Anne Arundel Criminal Defense Lawyer
Over the past ten years, crime in Anne Arundel County, Maryland has demonstrated an almost continuous downward trend. According to FBI Uniform Crime Reporting statistics, after a brief spike in the latter part of this century’s first decade, crime rates plummeted, showing overall crime rates to be down approximately sixteen percent. This is good news for residents and visitors to the area. However, with some 20,000 violent crimes and property crimes occurring each year in Anne Arundel, a large population of suspected and accused people will find themselves needing experienced legal representation from a skilled defense attorney. While felony convictions carry sentences of up to life in prison, depending on the specific crime, even a misdemeanor charge can have serious implications for a person convicted of the crime. Finding an attorney who is adept at handling the type of case in which a defendant is involved is a critical step in protecting one’s right to a fair treatment by the courts.
Violent Crime in Anne Arundel
In 2011, the Anne Arundel County Police Department reported 2,486 violent crimes in the county, a decline of nearly eight percent from the previous year. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault; of these, the most frequently reported crime was assault, making up well over half of violent crimes reported by local police to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting database.
Both first degree assault and second degree assault are punished severely under Maryland criminal statutes. Second degree assault is the intentional creation of reasonable fear of bodily harm through threat of violence. It is punishable by a maximum fine of $2,500 and a maximum prison sentence of ten years. Second degree assault is also any unwanted, offensive touching (commonly referred to as battery). First degree assault, is an assault which causes serious physical injury or which is perpetrated by a firearm or weapon, carries a potential sentence of 25 years in prison.
Anne Arundel Property Crimes
Property crimes include vandalism, trespassing, and arson, but most frequently, they are related to theft of money, property, or merchandise. Anne Arundel police reported 13,446 incidents of burglary, larceny, auto theft, and arson in 2011, down approximately nine percent from the preceding year. Of these incidents, more than 10,500 were categorized as larceny.
Under Maryland law, larceny, or theft, may be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the value of the property in question. If the value of stolen merchandise is less than $100, a defendant is charged with a misdemeanor and faces a possible 90-day jail sentence if convicted. However, if the property’s value exceeds $1,000, the defendant faces felony conviction with a potential maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
Misdemeanor and Felony Defense in Anne Arundel County
Maryland criminal attorney Seth Okin offers defense representation to individuals accused of crimes in Anne Arundel County. His practice areas include both misdemeanor and felony offenses:
- Assault – 1st degree assault, 2nd degree assault, domestic violence, reckless endangerment
- DUI – Driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated (DWI), and related offenses
- Drug Crimes – drug possession, marijuana possession, possession with intent to distribute, drug distribution, manufacture, and cultivation
- Gun Crimes – possession of an unlicensed firearm, carrying concealed without a permit, possession after conviction of a felony
- Theft – shoplifting, burglary, robbery, auto theft
The details of a specific offense can vary widely, and the outcome of a case often depends upon the unique circumstances involved. Consult an attorney who can explain the charge against you and help you understand your options for defense.
Annapolis Criminal Lawyer
The capital of Maryland and the county seat of Anne Arundel County, Annapolis is home to the United States Naval Academy and St. John’s College. Situated on the Chesapeake Bay, it is located less than 30 miles from Baltimore to the north and Washington, D.C., to the west. In 2011, Annapolis saw a significant decline in both violent crimes, such as assault, and property crimes, including theft and auto theft. Crime rates reflected a 32-year low for the city.
Misdemeanor and felony offenses in Annapolis are usually prosecuted and defended in one of the Anne Arundel County District Court in the Robert F. Sweeney building. The Annapolis District court is located at 251 Rowe Boulevard, only half a mile from the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Glen Burnie District Court is located in the George M. Taylor Multi-Service Center 7500 Gov. Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, Md 21061.
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