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When people in Maryland think about planning a vacation, the first thought that comes to mind is often Ocean City, Maryland. Located in Worcester County, Ocean City is a popular place to visit in the summertime. However, it is also a great place to live year-round. Situated on the coast, people may find themselves having fun, making decisions that are not ideal. Those poor decisions can follow you even once your vacation is over. People of all ages make poor decisions, but it does not have to follow you around forever. If you are facing charges, even if you are a minor, an experienced Ocean City criminal lawyer can assist you. At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we offer a free consultation to discuss your charges and what your next steps should be.

G. Randolph Rice, Jr. with the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC, is an experienced and trusted Ocean City, Maryland attorney committed to defending your rights.  If you have been charged with a crime, DUI (driving under the influence), DWI (driving while impaired), BUI (boating under the influence), drunk driving, or a traffic violation in Ocean City, Maryland, contact attorney Randolph Rice at (410) 288-2900 for immediate legal help.

Whether you were on vacation in Ocean City or a resident of Worcester County Maryland, and you’re facing a criminal or traffic court date, contact the law firm of the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC, at (410) 288-2900 for immediate help.  If you want the best possible outcome, contact an attorney that concentrates in the fields of criminal, DUI, DWI, and traffic laws in Maryland.  Don’t let one mistake ruin the rest of your life.

Crimes Our Ocean City, MD Criminal Defense Lawyer Handle

Attorney G. Randolph Rice, Jr., has been representing clients for years in Ocean City and helping them resolve their criminal, DUI, DWI, drunk driving and traffic ticket cases with favorable outcomes.  Mr. Rice is a former Assistant State’s Attorney in Maryland and has tried thousands of jury and bench trials in Maryland.  Let his knowledge of the Maryland criminal and traffic laws and his experience in the Courtroom go to work for you.  In addition to his trial experience, he has been recognized by other lawyers in Maryland as a Super Lawyer – Rising Star as well as CitySpur Best Attorney in Criminal and DUI/DWI Defense.

The Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., represents clients charged in Ocean City, Maryland with:

  • Criminal Matters;
  • DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving Violations;
  • Traffic Citations / Tickets / Violations;
  • All Misdemeanors;
  • All Felonies.

We understand that many of our clients do not live in Maryland. We offer a free telephone consultation and if you choose to retain the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC, we can handle most of the legal work for your case via phone, fax, and email.  We accept all payments including Visa, Mastercard, and Discover cards.

If you are charged with a crime or traffic violation in Ocean City, Md, a lawyer can be helpful by:

  • Explaining the charges and elements of the crime or traffic violation;
  • Advising you of the possible penalties (jail, fines, probation, etc.);
  • Investigating and interviewing witnesses;
  • Trying the case (Jury or Judge Trial);
  • Protecting your Constitutional Rights;
  • Help to receive a fair outcome if you are convicted or found guilty by way of a plea;
  • Advising you on the best course of action;
  • Resolving the matter before the trial date thus avoiding a court appearance;
  • Filing the necessary documents with the Court and State’s Attorney’s Office to protect your rights;
  • Filing for First Offender Program or Alternative Sentence Program;
  • Expunging all record of your arrest and subsequent proceedings.

Common Offenses in Ocean City, Maryland

Traffic Offenses

If you have ever found yourself sitting on the side of the road pulled over by an officer, you know that it can be nerve-racking. There are many reasons why an officer may pull you over and there are many different citations you can receive.

The reason may be whether you ran a stop sign, were speeding, or were found to be driving on a suspended license. For any of these offenses, you can be facing fines and even points on your license. Though these may seem like minor penalties, they can have severe consequences. If you accumulate too many points on your license, you will likely have increased car insurance rates, as well as, a possible suspended license. Driving while suspended is a serious violation that can lead to jail time.

Contact the Ocean City Maryland Traffic Ticket Attorney G. Randolph Rice, Jr., at (410) 288-2900 for immediate help.  From speeding tickets to Driving on a Suspended License in Ocean City Maryland, we have handled all types of traffic violation cases.  Traffic violations in Maryland can result in fines, court costs, points and even jail time for certain violations (driving while suspended, driving while revoked, driving while canceled, driving without a license, driving without insurance, etc.)

Licenses can be suspended for a variety of other reasons as well, including to take a breath or blood test after a DUI investigation and failure to pay your tickets. So, even though you had a minor moving violation, you can be looking at serious consequences. No matter the offense, you should consult with an Ocean City, Maryland lawyer.

DUI/DWI

Unfortunately, after a night out, people make decisions to drive, even after having a few drinks too many. If you are one of those people and you were pulled over serious consequences could be following.

There are two charges that can result from drinking and driving, a DUI and a DWI. A DUI means driving under the influence and a DWI means driving while intoxicated. These two offenses are often charged together and can be difficult to differentiate.

Essentially, the only difference in these charges are what your blood alcohol content (BAC) was when tested. This means, that you can be charged with a drunk driving offense even if your BAC was below the technical “legal” limit of .08.

