Maryland Criminal Lawyer
You have rights if you are accused of a crime. You have the right to due process, which includes a fair and impartial trial by jury. You have the right not to incriminate yourself, which includes not answering police questions. You have the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty, and the right not to be subject to an unlawful search.
Perhaps most importantly, you have the right to work with a defense attorney who can guide you through the criminal process. If you have been accused of a crime, a Maryland criminal lawyer will help ensure every Constitutional protection is enforced. Your attorney will fight for you throughout your case, and can fight to limit the penalties associated with your charges.
Why Hire a Maryland Criminal Lawyer?
The attorneys at our firm understand how stressful criminal charges can be. That’s why we take a client-centered approach to every individual case. We understand that you and your charges are unique from other clients we’ve worked with in the past, and we take the time to learn about your individual circumstances before designing a customized defense strategy.
When you work with a Maryland criminal attorney from our firm, he or she can:
- Investigate your case, including any associated evidence you can provide
- Explain the charges against you, as well as how you can respond to them
- Represent you in court and help you file any court-related paperwork
- Negotiate with the prosecutor in order to help reduce your charges
- Ensure that your rights are upheld and that you are not taken advantage of
There are many other benefits of working with a Maryland criminal lawyer, but the best way to learn how we can help you is to call our firm and speak with a member of our friendly legal team.
Criminal Laws in Maryland
A Maryland criminal lawyer will be able to help if you have been accused of any misdemeanor or felony. It’s important to remember that even a misdemeanor conviction can have serious repercussions, which is why it is prudent to consult an attorney regardless of the charges you’re facing. Some common charges handled by the lawyers at our firm include:
- Failure to Appear
- Sex Crimes
- Traffic Offenses
- White Collar
Within each section of the Maryland Code, a variety of specific crimes are defined. In each case, the elements of an offense are set forth as well as the potential penalties for that crime. However, statutory language can be dense and hard to understand. Furthermore, the way these statutes are understood and applied by the courts often comes from complex legal precedent. A Maryland criminal attorney can hear your side of the story, conduct an investigation, and explain to you more specifically how various charges and penalties may apply to your individual case.
In general, misdemeanor offenses are considered less severe than felony offenses in Maryland, which means that the associated fines and penalties are usually lighter. However, if multiple misdemeanors occur simultaneously or in close succession (as in the case of a theft scheme), the charge may be elevated to a felony. Other factors that may enhance the possible penalties for various crimes include:
- an existing criminal record
- the use or possession of a weapon
- the use of physical contact or violence
- the commission of a crime against (or in the presence of) a child
When you are arrested, you have a right to be informed of the charges pending against you. You will be arraigned and must enter a plea at your initial hearing. A Maryland criminal lawyer can advise you on the implications of different types of pleas and how you may be able to mount a successful defense.
How a Maryland Criminal Lawyer Can Help
In the U.S. criminal justice system, it is possible to avoid conviction by introducing reasonable doubt. You can make a jury question whether the prosecutor has proved every required element of a case. In many situations, a Maryland criminal attorney can introduce alternative theories about what occurred, undermine the credibility of witnesses and accusers, and otherwise help you to weaken the prosecutor’s case against you.
There may also be defenses you can raise to your particular offense. For example, you can argue lack of intent for crimes that require you to have acted willfully or purposefully. For assault or homicide, you may be able to argue that you acted in self-defense and your behavior was justified. A Maryland criminal lawyer can explain all possible defenses that you could use to avoid conviction for a particular offense.
- Worcester County
- Ocean City
- Wicomico County
- Dorchester County Theft
- Dorchester County Traffic
- Dorchester Sex Crimes
Call a Maryland Attorney Today
You deserve to have someone who knows the criminal justice system giving you advice through the process of responding to criminal charges. Contact a Maryland criminal lawyer for help when you are questioned by police, arrested, or charged.
Angela DiPietro Women in Business Scholarship & Essay Contest
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