Planta & Satin Attorneys at Law in Rockville, MD
If you have been arrested and charged with a crime in Maryland, you could find yourself facing serious consequences, including hefty fines, lengthy jail time, or many other severe repercussions. Regardless of the nature of your charge, it is always wise to seek the guidance and representation of an experienced criminal defense lawyer as early as possible.
You can find qualified and skilled Rockville, MD criminal defense lawyers at Planta & Satin, LLC. Call 301-762-1000 to begin discussing your legal rights and options moving forward.
Understanding Criminal Charges
If you are arrested, a police officer should complete an arrest report, which is then sent to a prosecutor. It is the prosecutor’s responsibility to determine if you have violated any criminal laws, and if criminal charges should be filed against you.
The prosecutor has the option of determining if your case should be pursued at all. If they do decide to file criminal charges, they may also decide if the crime should be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Felony crimes are more serious in nature, and can come with minimum penalties of one year in jail or more.
Types of Criminal Charges in Maryland
The Rockville, MD criminal defense attorneys at Planta & Satin have experience representing individuals facing many different types of criminal charges in the Maryland court system, including:
- Drunk Driving – In Maryland, you can be charged with either a DUI or DWI if you are found to be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. If it is proven that you have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, you could be facing serious penalties, including multiple years in jail, large fines, and/or the revocation of your driver’s license.
- 2nd Degree Assault – You may be charged with a second-degree assault if your actions have caused another person to fear imminent bodily harm. If you have caused bodily harm to another person, but the injuries were not serious enough to be classified as first-degree assault, this can also warrant a second-degree assault charge.
- 1st Degree Assault – If you do cause a serious injury to another person, you can be charged with first-degree assault. You may also receive this charge if your assault or attempted assault involves a weapon, or if you were otherwise attempting to cause serious injury. The penalty for first-degree assault in Maryland can include up to 25 years in prison.
- Theft – Shoplifting, burglary, and robbery are all examples of theft. The level of severity of the penalty, if convicted, depends upon if the value of the stolen goods or services totals over $500.
- Drug Offenses – Drug charges vary depending on the type of drug that is seized as well as the quantity, which means you could be facing charges ranging from simple possession to more complicated charges such as manufacturing or distribution. The law in the state of Maryland concerning possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less has changed as of October 1, 2014 making this not a crime, but the state of Maryland has specific definitions of what constitutes possession and distribution of other drugs and other quantities of marijuana, so it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
- Traffic Offenses – While running a stop sign or getting a speeding ticket may seem like simple matters, in the state of Maryland these offenses can accumulate as points on your driver’s license and you could potentially find yourself in jail.
Do You Need Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys?
Criminal law is quite complex, and there are many different factors that can influence the outcome of your case. The criminal defense attorneys in Rockville, MD, at Planta & Satin, have been working for years to ensure that each client receives the strong legal defense that they deserve. Using a vast knowledge of Maryland criminal law, they are able to fervently defend the rights of the accused, allowing for the best outcomes possible.
Planta & Satin, LLC, is proud to represent clients throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia, including, but not limited to the following areas:
- Wheaton-Glenmont, MD
- Bethesda, Chevy Chase MD
- College Park, MD
- Hagerstown, MD
- Rockville, MD
- Gaithersburg, MD
- Landover, MD
- Frederick, MD
- Germantown, MD
- Wheaton, MD
- Silver Spring, MD
- North Potomac, MD
- Derwood, MD
- Takoma Park, MD
- Montgomery County, MD
Contact a Montgomery County, MD Lawyer Today
If you are facing criminal charges in Maryland, contact Planta & Satin today at 301-762-1000 to begin working with experienced criminal defense attorneys.
You can set up a consultation with a lawyer who can help you understand your rights, and who can provide you with a strong defense and knowledgeable legal guidance. If you are facing a criminal conviction, do not leave your future up to chance. Call Planta & Satin and receive reliable legal assistance.