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Frequently Asked Questions

General

Q: What types of criminal cases does FrizWoods handle?

A: At FrizWoods, we handle a wide range of criminal cases in Maryland, including but not limited to:

Q: Do I need a criminal defense attorney if I've been charged with a crime in Maryland?

A: Yes, it is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with a crime in Maryland. Criminal charges can have serious consequences, including fines, jail time, and a permanent criminal record that can impact your employment, housing, and other aspects of your life. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options, and develop a defense strategy to protect your interests.

Q: How do I choose the right criminal defense attorney for my case?

A: When choosing a criminal defense attorney, it is important to consider their experience, knowledge of the law, and track record of success. You should also look for an attorney who is responsive and attentive to your needs, and who will keep you informed throughout the legal process. At FrizWoods, we offer a free consultationp to discuss your case and answer any questions you may have.

DUI/DWI

Q: What is the difference between a DUI and a DWI in Maryland?

A: In Maryland, DUI (driving under the influence) and DWI (driving while impaired) are both criminal offenses that involve driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The main difference between the two is the level of impairment. A DUI charge generally involves a higher level of impairment than a DWI charge. Additionally, the penalties for a DUI are typically more severe than those for a DWI.

Q: What are the potential consequences of a DUI conviction in Maryland?

A: The consequences of a DUI conviction in Maryland can include:

  • Fines and court costs
  • License suspension or revocation
  • Jail time
  • Mandatory participation in an alcohol education or treatment program
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle

Q: Can I refuse a breathalyzer test if I am pulled over for suspicion of DUI in Maryland?

A: In Maryland, you have the right to refuse a breathalyzer test if you are pulled over for suspicion of DUI. However, refusing the test can result in the automatic suspension of your driver's license for up to 270 days, and can be used as evidence against you in court. It is important to consult with an attorney before making any decisions about refusing a breathalyzer test.

Drug Crimes

Q: What are the potential consequences of a drug crime conviction in Maryland?

A: The consequences of a drug crime conviction in Maryland can vary depending on the specific offense, but can include:

  • Fines and court costs
  • Jail time
  • Mandatory participation in a drug education or treatment program
  • Probation or parole
  • Asset forfeiture

Q: Can I be charged with a drug crime if I am in possession of prescription medication?

A: Yes, it is possible to be charged with a drug crime in Maryland if you are in possession of prescription medication without a valid prescription. It is important to keep all medication in its original container with the prescription label attached to avoid any potential misunderstandings.

Court questions

Q: Can I get a public defender for my criminal case?

If you cannot afford to hire a private attorney for your criminal case, you may be eligible for a public defender. Public defenders are attorneys who are appointed by the court to represent individuals who cannot afford to hire their own attorney. To determine if you are eligible for a public defender, you will need to complete a financial affidavit that provides information about your income and expenses. If the court determines that you meet the eligibility requirements, a public defender will be appointed to represent you.

Can I appeal my criminal conviction in Maryland?

Yes, you may be able to appeal your criminal conviction in Maryland. An appeal is a request for a higher court to review the decision of a lower court. In order to appeal a criminal conviction in Maryland, you must file a notice of appeal with the appropriate court within a certain amount of time after the conviction. Criminal defendants in Maryland are entitled to a de novo appeal of their criminal case to circuit court. The case starts over and none of the lower court decisions are binding.

If a conviction came after a trial in Circuit court, apellate issues typically involve specific judicial error ina case.

What is probation and how does it work in Maryland?

Probation is a type of sentence that allows an individual to remain in the community under the supervision of a probation officer, rather than being incarcerated. During probation, the individual must follow certain conditions, such as completing community service, attending counseling, or abstaining from drug or alcohol use. If the individual violates any of the conditions of probation, they may be subject to additional penalties, such as revocation of probation and imprisonment.

Can I have my criminal record expunged in Maryland?

In some cases, you may be able to have your criminal record expunged in Maryland. Expungement is the process of removing certain criminal records from public access. The eligibility for expungement depends on the nature of the offense and the outcome of your case. Generally, misdemeanor offenses are more likely to be eligible for expungement than felony offenses. It is important to consult with an attorney to determine if your criminal record is eligible for expungement.

What should I do if I am facing criminal charges in Maryland?

If you are facing criminal charges in Maryland, it is important to seek the advice and representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney. A criminal defense attorney can explain your rights, help you understand the charges against you, and develop a defense strategy tailored to your specific case. Your attorney can also represent you in court and work to negotiate a plea deal or obtain a favorable outcome at trial. It is important to act quickly and obtain legal representation as soon as possible to protect your rights and minimize the potential consequences of the charges.

Conclusion

We hope this FAQ page has provided helpful information for individuals facing criminal charges in Maryland. If you have additional questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can provide personalized guidance and representation to help you navigate the legal system and achieve the best possible outcome for your case.