If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a crime, you probably have a lot a questions and concerns. Our criminal attorneys are here to protect your rights. You need a criminal defense lawyer who is experienced in the courtroom and knowledgeable about your options. Our criminal defense lawyers know the critical steps to take from the moment you are charged to preserve your rights and position you in the best possible manner if and when your matter goes to court.
Attorney Randolph Rice has defended clients in the District and Circuit Courts of Maryland for over 10 years. Prior to private practice, he was an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore County. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Loyola Law School of New Orleans. Mr. Rice studied at the University of Maryland School of Law for his final year before receiving his J.D. degree. He has consistently been named a Super Lawyer, a select group of only 2.5% of practicing attorneys to receive that designation from his colleagues. Mr. Rice has also been named as a Maryland Rising Star since 2013 . He was ranked by CitySpur as Baltimore’s Best Criminal Defense Attorney, has received a 10 out of 10 Superb Ranking by Avvo and is Lead Counsel Rated for Criminal Defense. The accolades from fellow attorneys are accompanied by reviews and testimonials from clients who personally benefited from Mr. Rice’s representation.
Top Criminal Defense Attorneys in Baltimore
When selecting a criminal defense lawyer, choose a lawyer that frequents the county or city where you are facing the charges. This means if you have a case in Baltimore, Md., don’t hire a lawyer from Western Maryland. The criminal defense lawyers with the Law Offices of Randolph Rice represent clients in Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Harford County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Cecil County and Worcester County, Maryland.
What does a Criminal Defense Lawyer Cost?
We believe in transparency when it comes to legal fees. That means we charge flat fees for all criminal cases. We also offer payment plans. Flat fees mean that you pay one price for your case, no matter how many times we have to appear in Court or if you select a trial by jury or we can negotiate a dismissal of the charges. Since the day we started, we offer free consultations. If you have questions about the cost for representation, just call us and schedule a free meeting to talk about your case and what it will cost to defend your case.
Our Lawyers Know the Law!
The criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice know the law and keep current with all new Constitutional case law and statutes. Whether the U.S Supreme Court made a ruling on search and seizure or the Maryland Court of Appeals has create a new procedure for arrests. We keep current so we can use the new laws to help defend your case and protect your freedom.
Experience Matters in Criminal Defense
We have represented thousands of clients charged with criminal offenses in Maryland. From doctors, lawyers, police officers, former NFL & MLB players, union members, we have defended every type of criminal charge. Let our experience and knowledge of the criminal laws in Maryland go to work for you.
Am I Facing Jail Time?
This may be one of the most common questions we hear from our clients. While no lawyer can promise that you will avoid jail time, we can make some general and statistical predictions. For clients with no record and a case without exacerbating circumstances, we keep 98% of our clients from facing jail time. In the Circuit Court, it can be harder to predict with such accuracy the chances of avoiding jail time. The reason for this is, Circuit Court case are typically more serious and thus the potential for jail time can be higher.
We all want certainty in our lives. We can’t plan for the future unless we know what is around the corner. This is never more true when facing criminal charges. Should I take that job? Should I buy that house? Should I make that move? When facing criminal charges, the future is up in the air. We can walk you through the process, provide probabilities and devise a plan for how to resolve your criminal case with the best possible outcome. Criminal cases can end in a number of different ways including; nolle prosequi, dismissal, not guilty, stet, guilty, mistrial and judgment of acquittal. We will explain all possible outcomes and how to achieve a realistic result for your case.
Let Us Worry About Your Criminal Case
Everytime we meet with new clients, they tell us how worried they were. But as they are leaving the office, they always say how much better they feel knowing they have an experienced criminal defense lawyer protecting them. That is what we do, we protect you, we make sure you know what is coming and help you make the best decisions when you appear in Court.
What Sets Us Apart from the Other Criminal Defense Lawyers?
We care and we mean it. You hear that all the time from every person that is trying to sell you something. We live here and we want you to be happy. We go above above and beyond the average lawyer would do to make sure you get the best outcome for your criminal defense. We want you to be happy and understand what is happening and make the most educated decisions for your case. We return phone calls, we have a 98% return rate during business hours and return all weekend phones call before or on Monday. We answer your questions and we do what we say we’re going to do. We appear in Court on time and prepared for your case. We argue the law and press witnesses that don’t tell the truth.
Criminal Defense Lawyers You Can Trust
We are trial lawyers, which means we are ready for trial if we don’t like what the State is offering. Have a trial lawyer representing you in a criminal defense case is imperative. You don’t want a lawyer that is only looking to plead your case out. You want a lawyer that is willing to go all the way with either a bench trial or jury trial. We are those kind of lawyers and we will fight to the end for your rights and freedom. You want a lawyer you can trust and is protecting your best interest, who won’t let you get steamrolled by the Government.
Criminal Attorney Near Me – Randolph Rice
If you’re facing criminal charges, call our office today at (410) 694-7291 or email us to schedule a free consultation. We have two locations, one in Baltimore/Dundalk and the other in Towson/Lutherville. Schedule a free consultation today to discuss your criminal case and learn how our criminal defense lawyers can put your mind at ease.
