Criminal Defense Attorney in Baltimore
Unfortunately, you do not always have to be committing a crime to be arrested. Some people are facing criminal charges merely because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. For example, you are out with friends and in the back seat of a car. You are not worried; you have done nothing wrong. However, during a routine search of the vehicle the police find drugs and drug paraphernalia. Because it is impossible to “sort it out at the scene” everyone in the vehicle is arrested and charged.
Assuming that the law enforcement officers are unable to reasonably determine who had drugs in the car, everyone could be facing charges of drug possession. The charge and potential penalty if convicted depends on the type of drug and the amount of drugs recovered. It is imperative to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately; preferably before you make any statement to a law enforcement officer. While you know that you have done nothing wrong, you will be asked numerous questions and any answer you give could be used against you in court during a criminal trial. You have the right to ask for an attorney before you answer any questions and you should exercise that right.
Felonies and Misdemeanors: Understand the Penalties
A first-time misdemeanor possession of marijuana could mean up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. You will also have a life-long criminal record; other controlled substances could result in up to four years in prison and fines of up to $25,000. You cannot afford to take any type of drug possession charge lightly; you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney working with you to handle your case.
Aside from drug possession, there are other misdemeanor charges you could be facing resulting in jail time ranging from 10 days to 10 years as well as additional fines. The Law Office of Stephen P. Shepard, LLC can help defend against a broad range of misdemeanor charges including:
- Drug Possession
- Assault (Second Degree)
- Disorderly Conduct
- Resisting Arrest
- Telephone Misuse
- Malicious Destruction of Property
- Identity Fraud
- Obstructing Justice
- Making a False Statement to a Police Officer
- Violating a Protective Order
If you are facing felony charges, it is important to understand the consequences are much more serious than misdemeanor charges. Some of the felony charges that The Law Office of Stephen P. Shepard, LLC can help with include:
- Assault (First Degree)
- Armed Robbery
- Drug Distribution
- Sexual Offenses
Felony charges will haunt you for your entire life; a felony conviction may bar you from obtaining professional licenses, cause problems with seeking work or housing, and bar you from many Federal programs. Felony convictions will nearly always result in long jail sentences ranging from two years to life; it’s crucial to work with a criminal defense attorney immediately.
If you are arrested and facing a criminal charge, contact The Law Office of Stephen P. Shepard, LLC immediately. Do not take risks with your freedom or your future, schedule a free consultation with our office immediately upon being arrested or charged with a criminal offense.