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How to Choose a Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer

criminal defense lawyerHow to Choose a Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you’re facing accusations of criminal misconduct, finding an effective criminal defense lawyer is critically important. Knowing you have a passionate advocate, skilled negotiator, and partner in your case can not only help minimize the impact on you and your loved ones, but also give you peace of mind.

Call attorney Randolph Rice at 410.288.2900 to schedule a FREE consultation to discuss your case.

Get the Best Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal defense attorneys represent those who are charged with criminal conduct or are a defendant in a filed lawsuit. Able criminal defense lawyers will be familiar with the court system adjudicating the case, including the judges, prosecutors, and procedures. Good lawyers will be able to negotiate on your behalf, have handled cases like yours before, point out pretrial issues to address, draft and file motions regarding your case, and work towards a reduction or dismissal if possible. They will also help you understand clearly the often complex processes, proceedings, and potential outcomes to advise you on the wisest course of action.

It’s important to understand the type of defense attorney you need, what to look for, and questions to ask before making a selection.

What Type of Lawyer Do You Need?

The type of charges against you should help determine the type of lawyer you select. State cases usually involve contract disputes, traffic violations, family disputes, and robberies. Federal charges step from Constitutional violations, bankruptcies, copyright issues, and patent cases. When charged with a federal crime, you will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office. These lawyers will have more time and resources available to prosecute your case. You’ll want to find an attorney with more experience, especially with defending in federal courts. In either case, you want a lawyer who has experience or specializes in the area from which your charges stem.

What To Look For

There are many factors to consider in selecting an attorney. Some things to watch for include:

  • Educational Background. What college and law school did he or she attend? Mr. Rice attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate degree and Loyola Law School and University of Maryland Law School for his legal degree.
  • What bar associations does the attorney belong to? At a minimum your attorney should be a member of county and state bar associations. Ask if the lawyer is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the state’s criminal defense lawyers association, or the American Bar Association’s criminal justice section. Attorney Randolph Rice is a member of the American Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, Baltimore County Bar Association and the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Association.
  • Is your potential attorney guaranteeing a result? If so, stay away. Lawyers are not fortune tellers and each case is different. We cannot guarantee results, but we can assign probabilities based on facts and your background.

Some Questions To Ask

Here are some helpful questions to ask any potential attorney:

  • For how many clients have you gotten charges reduced or dropped?
  • What percentage of cases have gone to trial?
  • How many years have you been representing criminal defendants?
  • How many cases have you taken that are like mine? What have been the results?
  • Who in your office will I be working with? How will we communicate?
  • Do you have any concerns about my case?
  • What are the likely costs for my case?

When you’re looking for skilled an experienced criminal defense attorneys in Maryland, contact the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr.  at 410-288-2900.  Meet with attorney Randolph Rice and get an idea of how he can help you.