How do charges merge at sentencing in Maryland?
In Maryland, charges can be merged at sentencing if they arise from the same act or transaction, or if they are based on the same conduct or criminal episode. This means that if a defendant is convicted of multiple crimes that are connected in some way, the court may choose to merge the sentences and treat them as a single offense for the purpose of determining the appropriate punishment.
There are several factors that the court will consider when deciding whether to merge charges, including the nature and severity of the crimes, the defendant’s criminal history, and the overall circumstances of the case. The court will also consider any applicable statutory provisions or case law that may govern the merger of charges.
It’s important to note that the decision to merge charges is ultimately up to the discretion of the court, and will depend on the specific facts and circumstances of the case. If you have been charged with multiple crimes in Maryland and are concerned about the possibility of merged sentences, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact Attorney Jonathan Y. Newton at 301-818-1529 to discuss your case today.