CRIMINAL DEFENSE

WEAPONS & HANDGUN CRIMES


Weapons violations can be very serious. These crimes often carry mandatory minimum jail sentences if convicted, or can lead to more serious penalties if used in an assault.

If you have been convicted of a crime in the past, you may not be allowed to possess a handgun in Maryland.  Many times defendants are charged after renting a gun at a certified range.  Most people charged with these handgun violations did not even know they weren’t allowed to possess a handgun.

Even if you believe you are guilty of a weapons or handgun violation, or are found guilty; a lawyer can help you in many ways.  Proper preparation can often lead to a lack of jail time, and a lighter sentence, and in some cases can result in the state declining to prosecute your case and having it removed from your permanent record.

Often proper representation can result in the state declining to prosecute your case and having it removed from your permanent record.

My representation includes assisting you with the necessary steps to expunge your case after it is over.

ASSAULT

An assault in Maryland can range from a mere threat, or a push, all the way up to murder.  The punishment for these crimes can be quite severe.

Very often someone will be charged with an assault while acting in self defense, or when they were in fact the victim.  In instances like these, it is important to have a lawyer who will fight hard to defend you.  You need to act early so that my office can help you gather evidence, and if necessary pursue cross charges.
Even if you believe you are guilty of an assault, or are found guilty, a lawyer can help you in many ways. Proper preparation can often result in a lack of jail time and a lighter sentence.

Often proper representation can result in the state declining to prosecute your case and having it removed from your permanent record.  My representation includes assisting you with the necessary steps to expunge your case after it is over.

DRUG CRIMES

The penalty for drug crimes in Maryland can range from a fine, to 25 years in prison.  Regardless of the seriousness of the crime, a drug conviction on your record can lead to a lifetime of trouble obtaining employment, housing or financial assistance. An effective lawyer can help you to argue that the search of your person, your home, or your car were illegal.

It is possible your constitutional rights were violated, and the charges may be reduced or dismissed. If you are charged with possession of marijuana in Maryland, it is important to hire a lawyer.  The laws on Marijuana have changed recently, but it is more important than ever to hire a lawyer.  Many times it will be possible to have the charges dismissed in exchange for some community service, or completion of a drug education program.

Even if you believe you are guilty of drug crime, or are found guilty, a lawyer can help you in many ways.  Proper preparation can often result in a lack of jail time and a lighter sentence.  It may be important to enter into a treatment program, or rehab prior to court.  My office can assist you in locating the proper resources, and ensuring you receive the best sentence possible.

Often proper representation can result in the state declining to prosecute your case and having it removed from your permanent record.  My representation includes assisting you with the necessary steps to expunge your case after it is over.

BURGLARY

The definition of a burglary is the breaking and entering of the property of another person.  There are many differing levels and degrees of burglary in Maryland. In fact, it is not even necessary that you are the individual committing the burglary for you to be charged.

Even being in possession of items taken during a burglary, or helping someone to pawn or sell them can be enough to be prosecuted. Even if you believe you are guilty of burglary, or are found guilty, a lawyer can help you in many ways.

Proper preparation can often lead to a lack of jail time and a lighter sentence.  Often proper representation can result in the state declining to prosecute your case and having it removed from your permanent record.  My representation includes assisting you with the necessary steps to expunge your case after it is over.

THEFT

Theft can range from passing a bad check to white collar crimes involving millions of dollars.  The state can attempt to prove theft even for simply possessing, or helping to pawn stolen items.

Theft convictions can be especially damaging to your permanent record.  Most employers will not hire anyone convicted of theft.  It will also be difficult to testify in future court cases with such a stain on your credibility.

Even if you believe you are guilty of theft, or are found guilty, a lawyer can help you in many ways.  Proper preparation can often lead to a lack of jail time and a lighter sentence.

Often proper representation can result in the state declining to prosecute your case and having it removed from your permanent record.

My representation includes assisting you with the necessary steps to expunge your case after it is over.

PEACE ORDERS/PROTECTIVE ORDERS

In Maryland, Peace Orders and Protective orders are used to protect citizens from those the court deems to be a threat to them. There are very significant criminal penalties for violating these orders, including up to one year in jail. Petitioners are the people who attempt to get Protective and Peace Orders against someone they believe to be a threat to their safety.

There will be at least two hearings to determine whether you have met the necessary requirements to be granted an order.  Having a lawyer can help you present evidence to the court to convince a judge to give you that order.

Respondents are the subject of protective orders.  As a respondent, you will be allowed to contest the order, or consent to it.  It is possible that at judge may not issue an order against you, or you may be able to obtain more favorable conditions. Even if you are unsuccessful in getting, or defeating a protective order, a lawyer can help you in many ways.  Proper preparation can often lead to fewer conditions on the order, as well as keeping this matter on your permanent record.

My representation includes assisting you with the necessary steps to expunge your case after it is over.

EXPUNGEMENT

In this day and age, almost anyone can obtain your prior record.  Even if you have had charges dismissed, there are still records of the incident available on any number of databases. My representation includes assisting you in expunging this case from your record after it is over.

My office will also be happy to help you expunge old matters from your record.  Many clients do not even know they are eligible to have certain things expunged. Call me today and I will help you review your prior record to determine if you are eligible for any expungements.

APPEALS

Any district court case in Maryland can be appealed within 30 days.  Some circuit court cases can be appealed as well.  If you are unhappy with a Judge’s decision, it may be possible to appeal your case to a higher authority.  Even if you are still found guilty, it is quite possible to receive a significantly reduced sentence from a different judge.

If you have been convicted of a crime but your old lawyer did not provide you with effective assistance, it may be possible to obtain a new trial, or dismissal by filing a post-conviction proceeding in the appropriate court.

Coram Nobis petitions are often effective in immigration matters.  If you are facing immigration over a criminal conviction, it may be able to get relief by showing the court you were not aware of the immigration consequences of an earlier case.

BAIL REVIEW/WARRANTS

Judges often issue warrants for criminal cases for both not appearing for court, and for violations of probation. Many times a lawyer is able to have the warrant quashed, or dismissed by filing the appropriate motions with the court.

If you are charged with a crime, or arrested on a warrant, you are entitled to a bail review

Having a lawyer represent you is one of the most important factors a judge will use to determine you are not a flight risk, and ensure you receive a minimal bail.



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