District Heights, Maryland Criminal Lawyers

Kevin W. Young
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Maryland Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of LawMaryland and District of Columbia
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Jamon Brandon Wiggs
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Maryland Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience

University of Baltimore School of LawMaryland
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Leonard R. Stamm
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Free Consultation! Success and Experience Fighting for the Criminally Accused!

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Chinwe Kpaduwa
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Largo, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(301) 363-1604 9701 Apollo Drive
Suite 100
Largo, MD 20774
Free ConsultationCriminal, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Chinwe Kpaduwa a skilled trial attorney with years of success as a litigator in civil and criminal matters, with focus in the areas of car accidents, personal injury, criminal & traffic defense. Chinwe, who practices in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland, previously worked as an Assistant State's Attorney where she successfully prosecuted numerous felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. She is also a former insurance adjuster who has settled numerous automobile and personal injury cases for insurance companies.

Chinwe was selected as a Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers for their 2018 membership. She...
Jamon Brandon Wiggs
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Largo, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(240) 545-5544 9701 Apollo Drive
Suite 301
Largo, MD 20774
Criminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
University of Baltimore School of Law
Neveen H. Kurtom
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Upper Marlboro, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(443) 741-2567 Suite 100
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
University of Baltimore School of Law
Rowena Nicole Nelson
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Largo, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(301) 358-3271 1801 McCormick Drive
Suite 150
Largo, MD 20774
Criminal, Bankruptcy and Divorce
Nova Southeastern University
Janelle Ryan-Colbert Esq.
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Upper Marlboro, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(301) 576-6200 9450 Marlboro Pike, Suite 5
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Family
Darryl Kelley
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Temple Hills, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(301) 449-6200 6944 Allentown Rd
Temple Hills, MD 20748
Criminal, Arbitration & Mediation, Bankruptcy and Business
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Edward O'Connor Jr
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Upper Marlboro, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(301) 574-5590 5407 Water St
Suite 108
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Experienced Attorney. Over 34 years as an Attorney in Prince George's County Maryland. Reasonable Fees. Free Consultations. Payment plans available. Credit cards accepted. Client's of Mr. O'Connor rave about his personal attention to them and their legal problem. Mr. O'Connor will solve your legal problem. He is an an Attorney that truly cares about you and your legal problem. Call him first. Why trust your legal case to an attorney that has far less experience. It may be cheaper but you know what they say. You get what you pay for. Would you hire a doctor to remove...
Francis Jones
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Upper Marlboro, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(301) 627-5500 5407 Water St.
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Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Criminal, DUI, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
George Mason University School of Law
Attorney Frank R. Jones is a partner at the firm of Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher.

Mr. Jones has successfully developed a practice concentrating in motor vehicle accidents and other complex personal injury litigation, criminal defense including DUI/DWI cases, insurance defense, utility defense, civil litigation, and medical malpractice.

In the criminal area, he’s an experienced defender of those accused of minor misdemeanors to major felonies, including homicide.

In civil litigation, he has had extensive experience in personal injury litigation, medical malpractice, fraudulent claims, and special investigations.

