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Published on 4/18/2023, 12:43:00 PM

Beyond the Courtroom: How Maryland's Top Criminal Lawyers Use Holistic Approaches to Defend Your Rights

Criminal Cases

The traditional approach to criminal law often involves a narrow focus on the legal aspects of a case. While this is a critical component of any defense, Maryland criminal defense lawyers at FrizWoods recognize that the most effective representation extends beyond the courtroom. By addressing the root causes of crime and considering alternative explanations, our dedicated team is able to build a comprehensive defense that encompasses the full scope of your situation.

Our holistic approach acknowledges the fact that individuals facing criminal charges are people, not just cases. We understand that you may be dealing with complex issues that have contributed to your current circumstances. As a result, we strive to provide compassionate and personalized representation that addresses both your immediate legal needs and any underlying factors that may have led to your involvement in the criminal justice system.

Root Causes of Crime

Over the last hundred years the reporting of "crime" has significantly impacted public perception of what causes it. Our firm seeks to push back on these assumptions - and present a case that goes directly to the root of rash decision making.

Alternative Explanations to Norms

In many instances, criminal behavior can be traced back to a variety of underlying factors. Some individuals may find themselves involved in the criminal justice system due to circumstances beyond their control, such as poverty, lack of education, or a history of trauma.

By exploring these alternative explanations, our team is better equipped to present a comprehensive defense that addresses the root causes of your involvement in the criminal justice system.

Our experienced attorneys understand how to present these causes to a Court during mitigation, and put into perspective what could've been the worst day of a person's life.


Substance abuse and addiction can often lead to criminal behavior. Whether it's drug possession, theft to support an addiction, or driving under the influence, these charges can carry significant consequences.

At FrizWoods, we understand the complexities of addiction and work with our clients to identify treatment options and resources that can help address the underlying issues. By incorporating drug treatment and rehabilitation programs into our defense strategies, we not only aim to minimize the legal consequences but also support our clients in overcoming their addiction and rebuilding their lives.

Mental Health

Mental health issues are another common factor contributing to criminal behavior. Individuals struggling with untreated mental health conditions may find themselves facing criminal charges as a result of their actions. Our attorneys recognize the importance of addressing mental health concerns and work closely with clients to ensure they have access to appropriate resources and support.

By advocating for mental health evaluations, treatment, and counseling, we can help our clients navigate the legal system while also addressing the underlying mental health issues that may have contributed to their criminal charges.

In rare occasions, a person's lack of competency can provide alternative avenues to traditional detention, depending on a person's mental condition.

Problem Solving Courts

In Maryland, there are specialized courts designed to address the root causes of criminal behavior and provide alternatives to traditional prosecution and incarceration. These "problem-solving courts" offer a more holistic approach to criminal justice, focusing on rehabilitation and support rather than punishment.

Drug Court

Drug courts provide an alternative to incarceration for individuals charged with drug-related offenses. By participating in a court-supervised drug treatment program, defendants can avoid jail time and work towards overcoming their addiction.

Our attorneys have experience advocating for clients' participation in drug court programs throughout Maryland, ensuring they have access to the support and resources necessary for a successful recovery.

Each jurisdiction has their own unique policies, procedures, and rules for their Drug Court - so it's important to speak with an attorney with experience in that particular jurisdiction.

Mental Health Court

Similar to drug courts, mental health courts are designed to address the underlying mental health issues that contribute to criminal behavior. By participating in court-supervised mental health treatment and counseling, defendants can receive the help they need while avoiding incarceration.

Our attorneys work diligently to secure our clients' placement in mental health court programs, advocating for a more compassionate approach to their case.

Veterans Court

Veterans courts are specialized problem-solving courts that address the unique needs of military veterans facing criminal charges. These courts recognize that veterans may be dealing with issues such as PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, or substance abuse, which can contribute to criminal behavior.

Our attorneys have experience advocating for veterans in these specialized courts, ensuring they receive the support and resources they need to overcome their challenges and reintegrate into society.

Domestic Violence Charges

Domestic Violence Charges are some of the most challenging cases that effect citizens in Maryland. Relationships are complex and lead to fighting verbally and physically. Although physical fighting in Maryland is a crime, many jurisdictions will agree not to prosecute defendants who engage in treatment before their case goes to Court.

Abuser Intervention

In cases involving domestic violence, our attorneys recognize the importance of addressing the root causes of abuse. We work closely with clients to identify appropriate Maryland abuser intervention programs, which focus on rehabilitation and education, rather than punishment. By advocating for our clients' participation in these programs, we can help them take the necessary steps towards breaking the cycle of violence and rebuilding their lives.

Anger Management

Anger and rage cause people to make rash decisions - including ones they regret. Our attorneys frequently ask our clients to engage in Anger Management programs to show personal growth ahead of Court. Taking on initiative can be the deciding factor for a Judge who is considering a suspended sentence.

People, Not Cases

At FrizWoods, we believe in treating our clients as people, not just cases. We understand that you may be dealing with complex personal issues that have contributed to your involvement in the criminal justice system. Our holistic approach to criminal defense means we consider all aspects of your life when building your defense, ensuring that we address both your immediate legal needs and any underlying factors that may have led to your charges.

Don't wait - Speak with an Attorney

If you're facing criminal charges in Maryland and are seeking a criminal defense lawyer who will go beyond the courtroom to defend your rights, consider contacting FrizWoods. Our team of experienced attorneys is dedicated to providing a comprehensive and compassionate approach to your case, addressing not only the legal aspects but also the underlying factors that may have contributed to your involvement in the criminal justice system.

We will work closely with you to understand your unique situation, identify appropriate resources and support, and develop a personalized defense strategy that encompasses all aspects of your life. Our goal is to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case while also addressing the root causes of your criminal behavior and supporting you in rebuilding your life.

Why You Should Hire FrizWoods

At FrizWoods, we pride ourselves on our commitment to a holistic approach to criminal defense. By choosing our team to represent you, you can expect:

1, A dedicated team of experienced criminal defense attorneys who will take the time to understand your unique situation and build a comprehensive defense strategy tailored to your needs.
2. Access to a network of resources and support, including addiction treatment programs, mental health counseling, and problem-solving courts, to help you address the underlying issues that may have contributed to your criminal charges.
3. Compassionate representation that acknowledges you as a person, not just a case, and seeks to support you in overcoming the challenges you may be facing.
4. A strong track record of success in Maryland criminal law, with a focus on achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients through a combination of legal expertise and a commitment to addressing the root causes of crime.
5. When you choose FrizWoods as your criminal defense team, you can be confident that we will go above and beyond to defend your rights and help you navigate the complexities of the Maryland criminal justice system.

If you're ready to speak with an attorney about your case and learn more about our holistic approach to criminal defense, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our team is here to provide the guidance, support, and expertise you need to face your criminal charges and work towards a brighter future.