SUPERLATIVE ENDING! NUMEROUS VERY SERIOUS CHARGES RESULTED IN A STET FOR THE CLIENT.

Posted on: June 1st, 2018  |  No Comments

The client was charged with the following criminal events in the District Court of Maryland for Charles County. Trial was set on June 1, 2018, before the Honorable W. Louis Hennessy.
The State and defense counsel entered into fruitful discussions. All of the following matters were placed on the inactive stet docket for a period one year. At the end of the one year period, the State will enter all of the charges as nolle prosequi (dismissed), if the client obeys all laws during the one year period of the stet.

Count 1, Trespass: Private Property (CR 6-403)

Count 2, Malicious Destruction of Property, Value +$1,000, (CR 6-301)

Count 3, Malicious Destruction of Property, Value -$1,000, (CR 6-301)

Count 4, Burglary-Third Degree, (CR 6-204)

Count 5, Burglary-4th Degree-Dwell, (CR 6-205)

Count 6, Assault-Second Degree, (CR 3-203)

Our client is a young woman with two children with no prior criminal record. The investigation, unfortunately, allowed the Charles County Sheriff’s Department to place the charges. However, after further illumination of the underlying facts by our office, Assistant State’s Attorney, Paul Halliday, made the prosecutorial decision that the charges did not reflect the true nature of this case and, therefore, offered a stet.

As this matter can be immediately expunged from the Court and police records after the one year stet, the client was absolutely delighted.

The Stet Docket: If the State moves to place a case on the stet docket, and the accused agrees to the stet, and the judge agrees to the stet, then the case is placed on an inactive status for three years. Essentially, the state puts the file on a shelf and stops time on the case. The stet is not a conviction or an acquittal. It is a compromise between dropping the case and prosecuting you. Because it is not a conviction, you do not have to tell employers about it if they ask whether you have ever been convicted of any crime. For the first year, either you or the state may request that the case be reactivated. The case would be removed from the shelf and brought back into court for trial. Time is restarted, and you are back in the same position as you are otherwise when initially charged, i.e., about to stand trial.

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