An assault charge is a serious matter that can affect your rights, your employment and even your freedom. If you or a family member have been accused of assault, it is important that your case is handled properly by an experienced criminal defense attorney to avoid overly harsh penalties.
At the Law Office of Jaimee C. McDowell my goal is to minimize the effect of assault charges on your life now and in the future. Having a felony conviction can affect certain types of employment. Even a misdemeanor conviction can affect you.
In Maryland there are two degrees of assault; first degree and second degree. First degree assault is a felony charge; while second degree assault can be either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on who was assaulted.
Burglary is a criminal offense that is sometimes referred to as B&E (breaking and entering). In the state of Maryland burglary is broken down into four different degrees. The varying degrees can also be broken into sub categories.
Depending on the specific type of burglary it can be classified as either a felony or misdemeanor. This is why when facing a burglary charge it is very important to hire an attorney who understands the law and can fight on your behalf.
Domestic Violence / Protective Order
Depending on the unique facts of your case, drug related offenses in Maryland can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony. The circumstances that dictate how a violation will be charged are numerous. A few of the deciding factors include the type of drug, how much of that drug the person who was arrested has in their possession, and their perceived intentions with the drug.
At the Law Office of Jaimee C. McDowell my goal is to minimize the affect a drug arrest can have on your life now and in the future. I represent people charged with all types of drug offenses.
The United States is a land of second chances. For those with a criminal past, their second chance may come in the form of an expungement. An expungement is a process whereby an individual's criminal offense is legally eliminated or erased from their permanent record.
Having an arrest on your permanent record can have more of an impact on your life than you may realize. Your criminal record is public and can technically be viewed by anyone.
Every time you apply for a job, a prospective employer can see into your past. This may limit your chances of being hired. Colleges or other educational institutions may conduct a background check and discover your record. As a result, you may not receive admission or scholarship opportunities. Certain housing facilities may not allow you as a resident due to your former mistake.
Please note that there are certain qualifications to be eligible for an expungement.
Homicide / Murder
When a person under the age of 18 is charged with a criminal offense, they face penalties that can be as severe as those faced by adults. The main goal of the juvenile justice system is rehabilitation, rather than punishment.
All children make mistakes. Some are inconsequential, while others are illegal. At the Law Office of Jaimee C. McDowell I understand the impact a criminal matter can have on a child as well as their family. I will work with the juvenile court and guardians to negotiate a favorable outcome for your case.
Parole / Probation Violation
Each year thousands of people are placed on probation. While being on probation is a great opportunity to avoid jail time there are always stipulations that you must follow. Even violating a small stipulation, like missing one meeting with your probation officer, can trigger a violation of your probation.
If you think that your probation officer has or is about to violate you for a violation or If you have been accused of violating your parole or probation, contact the Law Office of Jaimee C. McDowell.
In Maryland there are a variety of crimes involving theft. Theft can be a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the value of the stolen property.
There are a variety of defenses to theft charges in Maryland. In addition to constitutional defenses, such as wrongful arrest and illegal search and seizure. At the Law Office of Jaimee C. McDowell, I can evaluate each of these defenses, and determine if any of them apply to your case.