Mr. Jones is known by his colleagues as a sharp and gifted cross-examiner. He litigates a...
Martine A. Jean
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Hyattsville, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(240) 505-5391 PO Box 223
Hyattsville, MD 20781
Criminal, Business, DUI and Estate Planning
University of Baltimore School of Law
Richard Alan Finci
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Greenbelt, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(301) 459-8209 7850 Walker Drive
Suite 160
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Insurance Claims and Traffic Tickets
University of Baltimore School of Law and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
I am a lifelong resident of Montgomery County and practice Criminal Defense law in the Federal and State Courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia. I am a very proud graduate of the University of Maryland and University of Baltimore Law School. I have been honored in 2009 to serve as Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association Criminal Law Section Council and to previously have served as President of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Association. I am also serving my second 4 year term as the Criminal Defense representative on the Maryland State Commission on...
David Richard Waranch
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Greenbelt, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(301) 563-9575 8957-A Edmonston Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Insurance Claims
University of Baltimore School of Law
Rand William Lucey
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(240) 292-7200 6309 Baltimore Avenue
Suite 203
Riverdale, 20737
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Rockville DUI lawyer Rand W. Lucey, a partner, primarily handles criminal cases in the state of Maryland. He represents clients facing a variety of criminal and serious traffic charges everyday in both Circuit and District Courts in Maryland. As a criminal defense lawyer Mr. Lucey has tried two first degree murder cases before a jury. In 2010, Mr. Lucey convinced the highest court of Maryland to hear the appeal of an MVA case in which his client was denied the right to counsel. He went on to argue that case along with Mr. Jezic before the State’s highest court....
Dr. John Christopher Belcher
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Oxon Hill, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(301) 749-7306 6188 Oxon Hill Road
Suite 811
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
Free ConsultationCriminal, Civil Rights, Divorce and Family
Tulane University
30 years experience as lawyer--10 years as a federal prosecutor employed by Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice and 20 years as solo practitioner in Oxon Hill, Maryland concentrating in family law, criminal law, tort law (including personal injury/auto accidents), civil rights, business counseling & litigation, and appeals. Reasonable fees and very high rate of satisfaction among former clients.
Mr. Thomas McManus
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Upper Marlboro, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(301) 627-5500 5407 Water Street
Suite 101
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Criminal, Insurance Defense and Products Liability
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Mr. McManus has been practicing law for twenty years, and for the past ten years he has been a partner at the firm. He began his career as a law clerk for Judge Joseph Mattingly in St. Mary's County Maryland and then worked as a prosecutor in both St. Mary's and Prince George's County. His more noteworthy criminal cases include: * In 1985, Michael John Desasrno was convicted of sexual child abuse for acts committed by the former highschool wrestling coach while acting in the capacity as a wrestling coach. * In 1987, Mr. McManus successfully prosecuted Willie Horton for beating and...
Ross D. Hecht
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Upper Marlboro, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(877) 444-0909 14749 Main St
Suite 7
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Foreclosure Defense
Attorney Ross Hecht is actively admitted and licensed to practice law in all Courts of the State of Maryland and in the District of Columbia. His primary area of expertise is Litigation. He is experienced in all areas of criminal defense and trial work, both at the misdemeanor and felony levels to state and federal appellate level. Law Offices also handles Juvenile Court Cases, Extradition Matters, in addition to Last Wills and Testaments, Living Wills, and Powers of Attorney
Michael L. Adams
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Upper Marlboro, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(301) 627-5500 5407 Water St.
#101
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and White Collar Crime
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Michael L. Adams is an associate at the law firm of Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher. He concentrates his practice in the areas of criminal defense, DUI/DWI Defense, medical malpractice, personal injury, premises liability, juvenile law and insurance defense.

Michael is a 2009 graduate of the University of St. Andrews. He received a full tuition academic scholarship to attend the Scottish University. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law in 2012.

Prior to joining Sasscer, Clagett and Bucher, Michael served as law clerk to the Honorable Leo E. Green, Jr. of...
Letoria Knight
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Upper Marlboro, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(301) 627-7461 14513 Main Street, Suite C
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, DUI and Family
Letoria G. Knight is a graduate of Howard University School of Law, a former law clerk to a Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge, and a former Assistant State's Attorney for Prince George's County. Originally from the gulf coast area, Letoria Knight obtained a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University. She subsequently worked as a project engineer. Letoria Knight also holds a M.S. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. And has previously worked as a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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
Jewell Parker
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Upper Marlboro, MD Criminal Law Attorney
(888) 411-9340 P.O. Box 717
Upper Marlboro, MD 20773
Criminal, Business, Divorce and Entertainment & Sports
The Parker Firm is a boutique law firm dedicated to advancing the goals and objectives of its clients. The firm handles a wide range of matters and prides itself on client service and sensitivity to each clients individual needs. We look forward to working with you.
Ronan Jay Gulstone
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Upper Marlboro, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(301) 952-0763 14513 Main St.
Suite C
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Criminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
James Carmon
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Lanham, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(301) 577-1300 9500 Annapolis Road. Suite B5
Lanham, MD 20706
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
University of Baltimore School of Law
Brian Michael Timian
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Hyattsville, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(240) 487-7560 4301 Garden City Drive, Suite 410
Hyattsville, MD 20785
Criminal, Business, DUI and Personal Injury
Darrell Lee Robinson
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Upper Marlboro, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(240) 339-1214 14744 Main Street
Suite 104
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Criminal and Business
Mr. Richard P. Arnold
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Greenbelt, MD Criminal Law Lawyer
(301) 474-5550 7525 Greenway Center Drive
Suite 314
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Criminal
The George Washington University Law School
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...
Joel DuBoff
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Silver Spring, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 47 years experience
(301) 495-3131 1300 Spring Street, Suite 120
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Free ConsultationCriminal, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home and Personal Injury
Georgetown University Law Center
Joel DuBoff is an trusted and experienced injury and accident attorney in Silver Spring, MD.
Andrew D. Alpert
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Bowie, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(866) 444-6363 16901 Melford Boulevard
Suite #325
Bowie, MD 20715
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Insurance Claims and Personal Injury
The George Washington University Law School
Andrew D. Alpert is a partner with Alpert Schreyer, 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 also...
Patricia Ann Cresta-Savage
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Crofton, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(240) 260-4100 2138 Priest Bridge Court
Suite 4
Crofton, MD 21409
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Employment and White Collar Crime
Over 20 years of experience defending those charged by law enforcement agencies with felonies and misdemeanors in Federal and State Courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Have you been charged with a very serious crime in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Caroline County, Howard County, Kent County, Prince Georges County, Queen Anne’s County or Talbot County? If your answer is YES, then you need an experienced defense attorney own your side. When facing the complexities and terminology of the court system, dealing with such arrests can be overwhelming for most people.

