Maryland Criminal Defense

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Being accused of a crime is a serious matter. The consequences of losing the subsequent legal battle could mean your freedom, or worse. The American justice system requires the state to carry the burden of proof, and says that you are innocent until proven guilty. Do not settle for anything less than a criminal defense lawyer who has litigated hundreds of trials and has over 30 years of experience. That is what you will find at Murnane & O'Neill.

We start with a thorough review of the law, and an honest opinion on your chances in court.  We investigate your case, talk to witnesses, obtain police reports and negotiate with prosecutors on your behalf.  You will get a top-notch defense, not just someone who takes your money and holds your hand while you plead guilty.  Our Maryland criminal defense lawyers are experienced in everything from serious felonies to misdemeanors and juvenile cases, and have successfully defended the following types of cases:

  • Felony and Misdemeanor Theft – You could face up to 15 years in prison if you are found guilty. Outcomes often depend on a variety of factors such as: the criminal record of the defendant, the value of the property taken, whether there were any tools used to facilitate the theft, whether or not there has been any restitution made and whether there was also a breach of trust or duty.
  • Drug Possession - Typical cases involving drugs are prescription drug fraud, intent to distribute, drug trafficking; and possession of drugs such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy, or methamphetamine. In Maryland, criminal defendants face severe penalties: fines that can reach thousands of dollars, years or decades of prison time or loss of property related to drug crimes.
  • Robbery - The penalties you face can be steep (up to 20 years) depending on whether or not a weapon was used, and also whether you have made restitution.
  • Assault - First degree (assaults that could cause "serious physical injury") or Second Degree.
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Handgun or Deadly Weapon Possession/Use
  • Violation of Probation - If you have been given probation, and violate the terms of the probation, you might be facing lengthy jail time, depending on what you violation(s) you have committed.
  • Violent Crimes such as Murder
  • Sex Crimes such as sexual assault, sexual abuse and molestation, child pornography, Internet sex crimes, rape, prostitution, sexual misconduct with minors, indecent exposure, unnatural and perverted acts or solicitation of a minor for sexual purposes.

If you have been accused of a crime, call (410) 761-6800 for more information.  Let our experienced Maryland criminal defense attorneys help you fight for your freedom.