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You need the right criminal defense attorney in Maryland
Having to hire a criminal defense lawyer in Maryland means something in your life has not gone as planned. Maybe you have been charged with a DUI, assault, theft, drug possession, or a violation of probation. Maybe your child has been charged with a juvenile offense and you’re beside yourself.
You need to take control of your situation and secure the future for yourself and your family. The problem is you don’t know where to start, which can leave you feeling scared.
At Jimeno & Gray, your future matters. We know how scary this can be, which is why we take the time to truly listen and answer all of your questions. This puts control back in your hands and ensures we help you achieve the best possible outcome in your criminal case.
Here is how to get started.
- First, schedule a call with a member of our team. We’ll take the time to listen and understand your situation.
- Second, we’ll develop a customized legal strategy that meets your specific needs.
- Finally, get results. We help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
You need a Maryland criminal defense lawyer that puts you first. Hiring a lawyer that tells you what you want to hear can do more harm than good. The same is true when you simply pick the first lawyer you speak to or the most inexpensive lawyer. That inexpensive decision could end up costing you your freedom.
We will always tell you the truth, give you the legal advice you need, and act in your best interest. That is how you get the results you deserve in your criminal case.
Schedule a call with our team now and put all of the stress behind you. Find relief knowing you have a law firm that puts your future and control back in your hands.
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Frequently asked questions regarding criminal charges in Maryland
Here are answers to a few commonly asked questions as you seek a law firm to represent you.
What happens after I’m arrested in Maryland?
If you are arrested in Maryland, your case will be set in for a trial, either in the District Court or Circuit Court. The prosecutor’s office, along with the police department, will immediately begin collecting evidence, preparing reports, and building their case against you.
Any delay in preparing your defense could hurt your case. For every case, no matter how big or small, an experienced attorney will know how to obtain the evidence the State has against you, as well as identify any evidence or witnesses needed to aid in your defense.
How do I know I’m hiring a good criminal defense lawyer in Maryland?
As the saying goes, “There is no substitute for experience.” You want an attorney standing next to you who has the experience to properly look out for your best interest and to put on an aggressive defense.
Here are some questions to ask:
- Does the lawyer have experience as a prosecutor (knowing how the other side will attack your case is important)?
- Has the lawyer been recognized by his or her peers as a top lawyer in the field (such as SuperLawyers recognition)?
- Do you connect with the attorney (if you don’t like the lawyer after the first meeting, go hire someone else!)?
Should I talk to the police after I’m arrested?
Simple answer: NO.
The police are trained in interrogation methods and will use your words against you at trial. You will not talk your way out of trouble by giving a statement to the police.
There will be an opportunity to tell your side of the story at trial. A judge or jury will be able to hear your version of the events and be able to hear from your witnesses as well!
Don’t give the State more evidence to use against you!
What should I do after I’ve been charged with a DUI/DWI?
When you are arrested for driving under the influence “DUI” or driving while intoxicated “DWI” you will find yourself with two separate cases one in front of the MVA, which wants to suspend your driver’s license, and another in court, which can lead to jail time. You must act quickly to continue driving after your arrest. Penalties vary depending on whether you are charged with a DUI or a DWI.
Your sentence could also vary based on the severity of your offense and if you’re a repeat offender. The best thing to do is visit our DUI/DWI resources or call a member of our experienced criminal defense team.
Do I need to hire an attorney if I plan to plead guilty?
While your intent is to plead guilty, the State is still required to produce enough evidence in court to potentially convince a judge or jury of your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the HIGHEST standard under the law.
An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to analyze the facts of the case, as well as determine whether the State has the proper evidence to use at trial to secure a conviction.
Even if you intend to plead guilty, an attorney is in the best position to negotiate the terms of a plea agreement that will be most favorable to you!
What is the difference between felony cases and misdemeanor cases in Maryland?
In Maryland, the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor often comes down to the severity of the offense and maximum sentence.
Misdemeanors are lesser offenses and carry less jail time and fines than felonies. Most misdemeanor offenses are heard in the District Court, the lowest level of trial court in Maryland.
Criminal offenses which are classified as felonies are the most serious offenses (murder, rape, felony theft, etc) and carry the potential of more jail time, including life in prison.
Having a felony conviction on your record could have significant adverse consequences during your lifetime, including restrictions on voting and the inability to get a job. Most felony cases are heard in the Circuit Court.
What is the difference between a case dismissal and an expungement?
If a case is dismissed it means that the prosecutor has decided not to prosecute the matter. An expungement is a removal of any mention of the case, including the arrest, from the court, police, and public records.
A case that is dismissed is not automatically expunged from the court and public records, even if you cannot see it on Maryland Case Search.
An expungement is a motion that is filed and must be approved by a judge. Once the expungement is granted by the judge, orders are issued to various agencies to remove the matter from their records.