MD Criminal Lawyer, Angie Dipietro

Angela B. DiPietro was raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, attended Worcester County public schools and graduated from Snow Hill High School in 1989. During her eleventh and twelfth grade years, she participated in the Mock Trial team and worked with attorney-coaches. Law was a possible career choice, and that positive experience with the attorneys confirmed her desire to attend law school and become an attorney.

Ms. DiPietro has not only chosen to establish her legal practice in Wicomico County, but lives there as well. She enjoys life on the Eastern Shore and wants her children to have the same experiences of growing up here.

After graduating from Hood College in 1993, Ms. DiPietro attended the University of Baltimore School of Law and graduated cum laude in 1996. Internship opportunities with the Public Defender’s office and also with Judge Barbara Kerr-Howe in Baltimore County Circuit Court offered a glimpse of practicing law in another area, but Ms. DiPietro had decided early on in law school that she would come back home and practice on the Eastern Shore.

Ms. DiPietro is trained as a court appointed attorney for children in custody cases. She is one of four court appointed Examiners for Wicomico County, trusted by the Circuit Court Judiciary to take testimony in cases so that the parties do not have to wait for a trial date. She has completed the training to be a court appointed mediator, and also continued with her training in order to mediate both property and child access issues in divorce and custody cases.

Ms. DiPietro’s typical clients have been charged with criminal offenses in either District Court or Circuit Court. Since she is a panel attorney for the Office of the Public Defender, some are indigent individuals who qualify for representation by that office. This requires her to understand the criminal laws of Maryland as well as constitutional law regarding the fourth, fifth and sixth amendments. She has also thoroughly educated herself regarding Rules of Procedure and Rules of Evidence and is vigilant about keeping abreast of constant changes.

When Ms. DiPietro was a very young Assistant State’s Attorney, she heard a judge admonish a defense attorney about his behavior, and the judge stated “at the end of the day, all we have is our credibility”. Witnessing that exchange had a huge impact on her and from that day forward she knew that she would always have to balance advocacy with credibility. In letters of recommendation from her colleagues, Ms. DiPietro has been described as “prepared, conscientious and dedicated…with a reputation of high competence and civility to all persons. Her integrity is unquestioned in my opinion and by her reputation.” Additionally, “she is diligent and hard-working, but also reasonable and always respectful of all participants in the legal process.”

Bar Associations:

  • Wicomico County Bar Association
  • Maryland Women’s Bar Association

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