Contact the Ocean City Maryland DWI Attorney G. Randolph Rice, Jr., at (410) 288-2900 for immediate help.  A DWI or driving while impaired is a serious charge that if convicted, can result in up to 60 days in jail for a first offense.  Depending on the facts surrounding the traffic stop and arrest, some Judge will send a first time offender to jail for a short period of time.  We have had past success in preparing our clients for their day in Court.  We make sure that we provide every defense strategy, investigated all aspects of your case and review all evidence in your case.  We look at each DWI case as if we will be ready for trial before a Judge of jury and plan for the best and worst case scenario.  Don’t let one mistake ruin the rest of your life, contact a DWI attorney as soon after the arrest to discuss your options in terms of your MVA (“Motor Vehicle Administration”) consequences and options with your driver’s license.

Contact the Ocean City Maryland Drunk Driving Attorney G. Randolph Rice, Jr., at (410) 288-2900 for immediate help.  Drinking and Driving is one of the most heavily prosecuted crimes in Maryland and probably one of the most publicly enforced.  What that means is the Judges and State’s Attorneys that handle these types of case are under great pressure to ensure convictions and stiff penalties.  That being understood, you should not be convicted of a crime you did not commit. If the State cannot prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt then you should be acquitted.  As a drunk driving defense attorney in Ocean City Maryland, G. Randolph Rice, Jr., ensures that each client receives a meticulous review of every aspect of their case and makes sure that if the State can’t prove their case then he seeks an acquittal.  If you’ve been charged in Ocean City Md. with drinking and driving then you need to contact a lawyer as soon after the arrest as possible. There are important rights that you could waive if you don’t act quickly.  For example, if you are eligible for a finding of no action by the MVA by way of an Administrative Hearing, then you must submit a request within 10 days to ensure that your license is not suspended pending the hearing date.  In addition, if your lawyer does not make the required request for blood or breath technician, then a Judge may rule that waived your right to have that witness present at your trial.  Don’t wait, contact the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC, at (410) 288-2900 if you’ve been charged with drinking and driving in Ocean City Maryland.

If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI you should not try to fight the offense alone. Call an Ocean City DUI lawyer to help walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace are two offenses that can be applied to the same criminal accusations. There are many scenarios that can lead to disorderly conduct charges, such as entering private property and disturbing the occupants of that property and excessive drunkenness in public.

If you have been arrested for disorderly conduct you may face a misdemeanor charge with penalties up to $500 and sixty days in jail. If you have been charged with disturbing the peace or disorderly conduct, it is in your best interest to hire a defense attorney.

An Ocean City criminal lawyer can help avoid the harsh sentencing that accompanies disorderly conduct.

Assault

Have you been charged with 2nd Degree Assault in Ocean City Maryland? Mr. Rice has helped hundreds of clients resolve their assault charges with the least possible consequences, including dismissal or nolle prosequi (nol pros) in Maryland.  A conviction for 2nd Degree Assault in Maryland carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and is classified as a misdemeanor.  Don’t take a chance with your future. If a lawyer is successful in having your assault charges dropped or dismissed, the case can be expunged from your record.

A conviction can result in dismissal from your job, loss of education opportunities, inability to obtain a license, failure to receive a loan or credit, and hundreds of other negative consequences.  Make sure you hire an attorney who concentrates his law practice in Maryland on criminal, DUI, DWI and traffic cases.

Locations of Court Houses

If you find yourself having to go to court after being charged with a crime in Ocean City, Maryland, you will likely have to visit one of the Worcester County District Courthouses. Ocean City, Maryland is home to one of two District Courts in Worcester County.

The District Court operates from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and has parking in front of the building. A second District Court, as well as the Circuit Court, is located in Snow Hill and operates under the same hours.

There is also a Worcester County Circuit Court that hears juvenile and family law matters as well as all jury trials. Snow Hill is about a 30-minute drive from Ocean City, so if you are dealing with any of the aforementioned matters that is where you will be appearing.

Whether you need to appear in an Ocean City District or Circuit Court, the Law Offices of Randolph Rice can help you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after I am charged with a crime in Ocean City, Maryland?

If you are arrested, you will be taken to the police station for Ocean City.  The police will begin the booking process where they will collect information about you and the alleged crime. The police do have the option of asking you questions at the scene or back at the police precinct.  You do not have to answer any of the police’s questions and you may invoke your right to remain silent.  The more you tell the police, the more evidence they will have at trial to use against you.  Once the police have completed the booking and questioning, they may take you before a court commissioner to have the charges reviewed and a bail/bond set.  If the commissioner sets a bail/bond, then you have the option of posting that bail/bond at that time or they police will transport you to the local detention center to await a bail review hearing. The commissioner can also release you on your own recognizance and you will receive a trial date in the mail. Most bail review hearings will occur the next day unless you are arrested on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, then the bail review will occur the following Monday.  If you do not post the bail/bond, then you will be held at the detention center until the trial date is set.  If you are charged with a misdemeanor then your case will be heard in one of the District Courts.  If you are charged with a felony, your case will be heard in the Circuit Court.

What happens after I am charged with a felony in Ocean City, Maryland?

