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Md. Law Allows Citations Instead of Arrests for Some Offenses

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- Some crimes that used to result with an overnight stay in jail, will now result in a citation, according to a new Maryland law.

"They need to do more than just give them a citation," said Ariel McCaskill of Ocean City. "I believe they need to spend a little time in jail."

McCaskill said more citations and fewer arrests will lead to more criminals on the street.

"People will continue to break crimes, if they get a citation instead of getting locked up, I think they will continue the act," McCaskill said.

But Ocean City police Capt. Kevin Kirstein said with less paperwork, more officers will be on the streets.

"Anybody who is eligible to receive a citation for a petty misdemeanor, a misdemeanor crime which the penalty is 90 days incarceration days or less has to be issued a citation," Kirstein said.

Police said the citations are must appear offenses, which means if you are given a citation you will have to appear in court and answer to a district court judge.

Brandon Holt of Ocean City said it is a good idea.

"Oh, It is a crime but I don't think it should handled criminally," said Holt. "I don't think anybody should go to jail unless it's over a certain amount."

McCaskill said her peers will not take the citations serious.

"Because they'll think I can do it again because they are not going to do anything anyways," McCaskill said.

But police say the citation should not be considered similar to a "hall pass." If you commit the crimes and are convicted, you will do the time and/or pay the fine.

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