Being arrested and investigated for a crime is an experience that no one wants to endure due to both the present and future uncertainties one is faced with. Therefore, it is unwise to place your future, reputation, and liberties in the hands of an attorney who is inexperienced and doesn’t know the particular nuances of the jurisdiction in which you’re charged. We pride ourselves on providing our clients with the peace of mind of knowing that we will be prepared with the appropriate response to every possible issue that may arise in the course of your case. A more thorough explanation of just some of the services we provide is as follows:
DUI & VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER
Whether you are charged with DUI, DWI, or Vehicular Manslaughter, we will thoroughly review the discovery in your case, beginning with any physical or chemical tests to determine intoxication, to examine whether any of the evidence could be suppressed due to a violation of your constitutional rights. We will aggressively advocate for you in the courtroom and if necessary, fight to secure a lenient disposition. We will also represent you at your Administrative Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge at the MVA in an effort to protect your driving privileges and ensure that you are still able to provide for yourself and your loved ones. Last but not least, if you are charged with Vehicular Manslaughter, Mike McGraw will use his over 340 hours of training in collision reconstruction and experience as the former Vehicular Homicide prosecutor in Anne Arundel County, to challenge the State in very phase of your case. Mike has the ability to not only challenge the State’s experts with his own knowledge, but to speak intelligently with his private experts, all former police officers, to develop additional strategies to keep you out of prison.
DRUGS & CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE VIOLATIONS
With the exception of small amounts of marijuana, drug arrests can led to stiff penalties for nonviolent offenders and unfair sentences for people who suffer from addiction and mental illness. They can also result in criminal records making employment, licenses, and benefits difficult to obtain. After an arrest for a felony or misdemeanor drug charge, your first concern will likely be the possibility of incarceration. During your initial consultation, that issue will be addressed, however, we won’t stop there. We will also review your eligibility for diversion programs, which can enable you to avoid both jail and a criminal record. Of course most felony cases do not qualify for these programs and the circumstances that lead to your arrest must be scrutinized to determine if your constitutional rights were violated and how strong the State’s case really is. These considerations can differ greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in Maryland and it is important to hire an attorney who knows the law and the lay of the land.
VIOLENT CRIMES & WEAPONS OFFENSES
Trying a Murder case is one of the most intensive and exhaustive experiences in the background of any veteran trial lawyer. Any lawyer that says otherwise has never tried a Murder case and that’s fine, it’s not for everybody. Of course, Murder cases are just one of the many violent crimes we handle. If you or your loved one has been charged with Attempted Murder, Kidnapping, Robbery, Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Carjacking, Arson, Use of Handgun in the Commission of a Crime of Violence, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, or any combination of the above please contact us. These offenses are prosecuted aggressively by the State, and sentences can be harsh because they involve victim(s) who were harmed or left loved ones behind. All States Attorney’s Offices in Maryland employ victim advocates to assist victims in getting to Court and making them feel more comfortable while testifying. You need a strong advocate on your side, not just to attack the State’s forensic evidence, but to show the Judge and the jury that you’re not the person the State is making you out to be. We will be your advocate.
THEFT & NUISANCE CRIMES
Whether you’re charged with Burglary, Theft, Malicious Destruction of Property, a White Collar Offense, or the trifecta of Disorderly Conduct, Failing to Obey a Reasonable and Lawful Order, and Resisting Arrest, we can help. Whether it’s convincing the State that you’re not a thief but rather someone in need of treatment for an addiction, or just a young person who made a mistake, our goal will be to get you through the process without a conviction by taking the appropriate steps to mitigate the situation. However, that’s not to say you shouldn’t put up a fight. Ironically, theft and nuisance crimes are some of the most technical criminal statutes on the books in Maryland and police and prosecutors often make mistakes in charging and prosecuting these offenses.
The consequences of a conviction for even a minor sex offense can result in a mandatory 15 years on Maryland’s Sex Offender Registry. Not only must your attorney be skilled in attacking DNA and other forensic evidence at trial but, he or she must also be a skilled negotiator if the right set of facts presents itself. Plea negotiations in sex offense cases are some of the most
technical and sensitive negotiations that occur in the criminal justice system. Sex Prosecutors often focus solely on sex and child abuse cases and can easily hoodwink the unknowing defense attorney. Whether it’s mounting an aggressive defense after conducting our own investigation as to what really happened or saving your life from ruin, we have the skill, knowledge, temperament, and resources to assist you in ways that other firms cannot.
Kids make bad decisions without considering the possible consequences. However, if your child is charged with a serious offense the juvenile court may try to send the case to adult court, or worse yet, the may State attempt to keep your child out of juvenile court by charging them as an adult. We understand and we can help. We fight aggressively to ensure that your child’s case is handled in juvenile court so that they aren’t exposed to adult offenders who can only do more harm. For juveniles charged with lesser offenses, we will aggressively pursue a pre-adjudication disposition with the Department of Juvenile Services. In the event your child’s case does proceed to a merits hearing, we will advocate for a disposition that includes probation in lieu of detention and assist your child in complying with any mandates of the Court and/or their juvenile probation officer.
VIOLATIONS OF PROBATION
Violations of Probation take up a significant portion of the criminal docket and often frustrate judges who feel as though they gave someone a second chance who just blew it. Whether you failed to report to your agent, relapsed, or are having problems paying restitution, we can help. We know how to present your case in a fashion that will ensure you maintain your freedom. The worst thing you can do is go into Court and admit to a violation without competent counsel. You can literally go from the street to prison in less than 10 minutes. Our job is to make sure that doesn’t happen and that you walk out the same door you came in.
APPEALS & POST-SENTENCING/COLLATERAL MATTERS
We are more than happy to assist you in a hearing on a Motion for Reconsideration of Sentence or with an Expungement or Shielding request. Our attorneys also provide consultations for Appeals to the Court of Special Appeals and Court of Appeals, Post-Conviction Petitions, Writs of Error Coram Nobis, Writs of Habeas Corpus, and Writs of Actual Innocence. Mike McGraw has extensive experience prosecuting and defending Post-Conviction Petitions and is happy to discuss you or your loved one’s case.
GRAND JURY INVESTIGATIONS
You absolutely have the right to an attorney when called to testify before a Grand Jury and should never appear without one. The Grand Jury has certain powers that must be explained to you prior to testifying and we’re happy to do that. We’re also happy to discuss why you’re being subpoenaed and what questions you have to answer and what questions you don’t have to answer as well as secure immunity on your behalf. Mike McGraw has extensive experience practicing before grand juries as a prosecutor and defense attorney and can get walk you through the process.