Crisfield, Maryland Criminal Lawyers

John K. Phoebus
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Crisfield, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(410) 968-9200 517 West Main Street
Crisfield, MD 21817
Criminal, Business, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson School of Law
In 2014, solo practitioners James V. Anthenelli and John K. Phoebus joined with former State’s Attorney Kristy M. Hickman to create Anthenelli, Phoebus & Hickman, LLC. James V. Anthenelli was a former assistant state’s attorney with over 38 years’ experience. His practice has concentrated in the area of criminal defense. John K. Phoebus has been in private practice for more than 18 years and has focused on litigation including high-profile criminal defense cases and civil litigation. Joining the merger of these two firms is former State’s Attorney Kristy M. Hickman who brings with her the experience of having won all...
Deborah Ullmann
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Pocomoke City, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(410) 603-9140 203 Second Street
Pocomoke City, MD 21851
Criminal, Appeals, DUI and Traffic Tickets
University of Baltimore
Princess Anne, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 44 years experience
30538 Linden Ave
Princess Anne, MD 21853
Criminal, Bankruptcy and DUI
Albany Law
Princess Anne, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
32552 Dublin Rd
Princess Anne, MD 21853
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Estate Planning
Kathleen McClernan
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Leonardtown, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(240) 309-4179 22715 Washington Street, Suite 201
P. O. Box 188
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Criminal, Estate Planning, Family and Juvenile
University of Baltimore
Ms. McClernan is the first female recipient of the Leadership in Law Award, Generation JD from the Daily Record in Southern Maryland. She was recognized as a Top 100 Women in Maryland in 2018. She was also previously recognized as The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 in 2014. She currently dedicates time as a member of the Board of Directors for the Community Mediation of St. Mary's County and sits on the Ethics Commission for St. Mary's County. Ms. McClernan can be found at lunchtime working with the students of Leonardtown High School for the Mock...
Frank Benvenuto
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(410) 641-2999 10031 Old Ocean City Blvd.
Suite 108
Berlin, MD 21811
Free ConsultationBerlin, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Widener University Delaware School of Law
The Law firm of Frank Benvenuto, P.A., has been providing criminal defense since 1993. With over 26 years experience, Frank Benvenuto is a skilled trial lawyer who grew up in Ocean City, Maryland. Frank Benvenuto regularly appears in both the District courts in Worcester County (those being Ocean City and Snow Hill District Courts). If you commit a crime in Ocean City usually you go to trial in Ocean City District Court of Maryland. He also appears regularly in the Circuit Court for Worcester County and Wicomico County. Frank handles all kinds of criminal cases: Assaults Affray Disorderly...
James V. Anthenelli
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Salisbury, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
(410) 749-3700 134 East Main Street
Salisbury, MD 21801
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Baltimore School of Law and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
As an AV® Preeminent rated lawyer, Attorney Anthenelli at Anthenelli, Phoebus & Hickman, LLC is committed to providing ethical and professional legal services to residents of Maryland. For over 35 years, this Salisbury criminal defense attorney has succeeded in obtaining highly favorable case results for his clients. His work as a former prosecutor has allowed him to understand both sides of the courtroom. This insight from the vantage point of the prosecution is invaluable. Personally attending to each client, Attorney Anthenelli is committed to providing one-on-one attention as he investigates each case. As a legal advocate included in the list...
Kevin J McDevitt
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Leonardtown, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(410) 925-8992 22835 Washington St
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Juvenile
University of Baltimore School of Law
Kevin was listed as one of the Best DUI Lawyers in Maryland on HubPages.com, 2012; National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Maryland, 2014 & 2015; National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, 2014 & 2015; Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014 & 2015; and Accepted into National College of DUI Defense (NCDD), 2015; Avvo Clients' Choice, 2016; Avvo 10.0 Superb Rating, 2017.
Michelle Barnes
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Cambridge, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(410) 463-6296 505 Maryland Ave
Cambridge, MD 21613
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
University of Baltimore School of Law
Heavyweight Experience in YOUR corner. Michelle has 25 years experience in the courtroom. As a twice elected State's Attorney, 8 years as the Division Chief for the Maryland Attorney General's Office specializing in criminal and environmental matters, and 12 years as a successful criminal defense attorney, Michelle is the one to have in your corner. Michelle practices all over the Eastern Shore of Maryland, as well as Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Baltimore City, and Baltimore Counties, as well as surrounding locations. Offices are based in Cambridge, MD but she can arrange meeting and trial prep rooms...
Shawn Hrotic
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California, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(301) 737-6330 23093 Three Notch Road
California, MD 20619
Criminal, Appeals, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Ohio Northern University
Erin Michael McCormack
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Salisbury, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(443) 742-8330 119 West Main Street
Suite 101
Salisbury, MD 21801
Criminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
University of Baltimore School of Law
Erin Michael McCormack provides a wide range of legal services to clients throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland with his case load centered in Worcester, Wicomico, Dorchester and Somerset Counties. As a former Assistant State's Attorney and Law Clerk in Worcester County, Mr. McCormack possesses a unique insight into the judicial process facing individuals that find themselves before the Court. Since entering private practice, Mr. McCormack has primarily devoted his time to the areas of criminal defense, traffic matters (DUI/DWI) and civil litigation (business & contract disputes, professional negligence, etc.). Despite those concentrations, he also handles a...
Andrew Melchior MacDonald
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Salisbury, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
208 Calvert Street
Salisbury, MD 21801
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Former Assistant State's Attorney for Wicomico County. Criminal prosecutor for ten years on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Former judicial law clerk in Wicomico County. 18 years of trial experience in criminal law. Member of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney's Association.
Darlene Cocco-Adams
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Lusby, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(410) 326-7151 P.O. Box # 684
Lusby, MD 20657
Criminal, Business and Family
Rutgers University - Camden
Angie DiPietro
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Sailsbury, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(410) 441-5400 110 Baptist Street
Sailsbury, MD 21801
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
University of Baltimore School of Law
Angie DiPietro is a Maryland criminal defense attorney with an abundance of legal experience dealing with all kinds of criminal offenses. DiPietro graduated cum laude from the University of Baltimore school of law in 1996 and has worked around the Eastern shore of Maryland for much of her career. In addition to being a defense attorney, DiPietro is a panel attorney for the Office of the Public Defender and is one of only four court appointed examiners for Wicomico County. She has also completed training to be a court appointed mediator and is a member of the Wicomico County Bar...
Wm A Lee Clarke III
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Salisbury, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 44 years experience
(410) 219-5899 30644 Brandywine Ct
Salisbury, MD 21804
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
University of Baltimore School of Law
Attorney Lee Clarke defends and fights for people accused of crimes, from death penalty murder and other felonies, down to DUI and other misdemeanors, in all Maryland State and Federal Courts; particularly in the Salisbury - Ocean City Maryland area.

