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Howard County Felony Charge Lawyer

Being charged with a felony crime in Howard County will bring serious consequences and have instant effects on a person's rights, before even considering the potential punishment. Howard County Felony cases are likely to end up in Circuit Court, with a few caveats. Felonies like theft, forgery, bad checks, identity fraud, credit card fraud, and animal cruelty all can be charged in either Howard County District Court or Howard County Circuit Court.

Howard County Felony cases often originate in Howard County District Court, and make their way to Howard County Circuit Court by indictment. We are able to assist with seeking bail at either Court level, and can give a free case evaluation to explain which Howard County Court the case is likely to be headed to.

Practice Areas

The attorneys with FrizWoods can help you wide a wide variety of felony cases including:

This is not an exhaustive list of every felony we can help with, as there are countless different charges that a person can receive in the State of Maryland.

Could I go to jail?

Felony cases are taken seriously by the Court, and if you are convicted it is common to receive an active jail sentence. Supervised probations are also common at the conclusion of an active jail sentence. Howard County Judges are unafraid to hand out lengthy sentences, so it's crucial that you retain an experienced attorney to defend your case.

Felony sentences are usually based on Maryland's Sentencing Guidelines. Sentences of over 18 months are usually served at one of Maryland's State Prisons, not a local county detention center. With so much at stake, it is important that you hire a qualified Maryland Felony Attorney to defend you in court.

A skilled attorney may be able to utilize some of the defenses below to reduce your exposure, or keep important evidence out of Court.


Felony cases can implicate a wide array of defenses including:

  • Suppression of statements under Miranda
  • Suppression of evidence under the Fourth Amendment
  • Disqualification of State's expert witnesses
  • Suppression of identification as suggestive
  • Violation of speedy trial rights by the State
  • Independent investigations by Defendants

Contact Us

Maryland is full of attorneys who bill themselves as "criminal defense attorneys" who also spend part of their day analyzing car accident cases. Both Luke Woods and Max Frizalone specialize in criminal defense, and each of them has earned not guilty verdicts on felony charges. Luke and Max have experience picking juries and trying felony cases before Judges and Juries alike. Choosing the wrong attorney to bring to trial can mean the difference between freedom and a long period of incarceration. Call us today for a free consultation.

Luke Woods

Luke Woods is a veteran trial attorney with over two decades of purely criminal defense experience. Luke has experience defending clients in felony cases of all varieties. Luke has earned acquittals, dismissals, and not guilty jury verdicts on countless felony cases during his career as a private attorney. Luke will leverage his knowledge of felony cases to ensure your case is dismissed before indictment. The most important thing you can do if charged with a felony is call hire experienced legal counsel like Luke Woods who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Call today and speak with him directly for a free case analysis.

Max Friz

Max Frizalone accrued felony trial experience in his prior roles as a prosecutor, public defender, and private attorney. Max has defended felony cases in Circuit Courts throughout Maryland. Max and Luke have worked together to have high profile cases dismissed in the past, including a first degree rape. Max is unafraid of taking a case to trial, which has earned him the respect of numerous States Attorney's Offices, and judges alike. Max and Luke make a great team, having previously collaborated on charges to include first-degree murder.

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About the County

According to the 2010 Census, there are 287,085 people residing in the County with a population density of 1,061 people per square mile (409 people per square kilometer). The county is the 21st largest out of 24 in Maryland and has a land area of 449 square miles (1,168 square kilometers). According to the United States Census Bureau, as of July 2016, there were an estimated 309,380 people living in Howard County.

Who will prosecute me

The Howard County States Attorney's Office prosecutes all criminal cases that are brought in Howard County. With rare exceptions due to conflicts, the Howard County States Attorney's office is likely to be prosecuting your case.

Areas we serve

20701 (Annapolis Junction),21029 (Clarksville), 21044 (Columbia), 21045 (Columbia), 21046 (Columbia), 21723 (Cooksville),21036 (Dayton), 21075 (Elkridge), 21163 (Ellicott City), 21042 (Ellicott City), 21043 (Ellicott City), 20759 (Fulton), 21737 (Glenelg), 21738 (Glenwood), 20777 (Highland), 20794 (Jessup), 20763 (Savage), 20723 (Scaggsville), 21794 (West Friendship), 21797 (Woodbine)

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Columbia Office
6304 Woodside Court, Suite 110
Columbia, MD 21046

(410) 346-9384