What Should I Look For In A Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Sponsored Answer
Thomas J. Maronick, Jr. - Criminal Defense - Super Lawyers

Answered by: Thomas J. Maronick, Jr.

Located in Glen Burnie, MDThe Law Offices of Thomas Maronick Jr LLC

Glen Burnie, MD
Phone: 410-885-1775
Fax: 410-243-2013

View Profile

If you or someone close to you is accused of a crime, you don’t want to hire just any attorney. Criminal allegations are serious, and you are probably facing significant fines and prison time. Do your homework and make sure the lawyer representing you can provide the defense counsel that you need.

You want someone you can talk to, who will be straight with you, and tell you the truth about what lies ahead. That might not be what you want to hear, but you must have that information to know what is truly best for you. It is not always best to hire an attorney who only tells you what you want to hear.

Good criminal defense attorneys are also lawyers who primarily focus on criminal law. Someone who is a general practitioner may not have the level of knowledge and experience needed to develop an effective defense strategy.

Finally, it is important to consult with an attorney with real trial experience. Criminal cases may ultimately go to trial, and it is important for the prosecution to understand that your legal counsel is prepared to advocate fully for your interests in court, if necessary.

Key Traits Of Successful Criminal Defense Attorneys

The best criminal defense attorneys typically offer the same qualities. They include:

  • Experience: Find out if the attorney has defended clients against similar charges. If the attorney hesitates to tell you about their background, press them for details. If they still won’t tell you, look for another attorney. You want to hire someone who knows what the consequences are and has firsthand experience representing individuals who were in similar situations to the one you are facing.
  • Preparation: Your lawyer should advise you not to talk without them present and not to discuss your case with anyone but them. They should know what police can legally do when they collect evidence and their limitations under state and federal law.
  • Trial experience: You want someone who has real trial experience and who has defended clients in court. A trial lawyer will know how to effectively deal with prosecutors, judges and juries, and how to present your evidence.
  • Honest advice: Your attorney should never tell you what you want to hear. Instead, a good criminal defense attorney should provide realistic expectations for the outcome of your case. The attorney who tells you what you want is simply looking to get your business. The attorney you need to hire is going to provide a clear pathway to deliver the best chance at a positive outcome.
  • A focus on criminal law: If an attorney practices a handful of different practice areas, they may not have the level of knowledge and experience needed to provide a strong, robust criminal defense plan. Your criminal defense attorney should live, sleep and breath criminal law.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

Other Answers By Thomas J. Maronick, Jr.

Photo of Thomas J. Maronick, Jr.

Will I Lose My Driver’s License After A Maryland DUI?

If you are convicted of a DUI in Maryland, you will almost certainly lose your diver’s license for some period of time. Even first-time …

Sponsored answer by Thomas J. Maronick, Jr.

Photo of Thomas J. Maronick, Jr.

Will My Maryland Internet Crime Go Federal?

The federal government and the state of Maryland take cybercrimes seriously. Conviction of computer crimes in Maryland carries penalties of from six …

Sponsored answer by Thomas J. Maronick, Jr.

Photo of Thomas J. Maronick, Jr.

How Do You Defend Against A Sex Crime Charge In Maryland?

Sex crime accusations carry a stigma that goes above and beyond many other criminal allegations. They can be devastating, emotional and …

Sponsored answer by Thomas J. Maronick, Jr.

Other Answers About Criminal Law

Photo of Thomas C. Damico

What Are The 3 Tiers Of Sex Offenses In Louisiana?

There are three tiers of sex offenses in Louisiana, and the penalties for a sex offense conviction depend on the type and level of offense. Keep in …

Sponsored answer by Thomas C. Damico

Photo of Scott White

I’ve Been Arrested In Kentucky. Why Do I Need A Lawyer?

It can be tempting not to hire a lawyer if you’ve been charged with a crime. It may seem unnecessary at first, or you think you can work out a …

Sponsored answer by Scott White

Photo of Thomas C. Damico

What Should My First Steps Be If I’m Suspected Of A Violent Crime In Louisiana?

Step 1 (and this is perhaps the most important step): Decline to speak with police or investigators. Exercise your right to remain silent. Far too …

Sponsored answer by Thomas C. Damico

Call Me

To: Thomas J. Maronick, Jr.

Super Lawyers: Potential Client Inquiry

Disclaimer »
Privacy Policy »
*Required fields
Page Generated: 1.2905659675598 sec