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If you have been accused of an offense, it can often feel like the justice system is stacked against you. Law enforcement officials and prosecutors will be working hard to prove you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This can be a scary and upsetting experience, but you do not have to go through it alone. You have the right to have an attorney on your side throughout your case. Exercising this right is essential, as it can increase the chances of seeking the best possible outcome.
Fighting Criminal Charges in Pasadena, MD
At Scheuerman Law, LLC, our Pasadena criminal defense lawyers stand ready to fight for you. Our team will be your loyal champion as we work to uncover the truth and aggressively challenge the prosecutor's case. Preparation is the key to building a solid legal defense. We meticulously examine every law and piece of evidence to plan a course of action for our clients. When you turn to us, you can be sure that we will do whatever is legally necessary to protect your rights and future. Our team consists of a former prosecutor and one of our members interned for the St. Louis Police Department, which means we have insight into the tactics the other side uses to build their case. We will leverage this knowledge to counter allegations of wrongdoing.
We're Ready to Take on Any Criminal Matter
Remember that being accused of a crime does not mean you are guilty of it. In the eyes of the law, you are considered innocent unless or until the government can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the offense. What this means for you is that you can fight the charge and defend your innocence.
To do so effectively, it is crucial to retain legal representation. But not just any attorney will do. You need a Pasadena criminal defense lawyer familiar with the justice system and Maryland's criminal laws.
At Scheuerman Law, LLC, our Pasadena criminal attorneys have handled a range of offenses, from misdemeanors to felonies. We have an in-depth understanding of the court process in Pasadena and surrounding areas and can skillfully guide you through your case.
Skilled Legal Defense in Pasadena
At Scheuerman Law, LLC, we provide personalized representation for all types of criminal matters. Our team has the knowledge and experience to defend you and can fight for you inside and outside of the courtroom.
Our team represents clients accused of various crimes including, but not limited to:
- Murder: Under MD Code, Crim. Law § 2-201, a person commits first-degree murder if they plan on taking the life of another and do so under certain circumstances. A conviction can result in up to life imprisonment. Any murder that does not fall under the definition of first-degree is second-degree murder (MD Code, Crim. Law § 2-204). It’s punishable by up to 40 years of imprisonment.
- Assault: Assault involves injuring or attempting to injure another person. In Maryland, the most serious offense is first-degree assault (MD Code, Crim. Law § 3-202), which is penalized by up to 25 years of imprisonment. Second-degree assault carries a prison term of up to 10 years (MD Code, Crim. Law § 3-203).
- Rape: A person can be charged with rape if they are accused of engaging in sexual acts with another without that individual's consent. Under MD Code, Crim. Law § 3-303, first-degree rape is punishable by up to life imprisonment. And second-degree rape can lead to imprisonment for 15 years to life (MD Code, Crim. Law § 3-304).
- Robbery: Maryland law defines robbery as using force or the threat of force to unlawfully obtain another's property. Under MD Code, Crim. Law § 3-402, the offense carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.
- Kidnapping: Under MD Code, Crim. Law § 3-502, kidnapping occurs when someone uses force or fraud to unlawfully transport a person inside or outside of the state. The offense is penalized by imprisonment for no more than 30 years.
- Child abuse: If a person causes physical injury to a child after subjecting them to "cruel and inhumane treatment," they could be charged with child abuse. In Maryland, the offense is separated into two different degrees. First-degree carries a punishment of up to 25 years of imprisonment, and second-degree carries up to 15 years.
- Theft: theft is committed when a person unlawfully takes control of someone else's property and intends to deprive them of it. The term of imprisonment that can be imposed depends on the value of the item.
At Scheuerman Law, LLC, our criminal lawyers in Pasadena take all criminal charges seriously. When you reach out to us for legal help, we will evaluate the situation and begin building a compelling defense.
Pasadena DUI Lawyers
It takes a great deal of skill to competently handle a DUI matter. These cases rely on particular types of evidence, such as chemical test results or an officer's observations of a driver's impairment. As such, if you have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, you must hire an attorney who knows how to navigate these cases.
