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Facing criminal charges in Baltimore County, you need a Baltimore County criminal lawyer. Contact Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291 to speak with a criminal lawyer today. Criminal charges are stressful and have consequences that extend past your day in Court. Don’t settle for a quick plea or a outcome that could affect you for the rest of your life. As an experienced and respected Baltimore County criminal lawyer, Randolph Rice has defended thousands of clients accused of crimes traffic violations in Baltimore County.

Who is the “Best Baltimore County Criminal Lawyer?”

People often ask who is the “Best Baltimore County Criminal Lawyer” or how do I find the “best criminal lawyer in Baltimore County?” Although there is no scale or grading system in Maryland for the best criminal defense lawyer, Randolph Rice has been honored and recognized by various organizations. Mr. Rice is a former Baltimore County Assistant State’s Attorney.

He has been recognized year after year by Super Lawyers as a Maryland Rising Star. Randolph Rice is ranked 10 out of 10 by Avvo as a Superb Lawyer and Lead Counsel Rate. He is also been named a “3 best in Baltimore County” for criminal Defense for years. When you have a serious criminal or traffic case in Baltimore County, choose the best defense.

What Happens if Accused of a Crime in Baltimore County?

The start of a criminal case can happen in many different ways. An individual can be arrested at the scene. A summons or warrant may be issued by a commissioner or the Court. No matter how a person is charged, the fact remains that the person must appear in Court to resolve the criminal charges in Baltimore County. if you have been charged or believe you will be charged, contact the Baltimore County criminal lawyer Randolph Rice to schedule a free consultation.

Call Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291 to speak with a lawyer today!

Misdemeanor Charges in Baltimore County

If a person is charged with a misdemeanor criminal or traffic charge, the person will have to appear in one of 3 District Courts in Baltimore County. Those District Courts are located in Catonsville, Towson and Essex/Rosedale. If arrested, a person will have to post bond or is released pending the trial date. If a bond is set, the person will have to appear before a Judge for a bail review hearing. If a summons is issued, the person is ordered to appear for the trial date in one of the District Courts.

Felony Charges in Baltimore County

If a person is charged with at least one felony charge, the Court date will be in the Baltimore County Circuit Court located in Towson, Maryland.  Felony cases are different from misdemeanor cases because there will be multiple hearings, including scheduling hearings, pretrial hearings, motions hearing and a trial date.

When You Have Been Charged with a Crime in Baltimore County, Maryland

People are charged with crimes in Baltimore County about every 89 seconds. Every time someone is charged with a crime, it not only affects that person, but the family and friends of that person being accused of the crime. The process of pending criminal charges can bring great stress and worry to not only the charged individual, but their family and friends.

Those worries include; is my loved one going to jail? What will it cost to defend the case? What will happen once the case is over with? Can I have the charges expunged from my record?

What to Do if Charged with a Crime in Baltimore County, MD

If you or a loved one have been charged with a crime, it is important that you contact us as soon after the arrest or charges as possible. Our Baltimore County criminal lawyer will walk you through what will happen next and what to expect from the Court and the State.

Criminal charges are serious and very complex. They involve the most important part of one’s life, their freedom. They require a lawyer with experience and knowledge to take on the State and the Court system to fight for their rights and freedom.

What Does a Baltimore County Criminal Lawyer Do?

The Randolph Rice criminal defense lawyers will work to protect your freedom and and ensure that the State does not take advantage of you and your rights. Plus, the our lawyers will make sure you understand what it’s going to take to defend your case and a timeline on the process as well as the court date and possible trial.

When we meet with new clients we complete a full intake. Everything from their educational background to health issues. We listen to our clients and look for possible loopholes in the State’s case.

Common Baltimore County Criminal Charges

Some of the most common types of criminal cases we handling in Baltimore County include:

Baltimore County Criminal Lawyers That Fight for You!

