Eastern Shore Defense Lawyer

The crime rate is generally lower on Maryland’s Eastern Shore than in areas such as Baltimore or the Washington D.C. suburbs in Prince George’s County and Montgomery County.  But that does not mean that the rate of arrests is drastically lower.  In fact many Eastern Shore police departments are notorious for being highly aggressive when it comes to arresting individuals for relatively minor crimes.  Many of these arrests begin as traffic stops on one of the major highways that connect the counties on the shore such as Route 50, 404 or 213.  The most common crimes in this part of the state are traffic or drug related offenses such as DUI and CDS possession.  Certain jurisdictions such as Talbot County are notorious for being tough on DUI and DWI while others are simply stricter with respect to all criminal and traffic offenses.

Benjamin Herbst handles criminal and traffic charges in all Eastern Shore jurisdictions.  This includes Somerset County, where cases are head in Princess Anne and Kent County where cases are heard in the quant riverfront town of Chestertown.  Chestertown is home to Washington College and Benjamin has experience representing out of state defendants such as those who are students at the college.  Caroline County is one of the least populated counties in the state, but there are still numerous criminal cases prosecuted in Denton, and our firm is equipped to handle any of them.  Salisbury is the largest city on the Eastern Shore, and without a doubt the area with the highest number of violent crimes and property crimes.  Those who are arrested or charged with offenses in nearby towns such as Delmar, Hebron and Fruitland will all have their cases heard in the District or Circuit Courts in Salisbury.  There is also a United States District Court in Salisbury, where federal cases are heard.  If you are charged with a criminal or traffic offense on the Assateague Island National Seashore your case will likely be heard in Salisbury.

In the summer hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to the beaches of Worcester County, and most stay in or visit Ocean City.  The crime rate drastically increases during the summer vacation months in Ocean City, and the police department greatly expands during theses months.  While the tourists bring in millions of dollars for the city, county and state, this does not mean that police are particularly lenient with those who decide to party a little too much.  Dozens of tourists are either arrested or cited for alcohol offenses each day, which include possession of an open container, drinking in public or DUI.  While possession of marijuana is not a criminal offense in Maryland, and person may be arrested and even face jail time for smoking marijuana in public in Ocean City.  Other common crimes during this time of year include disorderly conduct, possession of a fake ID and minor in possession of alcohol.  We have also seen numerous arrests for gun possession, as out of state tourists (many of those with carry permits from other states) bring their firearm on vacation thinking they are doing nothing wrong.  All Maryland jurisdictions are tough on gun crimes and police will not hesitate to arrest someone for transporting a firearm if they find one in your car.
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