Our DUI lawyers in Pasadena, MD, are aware of the problems that can arise in DUI matters.
That is why we consider every factor when building a defense, including:
- The criteria used for the stop,
- The arrest procedure,
- The chemical test analysis.
Our team is here to fight for you. We handle DUI license suspension, felony DUI, underage DUI, and BUI matters.
Pasadena Traffic Ticket Attorneys
Receiving a traffic ticket is not a small matter. If you pay the fine, you are essentially admitting guilt, and the admission can lead to serious consequences.
You can fight your traffic ticket and seek to avoid the fine and any other sanctions that may be imposed. For help contesting your citation, reach out to our Pasadena traffic ticket lawyers.
What Are My Rights After an Arrest?
If you are accused of a crime, you have several rights protecting you from unjust treatment and an unfair trial.
Some of your rights include, but are not limited to:
- Free from unreasonable search and seizure: The U.S. Constitution provides that all people have a right to feel safe in their person or property. Thus, law enforcement officials can’t just search or arrest you because they have a hunch that you did something wrong. They must have probable cause and/or obtain a warrant before going through your things or taking you into custody. However, exceptions exist to the warrant requirement, and, in some instances, officers do not need one to take certain actions.
- Remain silent: During an interaction with law enforcement officials, you are not required to provide information other than your personal details. If officers question you – whether or not you have been arrested – you can exercise your right to stay silent and politely refuse to make any statements. Doing such prevents you from saying anything that could be misconstrued and used against you in your case. Essentially, it keeps you from making self-incriminating statements. This right stems from the Fifth Amendment, which provides that no person shall be required to testify against themselves in a criminal proceeding. If law enforcement officials lawfully arrest you and intend to question you, they must read the Miranda warning, which reminds you that you can remain silent.
- Right to an attorney: You can have counsel represent you at each stage of your case, even if you are still under investigation. A lawyer can advise you on which questions to answer (if any) and what steps to take throughout the process. Having legal representation can prevent you from saying or doing anything that could negatively impact your case
If your rights are violated at any part of the criminal process, you might have legal recourse for remedy. In other words, you can bring the violation to the court’s attention and ask that the injustice be resolved. In some cases, a violation of your rights can result in evidence against you being deemed inadmissible, which could hurt the prosecutor’s case.
Do I Need a Criminal Defense Attorney?
It is beneficial to have a criminal defense lawyer represent you. The criminal justice system is complex and can be difficult to navigate without skilled counsel on your side. An attorney can recognize when an injustice has occurred and file the appropriate motions for remedy. Additionally, they know the legal system and the procedures that must be followed when building and presenting a case and can ensure yours is handled competently. Also, defense attorneys are skilled at negotiating and developing arguments, which are necessary for fighting criminal charges.
Should I Accept a Plea Bargain?
Your defense attorney and the prosecutor handling your case may attempt to resolve the matter outside of the courtroom through a plea bargain. Essentially, a plea bargain requires that you plead guilty to all or some of the charges in exchange for something such as a lesser sentence or reduced or dropped charges. While this may seem appealing, accepting the deal is not always the way to go. Your lawyer will discuss the pros and cons of taking the prosecutor’s offer and advise you on what course of action to take.
Will My Case Go to Trial?
Most criminal matters are settled outside of the courtroom. Still, several do go to trial. Whether a judge and/or jury will hear your case depends on the facts of your case. Your lawyer must review the evidence against you and consider mitigating factors before advising you on whether accepting a plea deal or taking your case to trial is the better option.
What Penalties Can I Face If Convicted?
Generally, the penalties for a criminal conviction include incarceration and/or a fine. In some cases, additional punishments can be imposed, such as the loss of driving privileges, probation, rehabilitation services, or sex offender registration. The specific sentence you face is tied to several factors, including the severity of the offense, your criminal history (if any), and whether any mitigating circumstances were present at the time of the crime.
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