We have defended thousands of clients in Baltimore County and has achieved success after success for our clients, avoiding jail time or minimizing the likelihood of penalties. Our lawyers want to make sure you don’t have a conviction on your record and want to keep your record clean. With our representation and defense, your only focus will be on preparing for trial and making sure you appear ready for us to argue your case before the Judge or jury. As trusted Baltimore County criminal lawyers, we handle everything and you can trust that your freedom is protected.

Trust our Baltimore County Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with a crime or you believe you will be charged with a crime, the Randolph Rice Criminal Defense Lawyers Baltimore County will fight for your freedom and rights in the court of law. Read about the types of cases we handle and decide for yourself if you want a defense that will work for you. Simply contact the office by email or call (410) 694-7291 for your free consultation.  We have handled all types of criminal cases and charges from felonies to misdemeanors, let our experience go to work for you.

Areas Served in Baltimore County

We defend clients from all cities and towns in Baltimore County, including:

  • Arbutus
  • Baltimore Highlands
  • Bowleys Quarters
  • Carney
  • Catonsville
  • Cockeysville
  • Dundalk
  • Edgemere
  • Essex
  • Garrison
  • Hampton
  • Kingsville
  • Lansdowne
  • Lochearn
  • Lutherville
  • Mays Chapel
  • Middle River
  • Milford Mill
  • Overlea
  • Owings Mills
  • Parkville
  • Perry Hall
  • Pikesville
  • Randallstown
  • Reisterstown
  • Rosedale
  • Rossville
  • Timonium
  • Towson
  • White Marsh
  • Woodlawn

When Do I Contact a Baltimore County Criminal Lawyer?

A person charged with a crime should contact a lawyer as soon after they are charged. The closer to the allegations a lawyer is retained, the better the defense can be developed. Attorney Randolph Rice knows from experience that the more information and better prepared case, the better the client will be in Court.

Baltimore County Criminal Lawyer Near Me

We have two convenient locations in Baltimore County, our Baltimore/Dundalk office and our Lutherville/Towson office. We meet with clients during the week. If you happen to be near one of the offices, feel free to stop in and schedule a free consultation. You will be able to sit down with a lawyer to discuss your case and learn how we can help you.

Preliminary Hearing in Baltimore County

If a person is charged with a felony, they may be entitled to a preliminary hearing. A preliminary hearing is held to determine if probable cause exists to proceed with the case. The State’s Attorney for Baltimore County can elect to instead take the case before the Grand Jury to determine if probable cause exists. A preliminary hearing request must be made within 10 days from the date the case was filed. If you have a preliminary hearing scheduled or would like to request one, contact our Baltimore County criminal lawyer to discuss filing for the hearing.

Judges in Baltimore County Maryland

There are Judges assigned to hear cases in Baltimore County. Those include Judges in the District Court for Baltimore County and Judges in Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Each Judge has taken an oath to Judge the case fairly and impartially and to consider all of the facts and determine guilt or innocence. Each Judge is different in the way their sentence cases and how the conduct their courtroom. An experienced Baltimore County criminal lawyer will know these tendencies and be able to advise the best course of action before each Judge.

Probation in Baltimore County

If a person is found guilty or receives a probation before judgment, the Judge has the option of placing the Defendant on a period of probation. In the District Court, the maximum period of probation is 3 years and 5 years for Circuit Court case. That probation can include standard conditions such as report to Parole and Probation or remain crime free for the period of probation. Click here to read the condition of probation a Judge can order in Baltimore County.

Possible Outcomes for Criminal Case in Baltimore County

Some of the possible outcomes for a Baltimore County criminal case include:

Criminal Lawyer for Juvenile Crimes

If a minor is charged with a crime, it is typically heard in the Baltimore County Circuit Court by a Master. The State does have the option of charging minors in the Circuit Court, depending on the type of charge or the seriousness of the case. If a minor has been charged with a crime, the parents or guardian should contact our office to discuss their options and how to defend their child.

