Being accused of a crime in the state of Maryland is a life-altering event. A simple arrest is frightening, but a conviction comes with lasting repercussions — fines, imprisonment and damage to your reputation. Depending on the level of the offense, you may also forfeit some of your civil rights, such as the right to vote or to possess a firearm. When your freedom and good name are hanging in the balance, it is critically important to have a tough criminal defense attorney in your corner.
Located in Silver Spring, the Law Office of Asher Weinberg aggressively defends clients in Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard, and Anne Arundel Counties. Backed by a proven history of successfully trying criminal cases in state and federal court, I believe that anyone accused of a crime is presumed to be innocent and entitled to first-rate legal representation. When you become my client, I will choose the best line of defense, and never stop fighting for you.
The Law Office of Asher Weinberg routinely handles a wide range of criminal charges, including:
DUI/DWI — Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is inherently dangerous, which explains why Maryland’s DUI/DWI laws are strictly enforced. I represent clients in administrative hearings and court trials and can help preserve your driving privileges by having the case dismissed or seeking a reduction of the charges.
Traffic Violations — A conviction for speeding, disobeying a traffic signal, driving with a suspended license or any other traffic violation can have serious consequences, from the potential of heavy fines, to points on your driver’s license, to a suspended or revoked license. My law office defends clients against both moving and non-moving violations of local and state traffic laws.
Drug Crimes — Prosecutors take the possession, distribution, and trafficking of controlled substances, and other drug crimes very seriously. In fact, even a minor offense can lead to jail time. Whether you are facing state or federal drug charges, it takes a dedicated advocate like Asher Weinberg to protect your freedom.
Theft Crimes — Theft in Maryland is generally defined as taking property of another with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of it. My practice routinely handles a wide range of theft charges from petty larceny (shoplifting), to grand larceny, to burglary, to auto theft.
Violent Crimes — Generally involves the offensive touching of another person without consent and placing the victim in immediate fear of harm, a conviction for assault can result in severe penalties including imprisonment, fines, and probation which makes having an effective criminal defense strategy crucial.
Sex Crimes — Being accused of a sex crime can ruin your good name, regardless of whether you are convicted. While sexual assault and other sex crimes are heinous offenses, the stigma of a false accusation can haunt you for years to come. A conviction for a sex crime will result in a lengthy incarceration, mandatory registration as a sex offender and permanent damage to standing in the community.
In Maryland there are two types of criminal offenses — misdemeanor offenses and felony offenses:
Misdemeanors — These offenses generally involve criminal acts that are less serious than felonies and non-violent in nature (except for minor assaults). In particular, driving under the influence (DUI), possessing small amounts of marijuana, disorderly conduct, malicious destruction of property and similar offenses are considered misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are often tried in special courts with streamlined procedures and carry less severe penalties than felony offenses; however, a misdemeanor conviction can result in fines and imprisonment for up to 10 years.
Felonies — Far more serious in nature than misdemeanors, felony offenses typically include crimes offenses such as murder, sexual assault, burglary, crimes involving the use of a weapon, other violent crimes, and white collar crimes. Felony cases in Maryland are typically heard in the county circuit courts. A conviction for a felony can lead to a lengthy prison sentence, up to life without parole, heavy fines, probation, and other serious consequences. Felony sex offenses, for example, can result in lifetime sex offender registration, which can seriously restrict options for housing and employment.
Regardless of the type of criminal charges you are facing, having the right lawyer can mean the difference between imprisonment and freedom. With Asher Weinberg on your team, you can level the playing field against overzealous prosecutors who work feverishly to gain convictions. My office has the resources to mount an aggressive defense, win an acquittal, and clear your name.
By weighing the strength of the evidence against you, I can assert a number of defenses. At the same time, I will always be honest about your prospects trial. Depending on the circumstances, it may be best to ask the court to reduce the charges and penalties. If you are convicted, I will consider an appeal and continue fighting for you.
If you have been charged with a crime, you may be alarmed about your future and the well being of your loved ones. Remember, I am here to help protect your rights, preserve your freedom, and maintain your reputation. Call today to learn more about the innovative criminal defense strategies at the Law Office of Asher Weinberg.