SERVING ALL OF MARYLAND – Offices in Laurel, Silver Spring, Rockville & Ellicott City

Arrested or Charged with a Crime? We’re Ready to Help.

Criminal CourtFew experiences are as upsetting and frightening as feeling the cold steel of handcuffs around your wrists or being forced into the back of a squad car.  When you have been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony, the quality of your attorney can mean the difference between going home and a lifetime of adverse consequences.  If you are convicted of a criminal offense in Maryland, you can face a wide array of penalties that include incarceration in jail or state prison, substantial fines, a permanent criminal record, probation, mandatory participation in classes, or counseling and other punishments depending on the specific offense with which you are charged. It is our personal goal to assure that this does not happen if you hire us.

Criminal Defense for State and Federal Charges in Maryland

Whether you have been arrested and formally charged with a criminal charge or you are the target of a criminal investigation, you should refuse to answer any questions asked by the police and assert your right to an attorney.  Nevertheless, many individuals do in fact speak with law enforcement with the hope that this will potentially resolve their case. Please understand that this not-uncommon mistake absolutely does not mean that a case cannot be defeated – it only sometimes makes it more difficult.

We represent clients through every facet of a criminal case from the pre-charge investigative phase through trial or even appeal when necessary.  Sometimes, early intervention can result in fewer charges, less serious charges or diversion without formal charges. At Azari Law, we offer representation in misdemeanor, felony, and serious traffic offenses, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Burglary & Theft Offenses (i.e., Crimes against Property)
  • Assault, Battery and other Violent Offenses
  • Sex Crimes
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Serious Traffic Offenses
  • Manslaughter/Murder
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Gang-Related Charges
  • Probation Violations
  • Drug Charges
  • Weapons Offenses
  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors

Misdemeanor v. Felony Charges and Penalties

Regardless of whether you are facing a misdemeanor or felony charge, both types of offenses can have life-altering consequences. A conviction of a felony typically involves exposure to a minimum penalty of a year in state prison while many violent or serious felonies carry mandatory minimum sentences that can span decades. Misdemeanors generally involve penalties that include a maximum of a year in jail. When you are charged with a criminal offense in Maryland, you can face many adverse consequence beyond jail time, fines, and court imposed penalties that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Adverse immigration consequences
  • Loss of your driver’s license
  • Requirement of mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID)
  • Disqualification for certain professional and occupational licenses
  • Damage to your personal and professional reputation
  • Adverse decisions by potential landlords and creditors
  • Limitations on travel
  • Loss of certain constitutional rights, such as firearm ownership (felonies)

Recent Case Highlights

(June 2019) Our client was a military member and a young mother of three who had been accused of shooting and attempting to kill her boyfriend during an argument.

Through Lauren and Ed’s investigation, it became apparent that her boyfriend essentially fabricated his story of what happened that night in order to punish our client for uncovering his infidelity and ending their relationship. Furthermore, her boyfriend also wanted to cover up his own violent behavior towards our client that night by concocting his story of what happened to law enforcement.

Through solid cross examination of the boyfriend, direct examination of our client, and substantial opening and closing arguments, Lauren and Ed were able to secure a not guilty verdict on all counts.

(May 2019) Our client was a man who had been in an on-again, off-again relationship with a woman who had consistently brought false criminal charges against him every time he would end their relationship. In this case, the woman accused our client of pushing her, shoving her, and slamming her to the ground, resulting in extensive injuries.

After the state refused to drop the case, Lauren and Ed conducted a jury trial. Through relentless cross examination of the alleged victim, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all counts.

(April 2019) Our client was charged with DWI/DUI despite the officer never actually observing her drive/operate her vehicle in any way. After the state refused to drop the charges, Lauren conducted a trial and our client was found not guilty on all counts.

(November 2018) Our client was going through a complicated divorce with her husband of over 25 years. Unfortunately, in the middle of their divorce litigation, her husband was murdered and the police and state immediately zeroed in on our client without any solid evidence connecting her to the crime.

The case was pending for almost two years before finally going to trial. Unfortunately, despite four bond review hearings, our client remained incarcerated pending the trial. Lauren made it a point to visit her frequently, oftentimes multiple times per month, to keep her apprised of all the developments in her case.

There was a vast amount of evidence and discovery involved in this case, and it took countless hours, days, weeks, and months of extensive investigation, analysis, and review in order to prepare for trial. We worked tirelessly to exhaust all avenues, and utilized multiple expert witnesses, had a full crime scene reconstruction prepared, and conducted our own investigation of the case via private investigators, subpoenas and witness interviews.

Ultimately, the actual trial lasted over three weeks. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all counts.

Free, Confidential Legal Consultation

You can reach us 24/7 at (301) 362-3300, or email us for a free consultation or to schedule an office appointment. We are conveniently located in Laurel, Silver Spring, Rockville, and Ellicott City MD.  Rest assured that any information provided to us is completely confidential. We look forward to helping you.