Criminal Lawyer in Baltimore City, MD
A criminal charge changes your life irrevocably. A conviction, even of a lower level crime, follows you around like a dark cloud, affecting future employment, housing, and other opportunities. Time is of the essence when criminal charges are filed, so contact a Baltimore lawyer as soon as possible. Our firm will help you every step of the way, from a bail hearing –where we can work for the lowest possible bail bond – through every phase of your particular case. Each client is treated as an individual and with respect.
We represent defendants charged with any type of criminal law in Maryland, whether misdemeanors or felonies. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Child abuse
- Domestic violence
- Drug possession/sales
- Sexual assault
If you face federal charges, choosing a seasoned federal Baltimore criminal defense lawyer is essential. Federal charges are levied against certain white collar, drug, weapons and government fraud crimes, and may involve conspiracy and racketeering charges. The weight of a United States government agency is against you, and federal sentencing guidelines are strict for those found guilty. An arrest by Baltimore City or Maryland state police can morph into a federal crime. Federal collaboration with local law enforcement is growing. Federal prosecutors typically have more staffing and resources and fewer cases than state or local prosecutors. Federal cases in Maryland are prosecuted through the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland., which has a court in Baltimore. At this time when your liberty is at stake, you need a Baltimore lawyer with expertise in federal criminal law.
Maryland recognizes two levels of drunken driving charges. While both are serious offenses, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) results in harsher penalties than Driving While Impaired (DWI). In Maryland, a DUI conviction may result in up to a $1,000 fine and one year in jail – and that is for a first offense. An initial conviction also means license revocation for up to six months and 12 points assessed on your driving record. A second conviction results in up to a $2,000 fine and a potential two years in jail, with a mandatory five-day jail stay. The second conviction also adds 12 points to the driving record and a one-year license revocation.
Under Noah’s Law, effective as of October 2016, a person convicted of DUI must have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle. For the first conviction, the ignition interlock remains on the vehicle for six months. A second conviction means the device is installed for one year, and for a third or subsequent conviction, the ignition interlock is in place for three years.
A DUI can affect your ability to work, including the loss of security clearances. Anyone charged with a DUI should contact a skilled Baltimore DUI lawyer immediately. We will investigate and defend your case aggressively for the best possible outcome.
How a Baltimore Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
We work diligently to protect your constitutional rights and investigate all aspects of your case. We will examine all police records, collect evidence and find and interview witnesses. Our clients are kept abreast of all developments and we ensure they understand the entire process, including all options and strategies. Any questions are promptly answered. We work hard to seek justice for our clients.