Maryland Criminal Lawyer
From the moment you enter the criminal justice system, whether through arrest or summons, things can be pretty scary. As a criminal defendant, it is quite normal to feel like no one in the system is on your side, or that everyone is out to get you. But it doesn’t have to be that way if you have a Maryland criminal defense lawyer working on your behalf. Your attorney is your advocate – seeking the best possible result in your case and fighting in your corner when no one else is.
Maryland criminal courts can be quite intimidating, particularly when you are accused of a crime. Even if you already have a criminal record, facing new charges really does not get any easier. From the police to the prosecutor, everyone seems to judge you long before you have your day in court. As a result, it can feel like fair treatment is unattainable. Fortunately, you are guaranteed certain rights by the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of Maryland. These due process rights are there to ensure you are treated justly, and your attorney is there to help make sure these rights are protected.
Crimes and Penalties In Maryland
The number of criminal statutes in the state of Maryland is truly overwhelming. You could be accused of violating any one of them and face serious penalties if convicted. In general, all of these criminal laws are separated into two classifications: misdemeanors and felonies. At the most basic level, the difference between these two classifications is the potential sentence you face if convicted: a misdemeanor carries less than one year in jail and a felony carries more than one year in prison.
The attorneys with our firm has experience representing people accused of everything from the most minor misdemeanor to the most serious felony offense. They understand that when you are the one accused of a crime, no charge is a “minor” thing; each one carries potentially life-changing ramifications. For this reason, each case is handled with the utmost level of respect and seriousness.
You can benefit from a criminal attorney if you are brought up on any of the following charges:
- Drug possession
- Drug distribution/manufacturing/trafficking
- Reckless driving
- Sexual assault and other sex crimes
- White collar crimes
- Hit and run
- And more…
The penalties you face if convicted of any one of these criminal charges, or any that are not listed, will depend on numerous different factors including the specific charge, your criminal history, the facts of the case, the prosecutor, and the judge handling the case. Discussing the details with an aggressive defense attorney can help you determine exactly what sort of outcome is possible. You want to avoid the penalties associated with a conviction. It is part of your attorney’s job to help make this happen.
Maryland Criminal Defense Strategies
The prosecutors of Maryland are an extension of the police and the state. They are considered top law enforcement and often would like nothing more than to see defendants convicted and sentenced to a maximum penalty. Your defense attorney, on the other hand, advocates for your best interests, protects your constitutional rights, and works towards a positive resolution of your case no matter the circumstances.
Maybe you admit to wrongdoing and are just hoping to avoid jail time. In that case, a plea agreement might be the best possible outcome in your case. However, maybe you were arrested in error. Whether through mistaken identity, a misunderstanding, or bad police work — charges are frequently filed against people who did nothing wrong. If this is the case and you are innocent of the crime you are accused of, our attorneys can work to fight for your good name at trial and long before your final court date.
It is possible that the police made a mistake in executing a search or an arrest. It’s the job of your criminal defense lawyer, in cases like these, to capitalize on this kind of mistake in an effort to get your charges reduced or even dropped. You are protected by the U.S. Constitution, and when the police run afoul of your rights, the evidence they seize can be ruled inadmissible in court. Without the evidence, the prosecutor’s case can fall apart.
There are numerous defense strategies available to use in Maryland criminal cases. Your attorney will be able to investigate your case and determine which course of action stands the best chance at resulting in a positive outcome. Then, with your approval, your lawyer will tirelessly work to clear your name.