the Attorney General's Office give me legal advice?
The Attorney General's Office is the attorney for the state and
its agencies and cannot offer legal advice to individuals. If you
need help with a personal legal matter you may want to contact a
private attorney. The Office does assist individuals with consumer
problems through the mediation service offered by the Consumer
the Attorney General's Office refer me to an attorney?
However, the Maryland State Bar Association maintains a list on
its Web site of county bar associations that provide lawyer referral
services, with contact phone numbers. See www.msba.org/public/referral.htm.
Also, the www.peoples-law.org
website has information on how to find an attorney or free or low-cost
What is the
difference between the Maryland Attorney General and Local State's
Attorney General is the legal counsel for the State of Maryland.
In comparison, State's Attorneys represent each county
and Baltimore City and they are responsible for prosecuting crimes
against persons and non-state entities. As such,
this office provides legal advice and assistance to state
agencies and investigates and prosecutes crimes against the state.
In Maryland, State's Attorneys are independently elected
officials and do not come under the authority or supervision
of the Attorney General. The decision to prosecute a criminal
or not, lies within the sound discretion of the State's Attorney.
can I file a complaint against an attorney?
Complaints against attorneys are handled by the Attorney Grievance
Commission of Maryland. Call the Commission at (410) 514-7051 or
1-800-492-1660. The Commission's website is www.courts.state.md.us/attygrievance/index.
have a complaint against a business. Where can I get help?
Contact the Attorney General's Consumer
Protection Division. The Division offers a mediation service
that may be able to resolve the problem between you and the business.
employer is holding my final paycheck. What can I do?
This is best answered by the division of Labor and Industry
at the Maryland Department of Labor, Liscensing and Regulation:
think my car is a lemon. Where can I get information about the Maryland
See our publication on the lemon
law (Maryland's Automotive Warranty Enforcement Act), and contact
the Attorney General's Consumer Protection
Division for assistance.
I want to look up a state law. Where can I find it?
Many public libraries have copies of state statutes, known collectively as the Annotated Code of Maryland. You can also access the Maryland Code online via the Maryland State Law Library at http://www.lawlib.state.md.us/researchtools/sourcesmdlaw.html.
Maryland recognize handgun carry permits issued by other states,
and how can I transport my handgun through Maryland?
Questions regarding the transportation of handguns or handgun permits
should be directed to Assistant Attorney General Mark Bowen at e-mail:
email@example.com or 410-653-4228.
can I get a public record from a government agency in Maryland?
should request the record from the government agency that has the
record. You may be asked to put your request in writing, and there
may be a charge for searching for the record, as well as for copying
it, if you request a copy.
Maryland Public Information Act (PIA) governs the inspection and
copying of public records held by state and local government agencies.
The PIA is similar in some respects to the federal Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA), which governs the disclosure of documents held by U.S.
PIA requires that its provisions be "construed in favor of
permitting inspection of a public record." However, the law
also exempts certain records from disclosure. If you are denied
access to a record held by a state or local agency, you may ask
a court to review whether the denial was appropriate under the PIA.
can find additional information about the PIA in the Public
Information Act Manual.
am having trouble collecting child support payments. Where can I
Questions concerning child support should be directed to the Maryland
Department of Human Resources. E-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 1-800-332-6347. See the Maryland Child Support Enforcement
Program Web site at http://www.dhr.state.md.us/csea/.
health insurance company is refusing to pay for some hospital bills.
What can I do?
Contact the Attorney General's Health
Education and Advocacy Unit at 1-877-261-8807, toll-free in
Maryland. The Unit can assist you in appealing your health insurance
see our Consumers' Frequently Asked
what address should a private foundation send a copy of its
990PF tax return?
to: Office of the Attorney General, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore
MD 21202 Attention: Central Files.