If you have been charged with a felony, then you have 10 days after you have seen a court commissioner to request a preliminary hearing.  If request a preliminary hearing, then a date will be set in the District Court to have a Judge decide if there is probable cause to move forward with all charges.  The State’s Attorney’s Office will review your case and they may still allow the preliminary hearing to occur, at which time they may reduce the charges down to misdemeanors or they may have a hearing for the Judge to decide if there is probable cause to move forward with the felony charges.  The State’s Attorney also has the option of pulling the case from the preliminary hearing and taking it before a Grand Jury to determine if there is probable cause to move forward.  The individual charged does not have the ability to stop the State’s Attorney from taking the case before the Grand Jury.  If the charged individual does not request a preliminary hearing, the State’s Attorney could also file criminal information and have the case transferred to the Circuit Court to be prosecuted.

What if I wasn’t charged in Ocean City, but rather another location in Worcester County?

At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we not only have expertise in Ocean City criminal law, but all of Worcester County.

That means whether you need a lawyer in Snow Hill, Berlin or another place in Worcester County, we are the experienced Maryland criminal lawyers that can help you.

What if I need a defense attorney in another county in Maryland?

If you need a Maryland criminal attorney, the Law Offices of Randolph Rice can help. We practice in not only Worcester County, but the surrounding counties as well, including Wicomico and Somerset County.

At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we are the Maryland criminal defense attorney’s that you need on your side.

What is a bond hearing in Ocean City, Md?

A bond hearing is when a judge sets an amount of money that the person must put up in order to be released from jail pending trial.

The bond hearing is an opportunity for a judge to determine if bond should be issued and whether any conditions should be attached. The judge will take into consideration your ties with the community, whether you are employed, what criminal history you have and how much of a flight risk you are.

When at a bail hearing you are entitled to have an attorney present. Be sure to have an experienced Ocean City criminal lawyer by your side.

If I am a minor, can I still be charged as an adult?

Generally, minors are prosecuted in a juvenile court system. In Maryland, the age of majority is 18 years old. If you are prosecuted in juvenile court and found to be delinquent the court retains power over the minor to do what is best for him or her.

However, it is possible for the court to charge minors as adults. Minors that are 16 years or older may end up in adult court for carjacking, kidnapping, second-degree murder, rape or assault, and manslaughter, except involuntary.

There are serious consequences to ending up in adult court. When the defendant is so young, do not gamble with their future. Contact an Ocean City criminal lawyer.

What are some consequences of a DUI charge?

If you are found guilty of a DUI charge, you can be facing jail time, fines, suspended license and even more. To determine how harsh the penalties are will depend on if this was a first offense or a subsequent.

For a first offense, driving while under the influence of alcohol carries a punishment of imprisonment not exceeding one year and/or a fine not exceeding $1,000.

However, for a second offense, driving while under the influence of alcohol carries a punishment of imprisonment not exceeding two years and/or a fine not exceeding $2,000.

Most people do not just have this kind of money to waste and can’t afford to go to prison due to jobs. Call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we are experienced DUI lawyers in Maryland.

What is the difference between a DUI and a DWI?

Many people use the terms DUI and DWI interchangeably. But in Maryland DUIs are different from DWIs. To begin, DUI, stands for driving under the influence, meanwhile, DWI is driving while impaired.

So, what are the differences? The main difference is that a DUI is typically charged if the blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 or above. DWIs are normally charged for BACs that are between .04 and .08.

This means that DWIs are normally a less harsh charge to receive but can still impact your life nonetheless. Most times, both a DUI and DWI will be charged.

Don’t let the State scare you with an amassment of charges. Contact an Ocean City DUI lawyer immediately.

Is there any way to clear my criminal record?

In certain cases, criminal records may be expunged. This means that information about a criminal offense is removed from court and law enforcement records.

In order to go about this process, a formal request must be submitted to the court and a judge will determine if the petition will be granted. Only criminal charges can be expunged and there are further qualifications.

Three years must have passed and you must have received a probation before judgment or stet, meaning the court indefinitely postponed your case. However, the record cannot be expunged if you have a subsequent conviction or are a defendant in another criminal case.

Expunging your record could greatly increase your chances of landing a job. With such high stakes, it is important to have a defense attorney walking you through the process. Call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice to talk about clearing your record.

Contact Our Ocean City, MD Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

Do not ruin your vacation or beach trip just because of a poor decision. Whether you received a traffic ticket or are facing serious criminal charges, such as a DUI, you need a defense attorney. A conviction can haunt you for the rest of your life.  Let Mr. Rice’s experience in the courtroom go to work for you.  Mr. Rice is a private attorney that has been representing clients for years in their criminal and traffic cases in Maryland.  Before Mr. Rice was defending individuals charged with crimes in Ocean City, he was an Assistant State’s Attorney in Maryland where he tried thousands of criminal, DUI, DWI and traffic cases before Judges and Juries.

You should always hire a lawyer if you are facing any type of criminal or traffic charges.  A lawyer can be valuable in explaining the charges, the maximum penalty, investigating the case, negotiating with the State’s Attorney, and providing any legal defenses. Contact a skilled Ocean City criminal lawyer today. We can help you get your life back on track.

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