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Criminal Defense


Were you illegally stopped?


Did the police conduct the field sobriety tests correctly?


Were you properly advised of your rights?


Was your arrest legal?


Were you denied your right to speak to an attorney?


Under the Maryland criminal justice system, crimes are generally divided into two categories — felonies and misdemeanors. The difference between the two categories is the potential punishment a person may face if convicted.


A FELONY is the most serious of crimes and can result in the loss of your freedom and privileges, such as driving, voting, employment opportunities, etc. Jail time for felonies is quite extensive. Examples of felony crimes include murder, burglary, rape, guns charges, serious drug charges, fraud and certain white collar crimes.


A MISDEMEANOR is generally not as serious as a felony charge and may carry a lesser penalty.  A misdemeanor may still require time in jail. Examples of misdemeanors include: writing bad checks, serious motor vehicle offenses, theft under $300, simple assault and disorderly conduct. Infractions fall into the category of misdemeanor crimes.


A CIVIL INFRACTION is a criminal offense which may result in fines and costs being assessed against you, but, no jail time associated with the violation. Most minor traffic tickets are considered infractions. Often you will have points added to your driver's license.  Some motor vehicle offenses carry jail time, fines and points.

Attorney Latoya A. Francis-Williams represents clients charged with all State misdemeanors and felony crimes and is ready to help you protect your rights and your future. Whether you have already been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, or are under investigation, don't wait to find out what the police and prosecutors have in mind. Putting the right defense lawyer at your side is a critical first step in getting justice. Make sure the courts recognize the name of the lawyer that walks into the courtroom.


Call to arrange a consultation about your criminal charges.  We handle most criminal cases on a flat fee basis.  


You will know what your case will cost when you sign the retainer agreement.



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