MARYLAND CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
SERVING ALL OF MARYLAND – Offices in Laurel, Silver Spring, Rockville & Ellicott City
Arrested or Charged with a Crime? We’re Read to Help.
Few 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
- Vehicular Manslaughter
- Gang-Related Charges
- Probation Violations
- Drug Charges
- Weapons Offenses
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)
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.