Criminal Defense Attorney in Randallstown, MD
If you are arrested, your choice of criminal defense attorney may affect the rest of your life. That might include whether or not you end up serving time behind bars. You need a Maryland criminal defense attorney who protects your rights and works hard providing the defense you deserve.
Randallstown, MD Criminal Defense
After an arrest, it is crucial to hire a Maryland criminal defense attorney immediately. If charges have not been filed, it may be possible for an attorney to negotiate the charges or even have them dismissed. Do not speak to police unless you have your lawyer with you. Not only does your attorney guide you through the legal process at this difficult and stressful time, but the sooner you hire an attorney, the sooner your lawyer can start investigating your case and building a defense.
A domestic violence arrest, let alone a conviction, turns your life upside down. That’s true even if the conviction is for a misdemeanor rather than a felony. In Maryland, domestic violence crimes fall under the same state laws pertaining to assault against those people who are not part of your household. The majority of domestic violence cases fall under second-degree assault, or the “attempt to cause or causing bodily harm” to an individual. The more severe assault in the first degree, a felony, carries a possible penalty of up to 25 years in prison. A second-degree assault conviction, a misdemeanor, still carries with it the potential for up to 10 years in prison and a $2,500 fine.
Many purported domestic violence incidents take place when the accused and/or accuser are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, impairing the judgment of all concerned. Domestic violence accusers often recant their allegations, but in Maryland, that does not let the accused off the hook. State law makes it hard, if not impossible, for an accuser to change his or her mind about pressing charges.
A domestic violence conviction can mean the loss of your job, home, child custody rights and the right to own firearms. The stakes are high. A Maryland criminal defense attorney investigates each case individually to come up with the best defense for the client.
For many people, a DUI arrest is the first criminal incident in their lives. Maryland’s driving under the influence laws are tough, and a DUI conviction seriously impacts your life. The loss of your license can mean the loss of your job. Besides facing fines and possible jail time, a DUI conviction mandates a six-month ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle. If you drive professionally, a DUI conviction could cause you to lose your commercial driver’s license.
A seasoned DUI lawyer investigates all aspects of your case, including interviewing witnesses, analyzing field sobriety tests and body camera videos to see if the actions were conducted properly, and investigating the reliability of the breath test and other evidence.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, you need the services of an experienced Randallstown, MD criminal attorney. Contact our Randallstown office for a free initial consultation. While most cases are settled, we fight aggressively for our clients and will go to trial, if necessary.