Oakland, Maryland Criminal Lawyers

Robert Alan Alderson
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Oakland, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(301) 724-3424 12730 Garrett Highway, Suite 209
Oakland, MD 21550
Criminal, Collections, DUI and Family
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Oakland, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(301) 334-9480 5000 Thayer Center
Oakland, MD 21550
Criminal, Business, DUI and Estate Planning
Donald Scott Goldbloom
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Grantsville, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(301) 895-5240 12590 National Pike
Grantsville, MD 21536
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Family
University of Baltimore
Donald S. Goldbloom has been practicing law in the Grantsville area since 1996. Formerly, he worked as an attorney in both Baltimore and Cumberland, Maryland.

A native of Baltimore, Donald chose to move to western Maryland , appreciating the natural beauty of the mountains and the rich culture of the local area.

Donald earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in 1973, majoring in American Government, and his law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1976.

In 1982 Donald moved to Cumberland, Maryland, gaining experience in many facets of the law as a general practitioner. For a...
Gregg Schaaf
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Cumberland, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(301) 724-3360 7 Washington St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Georgetown University Law Center
Cell No. 301.697.4804. Here to help you or your loved one.
Cumberland, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(866) 460-6803 61 Greene St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Criminal
Cumberland, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(301) 722-9600 14 Greene St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Cumberland, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(301) 759-9090 1 Washington St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Criminal, DUI and Estate Planning
John R. Salvatore
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Hagerstown, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 47 years experience
(301) 739-3600 Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
University of Baltimore School of Law
John Salvatore is a veteran attorney who has been practicing since 1972. A graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, he is known for and specializes in criminal defense cases, he also handles business law, personal injury, civil litigation and a variety of other types of cases. He was formerly a police officer in Greenbelt, Maryland and an appointed State’s Attorney in Washington County. He practiced law with various firms in the Hagerstown area until establishing his own firm in 1992. He has served as the President of the Washington County Bar Association, is...
Terrance Holderby Esq
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Hagerstown, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(301) 733-8448 223 N Prospect St
Suite 205
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Traffic Tickets
University of Baltimore School of Law
Joseph Gregory Hannigan
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Hagerstown, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(301) 797-3367 5 Public Square - Suite 311
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Criminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
American University
Hagerstown, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(301) 791-4735 81 W. Washington Street
Suite A
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Criminal, Insurance Defense and Products Liability
South Texas College of Law
Hagerstown, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(301) 739-5340 13222 Fountain Head Plaza
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Criminal, Collections, DUI and Divorce
Hagerstown, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(301) 797-1377 21 Summit Ave
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Criminal, Arbitration & Mediation, DUI and Divorce
Hagerstown, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(301) 791-6500 21 Summit Ave
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Criminal and DUI
Hogerstown, MD Criminal Law Lawyer
(301) 739-7400 82 W. Washington St, Suite 400
Hogerstown, MD 21740
Criminal
Justin B Hill
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Elkton, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(410) 324-7574 224 East Main Street
Elkton, MD 21921
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Estate Planning and Traffic Tickets
Charlotte School of Law
The Law Office of Justin B. Hill, LLC is dedicated to a client centered approach. Attorney Hill is committed to his clients and takes the time to understand his clients' goals. He will sit down with his clients and discuss their legal needs.
Attorney Hill focuses his practice on personal injury, wills, estates & trusts, debt collection, breach of contract cases, traffic, DUI, criminal, family and landlord & tenant law.
Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr
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Baltimore, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(410) 244-5068 201 N Charles St.
Suite 2000
Baltimore, MD 21201
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...
Stephen P. Shepard
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Towson, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(410) 648-4008 303 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
Towson, MD 21204
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Appalachian School of Law
Stephen P. Shepard is a Maryland criminal defense attorney and the owner of The Law Office of Stephen P. Shepard, LLC. He has extensive experience in handling criminal, DUI/DWI, serious traffic, and violation of probation cases. Additionally, he has zealously represented clients at bail review hearings, modification of sentence hearings, and various other legal proceedings. Before founding his own law office, he served as a full-time volunteer attorney for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. As a volunteer attorney, he personally handled hundreds of cases in the District Court Division of the Howard County office, and later, the Baltimore...
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...
James E Crawford Jr.
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Arbutus, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(443) 709-9999 1435 Sulphur Spring Rd.
Arbutus, MD 21227
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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Ellicott City, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(800) 470-7423 3697 Park Ave
2nd floor
Ellicott City, MD 21043
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.
Suraj Vyas
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Appointment Only, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 1 year experience
