Criminal Defense Lawyers in Maryland Representing the Rights of Defendants
If police arrest you or a loved one, you may feel anxious about what your charges entail and concern for what consequences you may face. Navigating the complicated Maryland criminal legal system can intimidate anyone. Possible fines and the prospect of imprisonment can affect your life immediately upon a conviction, and the stigma of a criminal record could stay with you for a lifetime.
After a charge, you may take multiple steps to defend yourself and avoid the more severe consequences of a conviction. Many time-sensitive proceedings along the way necessitate an understanding of the deadlines and requirements that a knowledgeable criminal law attorney can help you with.
The lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC, are experienced in defending the rights of defendants and offer a free case evaluation. We will review the details to better understand your needs and the circumstances surrounding your case. Contact us today and speak to one of our criminal law attorneys.
Consequences of a Conviction
The immediate and long-term effects of a criminal conviction may prove difficult to manage in the months and years to follow. Common direct and collateral consequences that you may face include:
- Monetary fines
- Treatment programs
- Community service
- Loss of professional license
- Loss of security clearances
- Difficulty obtaining employment
- Termination of employment upon conviction
- Inability to secure a loan
- Limitation on housing options
- Limited volunteer opportunities
- Immigration status issues
- Suspension of your driver’s license
Each potential limitation depends on the nature of the crime charged and the circumstances surrounding your case.
Unfortunately, a criminal conviction often creates a stigma that may damage personal relationships with family and friends, as well as professional opportunities and connections. An experienced criminal defense attorney understands these obstacles and will use legal strategies to minimize the possible convictions you face. This can also limit the resulting consequences. Don’t hesitate to contact our attorneys today to protect your rights and possibly avoid the setbacks listed above.
Our skilled attorneys take on criminal cases ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. We can provide legal advocacy to you in multiple practice areas, some of which include:
- Domestic violence
- Drug charges
- Fake ID
- Federal crimes
- Gun charges
- Traffic violations
Your best interests are our highest priority, and we will work toward getting your case dismissed if possible. If your case proceeds, we will use our legal knowledge to put you in the best position possible to minimize the consequences and in some cases, expunge your record.
Consult one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys for a free case evaluation to understand the short and long-term consequences that lie ahead of you.
General Overview of the Criminal Process
A criminal prosecution involves multiple steps before going to trial. The general order of events after an arrest includes a bond hearing, arraignment, motions hearing, and trial. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand the order of events and time frame that these steps require.
- Bond hearing: Following an arrest, you will receive a date for a bond hearing. At this hearing, you will likely appear before a magistrate judge who will set bond. A skilled criminal defense attorney may obtain a reduced bond amount at this hearing by arguing your specific circumstances. Factors the court may take into consideration include:
- Ability to pay
- Flight risk
- Whether drugs or weapons were involved in the charge
- Whether you are considered a threat to the community at large
- Arraignment: A bond hearing may include your arraignment, or the court may set your arraignment for a later date. At this time, you have the ability to plead guilty or not guilty. Your attorney may file various motions to protect your rights, such as:
- Protection against self-incrimination
- Challenging validity of searches, seizures, and your arrest
- Legality of evidence against you
- Request for all evidence the state has against you
- Motions hearing: Your attorney will argue the motions filed in your case before a judge. This hearing challenges the evidence against you and protects your Constitutional rights, including your Fourth Amendment rights against illegal searches and seizures and your Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
- Trial: At this time, a criminal defense attorney will choose a jury, if applicable, to hear your case, and present your defense before a judge. The state has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt the elements of the crime charged.
Every case involves different circumstances and potential strategies to obtain the best possible results. This general overview describes the typical order of events from the time of your charge to a decision as to whether to convict you of a crime.
A full understanding of the procedures and laws will put you at ease during the process. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can provide the guidance and advocacy you deserve. Contact our law office today to understand your options.
Discuss Your Situation with an Experienced Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney As Soon As Possible
The wide array of consequences you may face for a criminal charge and conviction can pose daunting challenges. Depending on the nature of the crime, other criminal histories you may have, and the circumstances surrounding the event, your direct and indirect repercussions will vary. Let us help to support your case as you deal with the aftermath of an arrest and criminal charge.
Our attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC, are skilled in criminal defense and can guide you through the criminal justice system. We work diligently to protect your rights and are dedicated to providing the best results available to you. Our strong advocacy carries over through the entire process, including trial, negotiations to possibly settle your case without a trial, or at sentencing. Contact our law office today for a free case evaluation at (866) 444-6363 or through our online contact form.