Facing a criminal charge in Maryland can be a life-changing event. Whether it is a misdemeanor case for driving while intoxicated or a serious felony case, there can be a number of serious consequences for simply being arrested.
For example, being charged with a criminal offense in and of itself could cause you to lose your job or result in family problems, all without even being convicted of the crime you have been charged with. That’s why it’s so important to understand your legal rights and strategically plan the right approach to defending your case and your future.
Your case, your strategy
An arrest is not the same as a conviction and you are presumed by the court to be “innocent until proven guilty.” Sadly, that presumption oftentimes goes by the wayside when dealing with work, friends and family. However, it is important to stay focused on building a defense strategy that is uniquely tailored to the facts of your case. It’s also helpful to continue striving for the best results, even while you’re experiencing the negative consequences of your arrest.
Keep in mind that not all arrests will lead to a conviction. Some criminal cases are dismissed while others end in a “not guilty” verdict for the defendant. These verdicts are the best-case scenario in some cases. In other cases, defendants may be able to agree to plea to lesser charges that result in a lesser sentence. Whatever options might be before you, you need to analyze them all carefully.
At our law firm, we advise our clients so they understand their options and can make the right decisions for their own lives. We understand the gravity of the situation when facing criminal charges and the impact those charges can have on an individual’s life. For more information about how we might be able to help with your criminal case, please visit our law firm’s website.