Maria Katherine Patterson’s Answers

Maria Katherine Patterson

Bowie Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Should my husband's charge be lowered to voluntary manslaughter based on his defense?

    Answered 10 days ago.

    1. Scott R. Scherr
    2. Maria Katherine Patterson
    3. Jeffrey B Henry
    4. William Lawrence Welch III
    5. Laurence K Nurmi
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    Second degree depraved heart murder does not require intent, just extreme indifference to the value of human life and consciously disregarding an obvious risk of causing death or such serious bodily harm that death would likely result.

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  2. NY car hit by MD school van in PA parking lot. Where do I file? & Can I sue the school?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Maria Katherine Patterson
    2. Scott R. Scherr
    3. Nicholas Ernest Kosmas
    4. Timothy E Fizer
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    Under Maryland law, you would be entitled to the fair market value of the vehicle at the time of the accident. Usually this is not enough to buy a "new" vehicle unless you had car replacement insurance, which is something newer these days. Assuming you do not have that, you can attempt to prove it was in better than "fair" condition to increase the value. You also can provide the insurance company with proof of any upgrades you may have done to the vehicle. They will not give you dollar for...

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  3. Must I sign a release of information & release form for at fault insurance company in order to receive payment of medical bills?

    Answered 15 days ago.

    1. Maria Katherine Patterson
    2. Jay B. Shuster
    3. Scott R. Scherr
    4. Benjamin David Stirling
    5. Aaron Michael Blank
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    You may want to consider hiring an attorney because if you are signing a "Release" with the at fault driver's insurance company you will be precluded from recovering all that you are entitled to (medical bills, even though paid by your PIP insurance; lost wages, even if already paid; pain and suffering; and any other out of pocket expenses). I usually do not have my clients sign releases for prior medical records and the insurance companies have yet to mandate it. Good luck!

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  4. Can you help me sue the police for misconduct

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Maria Katherine Patterson
    2. Robert C. Trichilo
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    It sounds like you need a criminal attorney and possibly a civil rights litigator. I handle both areas of practice if you would like to discuss your case.

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  5. I need to know if I need to stay with my lawyer or not I had a head on accident .??

    Answered 13 days ago.

    1. Scott R. Scherr
    2. Zaheer A Shah
    3. Aaron Michael Blank
    4. Shoshana Kunin-Leavitt
    5. Jody R. Pollara
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    I agree with the advice posted. The retainer agreement you signed with your attorney likely has a clause in it prohibiting you from taking action such as settling without the attorney. There is also likely a clause allowing your attorney to assert a lien on your settlement for the work done on your case. Stick with your lawyer!

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  6. Hit in the rear. Driver fell asleep a few miles prior, but choose to continue on Fell asleep again, hit me. Is this negligence?

    Answered 17 days ago.

    1. Bennett James Wills
    2. Jeffrey B Henry
    3. Aaron Michael Blank
    4. Scott R. Scherr
    5. Maria Katherine Patterson
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    He was negligent the first time he fell asleep.

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  7. Is it possible to be arrested for a theft scheme under $1000 with six counts ?

    Answered 10 days ago.

    1. Scott R. Scherr
    2. Jeffrey B Henry
    3. Maria Katherine Patterson
    4. William Lawrence Welch III
    5. Laurence K Nurmi
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    Have you checked online at Maryland Judiciary Case Search? If the case is there, the fifth line down, "document type" will indicate if there is a "summons" (no arrest) or "warrant" (for your arrest).

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