Other Matters

Our law firm helps people who are facing any one of a variety of other matters regarding criminal or serious traffic defense.  For example, we have helped people who have an active bench warrant, need a modification of sentence, or want to get an early expungement.  

Whatever the criminal defense or serious traffic defense problem that you are facing may be, please contact our office today for a free consultation with an experienced Baltimore County, MD criminal defense attorney to discuss how our law firm can help you with the problem in an affordable way. 

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Types of Other Matters Regarding Criminal Defense in Maryland

Bench Warrant Recall

A bench warrant is a type of arrest warrant that is issued by a judge which authorizes law enforcement to arrest and take a person into custody pending resolution of whatever matter led to the bench warrant being issued in the first place.  Typically, we see people have a bench warrant issued due to missing a mandatory court appearance (sometimes referred to as a “failure to appear” or an “FTA”) or based upon an alleged violation of probation.  However, other situations may arise that lead to a bench warrant being issued for a person’s arrest as well.  Whatever the reason for the bench warrant may be, we can help people who have an active bench warrant by filing a motion to recall or “quash” the bench warrant.  In short, a motion to recall a bench warrant is a formal request to the court asking that the warrant be rescinded or taken back and replaced with a summons instead.  Contact our office today for a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn more about your options if you have an outstanding bench warrant.

Modification or Reduction of Sentence

Under Md. Rule 4-345, a Defendant or his or her defense attorney may file a motion asking a court to modify and/or reduce the Defendant’s sentence within 90 days from the date of sentencing.  The great thing about a motion for modification of sentence is that the court cannot increase a person’s sentence as a result of filing the motion.  The worst case scenario is that the court simply denies the request to modify the person’s sentence.  And a person’s sentence does not necessarily mean a period of active incarceration – it can be a period of probation or even a monetary fine.  If you (or a family member) have received a sentence that the Defendant wishes to modify, our Baltimore County, MD criminal defense law firm may be able to help.  Contact our office today for a free consultation with our principal attorney to discuss the possibility of modifying your sentence and steps that can be taken to help increase the chances that a motion for modification of sentence is successful. 

Early Expungement

Expungement is the name of the formal process by which a criminal or serious traffic case is removed from a person’s record.  The disposition or outcome of a case determines if and when it may be expunged in the normal course of things.  Cases with certain types of dispositions, such as probation before judgment or a stet, have a “cool down” period after which a person may be eligible to have the case expunged from his or her criminal record.  Even some convictions may be eligible for expungement after an extended “cool down” period has passed.  A disposition of nolle prosequi may generally be expunged immediately.  There are many reasons why a person may wish to have a case expunged from his or her criminal record early without having to wait for the “cool down” period to pass.  A criminal record can be a significant barrier to gaining meaningful employment, obtaining professional licenses, and can have other negative collateral consequences.  Maryland law allows for the early expungement of a case if a judge finds what is referred to as “good cause” to do so or a really good reason for doing so.  Obtaining an early expungement, however, is not an easy task.  Contact our office today for a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney if you wish to pursue the early expungement of a criminal or serious traffic case from your record.

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If you are facing a unique criminal or serious traffic matter and need help, please contact our office today for a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney.  Our office can work closely with you to devise a holistic defense strategy that will effectively address the issue that you are facing or, at the very least, minimize the possible consequences that stem from it.  

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"Steve truly puts everything he's got into his cases and works relentlessly to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients. I've been honored to not only have him represent me, but to be able to call him a friend. He's gone above and beyond for me and my family, offering compassion, practicality and understanding from day one. Steve won't sell you false hopes or fluff, instead, he delivers actions and results."
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