Felonies vs. Misdemeanors in Maryland
Whether you’ve been charged with a felony or a misdemeanor in Maryland, the consequences of a conviction can be crushing. Knowing more information about the charges you’re facing can help you better prepare your defense.
Both the state of Maryland and the U.S. Government consider felonies serious crimes. According to federal law, any crime carrying more than one year in prison is deemed a felony. Felony convictions typically result in larger fines than misdemeanors. They also carry more severe penalties, which can range anywhere from one year in prison to the death penalty. Examples of felonies include:
- Sexual assault
- Assault in the first degree
- Drug possession with intention to distribute
- Crimes against property (burglary, arson, major theft)
Those convicted of a felony may also lose civil rights, such as the rights to vote, join the armed forces, and hold public office. Felony sentences can also hinder your ability to secure a job, as U.S. employers are legally allowed to ask about prior felony convictions.
Misdemeanor offenses are considered less serious than felonies, and they carry lesser penalties. For most misdemeanors, judges may impose fines, either alone or along with a jail sentence. A misdemeanor charge may involve:
- Reckless driving and other traffic offenses
- Minor drug possession
- Assault in the second degree
- Theft under $1,000
- Child neglect
Although not as serious as a felony, misdemeanor charges can still drastically impact your life, both now and in the future. A skilled criminal defense attorney can fight for your rights in a misdemeanor case.
Potential Defense Strategies for Your Maryland Criminal Charges Case
The penalties of criminal charges are often significant. The team at the Law Office of Melvin L. Allen, Jr., Esq. employs effective criminal defense strategies to help those accused of criminal offenses. Some arguments Attorney Allen presents to help clients include:
- Coercion was involved
- Entrapment played a role in the arrest
- Lab errors provided false readings
- False accusations were made
- There is insufficient evidence to support the claim
- Mistaken identity
- The evidence needs to be suppressed due to its violation of the Fourth Amendment
Criminal defense attorney Melvin L. Allen, Jr. strives to provide the most aggressive and effective legal representation for those charged with crimes. He works to protect the legal rights and best interests of those wrongfully accused.
How a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
Defending your criminal charges without proper counsel from an attorney can increase your chance of enduring the maximum penalties. If convicted, you could face jail time, fines, and a loss of civil liberties. Put yourself in the best position possible by working with a skilled criminal defense attorney.
Professional Legal Guidance You Can Trust
Attorney Melvin L. Allen, Jr. has spent over a decade practicing law and defending his clients’ rights. He is incredibly well versed in Maryland criminal law, and he uses his experience to help those accused of crimes toward getting their charges dismissed or reduced. At the Law Office of Melvin L. Allen Jr., Esq., he can defend you against charges involving:
- Driving with a suspended license
- Possession of drugs
- Sexual assault
Attorney Allen will get to know your case and explore every possible approach in order to reach the outcome you deserve. He will help you navigate the legal process and address any questions or concerns you may have about your case. If you need a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney in Prince George’s County, Maryland—or in the surrounding areas of Waldorf or Charles County—reach out now for a free consultation.