You should be very careful when pleading to a “misdemeanor” in Maryland. The courts will not tell you that pleading to a common law misdemeanor in Maryland can lead to you not being able to possess a firearm. It also may lead to enhanced penalties if you are ever prosecuted in federal court.
The federal government does not care if Maryland calls something a misdemeanor. The definition of a felony under federal law has to do with the maximum available imprisonment for that particular crime.
We have had many people come to our firm telling us that their lawyer and the court told them it was a misdemeanor. For example, Assault in the Second Degree is a common law misdemeanor in Maryland. However, the maximum possible imprisonment for this crime is 10 years. This is a felony conviction under federal law. You will not be able to purchase or possess a firearm after this type of conviction.
If you are facing Assault Second or other common law misdemeanor charges in Maryland, we offer free consultations. You can reach us at 301.513.7832.