Washington, D.C. Misdemeanor Defense Lawyers

Your Trusted Defense Against Misdemeanors in Washington, D.C. & Maryland

At Wagner, PLLC, we understand the gravity of criminal charges, even misdemeanors. We are dedicated to providing exceptional legal services to residents of Washington, D.C., and Maryland, navigating the complexities of the legal system on your behalf.

Facing misdemeanor charges can be stressful and overwhelming, whether they involve DUI, simple drug possession, or traffic violations. We understand that each case is unique, so we take the time to listen to you and understand your needs and objectives. Our attorneys are committed to close client interaction to provide professional and human support while we develop personalized legal strategies tailored to your situation. 

Reserve your free 15-minute initial phone consultation with a Washington, D.C., misdemeanor defense attorney at our firm. You can reach us online or at (202) 816-7125

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    Misdemeanors in Washington, D.C., & Maryland

    Our team has extensive experience representing clients in a wide range of misdemeanor cases in both Washington, D.C., and Maryland, including but not limited to:

    These offenses can carry serious penalties, including fines and imprisonment. For example, simple drug possession in D.C. can result in up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500. Certain misdemeanor offenses in Maryland can result in years in jail and steep fines. 

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    Impact of Previous Convictions on Sentencing 

    Previous convictions can significantly impact your sentence. Repeated offenses often lead to harsher penalties as courts aim to deter repeat behavior. This makes it crucial to have a professional defense attorney who can skillfully represent your case.

    Probation Instead of Jail Time

    In some instances, the court may grant probation instead of jail time. Probation involves living in the community under the supervision of a probation officer and adhering to specific directives issued by the court. These directives could include regular check-ins with a probation officer, attending counseling or rehabilitation programs, completing community service requirements, maintaining employment, and avoiding further legal trouble.

    How Maryland Classifies Misdemeanor Charges

    Unlike some states, Maryland does not classify misdemeanors into separate categories. However, the severity of each misdemeanor and its associated penalties are set by statute. 

    Examples of the various classifications of misdemeanors in Maryland and their potential penalties include:

    • Second-degree assault: This is a serious misdemeanor in Maryland. It can result in up to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $2,500.
    • Child neglect: In Maryland, child neglect can lead to up to five years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,00.
    • DUI (Driving Under the Influence): A first-offense DUI in Maryland can lead to up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. The penalties increase with subsequent offenses.
    • Minor drug charges: Possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor in Maryland and is usually punishable by a fine. More serious drug charges, such as possession of controlled substances, can lead to imprisonment and more significant fines.
    • Theft: Theft of property valued at less than $100 is considered a misdemeanor in Maryland and can result in imprisonment for up to 90 days and/or a fine of up to $500. The penalties increase as the value of the stolen property increases.

    Charges can be enhanced based on factors such as prior convictions, use of a weapon during the crime, committing the offense against a protected class, or committing the offense in a school zone.

    An example of a Maryland misdemeanor charge being enhanced is in the case of assaulting a law enforcement officer, firefighter, EMT, or similar professional. While assault is already considered a serious misdemeanor in Maryland, the penalties are further enhanced when the victim is a public safety professional. 

    Thus, the actual offense and its sentencing can vary based on the specifics, including the offender's criminal history and the circumstances of what occurred in the incident. Judges have discretion within statutory guidelines to determine the appropriate sentence.

    Wagner, PLLC Puts Meticulous & Aggressive Representation to Work for You

    At our firm, we provide strategic, personalized defense strategies for each client. Our extensive knowledge of D.C. and Maryland law allows us to navigate the legal system effectively; we will advocate for reduced charges or lesser penalties wherever possible. We are also never afraid to take your case to trial when that is your best action.

    We understand that each client's situation is unique, and we are committed to delivering tailored, comprehensive legal solutions that protect your rights and interests.

    Contact us to discuss your case with a Washington, D.C., misdemeanor attorney for advice and guidance. 

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