Criminal Defense

When you or someone you love is charged with a crime, the stakes are high. A conviction can mean steep fines and confinement in jail or prison. Even beyond the penalties imposed by the criminal justice system, a conviction can have lifelong consequences that affect your reputation, your future job prospects, and your rights and privileges as a citizen, such as voting, driving a car, and lawfully possessing a gun.

State and federal prosecutors work hard to get convictions. You need an equally strong advocate on your side working to protect your rights. The criminal defense attorneys of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake take your case as seriously as they would if they or members of their own families were facing criminal charges.

Whether the charge is a simple traffic violation or a serious felony, JGL’s attorneys are relentless advocates who have the resources, skill, and instincts to develop a robust defense strategy. JGL’s Criminal Defense team works tirelessly to uncover false statements made by police or witnesses, expose the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, and find the witnesses and evidence that help exonerate their clients. When necessary, the firm partners with forensic experts to challenge the validity of the prosecution’s evidence. In the courtroom, JGL’s attorneys represent their clients aggressively, taking into account all possible ways to defend the case, including legal motions that can result in charges being dismissed if the investigating police officers acted improperly.

JGL has a demonstrated commitment to protecting accused citizens’ constitutional rights. The firm has been on the forefront of criminal litigation that exposes abusive interrogation tactics that lead to false confessions and has successfully represented numerous individuals falsely charged with crimes. Widely recognized as Maryland’s leading advocates for constitutional rights, JGL attorneys have testified before the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates in support of legislation to require all interrogations to be videotaped, and JGL principal Tim Maloney has served on the Commission to Revise the Criminal Code.

The firm’s criminal defense lawyers have experience in representing people accused of a wide range of crimes, including:

  • Driving Under the Influence and Driving While Intoxicated (DUI and DWI)
  • White Collar Crime (including fraud, embezzlement, health care fraud, and Medicaid and Medicare fraud)
  • Sex Crimes (such as child pornography, online solicitation, child molestation, rape, and statutory rape)
  • Violent Crimes (assault, battery, robbery, armed robbery, unlawful weapons possession, and murder)
  • Property Crimes (arson, theft, burglary, and shoplifting)
  • Juvenile Crimes (underage drinking, drug possession, vandalism, assault, and online bullying)

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