Dedicated State & Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys in Maryland
Are you facing charges for a state or federal crime? Need a state or federal criminal defense lawyer in Maryland? At Houlon, Berman, Finci, Levenstein & Sandler, we’ll help you understand the nature of the charges against you and work aggressively to protect your rights in court.
Our attorneys will help you navigate the differences between state and federal crimes. If you’re facing criminal charges, don’t waste time. Turn to our state and federal criminal defense lawyers in Maryland to protect your rights.
Maryland State Crimes vs. Federal Crimes
In order to understand the allegations against you, it is important to understand whether you are being charged with a federal or state crime. This information will help you to determine the type of lawyer you need to assist you with your case.
Maryland State Crimes
Any crime that occurs within the jurisdiction of the state of Maryland and violates its statutes is considered a Maryland state crime. Examples of state crimes in Maryland include:
- Sexual offenses
- DUI, DWI and traffic violations
- Drug offenses such as possession, conspiracy, distribution and possession with intent to distribute
- Assault and domestic violence offenses
- Vehicular manslaughter
- Automobile theft
These cases are tried by Maryland state prosecutors in the county in which the crime was committed. Maryland judges must apply discretionary sentencing guidelines which are based upon Maryland law. Therefore, Maryland’s penalties and sentences will vary from those of other states.
In state cases, it is important to hire a criminal defense lawyer that practices regularly in the Courts of Maryland and is very familiar with the Maryland Annotated Code. An experienced lawyer will be familiar with the tactics and practices of Maryland state prosecutors and be able to prepare a strong defense to rebut their allegations.
Federal crimes are all statutory in nature and are spelled out in the United States Code. Many crimes which are normally state or local crimes (such as drug offenses) have been made federal offenses under the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. Many others are crimes affecting the United States Government or the entire country in some way.
Examples of federal crimes include:
- Drug offenses such as conspiracy and distribution
- Identity theft
- Firearm offenses such as felon in possession
- Bank fraud
- Wire fraud
- Mail fraud
- Federal tax crimes
- Destruction of federal property (e.g. mailboxes)
Federal crimes are often white collar in nature, although this is not always the case. Criminal proceedings for these cases take place in the federal district in which they occurred and are prosecuted by the United States Attorney.
Due to the complexity of the federal legal code, it is necessary to hire a top federal criminal defense lawyer who has extensive experience with federal law and court proceedings and knowledge of the complex United States Sentencing Guidelines in order to properly defend yourself against federal charges.
Find the Best Lawyer for Your Case
Whether you need a state or federal criminal defense lawyer, the attorneys at Houlon Berman have the experience and insight you need to protect your rights. We can help you understand the nature of the charges against you and provide the precise legal counsel you need for your case.
Regardless of the allegations against you, we have a lawyer that can help you. Our attorneys have extensive experience defending clients in both state and federal courts, so you can rest assured that a highly experienced and qualified attorney will give your case the personal attention it deserves.
Whether defending you from criminal charges, protecting your property from forfeiture, or working to mitigate penalties, the lawyers at Houlon Berman provide you with the legal excellence necessary to get effective results for your case.
Contact Houlon Berman
If you’ve been charged with a state or federal crime, your lawyers will need time to research, understand, and develop a defense for your case.
Do not wait another minute — contact the state and federal criminal defense lawyers at Houlon Berman today.
For over 40 years, Houlon, Berman, Finci, Levenstein & Sandler has been one of the top state and federal criminal defense firms in Maryland, including Rockville, Bethesda, Potomac and Washington, DC.
Houlon, Berman, Finci, Levenstein & Sandler is proud to hold a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings ™ certification of AV®.
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