Find Criminal Cases in Baltimore County

There are two ways to find criminal charges in Baltimore County. An individual can search the Maryland Judiciary Case search system. They can also visit the Baltimore County Circuit Court homepage. Each day at 4:30 p.m. the Clerk of Court for Baltimore County lists the daily docket for the next day.  For the Maryland Case Search, an individual can enter the last and first name and find any pending or closed cases in Maryland.

Why Should I Hire A Criminal Lawyer?

Criminal charges and cases in Baltimore County are serious. The Judges and State’s Attorneys in Baltimore County want convictions and they want to tell voters that they are making Baltimore County safer. However, most crimes involve witnesses, and some witnesses may have motives to see an individual found guilty. Or witnesses may have seen something and don’t remember what they saw or saw something and then they remember it a different way. The Baltimore County Police are one of the best departments in the Country. They work hard and they have a tough job. But, they must follow certain rules and the guidelines set out by the Courts and the Constitution.

That is why a lawyer that is looking out for you is necessary. We care about our clients and we listen to our clients. We know that people make mistakes and we know that other people make mistakes. We seek justice for our clients and ensure the best possible outcome in their case.

Call Us Today to Schedule a Consultation

Don’t take chances with criminal charges. There is nothing more important than your freedom. Your family needs you and you need to stay out of jail and out of trouble so you can continue to work and provide for yourself and your family.

The Baltimore County criminal lawyers at Rice, Murtha & Psoras are here to help. Call the office at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free consultation. We are here to help and would more than happy to have a short conversation on the phone to see if we’re the right law firm for you.

Baltimore County Courthouses

Baltimore County Maryland has a total of four different courthouses throughout the county. There are three district court houses located in Catonsville, Towson, and Essex Maryland. The Circuit Court building is located in Towson Maryland at 401 Bosley Avenue Towson Maryland 21204.

To contact the Baltimore County Circuit Court call 410-887-2139. The Baltimore County Circuit Court generally hears felony criminal cases as well as civil cases, family law cases, juvenile law cases and jury trials.

The district courts in Baltimore County hear small civil cases, contract cases, peace and protective orders, misdemeanor criminal cases, serious traffic offences including DUI and DWI cases as well as minor traffic cases like speeding tickets and stops on violations.

Catonsville District Court

The The District Court located in Catonsville Maryland is at 900 Walker Avenue and their phone number is 410-512-2500. When traveling on 695 you take Exit 12 on Wilkens Avenue and head West and about a half a mile down the road turn left on Walker Avenue and the courthouse is located on the left.

The Catonsville district court has free parking, however the parking lot does fill up on Wednesdays and Thursdays, it’s smart to get there early.

Essex District Court

The Baltimore County District Court located in Essex Maryland has an address of 8914 Kelso Drive, Essex Maryland 21221. You can contact the Essex district court at 410-512-2300. When traveling on 695 exit 35 on to Pulaski Highway. Head East on Pulaski Highway for about 1 mile and turn right on Martin Boulevard, the court is located at the intersection of Kelso Drive and Martin Boulevard.

There is ample free parking in the front of the district court building as well as behind the building. The Essex District Court has a total of three different courtrooms and there’s also a parole and probation office located within the building.

Towson District Court

The Towson District Court is located at 120 East Chesapeake Avenue Towson, Maryland 21286. You can contact the Towson district court at 410-512-2000. While traveling on the Beltway exit from Interstate 695 onto York Road head through the circle in downtown Towson and turn left onto Chesapeake Avenue. There is parking on the street as well as a parking garage located 1/2 mile from the district court, the interest interest is on Chesapeake Avenue. The Towson district court has a total of six courtrooms, for court rooms located on the first floor along with the Clerk’s Office as well as two cute rooms on the second floor. There is also a Commissioner’s Office located in the basement of the Towson district court and it is open 24 hours a day.


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