Practice Areas

Handling a Variety of Criminal Cases in Maryland and D.C.

At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, our criminal defense lawyers have decades of experience defending clients in Maryland and District of Columbia Courtrooms, where we have used our knowledge in the law to have charges dropped and sentences reduced. If you have been arrested, it is imperative that you contact a lawyer immediately to ensure that your rights are defended.

Each Case is Unique

There are hundreds of criminal offenses set out by state law in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Each law sets out specific elements of an offense, potential penalties, aggravating factors, and even possible defenses in some situations. A defendant facing one type of charge may have an entirely different defense approach than someone facing another type of charge. It is critical that you have a lawyer representing you who understands the particular charge or charges at issue in your case.

Types of criminal charges we regularly defend our clients against include:

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

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DRUGS AND NARCOTICS

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DUI/DWI

The following is some additional information about each of these types of criminal cases.

Criminal Defense

“Criminal defense” refers to the handling of many different types of criminal charges – from shoplifting to violent acts against others. Our Maryland criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience with the following types of cases, among others:

  • Misdemeanors
  • Felonies
  • Disorderly conduct
  • False Accusations
  • Assault
  • Criminal abuse
  • Theft crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • Weapon and gun crimes
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Homicide

Many people believe that because their charge is a misdemeanor or does not allege violence, they do not need to hire a defense attorney. This is a mistake, however, as many misdemeanor and nonviolent charges can have harsh penalties. Authorities take theft crimes and other seemingly “minor” offenses very seriously, and the law may allow for costly fines, strict probation, and even jail time upon a conviction. Any time you face any criminal charge, your first call should be to a skilled criminal defense law firm.

Some criminal defense lawyers focus mostly on minor offenses, such as DUI or simple assault. If you are facing felony charges, always ensure that your attorney has experience handling such serious cases. Felony convictions can mean years behind bars, and the right defense can often help you obtain a substantially more favorable outcome. Call Alpert Schreyer, LLC, no matter what type of charge you face.

Drug and Narcotic Offenses

Even with the legalization of recreational cannabis possession in D.C. and with proposals for legal marijuana on the table in the Maryland legislature, authorities still take drug offenses seriously in the area. Some common charges include:

  • Drug possession
  • Possession with the intent to distribute
  • Drug manufacture
  • Possession of paraphernalia
  • Drug trafficking

The elements for each offense will vary, as will the possible defenses for each defendant. Our attorneys are former prosecutors who fully understand how the state works to prove drug crimes – and we also understand how to challenge the evidence that prosecutors use in such cases.

For example, prosecutors often base drug charges on the discovery of drug evidence by authorities. Police often obtain this type of evidence in unlawful ways that may violate a defendant’s rights. If the police found drugs in violation of your Fourth Amendment rights, we can fight to keep that evidence out of court and argue that the prosecutor should drop your charges.

The penalties for drug convictions will depend on the specific charge, the amount in question, and the type of drug in question. We handle cases involving narcotics and other controlled substances, including:

  • Heroin
  • Morphine
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • LSD
  • Cannabis
  • Prescription drugs

You may think that prescription drug cases might not be as serious, though possessing any controlled substance without the proper authority is against the law and can lead to many lasting consequences. Our attorneys know how to fight against drug charges, identify any alternative sentencing options, negotiate plea bargains, and more.

DUI/DWI

Driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) are two of the most common criminal charges. Even if you believed you were fine to drive, you could find yourself in handcuffs and face the stressful process of dealing with a DUI case. You may know someone who dealt with a DUI and may consider handling the matter on your own. It is important to remember that a DUI is a criminal charge like any other and a conviction can have lasting effects.

The possible penalties for a DUI/DWI include:

  • Fines
  • Suspension of your driver’s license
  • Probation
  • Jail time
  • Alcohol education classes
  • Alcohol assessment
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle

Such penalties will increase substantially if you already have a DUI conviction on your criminal record. If you receive a first conviction, this can serve as the basis for enhanced penalties if you face DUI charges again in the future. Additionally, a DUI conviction can create professional problems and can make it more difficult to get to your obligations, as you may not have a driver’s license for months.

Whether or not a breath or blood test demonstrated that your blood alcohol level was over the legal limit, our attorneys have ways to defend against DUI/DWI charges. We will evaluate what happened in your situation and present all possible legal defenses to seek the dismissal or reduction of your charges whenever possible.

Contact Our Skilled Maryland and D.C. Criminal Defense Attorneys Today

The above is general information about some of the cases we handle at Alpert Schreyer, LLC. If you would like to discuss a specific arrest or charge, please do not wait to contact a member of our team. We approach each case individually and devise effective defense strategies based on the circumstances of your arrest and the allegation you face. If you suspect you are under investigation for a crime, it is never too early to call for help.

Prosecutors take all criminal charges seriously and so should you. There is too much on the line to try to handle the matter without proper representation. Without a thorough knowledge and understanding of Maryland criminal laws, it can be extremely difficult to identify and present the appropriate legal defense. Furthermore, prosecutors will often refuse to negotiate with defendants themselves, so not having a lawyer can deprive you of favorable results in plea agreements. These are only some of the many reasons why you should never hesitate to contact our law firm.

The Maryland criminal defense lawyers of Alpert Schreyer, LLC will stand up for your rights during the entire criminal process, so please call (866) 444-6363 or contact us via our online form to get started.