Maryland Criminal Records

  • Maryland has 6,006,401 total people (FBI, 2015).
  • Maryland is the 32nd largest state by population.

Court System

  • The Orphans' Court is a special court that handles wills, estates and other probate matters.
  • The District Court is a trial court that hears the most cases in Maryland. These cases include traffic violations, misdemeanors, limited felonies, civil matters with claims under $30,000, domestic violence cases, landlord/tenant matters, and small claims matters involving $5,000.
  • The Circuit Court is a trial court that hears juvenile cases, child protection, family matters, domestic violence matters, and most appeals from the District Court.
  • The Court of Special Appeals is the intermediate appellate court and it reviews both the District and Circuit Courts decisions to make sure the judge made the proper decision that follows the law and legal precedent.
  • The Court of Appeals is the highest court and if an individual is unhappy with the decision made by the Court of Special Appeals they may ask the Court of Appeals to review their case. The judges in the Court of Appeals choose the cases they want to hear, unless it involves a death penalty and then it is mandatory to hear the case.

Crime Statistics for Maryland (FBI, 2015)

Crime Category Reported Cases National Rank
Violent Crime 27,462 37th / 51 (High)
Murder 516 41st / 51 (Very High)
Rape 1,666 23rd / 51 (Moderate)
Robbery 9,863 42nd / 51 (Very High)
Aggravated Assault 15,417 32nd / 51 (High)
Property Crime 139,048 29th / 51 (Moderate)
Burglary 25,678 30th / 51 (Moderate)
Larceny Theft 100,219 30th / 51 (Moderate)
Motor Vehicle Theft 13,151 36th / 51 (High)

Criminal Preview in Maryland