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Being investigated or charged with a criminal offense can be a stressful and frightening ordeal. Whether you have been arrested on an allegation of a state-level offense in Maryland, agents are knocking at your door with a warrant to search your home or business, you have been indicted on federal criminal charges, or are simply a witness asked to testify in someone else’s criminal trial, you need a Maryland criminal lawyer with the knowledge and experience to handle your defense and protect your rights to due process.
In these situations, you are fighting to preserve the life you have, because the consequences of a conviction reach far beyond the possibility of jail time. Criminal charges will impact your career, your family, your reputation, and your finances.
The lawyers on our Maryland criminal defense team are skilled, seasoned, and aggressive criminal defense attorneys that can guide you through the criminal justice system. They offer sound legal advice and work diligently to protect you and to obtain the best results possible, whether achieved through trial, negotiations to resolve the case without a trial, or successful advocacy at sentencing.
Their clients value their experience and dependability in handling complicated, high-stakes cases, and have come to expect the personal attention, hard work, and cost-effective representation that our Maryland criminal lawyers provide.
Our team of attorneys has a wealth of experience defending those investigated for or charged with criminal offenses throughout the Maryland state and federal court system. Every member of the team is a trial lawyer, which allows case strategies to be developed from the outset that have the greatest likelihood of success.
The time and attention paid to your case is directly related to the possibility of a successful result. Our attorneys work extremely hard to provide the personal attention to you and your case because it is that focus on those minute details that directly increase the possibility achieving your goals. It is of critical importance in a criminal case that you involve an attorney from the very earliest stages of an investigation.
Kush and the rest of the Maryland criminal defense team make themselves available at a moment’s notice to intervene in order to protect your constitutional rights to silence and to counsel. We can be there to prevent law enforcement agents from taking advantage of you when you are in a panicked state after a search warrant is executed at your home, deliberately at 6:00 a.m., and to help to locate and preserve evidence that will help you in your defense.
In this age of rapidly evolving technology, law enforcement agencies employ increasingly more complex and invasive investigative techniques. Our aggressive Maryland criminal attorneys rely on their extensive experience and knowledge of these techniques to develop creative solutions to the complex issues that arise as a result of their use.
Organization and Preparation
Kush and the rest of the team manage every case with intensive organization as they begin every case with an eye toward trial. Unlike some other firms, we employ two full-time defense investigators, which allows our team to bring investigative resources to bear from the earliest point in a case in a cost-effective way.
Rockville, Maryland Office
Our Rockville criminal defense team works out of an office in downtown Rockville, near the court houses. As experienced Rockville criminal lawyers, we understand the area and we can leverage our knowledge of the local law enforcement practices, ordinances, and roads to our client’s advantage when facing serious charges in Rockville court. Police officers in Rockville take criminal investigations and allegations very seriously. We work to protect our clients both in and outside of court. Call today for a free consultation.
Assault in the state of Maryland can be charged in two different ways. First degree assault, found in CR § 3-202 of the Criminal Law Article [of the Maryland Code], is the more serious of the two assault charges. You can be charged with first degree assault if the allegation involved a firearm or if it is alleged that your intent was to inflict serious physical injury. If you are convicted of first degree assault, the maximum sentence is 25 years in prison.
Second degree assault is a misdemeanor charge, but carries with it a maximum sentence of ten years in prison. Any alleged unwanted physical contact, or any alleged assault that does not cause serious injury or the risk of death will typically be charged as second degree assault, pursuant to CR § 3-203 of the Criminal Law Article [of The Maryland Code]. Please visit our assault page for more information on these charges, and the various other charges that fall under the assault umbrella in the state of Maryland.
There is also the potential for a domestic violence case in Maryland to escalate into charges of assault and/or battery. These cases should be handled carefully and with the help of an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney.
There are several degrees of burglary charges that may be brought in Maryland, from first degree burglary to possession of burglary tools. The penalties for such crimes are equally varied. For example, those charged with burglary in the first degree could face up to 20 years in prison. A conviction of second degree burglary charges bring a slightly reduced exposure of up to 15 years in prison. Both crimes are felonies in Maryland, as is third degree burglary.
Fourth degree burglary is a misdemeanor offense, though it could still result in you spending up to three years in prison if you are convicted of such an offense. Terms may increase if firearms are involved, and if the prosecution can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you possessed the intent to use the firearm as part of the crime.
CR § 3-601 of the Criminal Law Article defines child abuse as any physical injury suffered by a child or minor as a result of a malicious, cruel, or inhumane treatment. Child abuse offenses are treated very seriously in Maryland and as such carry the possibility of extensive prison terms upon a conviction. Even the mere allegation or investigation of alleged child abuse can create lasting damage to a person’s professional and personal reputation. Child abuse charges are broken down by degree, with first degree offenses considered the most serious. Penalties for first and second-degree child abuse can exceed more than 20 years in prison.
Alleged sexual abuse of minors is also aggressively prosecuted and harshly punished in the event of a conviction and may include up to 25 years in prison and possibly thousands of dollars in fines, as is the case for those convicted of selling, trading, or bartering a minor for money or anything of value. See CR § 3-603 of the Criminal Law Article.
