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Steven Donald Silverman

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  • How long do I have to file a suit ?

    I had an accident 2-4-08 and the Insurance co did not reveal all the important facts so I settled, but they should have totaled th car. The air bag was defaulty, and did not go off. No one else was involved, but the car was repaired but now worth ...

    Steven’s Answer

    If you signed a release when you settled, than you likely have no ability to "reopen" this matter.

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  • I have a jury trial coming next week and one of the key witnesses has gone missing, is there any sort of missing witness rule?

    this is a felony drug case in which the actual driver of the vehichle was never charged but has gone missing since the incident. he is a key factor for my defense, what are my options here?

    Steven’s Answer

    Your best bet is to insist your lawyer request a postponement. It is better to do this in advance. It will also be helpful for your lawyer to show some reasonable efforts made in locating this witness so the court does not think you are sitting on your hands. Don't panic though, because most felony drug cases in Baltimore City get postponed several times before a court is available to hear the case.

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  • How long before a trial can you add new character witnesses?

    i have a trila coming up and need to know if i can add witnesses to speak on my behalf, what is the cut off in such a nscenario?

    Steven’s Answer

    There is no cut-off to add a character witness. Just tell your lawyer to subpoena the witness in the event the witness is reluctant to come to court.

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  • My cousin was arrested for DUI

    my cousin was arrested for DUI he is illegal he has been transfered to imigration but i want to know when he is getting deported i been trying to contact the place he was located before but they said they dont have that information what can i do??...

    Steven’s Answer

    You can expect that your cousin will not be deported until after the trial for the DUI has been concluded. This will give you plenty of time to fight any immigration detainers. You can view his traffic matters by searching the Maryland Case Judiciary website. Some jurisdictions take up to 3 weeks before entering traffic cases on this site, so don't be surprised if it does not show up for awhile. I hope this helps.

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  • Can i get charged with possession of marijuana if it wasn't on me?

    the marijuana was in a vent in my room i have three roomates and none of us have had any idea about it they searched our room and found it but pleanty of people come in our room when we are not around.

    Steven’s Answer

    The short answer is yes! You all can be charged with constructive possession. IF the state can prove you were all sharing the weed, you can all be convicted. The good news is that is hard to prove, unless one or more of your roommates tells that to the police or the judge.

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  • Judge tries to force defendant without representation to plead guilty.

    Im asking a question in regards to a friend. He recently had his attorney withdraw from representation. On the day the motion was to be heard, the attorney never showed up and had another attorney not with the firm show up and had the motion grant...

    Steven’s Answer

    It was unfair of the Judge to cram a guilty plea down your friend's throat. It also was unfair to only give him/her a week to find a new attorney. The remedy is to file an appeal and challenge the Judge and the conviction. The appellate court may likely find that the lower court judge abused his discretion or otherwise violated the law. If your friend can not afford private counsel to take and appeal, he should immediately contact the Office of the Public defender as the clock is ticking to appeal.

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  • My ex refused to take a breathalizer. it's second dui - not sure if it's been 10 years since first one or not.

    Will Montco CCP have access to the 2 DUIs when goes to court - or did police have access to that information and present it in court?

    Steven’s Answer

    Generally speaking, both prosecutors and police have access to prior DUI convictions. Even if the cases are expunged, most states still keep a "secret" database of DUI charges. Often they are kept for over ten years. Experience says that even though older convictions are available, the protectors and police may miss them anyway. Good luck!

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  • Assume that a group of gang members engage in a drive by shooting of a rival gang member.Theres a driver and three passengers. t

    assume that a group of gang members engage in a drive by shooting of a rival gang member.Theres a driver and three passengers. the passenger in the right rear seat is the actual shooter. Unfortunately the shooters aim is poor, and a bullet travels...

    Steven’s Answer

    All of the people are responsable. The shooter for murder (the theory of transfered intent applies), and the fellow passengers for felony murder/ conspiracy.

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  • Can a employer withhold 10% of pay to cover costs when involved in an accident with company car

    In Maryland,if you get in an at fault accident in a company vehicle,does the company have the right to take 10% of your pay for a set amount of time as punishment?

    Steven’s Answer

    Unless you signed an agreement to allow your employer to withhold wages for instances such as this, Maryland employers are not generally allowed to withhold your pay. You can file complaint with the Maryland Human Relations Commission, or a small claims suit in District Court.

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  • Can a employer withhold 10% of pay to cover costs when involved in an accident with company car

    In Maryland,if you get in an at fault accident in a company vehicle,does the company have the right to take 10% of your pay for a set amount of time as punishment?

    Steven’s Answer

    Unless you signed an agreement to allow your employer to withold wages for instances such as this, MAryland employes are not generally allowed to withold your pay. You can fiela complaint with the Maryland Human Relations Commsion, or a small claims suit in District Court.

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