In 2009, Maryland recorded fewer violent crimes since 1979, including an all-time low occurrence of overall crime, according to the Washington Post. Other key measures indicated that the likelihood that a resident will fall victim to rape, violent assault, murder or robbery has lowered significantly, resulting in an expectation that Maryland will drop from the nation’s top ten most dangerous states list. Should Maryland fall from this list, it would be the first time in over two decades.
In 1975, Maryland incurred a total of 242,207 crimes. Last year, Maryland had 33,614 reported violent crimes with a total of 215,878 crimes, a five percent and eight percent decline, respectively, from 2008. Also reported were 27 fewer killings, which added to a twelve percent drop in Maryland homicides.
Over the past few years, Maryland has been improving its public safety records. With the election for governor approaching, current Governor Martin O’Malley attributes the increase in public safety to his administration’s award-winning tactics. These “tactics” have lead to a number of new laws and regulations within the state.
The laws and regulations in regards to crimes vary significantly, depending on the type of crime, past criminal history and the involvement of violent weapons. Being accused of a crime is a daunting experience for anyone, regardless of guilt. If you have been accused of a crime, the experienced Maryland criminal defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer can help you understand your rights and build a strong defense. Call today for a free and comprehensive consultation at (866) 444- 6363.