Why Have Counsel?
.....Going to court, getting arrested, and answering questions makes people feel uncomfortable at best and frightened at worst, especially if you have not done anything wrong. You think about what may happen to you. Will you lose your home, your family, and your friends? Will you lose your license, your job, or your career? You need to be careful and thougtful more than anything, just when these are the hardest things to do. You need the calm voice of reason and "grace under fire."
.....Your lawyer will evaluate the evidence and research the law for you. He or she will advise you about how the evidence and the law affect you. Lawyers have been trained how to research the law such as Maryland's code, regulations, sentencing guidelines, various court opinions, and rules. In addition, the federal government has its own code, regulations, the sentencing guidelines, court opinions, and rules. People, who are not lawyers, can find it difficult to find the law applicable to their cases. People also do not realize that words' legal meanings are often different than their ordinary meanings. A lawyer can provide you with an accurate meaning of the law.
.....Other people, including other parties’ lawyers, investigators, and law enforcement officials, may tell you what is in their best interest in order to get what they want from you. Courts have ruled that while law enforcement officials may not threaten you, they may mislead you and lie to you in order to get you to speak with them. What you say may be misused by other people to hurt you.
.....Courts and lawyers sometimes work in ways that are not familiar to people, who are not lawyers. An unrepresented person can be at a disadvantage.
.....What can counsel do for you, if...
.... .....you are a defendant in a criminal case?
.... .....you are a witness?
.... .....you believe that a summons is coming?
.... .....you have an arrest warrant?
.... .....you seek an expungement?
.... .....you seek release from illegal detention?
.....The pages and links on this web site are provided as a public service and on an informational basis only. They do not provide a comprehensive statement of the law, and no one should rely on these materials as legal advice. If you have a legal problem or question, you should consult with an attorney, who can investigate the particular circumstances of your situation. Although I answer all e-mail and telephone calls, this does not constitute legal representation. I am not your lawyer, until we make an agreement and I receive my fee. In order to protect your confidentiality, please call to discuss your concerns. E-mail is not a confidential means of communication, because it can be intercepted by anyone. The initial consultation is free.
Last revised: August 17, 2009