Criminal Law Services in Pasadena, MD
If you are arrested, you need to speak with a defense lawyer immediately. An arrest can upend your life, but you are potentially putting yourself in greater danger if you speak to law enforcement officers without an attorney present. While people arrested on felony charges usually realize the importance of contacting an attorney as soon as possible, the same holds true for those arrested for misdemeanors. These “lesser” crimes, which may involve drug possession, disorderly conduct, assault, burglary and theft, can have serious, far-reaching consequences. A seasoned criminal defense attorney is necessary to help protect your rights and provide you with a vigorous defense.
A felony conviction changes a person’s life forever. Besides the prospect of a lengthy prison sentence – or in a worst-case scenario, life in prison – a former felon’s life is severely restricted even after a sentence is served. Although recent legislation restored voting rights to Maryland felons once their sentences are served, a conviction means a person may lose professional licenses. Security clearances are also lost, or virtually impossible to obtain in the future. If a person is not a U.S. citizen, even if they are here legally, they face deportation after serving their time. It is difficult for a felon to find employment or housing.
A criminal defense attorney specializing in DUI cases knows the ins and outs of the legal issues involving these cases, which can help clients. Maryland has tough DUI laws. Conviction for a first offense – let alone subsequent arrests – can carry up to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine, 12 points on your license and a six-month driver’s license revocation. Second offenders face a mandatory minimum of five days in jail, but the sentence may last as long as two years, along with higher fines and longer license revocations. There is much more potential fallout from a DUI conviction than many drivers realize, until it happens to them. Not only do insurance rates increase substantially, but it may prove impossible to find coverage.
Every DUI arrest is different, and a good criminal defense attorney will work hard to find the weakest links in a case with the goal of having charges dismissed or the fewest penalties possible
There is little sympathy for people accused of domestic violence, but many of these situations arise from child custody disputes and other matters in which one partner wants to “get back” at the other. Once a person is arrested for domestic violence, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to have the charges dropped, even if the accuser makes the request. If convicted, penalties are harsh. A person convicted of domestic assault faces up to 25 years in prison. If a person is accused of and convicted of sexual assault in a domestic violence incidence, they could spend the rest of their life incarcerated. Domestic violence charges require less evidence than other types of serious crime. Even if felony charges are not brought, a person convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence may end up losing their job, their home and their children.
Contact a Pasadena, MD Criminal Defense Attorney
If you or a loved one has been arrested, you need the services of an experienced Pasadena, MD criminal attorney. Contact our Pasadena office for a free initial consultation. While most cases are settled, we fight aggressively for our clients and will go to trial, if necessary.