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Debra A Saltz

Debra Saltz’s Answers

10 total

  • I got a speed camera ticket in Baltimore City but the "location of violation" has an incorrect hundred block

    The violation occured in the 2700 block of a street but the violation notice has the 2600 block. If I go to court, will this technicality get me off?

    Debra’s Answer

    You will want to take a photograph of the camera's location to show it is not in the correct block. You need to be aware, however, that he camera may have photographed you speeding within both blocks, depending on its position. The problem with these camera tickets is that they do not carry any points or affect your driving record so it is difficult to take the time to contest them. I find it's easier to pay the tickets and not speed in that area in the future. You can certainly contest it though. Be prepared for the judge to ask you if you were driving the vehicle and how fast you were going.

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  • What does plea and sentencing held means when you recieve probation before judgment

    Judge gave me pbj unsupervised but the case is still active... I looked up online it tells me trial moot, hick complied sentencing held..why is the.case not closed

    Debra’s Answer

    Probation Before Judgment is a disposition which means the judge has stricken the conviction and stayed judgment. Unsupervised probation simply means you do not have to report to an agent. You may still have conditions though such as "obey all laws." You should check your paperwork from court. A disposition of Probation Before Judgment is often eligible for expungement after three years. There are some exceptions.

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  • Court date

    can someone someone request sooner court date

    Debra’s Answer

    You may file a motion to advance a trial date but you should have a compelling reason. Additionally, the court would want you to get the position of the State's Attorney's office. They will usually oppose such a motion unless you are willing to plead guilty. The State has to subpoena witnesses and it is often difficult for them to have the witnesses come in sooner than expected.

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  • What is the best to do to get him out if my boyfriend got 5yrs in prison with violation of probarion?

    Please help!

    Debra’s Answer

    If he has a drug addiction, he can file a motion under the health general article of the Maryland Annotated Code requesting that he be placed in a long-term inpatient drug treatment facility. He would first have to file a request for an evaluation and it is entirely in the sentencing judge's discretion whether or not to allow the evaluation. If the judge allows the evaluation and it is determined he is a candidate for relief then it would go back to the sentencing judge who would have to order that he be granted relief. The judge could deny the relief even after granting an evaluation.

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  • In md, when a criminal is sentenced with 2 different charges, do they have to serve both or are they combined?

    I have the record, how do I read it to know.

    Debra’s Answer

    It is entirely within the discretion of the judge(s). The sentences can be concurrent (together), or consecutive (serve one then the other), or a combination of the two.

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  • Is 1st degree assault a certifiable offense, meaning you are automatically tried as an adult?

    This is a first offense for a 16 year old, and the other charges for the case are robbery and theft over $1,000 and less than $10,000. He has previously been diagnosed with ADHD

    Debra’s Answer

    You are not "automatically" tried as an adult. You are typically charged as an adult but can file a reverse waiver asking that the case be sent to juvenile court. The court will take into account 5 factors: (1) the age of the child; (2) the mental and physical condition of the child; (3) the amenability of the child to treatment in an institution, facility, or program available to delinquent children; (4) the nature of the alleged crime; and (5) the public safety. I would be happy to discuss this matter with you.

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  • Likely outcome of third dui in maryland baltimore county

    i go to court on nov 3rd

    Debra’s Answer

    This entirely depends on the judge, the prosecutor and the circumstances of the case as well as what the person charged has done in terms of treatment. You should not go to court unrepresented on this charge as you could be facing up to three years incarceration with the possible enhanced penalties the state could file.

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  • Is there any way to get an expungement of a misdemeanor earlier than the 3 yr. period my state mandates?

    I live in Baltimore City and was involved in a drug case that is now settled.

    Debra’s Answer

    If you got probation before judgment or a stet then you must wait the three years. If the case was dismissed, entered nolle prosequi or you were found not guilty, there is no waiting period but you will need to file a general release and waiver along with your request for expungement. If you were convicted, you can not obtain an expungement unless you are pardoned by the governor. You can request an early expungement for "good cause" and that would be up to the judge to decide. Feel free to contact me to discuss this in more detail.

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  • Which hearings can you receive a continuance?

    i have a prelimanary trial coming up soon.

    Debra’s Answer

    It depends on your situation and the charge. I would be happy to discuss this with you if you contact my office.

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  • MD traffic ticket citation # not posted on court website, unable to pay, & approaching 15 day deadline

    I received a ticket in MD for going straight in a right turn lane. I need to pay the fine within 15 days, and that deadline is quickly approaching. However, the ticket has apparently not been entered into the court's online fee payment website s...

    Debra’s Answer

    Why do you believe you need to pay the citation within 15 days? Normally, you can do nothing and will receive a court date in the mail. If you miss the court date, then you must pay the citation. Otherwise you can appear for trial and plead not guilty or guilty and request that the judge strike the conviction or lower the points.

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