Since you want...
Eshigo P. Okasili
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Burtonsville, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(301) 452-4929 15324 Spencerville Court, Suite 201
Burtonsville, MD 20866
Criminal, DUI, Family and Traffic Tickets
William Mitchell College of Law
In the first half of my legal education, I worked full-time, attended law school part-time and volunteered with African American Family Services and Legal Aid (both in Minneapolis, MN). In the second half of my legal education, I attended law school full-time, worked part- time and volunteered as a student attorney (under the supervision of licensed attorneys). I had my first two children while a law student and graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN in January 2003. After my graduation, I devoted my time to raising my young children and assisting my husband with his...
Arya Saleh
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Bowie, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(866) 444-6363 16901 Melford Blvd, Ste 325
Bowie, MD 20715
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Arya Saleh, Esq. is an experienced former Assistant State’s Attorney who has prosecuted a diverse array of criminal matters before judges and juries in multiple jurisdictions throughout the State of Maryland.

He began his career as a judicial law clerk for the Montgomery County District Court, working alongside eleven District Court Judges. He was then appointed as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Frederick County, Maryland. He was first assigned to the District Court team, prosecuting thousands of misdemeanor cases, including DUI/traffic cases, drug offenses, domestic violence, and white-collar financial crimes. During this time, he was also designated as Special Prosecutor.

Arya distinguished...
Asher Newton Weinberg
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Silver Spring, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(410) 469-1471 8720 Georgia Ave STE 505
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Criminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Asher Weinberg was raised on Long Island, New York. He has lived throughout the US, both for work and for school.

Prior to going to law school, Asher worked in the hospitality business for almost 12 years. From waiter to bartender to bar-owner, his primary focus was on taking care of his customers and treating each one as an individual, with dignity and respect. Mr. Weinberg believes that this focus on communication with his clients is a virtue that most attorneys have forgotten about.

Mr. Weinberg left the service industry, and attended law school at Nova Southeastern, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. After...
Mr Andrew V Jezic
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Bowie, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(240) 292-7200 16701 Melford Boulevard
Suite 400
Bowie, MD 20715
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Prior to entering private practice in 2003, DC criminal lawyer Andrew V. Jezic served as a Maryland prosecutor for nearly eight years. During his time as a prosecutor, Mr. Jezic prosecuted some of the most serious felony cases in Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties. Now as a Maryland & DC criminal defense attorney, Mr. Jezic aggressively represents defendants around the state and in Washington, D.C. facing such serious charges as murder, rape and armed robbery. He has handled over 100 jury trials in his career and over 35 homicide cases.

