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New Legislation for 2014

896723932014 has started with the implementation of many first time Maryland and Federal laws. The plethora new legislation, fluctuating from transgender rights to increased minimum wage, shows just how much easier it is to enact laws at the State level verses the Federal level.

Marijuana Use: The United States first legal pot industry is being geared up now as the sale of recreational marijuana has already began in Colorado, and will begin later this year in Maine. Incongruently, the federal laws have not changed, but they have stated that they do not plan on shutting the pot stores down.

Gun Control: In Connecticut a new law states that any guns that are considered assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition, like the ones used in the 2013 shootings, will be considered illegal contraband if not registered.

New York state law will also require the registration of guns that are considered assault weapons, as well as a straight illegalization of high-capacity magazines and the slae and purchase of popular AR-15 semi-automatic rifles. The Federal laws on the other hand, have not managed to be changed.

Immigration: Maryland has made national news by passing the DREAM Act which allows immigrants living in the U.S. illegally the opportunity to obtain a state driver’s license or identification card if they can provide evidence of a filed Maryland income tax return. Nevada will also allow for similar changes, which will result in tens of thousands of immigrants essentially gaining citizenship.

Minimum wage: Minimum Wage will increase from 7.85 to $7.95 for untipped employees and from $3.93 to $3.98 for tipped employees.  In California the minimum wage is being raised to $9 and hour, and then to $10 in 2016! Take into consideration the very high price of living in the California area.

Transgender rights: While federal laws revolving around marriage equality haven’t been implemented, California passed a state law granting transgender students the right to choose which bathrooms and sports teams they want to play for.

It is important to stay on top of laws like this so you understand your rights and know when they’re being taken advantage of by a police officer. It’s necessary to know exactly what you are allowed to own and how much so that if you are ever questioned, your rights are fully respected. If you do violate one of these laws, though, it will be necessary to retain advice from a Maryland criminal lawyer with experience in handgun legislation and how it affects you as a citizen.

Robinson & Associates, located in Baltimore, Maryland is a premiere criminal defense law firm practicing for over 20 years.  With a former state’s attorney and former public defender, they have the necessary resources and experience to help resolve your situation quickly and successfully while supporting you throughout this difficult time.

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