Towson is a busy place with a number of bars, restaurants and Towson University. A night out or a bad mistake could lead to criminal charges because of misunderstandings or bad choices. If you have been charged with a crime in Towson, Maryland, you will need help from an attorney who can fight your case and work to keep you out of jail.
The stress of going through a criminal case can be one of the hardest things for an individual to handle, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today to discuss your charges in a free legal consultation and learn more about how your case might proceed. Our attorneys may be able to take your case and represent you in court, working to get charges dropped and dismissed and get penalties reduced. For a free legal consultation, call our Towson criminal defense lawyers today at (410) 694-7291.
Criminal Defense Attorneys for Charges in Towson, MD
Criminal charges and indictments are very complex and can involve numerous witnesses and hundreds of pieces of evidence. The police and prosecutors are typically working to prove the case against you so they can get a conviction and close the case. We want to make sure your rights are protected during that process, and we literally make it our job to defend the accused in these kinds of cases.
To convict you of criminal charges, the government must prove each element of the crime “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Our attorneys can work to stop that from happening in a few different ways. First, we will work to suppress any and all evidence they claimed to have in your case. Many times, evidence is collected through illegal searches and seizures, illegal confessions after illegal arrests, and improper procedures. Our attorneys can fight to get this evidence blocked from court. Second, we will fight the charges on a legal basis by arguing that the alleged conduct does not fit the crime, even if everything the government said about you was true. Many cases can be dropped and dismissed this way. Third, we will work to use evidence and witnesses in your defense to get the case dismissed at trial.
If your case is going to be impossible to beat, we may be able to negotiate a plea deal. This can involve “pleading down” the offense to a lesser offense – potentially one that has no jail time. Our lawyers may also be able to make agreements with the prosecution that can keep you out of jail so you can stay home with your family.
Common Charges and Defenses in Maryland
Maryland has many of the common charges people face throughout the country every day. These charges may carry different names sometimes – such as Maryland having both “driving under the influence” (DUI) and “driving while impaired” (DWI) charges – but our attorneys can help you understand the terminology so you know what exactly you were charged with. Some common charges you might be facing include the following:
Assault charges can come from any illegal strikes or blows against another person. These charges can be more severe in Maryland for assault using a firearm, and the penalties are often increased for assault against a police officer.
Theft, Robbery, and Burglary
Theft charges can include shoplifting, auto theft, or other charges for stealing items or money that do not belong to you. If you were accused of stealing directly from a person, perhaps using force, you may be charged with robbery. Stealing from a house can often be charged as burglary, but other crimes of breaking and entering to commit a crime inside the house might also be charged as burglary.
Sometimes charges sound less serious than they are. Charges for disorderly conduct typically result in a fine only, but they can still take a lot of time out of your day to address the charges and set you back hundreds of dollars in fines and court costs if convicted.
Drunk driving charges can come as DUI or DWI charges. These charges can stick even if you blew under a .08% on a breath test or if you were accused of drugged driving instead of drunk driving. Our attorneys can work to challenge the case and fight to have charges dropped and penalties reduced.
Whether the accident involved drunk driving or not, you may be accused of leaving the scene of an accident. If this is the case, you could face license suspensions and even jail time for causing a hit-and-run, and you should speak with an attorney right away to start working to avoid serious penalties.
Sexual assault and rape charges are incredibly severe and can result in years of jail time, high fines, and registration as a sex offender. Especially if these crimes were committed against a child victim, you could be in serious trouble and will need the help of an experienced attorney.
Many drug crimes involve serious penalties that could mean years in jail if convicted. While lesser offenses like charges for marijuana possession might result in no jail time, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession with the intent to deliver can cause significant problems now and in the future.
Call Our Towson, Maryland Criminal Lawyers for a Free Legal Consultation
Attorney Randolph Rice has been defending clients since 2009, and before that, he was an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore County. With our representation, you can get back to living your life and let us prepare for the trial date. If you were charged with a crime, the Towson criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice are ready to help. Let us fight the fight for you. Call us at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free consultation.