Mr. Jezic has been selected to three of the most prestigious...
James Nickelsporn
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Silver Spring, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(301) 942-9118 10 Post Office Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
American University Washington College of Law
James Nickelsporn legal career began in 1972 when he became Assistant State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County. He remained in this position for six years at which point he was the Assistant Public Defender for Prince George’s County for the years of 1978 - 1989. It was also at this time when he opened Nickelsporn & Lundin, P.C. It was also during his eleven years as a public defender that he was Chief Trial Attorney for the Juvenile Division. When not practices law, James is an instructor of business management at Prince George's Community College, enjoys swimming, exercise,...
Thomas Edward Pyles
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Waldorf, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(301) 705-5006 2670 Crain Highway
Suite 106
Waldorf, MD 20601
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Personal Injury
American University Washington College of Law
Thomas E. Pyles, Esquire, is an accomplished personal injury and criminal defense trial attorney with over 26 years of legal experience. He has a tremendous background in personal injury and criminal defense cases, having tried over 200 jury trials and over 1,000 bench trials. Mr. Pyles has handled complex civil and criminal litigation with outstanding client satisfaction and great professionalism. His reputation, both inside the courtroom and out, have allowed him to be one of the top litigators in this state.
Darlene Powell
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Bowie, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(301) 464-6260 16701 Melford Boulevard
Suite 400
Bowie, MD 20715
Criminal, DUI, Family and Traffic Tickets
Harvard Law School and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
General practice law firm serving clients in Prince George's County, Maryland and surrounding Maryland counties.
Gary Hale Gerstenfield
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Silver Spring, MD Criminal Law Attorney
(301) 589-9500 8720 Georgia Avenue
Suite 301
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Insurance Claims
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and Harvard Law School
Gary Gerstenfield is a well-known and respected criminal defense attorney who is highly soughtafter for his effective trial skills and advocacy. He obtained his Juris Doctor in 1990 from the Catholic University of America, where he served as senior staff member of the prestigious Journal of Contemporary Health Law & Policy. Upon entering the bar, Mr. Gerstenfield returned to school in Boston where he obtained a certificate in DUI defense from the nationally known College of DUI Defense presented at Harvard Law School.
Mr. Jason William Cleckner Esq.
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College Park, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(301) 789-1616 9601 Baltimore Avenue
Suite 203
College Park, MD 20740
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Syracuse University College of Law
Mr. Cleckner practices exclusively in the areas of criminal defense, traffic defense, and peace and protective order defense. He has never done anything else. Therefore, he focuses all of his extensive court experience on your case to get the best possible outcome. His wife Melanie handles all of the firm's domestic, family and divorce matters.
Jason Ruben
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Silver Spring, MD Criminal Law Lawyer
(240) 403-2616 11120 New Hampshire Ave
Suite 508
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Criminal, Administrative, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
JASON A. RUBEN, ESQ.
Education: Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law
Honors, Health Law Certificate
Bachelors of Science in Political Science and Bachelors of Science in Communications at Towson University


Areas of Practice: Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, and Government Relations.


Experience:

Jason Ruben began his legal career working in the State’s Attorney’s Office for Montgomery County Maryland. There he gained an invaluable understanding and in-depth knowledge into the Maryland criminal justice system.


Jason then began working at the Network for Public Health Law. The Network for Public Health Law provides legal assistance and helpful resources to local, state and federal...
Omid Azari
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Laurel, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(866) 610-1529 304 Montgomery Street
Laurel, MD 20707
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Appalachian School of Law and University of Maryland - Baltimore
I take great pride in helping individuals throughout Maryland with legal issues such as being charged with a crime, or being injured in an accident. Every case I undertake becomes a personal challenge to me, and because of my perfectionist personality I put 100% of my effort into reaching the best possible outcome for each case.
Shayan Modarres
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Washington, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(202) 780-9590 8121 Georgia Avenue
Suite 800
Washington, MD 20024
Criminal, Civil Rights, DUI and Personal Injury
Florida A&M University College of Law and American University
Shayan Modarres is an experienced trial attorney, civil rights activist, and the founder and managing member of The Modarres Law Firm. With law offices in Florida and Maryland, The Modarres Law Firm focuses primarily on civil rights litigation. Over the course of his career as a civil rights attorney in Central Florida, Mr. Modarres has represented clients in a number of high-profile cases and successfully recovered large settlements for victims of police misconduct. Most notably, Mr. Modarres served as a member of the legal team that represented the family of Trayvon Martin. Inspired by his work as a...
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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.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

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.