situations such as child custody violations and domestic disputes. In fact, there are situations when domestic disputes can also be grounds for criminal charges. Scenario 1: Protective Orders  In divorce proceedings, a District Court issues a protective order against Spouse A due to the belief…

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There is pending legislation in Annapolis that would authorize a person to petition the court to shield certain court records and police records relating to certain criminal convictions.  The bill, titled the Maryland Second Chance Act of 2015, permits a Court to “shield” from public view the listed specified crimes contained within the bill.  These…

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