8720 Georgia Ave #505
Silver Spring, Md 20910
Selling fear! Many attorney’s will sell fear. They will try to get you to hand over money on the first phone call. Do NOT fall for this! You have time to shop around. This is your liberty and your future. In many cases, it is also a lot of money! You owe it to yourself. Do not go for the lowest priced. Do not just hire the first attorney you speak to. Go for the attorney who shows you that you can trust them. Is the attorney telling you that if you do not hire them then you will probably go to jail? Call around, see who is willing to give you information, both the good and the bad.
The Felony Bait & Switch! Charged with a felony? make sure you understand the process ahead. If the case is indicted to Circuit Court, will any of your money be credited or refunded? What if the PH hearing doesn’t happen? What if the felony is dismissed, are you paying for representation in District Court through that trial? What is the attorney actually going to do to EARN the money that you paid? What will the total costs be if the case does proceed to Circuit Court. Beware the Bait & Switch!
The Initial Call: Is the attorney willing to spend time on the phone with you to explain the process you are about to go through? Are they answering your questions before asking for money? Are they worried that if you don’t give them money right now, you will hire the next person you talk to? Are they not inviting you to meet with them? Ask yourself why!
The Firm that does-it-all! Does their website say that they practice in a dozen areas? Personal Injury, Family Law, Wills and Trusts, Bankruptcy…and somewhere in the list is criminal law? Yet the firm only has two or three attorneys? Move right on. How can they be great at any one of them?
Offices all over the State? Sounds good. Sounds like your local attorney, no matter where you are! Except are these “offices” just addresses to get google views? Very few Law Firms in Maryland which practice criminal law truly have more than one or two offices. Truth in advertising. Honesty up front. It is what is important.
Reviews: Watch out for the firms that have hundreds of “5-star” reviews. What happened to all the non-5 star reviews? Rather than just rely on reviews, see which attorneys are mentioned. Are those attorneys still with that firm? Talk to other attorneys! Seriously. We are a small community. Most of us either know each other, or at least have heard of each other. Ask us. Go to the Courthouses. Watch the attorneys in Court. Talk to them. Ask for their card. Ask the courtroom clerks! The Courts are open. Go to District Court any day of the week, and look at the big boards! Go into the courtrooms and watch! And listen!
Who is the priority, the attorney or you? I don’t know about other attorneys, but if I do not believe that I am the best attorney for your particular situation, I will tell you that. I may even recommend a few other attorneys for you to call. If you have a speeding ticket in a court 2 hours from me, don’t hire me. It is not worth it for either of us. But how many attorneys will tell you that?
The Unassigned attorney: Will the attorney you are talking to be personally handling your case? Or will you have to wait until a week before your trial, or even the morning of?
The Guarantee/ The Refund: No attorney’s are allowed to guarantee an outcome. If one does, run! Run fast! However, there ARE guarantees you should expect: a personal level of service with your attorney; Communication; Answers to your questions; honesty, both with the good news and the bad. But what if you are UNSATISFIED? BEWARE THE “EARNED UPON SIGNING” clause! if the retainer agreement says that a certain percentage of your fee is earned upon signing, go elsewhere! A few hundred dollars for doing all the paperwork and filing? Okay, Trust me here, that first part is time consuming and painful (thank you MDEC!) However, if the contract says “25% earned up signing” (or more) ask WHY! There is no excuse for that. Except greed. There are exceptions of course. If your court date is the following week, then we are blocking out YOUR docket, and won’t be able to take a case somewhere else. Your bond review is tomorrow morning? Yes, I want the whole fee upfront. Because by the time I get to court, I will have earned it! A whole lot to prepare last minute. But generally, NEVER sign an agreement that says the firm has earned a $500 fee before actually DOING anything!
I am a solo practitioner. This means I am the law firm. I answer all calls, I return all calls. When you are in court, I am there with you. When you have a question or concern, you talk to me. I set my own hours, so that if you, like most people, work a 9-5 job, we can arrange a consultation that does not require you to miss work. My main office is in Silver Spring, in Montgomery County. I do practice regularly in Courts all over the State though, including Frederick, Prince George’s, Worcester, Queen Anne’s, and both Baltimores. I am also licensed to practice in Federal District Court. I have been practicing predominately Criminal Defense since 2007.