Call Us Today for Immediate Legal Help. (410) 694-7291
A criminal conviction can adversely affect the rest of your life. You could spend years in jail, pay fines, court costs, spend years on probation. Make sure you hire an experienced Maryland criminal defense lawyer to advise you on the best course of action for your case. Call Maryland criminal lawyer Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a FREE criminal defense consultation. We have over 10 years of experience and we can put that knowledge to work in your criminal case. Cityspur ranked our law firm in the TOP 10 in Maryland.
Why Choose the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, Jr. for your Criminal Defense Case?
Our Maryland criminal defense attorneys provide the personal service, knowledge, and attention to your criminal case. Each criminal case is different and we have the experience and knowledge to best navigate the complicated criminal defense process in Maryland. Call attorney Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free consultation and discuss your rights and legal options. Click here to email the office.
Criminal Law Maryland – We Know the Law to Better Serve You.
We have been trained in the Maryland Criminal Law and keep current with all new Maryland Criminal Code as prescribed by the Maryland Legislature. We read every new case that applies to our criminal defense clients and we make sure your case has the new laws that apply to the facts, ensuring you receive the best possible defense.
Maryland Judiciary Case Search
Do you need to find your court date or more information about your case. Click here to visit the Maryland Judiciary Case Search. Once you agree to the terms and conditions, enter your last name, first name and middle initial. You will be provided will all pending cases, select the first case if there is a series of criminal charges or select the criminal case. You will be provided with the types of charges and dates, if applicable.
When should you Hire a Criminal Defense lawyer?
A successful criminal defense begins as close as possible to the time of arrest. The battle is not only to avoid fines or incarceration or to get charges reduced or dismissed — it’s also to keep your record as free as possible from information that can harm your future: like getting a job, or pursuing a higher education.
Do not harm your criminal case by discussing anything with the authorities without the protection of a criminal defense attorney by your side. It is in your best interests to hire a criminal defense attorney in Maryland to represent you as soon as possible. If you believe that you may be charged with a crime, get a lawyer! Don’t wait for the formal arrest, call my office at (410) 694-7291 for immediate legal help.
What does a criminal lawyer do?
- Protect your rights at the outset
- Review the evidence and determine what is inadmissible or inaccurate
- Investigate to find witnesses and documents that help your defense
- Negotiate to reduce the charges
- Negotiate to dismiss the charges
- Interview possible witnesses for the prosecution for errors and exaggerations
- Review documents of the prosecution for flaws and omissions
- Determine what experts may be needed for the defense and get them on board
- Negotiate a plea settlement with the prosecutor
- Try the case, if necessary, before a Judge or jury
What is The Arrest Process for Criminal Charges?
When a person is placed under arrest, a criminal case begins. To be “under arrest” means that you are in police custody. An arrest is simply the exercise of police authority over a person.
An arrest DOES NOT depend on the use of handcuffs or other physical restraints. A police officer only needs to advise a criminal suspect that he or she is under arrest. The suspect may voluntarily submit to the officer without the use of physical force for an arrest to be complete.
What are the Possible Outcomes of a Criminal Case?
- Stet – According to Maryland Rule 4-248, on the motion of the State’s Attorney, the Court may indefinitely postpone trial of a charge by marking the charge “stet” on the docket. The Defendant does not need to be present when a charged is stetted but in that event the clerk shall send notice of the stet to the Defendant. A charge may not be stetted over the objection of the Defendant.
- Nolle Prosequi – According to Maryland Rule 4-247, the State’s Attorney may terminate a prosecution on a charge and dismiss the charge by entering a nolle prosequi or as referred to in the courtroom, a nolle pros. The Defendant need not be present, but the clerk shall send notice to the Defendant.
- Probation Before Judgment (PBJ) – According to Maryland Rule 6-220, when a Defendant pleads guilty or nolo contendere or is found guilty of a crime, a Court may stay the entering of judgment, defer proceedings, and place the Defendant on probation subject to reasonable conditions. In other words, the guilty finding is struck and a probation before judgment is entered in the Court record. Thus, is you are ever asked, “have you been convicted of a crime?” you can answer no, since the guilty was struck before being entered.
What can Cause an Arrest?
There are many different situations and scenarios that may lead to a person’s arrest. Most often, arrests fall into three main categories.
- The Police Officer Observes a Crime: If a police officer sees someone commit a crime, the officer may arrest that individual. These types of arrests are typically serious traffic offenses and DUIs but can also occur any time law enforcement witnesses a crime taking place.
- Probable Cause: When a police officer weighs the facts and circumstances of a situation and has reasonable belief that a person is about to commit a crime or has already committed a crime, an arrest may occur. The officer’s reasonable belief allows the arrest based on probable cause.
- Arrest Warrants: If a judge or magistrate issues an arrest warrant, this gives law enforcement to make an arrest. Warrants are usually issued after a law enforcement officer submits a sworn statement that outlines the reason for the arrest.
Arrest warrants generally include:
- A description of the alleged crime
- The person suspected of committing the crime
- The known addresses of the suspect’s home, school and/or employer
- Written permission for the law enforcement officer to arrest the suspect
If you think you are going to be charged criminally or have been charged, call attorney Randolph Rice, at (410) 694-7291 for immediate legal help; he is a Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer ready to help with your case.