(410) 935-2786 Clients By
Appointment Only, MD 21163
Criminal, Antitrust, Arbitration & Mediation and DUI
University of Baltimore School of Law
Suraj Vyas has had legal training both in the United States as well as India. Being able to draft comprehensive memoranda for judges and letters to international clients explaining complex legal topics across oceans is what sets him apart from other attorneys. Currently, Mr. Vyas is the owner and principal attorney of The Law Offices of Suraj A. Vyas, LLC, a general law practice with a focus on construction law and contract law. He has represented numerous contractors, builders, engineers, architects, and multinational corporations. Shortly after earning his Juris Doctor degree and license to practice law in Maryland, Suraj began...
Andrew D. Alpert
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Frederick, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(301) 327-1410 25 East Patrick St.
Ste. 200
Frederick, MD 21701
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...
Michael S. Rothman
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Rockville, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(301) 251-9660 401 East Jefferson Street
Suite 201
Rockville, MD 20850
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and White Collar Crime
The George Washington University Law School and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
I am the founder and principal of a boutique criminal defense law firm located in Rockville, Maryland. I am licensed to practice law in both federal and state courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Since 2011, I have been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine (a peer reviewed attorney publication) as among the top 5% of criminal defense lawyers practicing -- both in Maryland and the District of Columbia. My areas of practice and concentration include criminal defense, white collar criminal defense, dui/dwi defense, traffic matters, Internet crime and fraud, computer fraud, as well as governance and...
William R. Schmidt III
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Baltimore, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 44 years experience
(800) 547-4529 923 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Free ConsultationCriminal and Personal Injury
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Rick Schmidt has extensive experience in virtually all facets of personal injury law and has recovered literally millions of dollars for his clients. Mr. Schmidt holds BA and JD degrees from the University of Maryland and its School of Law. At Maryland Law, he won the American Jurisprudence Award for Equitable Remedies. In the 1980’s, Mr. Schmidt was chosen by Us Magazine as one of the 35 most promising Americans under the age of 35. Since then he has co-authored two books: How To Market Your Law Practice (Aspen Press) and Consumer Revenge (Putman’s). Mr. Schmidt has appeared on over...
Jobeth Rocky Bowers
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Baltimore, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(410) 885-6200 339 E 25th St
Baltimore, MD 21218
Free ConsultationCriminal, Insurance Claims, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
University of Baltimore School of Law
I run a client centered practice handling cases in personal injury (worker's compensation and auto accidents) and criminal defense (crimes, serious traffic offenses) I take pride in the results that I provide with my clients, as well as the ongoing communication I maintain with my clients in order to better prepare their cases and claims.
Michael A. Mastracci
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Baltimore, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(410) 869-3400 614 Edmondson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21228
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Family
University of Baltimore School of Law
ABOUT MIKE
Present or Past Member of:
2014 - Appointed to the Baltimore County Bar Association's Bench - Bar Committee
2013-2014 Appointed to The Maryland Court Process Committee of the Commission on Child Custody Decision Making.
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Maryland Association for Justice, Maryland Criminal Defense Association
Maryland Collaborative Law Association, Inc., International Association of Collaborative Professionals, Maryland Collaborative Practice Council, Howard County Collaborative Professionals, Inc., Baltimore Collaborative Divorce Professionals
Biography: Founder and President, The Child Access Center, 1998-1999
2010 President of the Maryland Collaborative Law Association
Author of Award Winning and Highly Acclaimed Book: Stop Fighting Over the Kids: Resolving Day-to-Day Custody Conflict in Divorce Situations
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Thomas Pavlinic
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Annapolis, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 45 years experience
(800) 993-0632 1906 Towne Centre Blvd
#265
Annapolis, MD 21401
Free ConsultationCriminal
The George Washington University Law School
Tom was born and raised in Youngstown, OH. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD in 1969 and from George Washington Law School, Washington, DC in 1973. He was admitted to practice in Maryland by the Court of Appeals on December 27, 1973. Since his admission, he has never been the subject of any complaints or disciplinary proceedings. He has a completely unblemished record with the Bar. After law school Tom clerked a year for the Hon. E. Mackall Childs in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Maryland before spending two years as a staff attorney...
David Keith Felsen
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Rockville, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(301) 251-4010 600 Jefferson Plaza
#201
Rockville, MD 20852
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business and DUI
American University Washington College of Law
Our lawyers take the time to make sure of Clients are well represented and represented well.
Robert Siegel
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(410) 760-9433 7310 Ritchie Highway
Suite 910
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...
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...
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.
Imad Soubra
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Frederick, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(301) 219-5038 5100 Buckeystown Pike
#250
Frederick, MD 21704
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Divorce
The George Washington University Law School and Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
Soubra Law Firm is founded on the principals of providing effective and affordable legal representation to their clients. The Firm specializes in all aspects of Family Law including divorce, custody and visitation, child abuse situations, child and spousal support determination, prenuptial agreements, and adoption. The practice areas also include Criminal Defense, DWI/DUI, Workers' Compensation, and Car Crashes.

