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Being charged with a criminal offense can be a stressful and frightening ordeal. Whether you are facing only a few months in jail or up to a lifetime behind bars, you need a Maryland criminal lawyer with the knowledge and experience to handle your defense. A qualified, assertive criminal defense attorney will guide you through the criminal justice system, offering sound legal advice, upholding your rights, and protecting you from the avoidable consequences of a criminal conviction.
David Benowitz, a founding partner of Price Benowitz LLP, heads our criminal defense team in Maryland. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has a perfect 10/10 rating on AVVO and has been named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He is a faculty member at the prestigious Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, and a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School. Mr. Benowitz uses all of his collective experience to represent every one of his clients with vigor and passion. He will not rest until he has done everything within his power to obtain a positive result in your case.
Joining Mr. Benowitz is Kush Arora, who has nearly a decade of experience practicing law in the state of Maryland. Mr. Arora uses a client-focused and detail oriented approach in an effort to get a positive result in every case he handles. Mr. Arora uses his education, experience and considerable case knowledge to represent every client to the best of his abilities.
The Maryland criminal attorneys with our law firm have years of experience representing clients against similar charges to those you may be facing, and are singularly focused on getting a positive result in every case they handle. They will tailor an aggressive defense for you, taking into account the unique facts of your case. Criminal defense is not only our profession, it is also our passion, and we will use our experience as a firm to help you. Our defense attorneys pair affordable legal service with exceptional criminal defense for those charged with misdemeanor or felony offenses throughout the state.
Misdemeanor Criminal Charges
The legislature establishes what is a felony and what is a misdemeanor. While misdemeanors are generally less serious, they are not determined by the maximum penalty. A misdemeanor could carry a criminal conviction, the record of which can make it difficult to find or keep a job, get a loan, obtain housing, or gain college admission. Even though these legal consequences pale in comparison to years in prison or lifetime registration as a sex offender, they can have a profound negative impact on the life of the convicted. Though some crimes may be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony depending on the circumstances of the case, offenses commonly charged as misdemeanors in Maryland include:
- Simple Assault
- Prostitution or Solicitation
- Driving Under the Influence
- Simple Drug Possession
- Driving on a Suspended License
- Domestic Violence
Our Maryland criminal lawyers treat these cases with due diligence, exploring every avenue for the strongest possible defense.
If you have questions about certain legal terms, you should contact an attorney to learn more. In addition, we have a brief and basic glossary of common criminal law terms.
Violent crimes, sex crimes, and other serious crimes are charged as felony offenses. The prison sentences resulting from a felony conviction can range from a suspended sentence to a lifetime of incarceration. For those released upon parole or completion of a sentence, probation can have stringent requirements for compliance and the probationary period can be quite lengthy-in the case of serious sex offenses, probation lasts a lifetime in the form of mandatory sex offender registration. Our attorneys throughout the state have countless hours of trial experience and a proven record of successful defense against felony charges including:
- First Degree Assault
- Drug Distribution and Drug Trafficking
- Theft over $1,000
- Gun Charges
- Sex Crimes
Being convicted of a crime carries legal penalties and personal consequences that can have a lasting and destructive impact on your freedom, family, and finances. Protect yourself with qualified defense from a Maryland criminal lawyer dedicated to gaining the best possible outcome for your case.
Assault in the state of Maryland is a very serious criminal offense, and it can be charged at two different levels. First degree assault, found in Section 3-202 of the official state code, is the more serious of the two assault related charges. You can be charged with first degree assault if the assault involved a firearm or if it is determined 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 less serious charge, and carries with it a maximum sentence of ten years in prison. Any unwanted physical contact, or any assault that does not cause serious injury or the risk of death will typically be charged as second degree assault, according to Section 3-203 of the official state code. Our attorneys have experience representing clients in assault cases, and might be able to help you fight the charge you face. 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 are numerous burglary charges that you might face in Maryland, from first degree burglary to possession of burglary tools. The penalties for such crimes are equally varied and require keen legal acumen to defend against. 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 that you had the intent to take the firearm as part of the crime.
The penalties you face for a drug arrest will change depending on a few factors. They include the type of drug and amount you were found to be in possession of and your prior criminal history, among other things. If you are found to have violated Md. Code Crim. Law § 5-602 through 5-606, which is in regards to a Schedule I or Schedule II narcotic, you could be convicted of a felony and face a potential prison sentence no longer than 20 years. A second conviction of this statute would carry a term of no fewer than 10 years if followed by a conviction.
There are also various penalties associated with carrying paraphernalia or bringing illegal drugs across state lines. The best way to understand these laws, or to potentially avoid a conviction if the state has already brought a charge against you, is to schedule a free consultation with one of our Maryland criminal attorneys to ensure that you have all your questions about the judicial system and process answered. Please visit our drug page to learn more about other types of drug violations found in the official state code.
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, 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 standards to be charged are far less. A DWI can be issued if your blood alcohol is 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.
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.
The right to bear arms is protected in the United States Constitution, but there are some laws in the state of Maryland that dictate which firearms are acceptable to own, and when and where it is acceptable to carry.
Some common gun related arrests involve instances where firearms are brought onto a school premises or 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 Code of Maryland, it is illegal for someone to possess a firearm at a public demonstration, such as marching, speechmaking, 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 section 3-305 of the Code of Maryland, will be charged if the 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.
Here is more information on other crimes not listed above, like Abuse.
Montgomery County (visit our Montgomery County page here) is one of the most populated and prosperous counties in the State. Between the years of 2010 and 2011 the amount of total crime dropped in Montgomery County from 62,944 to 58,081 incidents. That includes a decrease of over 10 percent in the number of felony crimes reported by the County between those two years. The County’s district court is located in Rockville (click this link to visit our Rockville page) along East Jefferson Street. Silver Spring has a booming downtown district that is a main attraction for people throughout the state. Gaithersburg and Bethesda are neighboring towns that help make up an area known as the I-270 technology corridor because of the boom of businesses that have made their way into that area within recent years.
Prince George’s County
Prince George’s County is home to the University of Maryland at College Park, as well as FedEx Field in Landover where the Washington Redskins play. There are two district courts in Prince George’s County. One is located in Hyattsville along Rhode Island Avenue, and the other is on Main Street in Upper Marlboro. The County’s lone circuit court shares the same location in Upper Marlboro. Greenbelt borders College Park and is home to many of the students who attend the University. While much of Prince George’s County (click here to visit our Prince George’s County page) is located inside the Beltway, it also extends to the east including towns like Bowie and Laurel.
Anne Arundel County
Anne Arundel County, the home of the state’s capital in Annapolis and the Naval Academy, so a steep drop in total crime rate from 2010 to 2011. There were 14,754 total property crimes reported in 2011 as opposed to just 13,446 the following year; a decrease of 8.9 percent. The amount of motor vehicle thefts represented one of the biggest drops, at about 30 percent. The County’s district court is located in the Robert F. Sweeney Building at 251 Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis. If you have been charged with a crime in Glen Burnie, Odenton, Severna Park or anywhere else in Anne Arundel County, please contact us for more information about the services our attorneys are able to provide.
The crime rates in Howard County have held relatively steady over the past five years. In 2010 there were a total number of 18,114 reported criminal offenses. The District and Circuit courts for Howard County can both be found on Court Avenue in Ellicott City. Our attorneys are ready to represent clients in Columbia, Clarksville and anywhere else throughout Howard County against any criminal charges they may face. Visit our Columbia criminal lawyer page for more information.
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