Strategic Criminal Defense in Maryland
Trusted attorneys in Baltimore
At the Baltimore law firm of Discepolo LLP, we provide strong, resourceful criminal defense to clients facing charges in Maryland. When you need somewhere to turn and a law firm you can trust—contact us.
Our highly skilled team of lawyers works to defend your rights and protect your liberty—and your future—on a broad array of criminal matters, including state, federal criminal defense, traffic violations, and driving under the influence (DUI).
Maryland criminal law process
Any criminal charge is serious. Conviction means a criminal record that follows you the rest of your life, minimizing and eliminating opportunities unimagined in this connected age. Whether arrested under state or federal criminal law, the arrest process is as follows:
- Investigation - You may come to the attention of law enforcement through a traffic stop, a 911 call, or through a criminal investigation. If stopped or detained by police, be polite, provide requested identifying information, and remember to invoke your right to remain silent.
- Evidence - To search premises, law enforcement must have probable cause to obtain a search warrant. At a traffic stop, your car can be searched under several conditions—including your arrest, when suspicious objects are in plain view, or you give consent. Without a valid search warrant, you are not required to consent to search of your premises or your car.
- Arrest - With probable cause to believe a crime was committed, law enforcement will arrest you. If an officer saw you commit a crime or has good reason to believe you broke the law, you will be arrested without a warrant. If arrested, you have and should exercise the right to remain silent and contact our office.
- Booking: After arrest you are transported to the local precinct or state police barracks, where you are fingerprinted, photographed, and asked for other identifying background information. Once booked, a Maryland District Court Commissioner determines if probable cause for charges exists, and whether bail is appropriate.
Getting help from skilled criminal defense lawyers
The circumstances of your arrest affect your criminal defense and the outcome of the matter in state or federal court in Maryland. Contacting our law firm at the outset of arrest helps us preserve and investigate details—and provide support for arguments that evidence against you was obtained illegally, or an original stop was inappropriate.
The more rapidly our attorneys address your case, the quicker we leverage our experience and knowledge of criminal law to build a solid criminal defense if charges against you are not reduced or dismissed.
Understanding what you are up against is an important first step after arrest in Maryland. The next step is choosing dedicated, highly qualified lawyers who work to help you now, and reduce the impact of arrest on your future. If arrested—do not wait to make the call.
The choice of a criminal defense attorney is yours—make it count
Any criminal defense attorney can take your case. Do not settle for just any attorney in Maryland. Contact the lawyers at Discepolo LLP 24 hours a day and let us tell you how we can help your criminal defense in Baltimore. The consultation is free.
Located in the Inner Harbor, our law firm is easily accessible and offers on-site, validated parking.
Real help for clients in Maryland, along the East Coast and across the country