My name is Imad Soubra, and I am the principal of Soubra Law Firm. I offer my clients individual and personal attention when I handle their cases. I make myself available to my clients to offer them the affordable and efficient legal service...
William C. Fanning, Jr.
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La Plata, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years experience
P.O. Box 398
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...
Andrew Norman
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Baltimore, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(800) 385-2243 201 N Charles St
26th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Free ConsultationCriminal, Civil Rights, Medical Malpractice and White Collar Crime
University of Baltimore School of Law
Andrew Norman is Of Counsel to the firm Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin, and White LLC. Since joining STSW, Mr. Norman has concentrated on the defense of clients in criminal matters. He represents clients in Federal Court and the various Courts of the State of Maryland. Mr. Norman has over thirty years of experience as a federal and state prosecutor.
C. Sei-Hee Arii
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Rockville, MD Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(240) 621-0529 401 East Jefferson Street
Suite 208
Rockville, MD 20850
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
American University Washington College of Law
"Sei-Hee Arii: one in a million attorney; once in a lifetime individual"

"Her knowledge, expertise and professionalism saved my life."

My promise to you: I will look after your best interest; treat you like the individual that you are; and I will fight... for you.

I have successfully litigated criminal, serious traffic (DUI/DWI), and civil cases for 20 years (btw, I have finally reached 20 years in service, so the “over 15 years” should be replaced with “20 years”). From 2013 to 2019, I received AVVO's Superb 10.0 rating and its Clients' Choice Award. I have been selected for inclusion in the following...
Benjamin Herbst
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(410) 207-2598 400 E Pratt St
8th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
Free ConsultationBaltimore, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Juvenile and Personal Injury
University of Miami School of Law
Benjamin is licensed to practice in all Maryland state and federal jurisdictions, and accepts cases in all counties and in Baltimore City. He has represented well over 1,000 clients in cases ranging from DUI to murder, and has extensive jury trial experience. He has secured acquittals at trial for traffic offenses, drug felonies and violent crimes punishable by life in prison. Benjamin will take on the government in any type of criminal case including drug crimes, firearm offenses, theft, assault, juvenile crimes, cases with outstanding arrest warrants and violations of probation Benjamin is available to his...
Thomas George Harrison
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Bel Air, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(410) 420-7888 30 E Pennsylvania Ave
Bel Air, MD 21014
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Divorce
Villa Julie College and Widener University Delaware School of Law
Graduated from Villa Julie College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-law/paralegal studies. I attended Widener University of Law in Wilmington, Delaware in 1992 and graduated in 1995.

I was admitted to the MD Bar and Fed. Bar for the U.S Federal Court for the District of MD in 1996, and was employed as an associate attorney with the firm of Charles E. Chlan & Assoc. from 1988 until 2002. In 2002, I left Charles E. Chlan & Assoc. to start my own solo law practice in Bel Air, MD.

My primary area of concentration is in...
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...
Andrea L. Smith
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Baltimore, MD Criminal Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(410) 385-2225 201 N Charles St
26th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Criminal, DUI and White Collar Crime
University of Baltimore School of Law
Andrea Smith is of Counsel at Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin, and White, LLC and focuses on criminal matters in the state courts in Maryland.

From 1981 to 1990, Ms. Smith served as an Assistant State's Attorney with the Office of the States's Attorney for Baltimore City, Maryland. In September of 1990, she joined the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland as an Assistant United States Attorney. She was assigned to Narcotics Enforcement. Except for a period between 1998 and 2001, Ms. Smith managed the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) program for more than 20 years...
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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.