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Howard County is rated as having the wealthiest per capita median income in the United States by the U.S. Census Bureau and widely known for its outstanding school system. Unsurprisingly, it was also ranked as the 4th best place to live by Money Magazine. Ellicott City is the seat of Howard County in which an astounding 95% of the residents hold library cards.
Howard County is also home to lawyers who are familiar with local Howard County and Maryland court procedures. Lawyers in Howard County advise on a diverse selection of cases, some typical examples include divorce, green card immigration, personal injury, and criminal cases like DUI and felony charges.
The Howard County teacher Kristen Ann Kinley of Ellicott City has already been sentenced after pleading guilty for a third degree sex offense in 2008. However, her ex-lover, who is now 19, is suing her in Howard County Circuit Court for battery, negligence, and causing him emotional distress. The Howard County Board of Education, the state of Maryland, and Hammond Middle School principal Kerry McGowan were also named in the lawsuit which was later settled for an undisclosed amount.
If you have a civil lawsuit to file in Howard County, you will probably end up at the District 10 Howard County Circuit Court in Ellicott City, which also retains exclusive jurisdiction over small claims cases that to not exceed $5,000 and traffic violations among other case types. The Howard County Circuit Court is responsible for hearing domestic relations, criminal, probate, civil, and contract cases. The circuit court level also retains exclusive jurisdiction over mental health and juvenile cases as well as criminal and civil appeals.
Much like you wouldn’t want to perform surgery on yourself, it’s best to consult a bar certified lawyer when facing any legal issue. The most conclusive method of pairing yourself with a lawyer is through the free services of LegalMatch that guarantees your satisfaction when you select from their wide selection of Howard County lawyers. You can search lawyers by case type or by other characteristics like vegetarian, and be matched with lawyers in your geographical region and area of practice.
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