Baltimore Felony Crimes Lawyer
Put a Former Prosecutor in Your Corner
In most states, a felony is differentiated from a misdemeanor by its punishment level which is usually a year or more in jail or prison along with fines. In Maryland, however, this is not generally true.
A felony is distinguished from a misdemeanor through its specific statute which identifies the individual offense and its penalties. Felonies are generally considered to be more serious offenses than misdemeanors and thus carry heavier penalties.
The result of a conviction will leave you labeled as a convicted felon with a permanent criminal record that can have a negative impact on your future.
Because of the seriousness of such a situation, it is in your best interests to consult with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to learn all you can about your legal position and what can be done to minimize any consequences. It is also vital that you ensure your legal rights are protected and that you receive fair treatment.
At T. Wray McCurdy, P.A., you can avail yourself of a legal team that includes two former prosecutors with extensive litigation experience who have the inside understanding of how the state will prosecute you.
Our Baltimore felony defense lawyers have decades of practice handling all aspects of criminal cases, from investigative work to preparing your defense, negotiating with the other side, or fighting for you at trial.
What are Felony Crimes in Maryland?
Examples of Maryland felonies include but are not limited to:
- Murder, in the first or second degree or felony murder carrying penalties of life in prison, life in prison without the possibility of parole
- Manslaughter punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500
- Vehicular manslaughter punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000
- Sex crimes, such as rape, sexual assault, child pornography, sexual abuse of a child; depending on the nature of the crime punishable by 25 years up to life in prison
- Carjacking punishable by up to 30 years in prison
- Other major theft crimes such as burglary, robbery, and armed robbery; depending on the offense, punishable by 15 up to 20 years in prison
- Aggravated assault, punishable by up to 25 years in prison
- Drug crimes, such as possession with intent to distribute, distribution, cultivation, sales, manufacture carrying various penalties depending on the type of drug, quantity, and other factors
- Arson punishable by up to 30 years in prison
- Kidnapping punishable by up to 30 years in prison
A felony arrest can result in collateral consequences as well, such as immigration problems for noncitizens, the loss of civil rights, such as the right to vote or hold public office, and a permanent criminal record accessible on any routine background check.
Background checks by future employers, landlords, educational institutions, and professional licensing agencies can make it difficult to obtain jobs, housing, educational aid, and licenses for careers as a nurse, pharmacist, pilot, realtor, and more.
What Felony Is Worse A or D?
Class D felonies are considered the least severe felony in many jurisdictions. However, a Class D felony is more severe than a Class D misdemeanor. Class D misdemeanors usually carry a punishment of fewer than 30 days in jail and a fine of less than $250.
Fight Your Charges with Experienced & Skilled Legal Help
At T. Wray McCurdy, P.A., we understand the stress and difficulty of facing any type of felony charge. Your best chance of minimizing or eliminating the consequences will rest on the quality of your criminal defense. That is why we urge you to take advantage of a firm that has proven its excellence over the past decades in Baltimore courts and has received such top ratings as AV-Preeminent® through Martindale Hubbell peer reviews.
Your freedom and future are too important to trust to anyone else.
Let us fight for the most favorable outcome possible. Contact our firm at (410) 834-8466.