Criminal Attorney

Portner & Shure Law Firm Serving Maryland, Virginia & Washington D.C.


At Portner & Shure, we truly believe that everyone has the right to dedicated, professional, and tireless legal representation. The effects of a criminal conviction can be serious and can even uproot life as you know it. If you have been accused of a crime, you deserve the opportunity to fight for your lifestyle, your reputation, and your innocence. We stand by the sacred principle of our judicial system in America, that you are innocent until proven guilty.

Our lawyers provide representation in many criminal defense cases, including:

  • We’ve all seen those signs in Virginia stating that the speed limit is enforced by aircraft and we’ve all wondered if that is actually true.
  • Virginia state police have actually lacked the funding for using speed-detecting aircraft for the last 7 years.
  • So if you’re one of the many people who have looked up at the sky while driving on Virginia’s highways and never saw an aircraft, that’s because there is nothing up there monitoring your speed

When you've been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it's not at all uncommon for the other driver's insurance company to make you an offer very soon after the accident, and before you retain an attorney. Frequently, the insurance company will offer an amount to pay medical bills you incur within a month of the accident plus a modest amount for your pain and suffering. The offers generally range from $500 to $2,000.

Portner & Shure attorney Kevin Ruby, with assistance from one of our senior claims paralegals, Pam Brown, recently won an award of more than $395,000 for our client’s spouse in a Maryland workers’ compensation dependency claim case. The decedent’s wife was not working at the time of the accident and was solely dependent on her husband’s income. Almost two years ago, on a rainy day, the decedent stepped out of his car at his place of employment and put his hood on to avoid getting wet. Sadly, he was run over and killed by a co-worker in the parking lot.

This month, we honor Sarah Sadler, Portner & Shure’s Operations Manager, as she has reached a major milestone: 20 years in the Portner & Shure family. Sarah has been an integral part in helping this firm recover over $175 million in awards for accident victims over the years. She also works directly with the heads of different departments including marketing, social media, and paralegals to make sure all aspects of the firm run smoothly.

Ever wonder what those boxes on the trunks of police cars are in Maryland? A few years ago, Maryland police cars began installing license plate readers (LPRs) on the trunks of their cars. There are cameras inside these boxes that scan and photograph the license plates of passing cars or parked cars. An alarm will sound for the police officer if a violator is detected by checking vehicle registration records, warrants, and the criminal database.

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Just last week, Montgomery County prosecutors dropped more than 30 charges against a couple and their two sons who were accused of hosting an underage keg party. This case raises the question of whether county police are being too aggressive in trying to crack down on underage drinking.

Two candidates competing for position as governor of Maryland have staunch differences on where they stand on gun control. Maryland's General Assembly last year passed new gun control legislation, making it among the strictest in the country. The legislation requires people who purchase a handgun to submit fingerprints to state police, bans forty-five types of assault weapons, and limits gun magazines to ten bullets. Democratic candidate Lt.