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A criminal conviction can adversely affect the rest of your life. You could spend years in jail, pay fines, court costs, spend years on probation. Make sure you hire an experienced criminal lawyer to advise you on the best course of action in your criminal case. Call Attorney Randolph Rice at 410.288.2900 to schedule a FREE criminal defense consultation. We have years of experience and we can put that knowledge to work in your criminal case. Cityspur ranked our law firm in the TOP 10 in Maryland.
Why Choose the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC for your Criminal Defense?
We provide the personal service, knowledge, and attention to your criminal case. Each criminal case is different and we have the experience and knowledge to best navigate the complicated criminal defense process in Maryland. Call attorney Randolph Rice at 410-288-2900 to schedule a free consultation and discuss your rights and legal options. Click here to email the office.
We have been trained in the Maryland Criminal Law and keep current with all new Maryland Criminal Code as prescribed by the Maryland Legislature. We read every new case that applies to our criminal defense clients and we make sure your case has the new laws that apply to the facts, ensuring you receive the best possible defense.
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Do you need to find your court date or more information about your case. Click here to visit the Maryland Judiciary Case Search. Once you agree to the terms and conditions, enter your last name, first name and middle initial. You will be provided will all pending cases, select the first case if there is a series of criminal charges or select the criminal case. You will be provided with the types of charges and dates, if applicable.
When should you Hire a Criminal Defense lawyer?
A successful criminal defense begins as close as possible to the time of arrest. The battle is not only to avoid fines or incarceration or to get charges reduced or dismissed — it’s also to keep your record as free as possible from information that can harm your future: like getting a job, or pursuing a higher education.
Do not harm your criminal case by discussing anything with the authorities without the protection of a criminal defense attorney by your side. It is in your best interests to hire a criminal defense lawyer to represent you as soon as possible. If you believe that you may be charged with a crime, get a lawyer! Don’t wait for the formal arrest, call my office at 410-288-2900 for immediate legal help.
What can an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney do for you?
- protect your rights at the outset
- review the evidence and determine what is inadmissible or inaccurate
- investigate to find witnesses and documents that help your defense
- negotiate to reduce the charges
- negotiate to dismiss the charges
- interview possible witnesses for the prosecution for errors and exaggerations
- review documents of the prosecution for flaws and omissions
- determine what experts may be needed for the defense and get them on board
- negotiate a plea settlement with the prosecutor
- try the case, if necessary
What is The Arrest Process?
When a person is placed under arrest, a criminal case begins. To be “under arrest” means that you are in police custody. An arrest is simply the exercise of police authority over a person.
An arrest DOES NOT depend on the use of handcuffs or other physical restraints. A police officer only needs to advise a criminal suspect that he or she is under arrest. The suspect may voluntarily submit to the officer without the use of physical force for an arrest to be complete.
What are the Possible Outcomes of a Criminal Case?
- Stet – According to Maryland Rule 4-248, on the motion of the State’s Attorney, the Court may indefinitely postpone trial of a charge by marking the charge “stet” on the docket. The Defendant does not need to be present when a charged is stetted but in that event the clerk shall send notice of the stet to the Defendant. A charge may not be stetted over the objection of the Defendant.
- Nolle Prosequi – According to Maryland Rule 4-247, the State’s Attorney may terminate a prosecution on a charge and dismiss the charge by entering a nolle prosequi or as referred to in the courtroom, a nolle pros. The Defendant need not be present, but the clerk shall send notice to the Defendant.
- Probation Before Judgment (PBJ) – According to Maryland Rule 6-220, when a Defendant pleads guilty or nolo contendere or is found guilty of a crime, a Court may stay the entering of judgment, defer proceedings, and place the Defendant on probation subject to reasonable conditions. In other words, the guilty finding is struck and a probation before judgment is entered in the Court record. Thus, is you are ever asked, “have you been convicted of a crime?” you can answer no, since the guilty was struck before being entered.
What can Cause an Arrest?
There are many different situations and scenarios that may lead to a person’s arrest. Most often, arrests fall into three main categories.
- The Police Officer Observes a Crime: If a police officer sees someone commit a crime, the officer may arrest that individual. These types of arrests are typically serious traffic offenses and DUIs but can also occur any time law enforcement witnesses a crime taking place.
- Probable Cause: When a police officer weighs the facts and circumstances of a situation and has reasonable belief that a person is about to commit a crime or has already committed a crime, an arrest may occur. The officer’s reasonable belief allows the arrest based on probable cause.
- Arrest Warrants: If a judge or magistrate issues an arrest warrant, this gives law enforcement to make an arrest. Warrants are usually issued after a law enforcement officer submits a sworn statement that outlines the reason for the arrest.
Arrest warrants generally include:
- A description of the alleged crime
- The person suspected of committing the crime
- The known addresses of the suspect’s home, school and/or employer
- Written permission for the law enforcement officer to arrest the suspect
If you think you are going to be charged criminally or have been charged, call attorney Randolph Rice, at 410-288-2900 for immediate legal help, he is Maryland Criminal Lawyer ready to help with your case.