I don’t say that because I have a financial interest in you hiring a lawyer. I say this because, if you are going into a courtroom and there is a possibility that you could go to jail, you need a lawyer.
We Want to Fix it Ourselves
We live in an age where we can do most things on our own. When something is broken at your house, like a leaky sink, you visit Youtube and try to find a fix to your leaky sink. That may work in some circumstances. You repair the sink, maybe replace a O-ring and you thing your sink is as good as new. But did you ever think about the consequences of not correcting the problem. The sink may work for a short period of time. But eventually the sink begins to leak again or it doesn’t work the way it did the day you bought it. Worst case scenario, you leave the house for a week long vacation and when you return, the house is full of water because you didn’t repair the sink properly.
Criminal Charges, Call a Lawyer ASAP
The same could be said for your criminal case. If you don’t do it right the first time, then you could be paying for it for years or maybe for the rest of your life. A criminal conviction can stay on your record for the rest of your life. You may feel the affects of that conviction by not being able to secure a good job. Consider this scenario, you have been charged with a minor theft crime. You think you can go to court, pay back the money and plead guilty. You end up in front a tough Judge and receive a “guilty” finding. That means it is on your record for the rest of your life.
Had you hired a lawyer, that lawyer could have negotiated with the State’s Attorney to drop the charges or have the State offer a Stet. Or, if the State was adamant about proceeding, then your lawyer could get your before a Judge that would offer a probation before judgment. Then your lawyer could have the charges expunged from your record and it wouldn’t follow you around for the rest of your life. This example is why you should hire a criminal defense lawyer to represent you for your charges. If you have to go to Court that could cost you money or jail time, hire a lawyer, let the lawyer represent your best interests.
Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyers you can Trust
You wouldn’t perform surgery on yourself, why would you try and represent yourself in Court? Lawyers that represent clients in criminal cases have years of experience with the legal system. They know the law and the people enforcing the laws, the Judges and State’s Attorneys. If you’ve been charged with a crime in Maryland, contact the criminal defense lawyers with the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC, at 410.288.2900. Schedule a FREE consultation to discuss your case and possible defenses and outcomes.