Today I represented an individual accused of having committed assault in the second degree (CR 3-203) in two separate cases with two separate complainants. Second Degree Assault in Maryland carries a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a fine of $2,500.00. Given 2 separate and technically unrelated charges, my client was potentially facing 20 years in jail for these charges. Originally, the State presented a desire to proceed to trial, and there was a possibility that we would have had a trial today, or possibly elect to have a jury trial in the Circuit Court. Through some negotiation and some investigation into one of the alleged victims, the State was convinced to drop all charges in both cases. A very happy client!