Prince George’s County Criminal Attorney

These law enforcement agencies take pride in reducing the crime rate in Prince George’s County; however, an aggressive attempt to reduce crime can often mean overzealous prosecution of those accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses. Anyone arrested or charged with a crime should contact a Prince George’s County criminal lawyer as quickly as possible to help preserve his or her rights and privileges, and to begin building a strategy for handling the case.

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Hi, my name is Seth Okin. I’m a criminal defense attorney for Price Benowitz. If you’ve been charged with a criminal offense or a traffic offense in the state of Maryland, and you happen to be appearing in Prince George’s County, contact me immediately.

I can tell you safely that I appear in Prince George’s County over 65 percent of the time for my work. The familiarity I have with the state attorneys, with the judges, and just with the court itself and how it operates, is all too important to put you in the best position to be successful.

If it’s in Hyatsville or Upper Marlboro, I’ve appeared there, I know the judges, and I can tell you what to be prepared for in the event that I have to protect you and take you out of the District Court to the Circuit Court. I can give you all the information that’s important to get you through these charges and get you out safely.

What’s tantamount are the facts. What happened? We want to know what went on. But more important than that, we want to recognize that there may be a better judge, there may be a better state attorney to be in front of.

We can make that determination and stay in the District Court or, if your penalties are 90 days or more of incarcerable time, we can take you to the Circuit Court. If it’s a DUI, theft, assault, driving while suspended, driving while revoked, or even a minor speeding ticket, [hiring] someone who appears in Prince George’s County on a regular basis as an attorney can be the best and most effective tool for you.

Everything in a case is about you. As a defendant you have the right to counsel and you should use that right and get a private attorney to take care of you, to look out for you, to empower you…to make good decisions, and we’ll make them together.

If you have any of these charges or any charge at all in Prince George’s County, contact me immediately.

Prince George’s County, Maryland

The latest Maryland crime statistics reveal that the state of Maryland enjoyed historically low crime rates, with lowest rate of crime since the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program began in 1975. This is particularly good news for Prince George’s County, where the county’s homicide rate was 20% higher than the state average between 1985 and 2006. In 2006, the county had the highest crime rate for the Washington metro area. Now, the county boasts its lowest overall crime rate, with 2011 seeing a decline of 11.5% in total reported crime compared with the preceding year.

Bordering Washington, D.C., to the north, south, and east, Prince George’s County is a major part of the DC metropolitan area. Law enforcement agencies serving the county include the Prince George’s County Police Department, the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Department, the Maryland State Police, Andrews Air Force Base Security Police, and other federal and municipal police departments. While most incorporated cities and towns in the county have their own municipal police departments, College Park does not.

Criminal Charges in Prince George’s County

Because of its high crime rates and homicide rates since the mid-1980’s, the reputation of Prince George’s County has suffered. However, in 2011, violent crime in the county was at an all-time low, down almost 17 percent from the previous year. Violent crimes reported in this statistic include Part I offenses listed on the FBI Uniform Crime Reports:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Armed Robbery
  • Strong-Arm Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault

Part I Property crimes reported on the UCR fell 10.7% from 2010. These offenses include:

  • Breaking and Entering / Burglary
  • Theft / Larceny
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Arson

Other crimes not included on the UCR report make up the majority of criminal offenses in the county: DUI, simple assault, domestic violence, prostitution and solicitation, drug crimes, and other misdemeanor and felony crimes.

Prince George’s County Investigators and Prosecutors

According to the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP), violent crime in Prince George’s County has dropped by a staggering 39.1% over the past five years, and property crime has been reduced by 28.6% in the same span of time. The GOCCP attributes this reduction in crime to collaboration between law enforcement agencies and programs designed to prevent crime and recidivism:

  • Collateral Offender Unit – designed to promptly prosecute probation violators
  • Strategic Investigation Unit – designed to identify and prosecute violent offenders with a high risk of re-offending
  • Alternative Sentencing – providing alternatives to jail or prison for non-violent offenders
  • Gun Crime Reduction – providing overtime funding to the Prince George’s County Police Department to reduce firearm-related crimes

These efforts have reduced crime in the county; however, they mean vigorous prosecution for those charged with crimes. Most misdemeanor criminal cases are heard at one of two Prince George’s County District Court locations:

  • 4990 Rhode Island Avenue, Hyattsville
  • 14735 Main Street, Upper Marlboro

Skilled criminal defense lawyers are necessary to protect defendants from improper arrests, inflated charges, and maximum sentencing.

Locations

Hyattsville

Hyattsville, Maryland is home to one of two locations of the Prince George’s County District Court. The Hyattsville district courthouse presides over misdemeanor and felony criminal cases not served by the courthouse in Upper Marlboro, the county seat of Prince George’s County. Hyattsville is a Capital Beltway community featuring the Hyattsville Historic District and the Gateway Arts District.

College Park

College Park, Maryland, is best known as the home of University of Maryland, College Park. The university is the town’s largest employer. College Park is also partially located within the Calvert Hills Historic District.

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