Unlike most other attorneys who do a some family, some personal injury and a little bit of everything else, Criminal Defense and DUI’s are what I concentrate on. 99% of my work is criminal defense. This means that 99% of my time, I am working on criminal cases, keeping up to date on the new criminal laws, penalties, and court rules, all concerning criminal cases. I also offer low flat rates for most cases in District Court, no matter the type of crime, or the amount of charges.
I received a DUI when I was in college, many years ago. What I remember most about that experience was how stressed and confused I was. Even hiring an attorney, I did not know what questions to ask. I did not know what was going to happen. I was scared. I let my attorney lead me to plead guilty to something. I do not even remember exactly what. I remember that I barely was able to speak to my attorney prior to court. I remember never wanting to go through that experience again.
I also know I do not want any of my clients to ever go through that fear, uncertainty, and doubt. I want to be there for you. If you have questions or concerns, you can call, text or e-mail me. I often get clients starting off every phone call with “I hate to bother you but…” It is not a bother. It is what you are paying me for. If I can’t talk to you because I am in court or with another client, I will let you know, then call you back. I try to return all text messages immediately.
I offer a free consultation to discuss your case. I am just as happy for you to come into my office, or talk to you over the phone. I just ask that you have whatever paperwork you received with you, or at the least, your case number.
A Criminal or major traffic charge can change your life. You have read mailers, you have heard from other attorneys. You have heard threats of what can happen to you. I won’t scare you, or pressure you. Having a conviction on your record is a big deal. DUI’s are forever! Felonies will haunt you for years to come.
I am less expensive than some attorneys, more expensive than others. Some have been around longer, some brand new. However, if your attorney has not taken a case to trial in 2 years, or 5 years, this tells you a lot. I am not saying every case has to go to trial. Sometimes we win before trial. Sometimes we get an amazing offer that you’d be crazy not to take. But wouldn’t you rather have an attorney who doesn’t tell everyone they “must” or “should” take a plea?
Shop around, ask your attorney how many cases with your charges has he has in the last year or so. Ask how many he has taken to trial. (You can ask how many cases or trials they have won, but winning means different things to different clients.) All of my client’s win, because they know, no matter how bad the facts, how difficult the case, if you want to go to trial, then we go to trial!) For DUI cases, ask them 1) How many DUI cases have they taken to trial in the last year? 2) How many “per se” cases have they taken to trial in the last year? 3) How many times were they able to keep the breath test out at trial?
Many people are intimidated by the thought of calling an attorney. They are scared of what they think it will cost, and that every minute will be billed. For all district court cases, I charge one low flat rate. I do not bill for additional calls, meetings, or court dates. There may be additional expenses, such as court fees and costs of transcripts, experts, etc; These will be discussed with you if relevant to your case.
Criminal (Both felonies and Misdemeanors)
Including Sex offenses, Rape, Robbery, Theft, Assault, Gun charges, etc.
All Traffic Tickets and Driving charges
I have been defending against DUI charges for almost 13 years. I have tried dozens of DUI cases to juries. I have tried dozens more in front of a Judge. I have rarely gotten a guilty on the “A” charge, the Driving under the Influence. I have gotten “Not Guilty” by a jury on all charges. I have gotten Judges to say “Not Guilty” on the lower “B” charge, the DWI. I have convinced States’ Attorneys to reduce the charges to Reckless or Negligent.
I have taken many of the same training classes as the Police. I train other attorney’s on how to keep the breath test out, and how to beat the Roadside tests (SFSTs). I know the breath test instrument better then many of the police breath test operators. When asked my secret to success in the Courtroom, my answer is “When I start trial, I know the facts better than the State’s Attorney and the Officer, I know the law better than the State’s Attorney, and I know the Officer’s training better than anyone in the Courtroom.” The Judges who I have tried cases in front of know they can trust me not to waste their time, and that I know the material. I have had a few judges thank me afterwards for teaching them something new.
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- Address8720 Georgia Ave #505
Silver Spring, Md 20910
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