Lee Clarke has been selected, by The National Trial Lawyers, as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Maryland.

Attorney Clarke also represents people, who have been seriously injured in vehicle accidents, on a contingent fee basis.

After graduating magna cum laude, from law school, ranked 8th in a class of 333, and study of International Law, in England, Lee Clarke spent...
Richard Joseph Steinmetz
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Lexington Park, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(301) 862-4400 22335 Exploration Drive
Suite 2030
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Richard J. Steinmetz, Jr. is a partner at The Law Offices of Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C. He joined the firm after seven years of working with Andrews, Bongar, Gormley & Clagett, P.A. in Waldorf, Maryland. Mr. Steinmetz primarily focuses on civil and criminal litigation with an emphasis in personal injury, business and real estate property disputes. Mr. Steinmetz grew up in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He attended East Stroudsburg University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science in 1998. After graduating from East Stroudsburg University, Mr. Steinmetz moved to Washington D.C. He attended the Catholic University...
Rebekka Vallandingham
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Lexington Park, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
22738 Maple Road
Suite 210
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Rebekka is a litigation associate whose practice areas include family law, criminal law and civil litigation. She graduated from Widener University School of Law where she was the Vice-President and Colloquium Coordinator of Trial Advocacy Honor Society and the Pennsylvania Bar Representative of the Student Bar Association. After taking her legal studies abroad to Switzerland, Rebekka was delighted to return to her home town to practice law.
Bryan T. Dugan
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Lexington Park, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(301) 862-3764 22738 Maple Road
Suite 210
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Bryan is a co-founder of Dugan, McKissick and Longmore and has over 25 years of experience as a litigator. Bryan was born in Agana, Guam and moved to St. Mary’s County during his high school years when he attended Chopticon High School. He earned his law degree from the University of Maryland, School of Law. In the late 1980s, Bryan returned to St. Mary’s County as a young lawyer. His practice areas include family, civil, criminal, and traffic litigation matters. Bryan remains an avid supporter and fan of West Virginia Mountaineer Athletics, especially during basketball season.
Julie Marion Guyer
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Ocean Pines, , MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(410) 310-3763 11032 Nicholas Lane, Suite A201
Ocean Pines, , MD 21811
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and Traffic Tickets
I am a retired Maryland State Trooper, and former prosecutor in the Ocean City, Maryland area. I have been an attorney since 2007, and concentrating on the Defense of crimes and driving offenses since 2012.
I will fight for you!
Don't allow your case to impact your life, please give me a call. Free consultation.
Joshua Tarr
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Lusby, MD Criminal Law Lawyer
261 Pawnee Lane
Lusby, MD 20657
Criminal, DUI, Family and Landlord Tenant
Marc Elliot Mandel Esquire
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Newark, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
8305 Langmaid Road
Newark, MD 21841
Criminal, Administrative, DUI and Real Estate
Harold Stanley Link
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Salisbury, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(443) 834-9603 845 Victoria Park Drive
Suite 303
Salisbury, MD 21801-8076
Criminal, DUI, Family and Personal Injury
Salisbury, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(410) 341-7575 110 Baptist St
Salisbury, MD 21801
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Business and DUI
Salisbury, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(410) 749-6052 212 W Main St
Salisbury, MD 21801
Criminal, Business and Personal Injury
Salisbury, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(410) 341-3939 231 E Main St
Salisbury, MD 21801
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Personal Injury
Cambridge, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(410) 228-2925 512 Poplar St
Cambridge, MD 21613
Criminal and DUI
Leonard R. Stamm
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Greenbelt, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(800) 256-8172 6301 Ivy Ln
#504
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Juvenile
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Leonard Stamm is a nationally and locally recognized authority and lecturer in the area of drunk driving defense and Motor Vehicle Administration hearings. He authors Maryland DUI Law, and annually updates Maryland Evidence: State and Federal by Professor Lynn McLain, both published by West-Thomson-Reuters. He is also a Fellow (former Dean) of the National College for DUI Defense. He signed on to an amicus brief in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, and co-authored amicus briefs in Bullcoming v. New Mexico, Missouri v. McNeely, and Birchfield v. North Dakota. He is a former President of the Maryland Criminal Defense...
Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr
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Ocean City, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(800) 491-4291 5000 Coastal Highway
