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Monday, October 31, 2011

How do I find information on my Criminal Background or Receive a Criminal Background Check in Maryland

We receive a call everyday from people in Maryland that are looking for information on their criminal background or would like to have a criminal background check completed.  The best resource for criminal background checks is the FBI.  I have copied below the information page from the FBI on how to obtain your criminal background.  Follow the links that have been provided by the FBI to learn more and to request a background check.

An FBI Identification Record—often referred to as a criminal history record or a “rap sheet”—is a listing of certain information taken from fingerprint submissions retained by the FBI in connection with arrests and, in some instances, federal employment, naturalization, or military service. The process of responding to an Identification Record request is generally known as a criminal background check.
If the fingerprints are related to an arrest, the Identification Record includes name of the agency that submitted the fingerprints to the FBI, the date of the arrest, the arrest charge, and the disposition of the arrest, if known to the FBI. All arrest data included in an Identification Record is obtained from fingerprint submissions, disposition reports, and other information submitted by agencies having criminal justice responsibilities.
The U.S. Department of Justice Order 556-73 establishes rules and regulations for the subject of an FBI Identification Record to obtain a copy of his or her own record for review. The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division processes these requests.
Who May Request a Copy of a Record (or Proof That a Record Does Not Exist)
Only you can request a copy of your own Identification Record.
Individuals typically make this request for personal review, to challenge the information on record, to satisfy a requirement for adopting a child in the U.S. or internationally, or to satisfy a requirement to live, work, or travel in a foreign country (i.e., police certificate, letter of good conduct, criminal historybackground, etc.).
Background Checks for Employment or Licensing
If you are requesting a background check for employment or licensing within the U.S., you may be required by state statute or federal law to submit your request through your state identification bureau, the requesting federal agency, or another authorized channeling agency. You should contact the agency requiring the background check or the appropriate state identification bureau (or state police) for the correct procedures to follow for obtaining an FBI fingerprint background check for employment or licensing purposes.
How to Request a Copy of Your Record
The FBI offers two methods for requesting your FBI Identification Record or proof that a record does not exist.
Option 2: Submit to an FBI-approved Channeler, which is a private business that has contracted with the FBI receive the fingerprint submission and relevant data, collect the associated fee(s), electronically forward the fingerprint submission with the necessary information to the FBI CJIS Division for a nationalcriminal history record check, and receive the electronic record check result for dissemination to the individual. Contact each Channeler for processing times.
Note: An FBI-approved Channeler cannot authenticate (apostille) fingerprint search results. A request for your FBI Identification Record or proof that a record does not exist must be submitted directly to the FBI if an authentication (apostille) is needed.
What Happens Next 
If we find no record, you will receive a “no record” response. If you do have a criminal history record on file, you will receive your Identification Record or “rap sheet.”
For More Information
See the responses to some frequently asked questions.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Woman held on bail in Walmart bleach attack -

Woman held on bail in Walmart bleach attack - "A Baltimore County judge on Tuesday ordered a woman held on $350,000 bond on charges that she attacked another woman with bleach at a Lansdowne Walmart on Saturday.

Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney John P. Cox argued that the defendant, Theresa Monique Jefferson, 33, of Lansdowne, is a danger to her former boyfriend and his new girlfriend, whom she's accused of attacking."

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Baltimore County Police Officer Arrested

Baltimore County, Md. (October 5, 2011) - A Baltimore County police officer has been arrested and charged with first-degree assault and other crimes in connection with an alleged domestic incident involving his ex-girlfriend.
A warrant charging Officer First Class Brian Eaton, assigned to Precinct 4/Pikesville, with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, false imprisonment and destruction of property was served last night.
The domestic incident occurred on September 23, in the 1200-block of Halstead Road, 21234, in Precinct 6/Towson. The next day, after the matter came to the attention of BCoPD’s Internal Affairs Division, the Department suspended Eaton’s police powers, including removal of his service weapon. Internal Affairs contacted the appropriate unit to begin investigating criminal charges.
Eaton, 23, is a 5-year veteran of the Department. He has been released on $50,000 bail.
The victim is also an officer at the Pikesville precinct.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Possession of a Deadly Weapon on School Property Statute and Penalty

Have you been arrested and charged with possession of a deadly weapon on school property in Baltimore County or any school in Maryland?  You need to contact the Weapons Criminal Defense Attorney, G. Randolph Rice, Jr., at 410-288-2900. As a Baltimore based criminal defense attorney we have helped clients with their weapons charges.  Let the experience of attorney G. Randolph Rice, Jr., go to work for your in the Courtroom.

Contact the office at 410-288-2900 to schedule a free consultation.

If you are convicted of possessing a deadly weapon on school property, you could face a maximum penalty of 3 years and/or $1,000.00 fine.  


Md. CRIMINAL LAW Code Ann. § 4-102  (2011)

§ 4-102. Deadly weapons on school property

   (a) Exceptions. -- This section does not apply to:

   (1) a law enforcement officer in the regular course of the officer's duty;

   (2) a person hired by a county board of education specifically for the purpose of guarding public school property;

   (3) a person engaged in organized shooting activity for educational purposes; or

   (4) a person who, with a written invitation from the school principal, displays or engages in a historical demonstration using a weapon or a replica of a weapon for educational purposes.

(b) Prohibited. -- A person may not carry or possess a firearm, knife, or deadly weapon of any kind on public school property.

(c) Penalty. --

   (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, a person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $ 1,000 or both.

   (2) A person who is convicted of carrying or possessing a handgun in violation of this section shall be sentenced under Subtitle 2 of this title.