Washington, D.C. Felony Crime Defense Lawyers
Your Advocate in the Face of Felony Charges in D.C. & Maryland
Felony charges are the most serious you can face in both Washington, D.C. and Maryland state and federal courts. These crimes are punishable by more than a year of incarceration under federal law. In Maryland, felonies are designated by state statutes; they are punishable by steeper fines and more severe penalties than misdemeanors.
The District of Columbia has two prosecutorial entities: the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and its federal equivalent, the United States Office of the Attorney General (USAO). If you have been charged with a crime by either entity, we can help. At Wagner, PLLC, our attorneys will vigorously defend your case in both D.C. and federal courts.
Similarly, if you are facing felony charges in Maryland, our experienced legal team of trial lawyers can vigorously protect your Constitutional rights and best interests throughout the legal process. We have handled countless cases ranging from drug crimes to violent offenses and have a proven track record of successful results.
Charged with a felony? Book a free 15-minute phone consultation with a Washington, D.C. felony defense attorney by calling us at (202) 816-7125 or via email today.
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Felony Charges in Washington, D.C. & Maryland
Many crimes in both D.C. and Maryland are charged at the felony level.
Examples can include but are not limited to the following:
- Aggravated assault
- First-degree sexual assault
- Theft of property valued at $1,000 or more
- Burglary of an occupied residence
- First-degree murder
- Armed robbery
- Drug trafficking
Penalties for these crimes can range from a year in prison to a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Fines can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the offense. The length of probation can vary based on the nature of the crime and its specific circumstances.
Typically, the length of probation is determined by the judge at the time of sentencing. While on probation, individuals are expected to comply with specific conditions, including regular check-ins with a probation officer, drug testing, or participation in treatment programs.
Additional penalties can include loss of gun rights, loss of professional licenses, and the collateral damage of a permanent criminal record that can affect employability, housing, immigration status, ability to secure educational loans, and more.
How Prior Convictions Can Affect Your Case
In many jurisdictions, including Washington, D.C., and Maryland, previous convictions can significantly impact felony sentencing.
Previous convictions can include the following:
- Repeat Offender Laws: Many jurisdictions have laws that impose harsher sentences on repeat offenders. For example, a person with two or more previous convictions for serious crimes may face a mandatory minimum sentence that is more severe than the one for first-time offenders.
- Three Strikes Law: Some jurisdictions follow a "three strikes" law, which states that a person convicted of a serious criminal offense on three or more separate occasions may be sentenced to life in prison.
- Parole or Probation Violations: If a person commits a felony while on parole or probation, it could lead to more severe penalties, including additional jail time.
Crimes Against Protected Persons
Crimes against protected persons are another consideration that can affect felony charges and their penalties. These crimes include alleged victims such as children, elderly individuals, disabled individuals, or public servants like police officers or firefighters. Crimes against these individuals often carry more severe penalties. This is to provide them with extra protection due to their vulnerability or the importance of their societal role.
Turn to Wagner, PLLC, for an Aggressive Defense
Facing a felony charge can be daunting. The courtroom can be intimidating, and the legal procedures can be complex and confusing. That's why it's crucial to have a seasoned trial lawyer who is well-prepared and fearless in the courtroom.
At Wagner, PLLC, our experienced and capable felony defense attorneys possess the knowledge, experience, and work ethic you need to navigate the complicated proceedings of the criminal justice system. We work to protect your rights, minimize the impact of charges on your life, and fight for optimum results.
Contact us online or at (202) 816-7125 for experienced legal help today.