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When Do I Need a Baltimore Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Criminal LawyerIt is important to know when you need a criminal defense lawyer. If you fail to retain one on a timely basis and your charge carries a possible 90 days incarceration or more, one will be provided for you; however, the level of representation you get may not be what you need or expect. A capable Baltimore criminal defense lawyer is integral to the defense of any serious criminal case. Here are some things to keep in mind when considering retaining a criminal defense lawyer in Maryland and why an experienced criminal defense lawyer is important to your case and your future!

Why retain your OWN criminal defense lawyer?
An experienced criminal defense lawyer will explain the elements of the charges to you and can help determine how to attack the state’s case based upon the required elements of the charge. There are many nuances when it comes to successfully trying a criminal case: from what you say, if you say anything at all, to the witnesses that are called on your behalf, down to the clothes that you wear at a jury trial. Your criminal defense lawyer can help you with all of this, as well as manage your case. Your own private lawyer has your interests at heart and has the time to appropriately prepare and defend your case. A public defender will represent you, but may not be as invested in your case due to time constraints, overwhelming case load, or other issues.

When should you hire a Baltimore criminal defense lawyer?
If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, it is time to retain your own defense lawyer. It is important that you speak with and retain a lawyer as soon as possible following the arrest so that the lawyer can obtain all government documents related to the situation and begin preparing a defense and speaking with witnesses while the matter is still fresh in their mind. Sometimes useful documents, evidence, or witnesses can disappear or be destroyed prior to defense counsel getting involved, if you wait to along. Time is always of the essence.

Robinson & Associates located in Baltimore, Maryland has been a premiere criminal defense law firm for over 20 years.  With a former state’s attorney and former public defender, they have the necessary resources and experience to help resolve your situation quickly and successfully while supporting you throughout this difficult time.

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