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Criminal Law in Maryland

Arrests and criminal charges are only the first steps in the legal process. If you have been arrested for or charged with a crime, it is only because there is probable cause that you have broken the law. Regardless of guilt, your rights include the services of a criminal defense attorney near Rockville during a trial in a court of law. The dedicated lawyers at The Law Office of Michael S. Rothman are here to represent you in all types of criminal cases, including felony, cybercrime, and DUI or DWI.

Why You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney

Regardless of the criminal charges you face, an experienced lawyer is a valuable asset to have on your side. Self-representation is never a wise solution, as only an attorney familiar with the legal process and the laws that affect your case can accurately represent you and your needs. Your criminal defense attorney will

  • counsel you as to your rights and the wisest course of action. In some cases, negotiations can be made before a case goes to court; in other instances, it is best to plead guilty or maintain innocence and push for alternative sentencing.
  • provide both the legal and emotional support you need. Your lawyer is there not only to represent your case, but to help you deal with the emotional and social implications of a criminal charge or conviction as well.
  • find the hard facts of your case and present them on your behalf, whether this includes obtaining testimony from witnesses, reviewing physical or electronic records, or confirming the validity of testimony given in court.

Types of Criminal Charges

There are three basic types of criminal charges. If you have been charged with a crime, you have the right to legal counsel and representation by an attorney. The Law Office of Michael S. Rothman provides criminal defense services throughout the state of Maryland—you can reach us by phone at (202) 903-1059.

Infractions or petty crimes are minor crimes that typically do not carry a jail sentence. Such crimes include most traffic and parking violations, as well as most instances of trespassing.

Misdemeanors in Maryland are punishable by up to ten years of imprisonment, but are less serious than felony crimes. Examples of misdemeanors include shoplifting, simple assault, most types of vandalism, thefts totaling less than $1,000, stalking, and driving under the influence.

Felonies are the most serious class of crimes; they carry a range of punishments, including at least one year of imprisonment. Maryland no longer maintains an official death penalty. Felonies in Maryland include murder and manslaughter, aggravated assault, sexual assault, distribution of controlled or illegal substances, and arson.

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