The penalties you face for a drug arrest vary depending on a few factors. They include the type of drug and amount you are alleged to be in possession of and your prior criminal history, as well as other factors. If you are found to have violated § 5-602 through 5-606 of the Criminal Law Article, which deals with Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substances, you could be convicted of a felony and face a potential prison sentence of up to 20 years. A second conviction of violation of this statute would carry a term of no fewer than 10 years incarceration.
There are also various penalties associated with carrying paraphernalia or bringing illegal drugs across state lines. Please visit our drug page to learn more about other types of drug violations found in the official state code.
DUI and DWI
Driving under the influence is one of the most common criminal offenses charged in the state of Maryland, and the penalties associated with a conviction escalate dramatically with any subsequent violations. According to Section 21-902 of the Maryland Transportation Code, you can be charged with a DUI if you are found to be operating a vehicle on public property with a blood alcohol content at or above .08%.
A first offense could carry up to a year in jail and fines of up to $1,000. With a second conviction the potential jail time and the fines double to two years and $2,000 respectively. A third conviction could lead to three years in prison and a $3,000 fine. Every conviction starting with the first also carries a potential prolonged loss of driving privileges.
A DWI carries less significant penalties than a DUI because the threshold required to be met in order to be charged is far less. A DWI can be issued if your blood alcohol is allegedly less than .08 depending on the circumstances that led to you being pulled over. The maximum penalties for a first time DWI are two months in prison and up to $500 in fines. Our DUI lawyer page will have more information about these laws and the services we can provide.
Many of our DUI lawyers are members of The National College of DUI Defense and have received specific training in the administration of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. For our Maryland criminal attorneys, this commitment to excellence extends beyond DUI law to every aspect of criminal defense.
Some common gun related charges involve instances where firearms are allegedly brought onto school premises or to a public demonstration. Bringing a deadly weapon onto school property could result in a misdemeanor charge, a $1,000 fine and up to three years in prison. Under section 4-208 of the Criminal Law Article, it is illegal for someone to possess a firearm at a public demonstration, such as marching, speech making, picketing, holding a vigil or protesting.
If you are found to be within 1,000 feet of such an event with a firearm in your possession, you could be facing a fine of up to $1,000 and a year in prison. Please visit our gun page for more information about these and other important gun related laws in the state of Maryland.
While rape and sexual assault are among the most serious types of charge that you can face, there are lesser-known criminal charges that are still considered a sex crime. That includes general sexual offense, where there are four different levels of charges that one could be facing depending on the facts of their case.
First degree sexual offense, according to CR § 3-305 of the Criminal Law Article, may be charged if the alleged act is committed while displaying a dangerous weapon, with the help of another individual, or if a burglary is committed at the same time, among a few other things. Second and third degree sexual offense deal with those unable to protect themselves, including the mentally incapacitated and minors.
Fourth degree sexual offense deals with those in a position of power, such as a teacher or supervisor. The penalties for these crimes vary depending on the specific facts of the case, so please visit our devoted sex crimes lawyer page for more information on these crimes and the penalties that would accompany a conviction.
Federal crimes can include a range of offenses, from drug, weapons, and sex offenses to white collar crimes such as embezzlement, fraud, and bribery. Generally speaking federal offenses tend to bring the threat of lengthy prison terms in the event of a conviction. Those charged and under investigation for federal offenses are typically facing prosecution by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, both agencies that tend to benefit from extensive resources.
They are backed up by a litany of other federal agencies, including the FBI, IRS, DHS, DEA, and the ATF. Many federal investigations include the work of task forces that combine the efforts of local, county, and state law enforcement officials with federal agencies. For more about federal offenses that may be charged in Maryland, click here.
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“How Do I Find The Best Criminal Lawyer In Maryland?”
We hear this question a lot. A lot of individuals who are facing criminal charges want to know who the “best lawyer in Maryland” or “best criminal attorney in Maryland” is. The truth is that no such thing exists.
First, when looking for “the best lawyer in Maryland” to handle your case, you need to understand that the practice of law varies greatly across different practice areas. Lawyers who practice environmental law do not handle the same kinds of cases as attorneys who handle trusts and estates matters.
Second, the same thing goes when looking for the “best criminal lawyer.” The criminal laws and statutes vary widely between jurisdictions, and an attorney who practices in one state may not be licensed to practice in Maryland. Even within criminal law in Maryland, there is a big difference between white collar cases, misdemeanors, and serious felony cases.
There is no objective measure for determining who the “best Maryland criminal lawyer” may be. This is why, when you are seeking representation for an attorney in a criminal matter, it is important to look for someone you feel is “the best criminal lawyer for you and your case.” In truth, the biggest part of this determination has to do with finding an attorney with whom you are comfortable and who you feel you can trust.
For more perspective on a lawyer, you can look at reviews by former clients. You will want an attorney who is professional, who has sufficient experience handling criminal cases to be able to represent you effectively, and who you believe you can build a strong attorney-client relationship with.
For these reasons, it is important to consult with attorneys and speak to them about your case and your concerns. Look for an attorney who understands you, your case, and your goals. Every case is different, and every set of facts is unique. Moreover, individuals have different goals for their cases. Some people are dealing with possible probation violations, security clearance issues, or concerns about their immigration status.
Instead of looking for the “best Maryland criminal lawyer,” look for an attorney you believe is right for you and your case.
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