Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney
You Have Rights.
Have you been accused of a crime? Whether you’ve been arrested, served with citations or a summons, we can help. At Thompson Legal Group, our Maryland criminal lawyers represent individuals at all stages of the legal process. When you are facing criminal charges, the most important thing to remember is that you have rights–and while you may not know what those rights are, we do and we are committed to fighting to protect them.
We can assist you with the following and more:
- Theft and Shoplifting
- Drug Possession
- Disorderly Conduct and Destruction of Property
- Fake IDs
- Welfare Fraud
- Traffic Offenses (including DUI/DWI, suspended or revoked license, reckless driving, hit and run, no insurance, and moving & nonmoving violations)
- Other Felony or Misdemeanor Charges
- Criminal Charges for Noncitizens
In order to have full access to your rights, you need a lawyer who understands the legal process. Hiring a strong and knowledgeable attorney makes your next steps easier. We promise to explain each step, answer your questions, and dedicate our time to your defense. We are meticulous in the preparation of all cases and use creative approaches in order to obtain the best results for your case.
Common Steps in a Criminal Case
- An arrest occurs when the individual accused of a crime is taken into custody by law enforcement.
- In Maryland, the arrestee must be brought before a judicial officer within 24 hours of arrest for an initial appearance.
- At this initial appearance, the judicial officer will inform the accused of the charges and advise the accused of his or her right to counsel and right to remain silent.
- In Maryland, the accused has 10 days to ask for a preliminary hearing if his/her case involves felony charges.
- At a preliminary hearing, the prosecution has the burden of proving that the evidence is sufficient for the felony charges to go forward.
- Discovery is the pretrial process by which the prosecutor and the defendant exchange information and material about the case.
- At the completion of discovery (when all the evidence has been turned over), the defendant must elect whether to go to trial or plead guilty.
- Instead of going to trial, a defendant may plead guilty pursuant to a plea agreement. A plea agreement is an agreement that the defendant will plead guilty to the original charge, or to another charge, in return for a concession from the prosecutor.
- A trial is a proceeding during which evidence is presented for a judge or jury to determine whether the accused is not guilty or guilty. In a criminal trial, it’s the government’s job to prove the case. The accused is presumed innocent and is not required to present any evidence or prove anything.
If you need an experienced Maryland criminal lawyer fighting on your behalf, contact us today for a complete review of your case. We believe in holding the government to its burden and will fight for your rights!