Unit 5
Ocean City, MD 21842
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of Baltimore School of Law
Thomas Maronick Jr is a Super Lawyers-rated attorney who has been practicing since 2008. A Baltimore native, Mr. Maronick is the founder and managing partner of The Law Office of Thomas Maronick Jr, LLC. Mr. Maronick focuses his practice on criminal defense including DUI defense and handles serious felony cases in state and federal court as well as misdemeanors. He has litigated cases in nearly all of Maryland's counties and federal courthouses. Since becoming a lawyer, Mr. Maronick has been honored with "Superb" ratings from Avvo.com, A+ from BBB, "AV-preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell, their highest rating, and being...
Scott MacMullan
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Annapolis, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(443) 494-9775 156 South St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
Widener University
As a native of Anne Arundel County, Scott MacMullan is the owner and founder of Scott MacMullan Law, LLC. His connections to the local community, as well as his background working for two of the preeminent judges in Maryland, give him a unique perspective in court and puts his clients in a premier position as to the facts of their case. He focuses his practice on personal injury and criminal defense matters. He is passionate about helping his clients solve their problems and providing them with the maximum amount of compensation that they are entitled under the law. Call 443-494-9775...
Andrew D. Alpert
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Lexington Park, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(301) 321-7277 22776 Three Notch Road, Suite 201
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Insurance Claims and Personal Injury
The George Washington University Law School
Andrew D. Alpert is a partner with Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC, a top rated law firm serving all of Maryland. A former prosecutor, Mr. Alpert has successfully represented thousands of individuals charged with Maryland DUI and other criminal offenses including but not limited to theft, weapons charges, drug crimes, assault, burglary and vehicular manslaughter. He is particular adept at representing repeat offenders. Mr. Alpert is also an experienced personal injury attorney who represents Maryland and DC residents injured and/or disabled due to car, truck and motorcycle accidents, boating incidents, and other types of personal injury events. He...
James E Crawford Jr.
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Linthicum, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(443) 709-9999 999 Corporate Blvd. Suite 100
Linthicum, MD 21090
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Baltimore School of Law and University of Maryland - Baltimore
Attorney James E. Crawford, Jr.
Founder and Managing Partner
As a Baltimore-native, Attorney James Crawford grew up watching his father interact with some of the best judges and prosecutors in the state, using forcefulness and grace to navigate complex legal situations. He learned that the power to change the life of even one client is worth more than any amount of money or prestige.
As one of the most capable and tenacious trial lawyers in Maryland, he has enjoyed an extraordinary amount of successes on behalf of clients, spending just about every day of his working career in a Maryland courtroom.
The Founding of...
Mr. G Randolph Rice Jr.
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Baltimore, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(800) 470-7423 6914 Holabird Avenue
Suite A
Baltimore, MD 21222
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Loyola University New Orleans
The Law Offices of Randolph Rice provides experienced and trusted legal knowledge and advise to individuals and businesses in the Baltimore Maryland region. Concentrating in the areas of Criminal Defense, DUI/DWI, Personal Injury, Injury Law, Medical Malpractice, Wills, Estates, Domestic Matters. Providing personal service to each client. Handling Drug Crimes, Assault Crimes, Domestic Violence, Driving Violations, Traffic Citations, and all other criminal and traffic charges.
William C. Fanning, Jr.
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La Plata, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(301) 934-3620 FANNING LAW, LLC
201 Centennial Street, Suite 2-A
La Plata, MD 20646
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Attorney Bill Fanning has focused on family law in Maryland since 1993. He and the staff of Fanning Law, LLC understand the complexities associated with separation, divorce, custody, visitation, and other family law matters and will successfully help you and your family through these difficult issues. With over 20 years of experience handling family disputes, Bill Fanning has an in-depth understanding of the legal and emotional issues which affect you and your family. Looking to grow your family through adoption? Fanning Law, LLC can ably assist you and your family through the adoption process...
William A. Stavros
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(410) 739-0794 115 Lawyers Row
Centreville, MD 21617
Free ConsultationCentreville, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1996, William A. Stavros has over twenty years of courtroom trial experience and has represented thousands of people in court. He practices in both the State and Federal Courts and is dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of his clients through aggressive and personalized representation. Along with criminal, DUI/DWI and serious traffic matters, Mr. Stavros also accepts personal injury, legal and medical malpractice cases.

