At the Law Office of Leon Geller, we understand that individuals facing criminal charges have quite a few questions about their case. Attorney Geller has handled many cases and understands how stressful this time is for his clients. It is his goal to help you get the answers you need, and provide you with the assistance and reputation you need to help secure a successful outcome for your case. Here you can review a few of the most common questions asked about our criminal defense services.
Regardless of the plea you plan to enter, it is important to have legal representation to ensure your rights are protected. It is never a good idea to represent yourself in court because a criminal defense attorney has experience in the type of case you are dealing with, is familiar with possible defenses, and has a relationship with the prosecutor that can enable the attorney to negotiate effectively for the best possible outcome.Attorney Geller can help you acquire a lighter sentence and in some cases may be able to eliminate the criminal charges against you completely.
After you have been arrested, it is not advisable to speak with any officers before speaking with a lawyer. Many people don’t realize they don’t have to provide a confession or statement to the police. You have the right to remain silent, and the right to consult with a lawyer. To make sure you get the best outcome possible for your case, you need to invoke these rights as quickly as possible. Police officers will use anything you say against you in court, which may be detrimental to your situation.
Under Maryland law, a crime is a felony if either: under common law the crime has historically been a felony (crimes like murder, manslaughter, robbery, rape, burglary, arson, larceny, sodomy, and mayhem); or the Maryland statute defines the crime as a felony. Any crime that is not considered a felony is a misdemeanor.
Going to trial is not something that happens in every criminal case. It typically depends on what you have been charged with and the attorney you hire. If you want to avoid trial, your attorney may be able to work with the prosecutor to negotiate lesser charges or arrange a plea agreement. You need to speak with your attorney to determine the likelihood of your case going to trial.
At the Law Office of Leon Geller, Attorney Geller handles many types of criminal cases, including: Assault
- DUI/DWI Defense
- Burglary Defense
- Probation Violation
- Stalking Arrest
- Theft and Shoplifting
- Domestic Violence Defense
- Drug Crime Defense
Regardless of if you are facing your first or a subsequent criminal charge, our firm can provide you with the answers you are looking for and a quality defense.