Crime exists in every state and every city, regardless of its size. Even the unincorporated community of Waldorf in Charles County, Maryland sees its fair share of criminal incidents. With a population of almost 34,500 as of the 2010 Census (a combined population of 67,752 for the census designated place including Waldorf and St. Charles), Waldorf is not a huge city. Though larger, more populated cities tend to have the most publicity when it comes to crime rates, smaller communities are by no means immune.
Crime in Waldorf
Crime is typically categorized into two categories, violent crime and property crime, and both are present in Waldorf, MD. Violent crimes involve incidents that cause or threaten to cause physical harm to innocent people. These crimes include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Rape and other sex crimes
- Robbery (considered both violent crime and property crime)
- Weapons offenses
Violent crimes are the most aggressively prosecuted and typically the most severely punished of all offenses, but they are not necessarily the most common. Property crimes tend to be much more commonplace. Theft crimes such as shoplifting, burglary, and auto theft occur much more frequently than violent crimes. Other crimes that occur in Waldorf and throughout Maryland include drug crimes, such as possession of a controlled substance, and drunk driving.
After an Arrest
Although the penalties upon conviction for a crime depend on the guidelines created by Maryland law for each criminal activity, facing an arrest alone can be confusing, overwhelming, and very risky. The first steps you take after being arrested for a crime in Waldorf Maryland can very well determine your chances of being convicted. It is true that people are innocent until proven guilty, but that does not mean prosecutors will play nice. To avoid facing aggressive prosecution on your own, it is imperative that you hire an experienced defense attorney who can see through tactics used by prosecutors and refute weak or misleading evidence that may be used to build a case against you. Without a skilled Waldorf Maryland criminal defense attorney at your side from the very beginning, it is very likely that you will be convicted and subjected to penalties such as imprisonment, probation, community service, rehab, and/or steep fines.
Committed to Building Strong Defense
Prosecutors and even occasionally the courts forget that the suspect of a crime is innocent until proven guilty and it is a criminal defense attorney’s job to remind them. The skilled Waldorf criminal defense team at Alpert Schreyer understand how prosecutors and the courts work and can work to present the best possible defense on your behalf. Protecting your freedom and future is our top priority. To learn more about how you can fight the charges against you, call us today for a free consultation at (866) 444-6363.