When you've been accused of a crime your life can be turned upside down. It can have negative effects on your character and reputation. The threat of criminal conviction can also affect your life, your family, and even the ability to do your job. A criminal conviction and the related consequences can be serious if you don't take action. That's why it's vitally important that you understand your rights during this serious time.
Our top rated criminal defense attorneys have practiced criminal law in Maryland, Virginia for more than 20 years. We are familiar with area courts, judges, and prosecutors and have obtained successful results in felony and misdemeanor cases.
Criminal Defense Practice Areas
Our experienced criminal defense lawyers believe that everyone deserves a thorough and vigorous defense. We will work to prove your innocence beyond a reasonable doubt so you can move forward—free from the complications of the criminal charges you face. At Portner & Shure, we believe that we are defenders not only of the accused, but also of the Constitution.
We provide a strong defense against a variety of criminal charges, including:
- Assault - First or Second Degree
- Burglary and robbery
- Drug charges, CDS, possession
- Drunk driving (DUI/DWI)
- Traffic violations
- Violation of probation (VOP)
Understanding Your Rights
The general definition of a crime is an act of deviant behavior that violates social norms. While this is a vague definition, what constitutes a crime and its corresponding consequence is determined at the federal and state level. The punishments for various crimes depend on numerous factors including where the crime was committed and the severity of the offense.
Crimes are classified into two major categories: felonies and misdemeanors. The difference between the two is as follows:
- Misdemeanor: Crimes of a less serious nature which are generally punishable by payment of a fine, probation, community service, restitution, and the possibility of up to one year in prison.
- Felony: These are serious crimes that are generally punishable by potential jail terms of at least one year to life in prison without parole or even death.
Having an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side is important when you are arrested or a suspect in a crime. There are certain rights granted to you in the U.S. Constitution to protect you from being treated unfairly. Some of the basic rights you're entitled to include:
- The right to an attorney
- The right to not incriminate oneself
- The right to a speedy and public trial
- The right to an appeal
Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Today
At Portner & Shure, we believe everyone has the right to justice and the representation necessary to achieve that. With decades of experience, our professional legal team has the knowledge and skills in criminal defense to help you during these trying times. We are also proud to include fluent speakers of Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean among our staff.
For more specific information concerning your arrest in an area near you, please contact a criminal defense attorney at Portner & Shure today by calling us at 410-995-1515 or 301-854-9000 for assistance in Maryland, 703-734-8790 for service in Virginia, 804-282-0011 in Richmond, and 202-554-1449 in Washington D.C. for your free consultation.