Glen Burnie, Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer
Being charged with a crime can turn a person’s life upside down. A criminal conviction can ruin a person’s life. In order to prevent or mitigate these consequences, legal representation by a Glen Burnie, Maryland criminal defense attorney is essential.
At Portner & Shure, P.A., our award-winning criminal defense attorneys know that the stakes are high. Our attorneys will work with you to prepare the best possible defense.
For a free consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys, contact us at (855) 954-4141 or contact us online.
Maryland’s Judicial System
There are two different trial courts in the State of Maryland. In the District Court, criminal cases are decided by a Judge, not a Jury. If a person is charged with an offense that carries a penalty of 90 days in jail or more, they are entitled to a trial by Jury. In the Circuit Court, criminal cases can be decided by either a Judge or a Jury. If a person is convicted in the District Court, they are entitled to a de novo trial, i.e., a completely new trial in the Circuit Court.
An Accused Individual’s Rights
When a person is charged with a crime, they are entitled to certain rights that are outlined in the United States Constitution and the Maryland Declaration of Rights such as :
The Presumption of Innocence – An accused individual is presumed to be innocent and the State of Maryland is obligated to prove a person’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Right to a Fair Trial – An accused individual is entitled to a trial before a neutral fact finder such as a Judge or Jury.
The Right to Confrontation – The prosecution must present their witnesses in Court and an accused individual or their attorney is entitled to ask them questions in Court.
The Right to Remain Silent – An accused individual is not obligated to speak with police or prosecutors, and cannot be compelled to testify at their own trial.
How The System Works
People are often shocked when they see the many counts charged against them. This is because police and prosecutors often overcharge people in order to intimidate them. Police and prosecutors want people to plead guilty in order to avoid bringing a case to trial. When a person pleads not guilty and demands a trial, they are forcing the State of Maryland to present their evidence. A review of the evidence may reveal that the State of Maryland may not be able to prove their case. An experienced attorney will evaluate your options with you, and decide the best way to protect your rights.
Legal Issues And Defenses In Glen Burnie Criminal Cases
Every criminal case presents a unique set of facts and circumstances. A successful defense often depends on demonstrating how the State’s case lacks sufficient evidence, which means the State is unable to prove a person’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Additionally, depending on how the police obtained evidence or a statement, a suppression issue may exist if evidence or a statement was obtained in violation of the Fourth or Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
There are five possible outcomes for a criminal case in Maryland.
Not Guilty – A Judge or Jury acquits a criminal defendant.
Guilty – A Judge or Jury convicts a criminal defendant.
Nolle Prosequi – The case is dismissed by the prosecutor.
Stet – A criminal case is placed on an inactive docket. This is not a dismissal. Instead, the case is not being actively prosecuted or pursued. In order to accept a stet, a criminal defendant must waive their right to a speedy trial.
Probation Before Judgement – Probation Before Judgement is an alternative disposition. In Maryland, a conviction is a finding of guilt and the imposition of a sentence. If an accused individual is found guilty but never sentenced, they have not been legally convicted. Along with this, a sentence can be imposed but the sentence can then either be stricken or suspended and instead a criminal defendant is placed on probation. Because the sentence has been suspended or stricken, a criminal defendant has not been legally convicted. In order to accept Probation Before Judgement, a criminal defendant must surrender their right to appeal.
Services Portner & Shure, P.A., Can Provide.
The criminal defense attorneys at Portner & Shure, P.A., have advocated on behalf of the accused for over 25 years. Our attorneys will zealously fight to protect your rights and freedom. Our criminal practice areas include:
- Drug Crimes
- DUI / DWI
- Traffic Defense
Our firm has earned a reputation for success which is best illustrated in our countless five star reviews. In addition, we have been recognized by the legal community. The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys of 2020 recently recognized Portner & Shure, P.A. as one of Maryland’s “10 Best Law Firms”.
To schedule a free consultation regarding your Glen Burnie criminal case, contact us at (855) 954-4141 or contact us online. Our staff is fluent in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), and Vietnamese.
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