You never dreamed that you would be here. We all make mistakes, some bigger than others. But when it comes to a criminal charge, this is one mistake you should not try to handle alone. Whether or not you actually committed the crime is not our concern. You deserve legal representation throughout your case nonetheless—just as the other guy does. Perhaps you were mistakenly charged with a crime that you did not commit. Perhaps you slipped up, made a big mistake, and got caught for it. Regardless of the situation, you need a criminal defense attorney to support you through this time.
Criminal charges differ from civil legal actions in many ways. A criminal charge is one that the government has brought against you. A civil charge, on the other hand, is brought against you by a private citizen. When you are up against the government, you better believe that they are going to take it very seriously. It is going to be an uphill battle, as they are going to do everything they can to prove that you are guilty. It is critical that you take it just as seriously as they will. You need someone who will defend you and do everything in his or her power to have your charges reduced or dropped altogether.
Criminal charges may, in fact, be the most serious issue a person will face in a lifetime. If you or a loved one faces any criminal charge in the state of Maryland, do not go it alone. Contact the criminal defense lawyers at DuBoff & Associates, Chartered today. We make it a priority to be accessible for you in your time of need; if you call, you will speak with an attorney—plain and simple. We have fought for many Maryland and Washington, D.C., residents who have been charged with a crime. Find out how we can help you.
What do I do if I was arrested for, charged with, or accused of a crime?
This is an incredibly scary time for you and your family. In the midst of all the emotions, it is nearly impossible to keep a clear head. To whom can you turn? What should you do? Here are a few pointers for you:
Contact an attorney. This is absolutely the first step you should take—always. Say nothing to the police or the authorities without a lawyer present. Do not wait for charges to be filed and certainly do not fail to contact a lawyer in the hopes your charges will be reduced or dropped altogether. What you see on television doesn’t work in real life—they aren’t going to let you go for sharing just a little bit of information. In a time when it feels like no one is on your side, you can (and should) talk to an attorney.
Make no effort to contact any alleged victim. Do not accept any contact from them, as they may be working with the authorities to obtain evidence against you. With the help of a strategic and aggressive criminal defense attorney, you can control the evidence that gets into the hands of the alleged victims.
Try to stay calm. This is key in a very scary situation like this. Without a level head, it will be difficult to get through this and come out on the other side. With the help of an attorney, you can be confident that someone is fighting for you with all his or her might, and with confidence comes peace of mind. As mentioned before, the burden of proof in a criminal action is on the state. They must prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to earn your conviction.
Common Types of Criminal Charges
While the punishments for criminal convictions escalate with the severity of the crime, all criminal charges—even minor ones—should be considered serious matters.
Drinking and driving is one of the most common criminal charges that we see in our office. This is a risky combination, and if you are caught and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI) in Maryland, you could face severe penalties, such as fines, license suspension, and even jail time.
In addition to DUI/DWI defense, we have successfully represented many people out of drug-related charges. Drug offenses can include the possession of drugs, CDS (controlled dangerous substance), or drug paraphernalia. These charges are often linked with other crimes, and they carry strong penalties. If you have been charged with a drug offense, do not take it lightly.
You often hear about violent crimes on the evening news, and you probably never imagined that that would be you one day. When you are accused, you need an advocate who will vigorously defend your rights. Other types of criminal charges include:
Aggressive Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyers for You
The criminal defense lawyers at DuBoff & Associates, Chartered possess more than 50 years of combined experience handling many different types of criminal actions across the state of Maryland. We fight the fight when others shy away. Joel DuBoff, the firm’s founder, is one of the most highly regarded attorneys in our state and has extensive experience with high-profile criminal cases. Early on, he earned a reputation as a trial attorney who is as aggressive in court as he is compassionate in his office.
He has since instilled these qualities in his firm as a whole. At DuBoff & Associates, Chartered, our lawyers realize that criminal charges literally can change your life. We, therefore, represent our clients as zealously as if they were our own family. You need someone who is not afraid to go to bat for you. We can do that.
We represent clients throughout all of Maryland’s twenty-three counties. Contact us online or give us a call at 301.495.3131 today to set up a consultation regarding your case. We offer evening and weekend appointments when necessary and are pleased to offer free initial consultations in certain cases.