William A. Stavros graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 1989 with a B.A. in Philosophy. After serving as an intern for Judge John N....
Robert Siegel
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(410) 760-9433 7310 Ritchie Highway
Suite 1001
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Free ConsultationGlen Burnie, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Traffic Tickets
University of Baltimore School of Law
Robert A. Siegel is a life-long Maryland resident having grown up in Montgomery County. Robert graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Soon thereafter, Robert passed the CPA exam and gained valuable experience working at a Fortune 500 Company. Not satisfied with a desk job, Robert went back to school to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a courtroom lawyer. In 1998, Robert graduated Cum Laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law and passed the Bar. The next year, Robert was admitted to practice in the...
Ryan Christopher Atwell
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Easton, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(410) 443-0473 21 North Hanson Street
Suite 102
Easton, MD 21601
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of Baltimore School of Law
At the Law Office of Ryan C. Atwell, I strive to be the one attorney you will ever need to handle all of your legal matters.
Patrick Shane Preller
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Baltimore, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(410) 539-0042 16 South Frederick Street
3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
Free ConsultationCriminal, Animal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
University of Baltimore School of Law
Patrick S. Preller is the managing partner of the firm with over seventeen years of litigation experience in federal and state courts throughout the region. Mr. Preller is recognized as one of the most able trial lawyers in Maryland, and has enjoyed an extraordinary record of success.   In 1998, Mr. Preller graduated with honors from the University of Baltimore School of Law where he served as an associate editor on Law Review. Following graduation, Mr. Preller clerked for the Honorable Maurice W. Baldwin on the Circuit Court of Maryland for Harford County.  He then accepted an appointment as an...
Patricia Ann Cresta-Savage
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Glen Burnie, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(240) 260-4100 Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Employment and White Collar Crime
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Over 20 years of experience in criminal defense, white collar crime, employment law, business law and civil rights law. She is THE lawyer that is really on YOUR SIDE! Call her today!

In criminal defense, Pat has been zealously defending those charged with the full range of felonies and misdemeanors in Federal and State Courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Charges have included drug charges, white collar crime, manslaughter, murder, robbery, assault, possession of illegal weapons, and more.

If you have been charged with a crime and need an independent, experienced private attorney to represent you...
Edward N. Griffin
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Baltimore, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(888) 367-0383 1936 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21231
Free ConsultationCriminal, Insurance Claims and Personal Injury
The George Washington University Law School
Edward N. Griffin is one of the founding principals of Adelphi LLP. His principal practice areas are criminal defense and civil litigation.
John Joseph Pikulski IV
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Upper Marlboro, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(301) 627-5297 5407 Water Street
Suite 104
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson School of Law
Being charged with a criminal offense can be a terrifying and intimidating experience for both you and your family. I am here to help. Whether you are facing jail time, probation or significant fines, I will guide you through the criminal justice system and develop an individualized defense strategy designed to help achieve your specific goals.

I am the only lawyer at my firm, meaning I will personally handle every aspect of your case from start to finish. When you visit my office, you will always meet with me, no one else. Similarly, when you have questions, I will answer...
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

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When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.