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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.
Maryland Criminal Attorney Edward Tayter
Edward Tayter is a responsive, aggressive attorney who fulfills the needs of his clients and zealously represents their interests. If you are facing criminal charges in Maryland and you have any questions about criminal lawyers or charges, please do not hesitate to contact Maryland criminal lawyer Edward Tayter for a free initial consultation today.
Mr. Tayter is a criminal defense attorney barred in the state of Maryland, who has a wealth of experience in handling cases of DUI, assault, domestic violence, drug charges, and gun charges. He is committed to getting the best possible result for all of his clients. As such, he strives to construct a defense that is both aggressive and tailored to the individual interests of the client. If you are facing charges in any of these areas from Baltimore to Howard County, contact Mr. Tayter today for a free initial consultation of your case. To understand how the law applies to your case, contact a qualified Maryland criminal defense attorney. For your convenience, we have provided some basic information regarding the practice areas for which Mr. Tayter provides legal representation.
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 have 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.
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 Maryland criminal attorney’s job to help make this happen.
In the state of Maryland, assault constitutes the intentional touching of another person, without that person’s consent (Maryland Criminal Code Section 3-201). The law takes into account the severity of the assault, and has correspondingly appropriate penalties. First degree assault is a felony and treated more seriously than second degree assault, a misdemeanor. Nonetheless, the state of Maryland takes crimes of assault very seriously.
A person found guilty of assault in the first degree will face up to 25 years in prison. In addition to imprisonment, an assault conviction can entail various collateral consequences with respect to housing, employment and education. For example, in Howard County, public housing assistance is contingent upon passing a ten-year background check. As noted in a report (note: will open in a separate window) by the Sentencing Project, assault charges and convictions are likely to jeopardize a person’s ability to secure housing assistance. This example illustrates the importance of hiring a Maryland assault attorney who has experience in this practice area.
Domestic violence is a term that can encompass a number of different criminal offenses including, but not limited to: assault, harassment, stalking, and sexual offenses. The Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women defines domestic violence as a “pattern of abusive behavior” used by an individual in a relationship with an intimate partner for the purposes of “gain[ing] or maintain[ing]” power. In the state of Maryland, crimes of domestic violence are laid out under criminal law, family law, and general public safety ordinances. Assault against an intimate partner, stalking an intimate partner, and the violation of a protective order are all crimes of domestic violence.
If an individual is convicted of a domestic violence crime, there are both immediate and collateral consequences. For instance, in addition to the penalties one would face for the particular offense under the criminal justice system, such an individual would also be prohibited from possessing a firearm (as codified under the Gun Control Act of 1996). Moreover, employment opportunities may be hindered if one is found guilty of a domestic violence crime. Thus, it is paramount that if you are charged with a crime of domestic violence, you seek out the advice of a competent criminal defense attorney who has a knowledgeable understanding of how domestic violence is treated under the law in the state of Maryland.
Drug-related crimes in the state of Maryland are based on the prohibition of controlled dangerous substances, as codified under Title 5 Subtitle 4 of the Maryland Criminal Code. Controlled dangerous substances are categorized based on certain schedules.
Schedule I is a list of drugs that have a high potential for abuse with no approval for medical use. A few examples include LSD and heroin. Schedule II substances have a high potential for abuse in addition to a high potential for dependence, but have some limited, medically approved uses (and as such can be prescribed.) Some of the controlled substances in Schedule II include oxycodone, morphine, Ritalin, and methamphetamine. Schedule III controlled substances are considered to have a moderate potential for abuse and are approved for medical use. Examples include, but are not limited to, anabolic steroids, and various stimulants, depressants, and narcotics. Finally, drug schedules IV and V both include controlled substances that have a low potential for abuse with limited psychological or physical dependence.
As a consequence of this categorization, certain controlled substances are treated differently under the law than others. For more information on the categorization of drugs and their specific penalties contact a Maryland criminal lawyer today.
While the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear arms, such a right is not unqualified. Restrictions exist for the possession of weapons on school property, concealed carry, and possession of assault weapons. In the state of Maryland, weapons crimes and their penalties are codified under Title 4 of the Maryland Criminal Code. For example, if an individual, subject to the exceptions outlined under Section 4-102 (a), is found guilty of possession of a firearm on school property, he or she will face up to three years imprisonment and/or a fine of $1,000.00. Maryland law also has a provision for the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime.
If an individual is found guilty of using a firearm in the course of carrying out a violent crime, upon conviction such a person will be subject to a maximum of twenty years imprisonment in addition to other penalties imposed for the crime of violence (Maryland Criminal Code Section 4-204). This is reflective of the stiff penalties associated with weapons crimes in the state of Maryland, making it paramount one hires an adept criminal defense attorney.
DUI and DWI
DUI and DWIs are particularly serious offenses. In Maryland, a DWI charge means automatic driver’s license suspension. Depending on a number of factors, you may be facing jail time, the loss of your license, and costly fines. You can be convicted of driving under the influence if your blood alcohol content is .08 or greater, which is classified as a DUI. If blood alcohol is .06 or .07, you can be charged with driving while impaired, which is classified as DWI. The penalties for each of these crimes are different. A DUI offense carries greater penalties than a conviction for DWI. In either case, it is important to consult with a Maryland criminal lawyer to help fight for your driving privileges.
Penalties vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Previous DWI or DUI conviction
- Whether a child or minor was present
- Any injuries occurred as a result
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 Maryland criminal 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 Maryland criminal lawyer will tirelessly work to clear your name.
You can benefit from a criminal attorney if you are brought up on any of the following charges:
- Reckless driving
- Sexual assault and other sex crimes
- White collar crimes
- Hit and run
- And more…
Ed is a very competent attorney who knows how to handle a criminal case well