Maryland Criminal and Family Law Lawyers

Felsen & Sargent Rockville Criminal Defense Attorneys Representing People Throughout Maryland

Whether you are charged with a crime, going through a divorce, embroiled in litigation, or operating a business, the long-term consequences of your decisions can affect you for the rest of your life. Enlisting capable legal representation may make a critical difference in the outcome. Based in Rockville, the knowledgeable criminal defense lawyers at Felsen & Sargent provide a direct, honest, and open approach to people facing charges throughout the state of Maryland. We also represent many clients in family law, civil litigation, and business law matters.

Protecting Your Rights Against the Prosecution

We provide defenses for charges related to domestic violence, shoplifting, DUI, traffic violations, drug crimes, sex offenses, white collar crimes, violent crimes, and juvenile offenses, among others.

Many people assume that a DUI charge, for example, is a relatively minor offense, but it should not be taken lightly. If your blood alcohol content is .08% or greater, you may be charged with driving under the influence. A BAC between .04% and .08% may result in a driving while impaired (DWI) charge. A drunk driving conviction may potentially land a defendant in jail for up to a year and result in $1,000 in fines. However, a DUI attorney can investigate the circumstances surrounding your stop and arrest to determine which arguments you can use to challenge the charges against you. The police may have lacked an appropriate basis to pull you over, or they may have misinterpreted certain actions as evidence of intoxication. The prosecution must prove each element of a charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt, so your lawyer may be able to get the charges dropped or reduced by exposing weaknesses in any area of the prosecution’s case.

Another stressful situation in which Maryland residents may find themselves is being charged with an offense like simple drug possession. This is a misdemeanor charge that arises when someone possesses or gives someone else a controlled substance. A conviction under this statute may subject a defendant to a sentence of up to four years in state prison, a fine of up to $25,000, or both. Punishments under federal law for possession of a controlled dangerous substance are even more severe. As a result, consulting an attorney who is experienced in fighting these types of charges is an essential step to take in protecting your rights to the fullest extent of the law.

Family Law

We handle family law matters related to divorce, property division, child custody and support, spousal support, mediation, prenuptial agreements, post-judgment modifications, and more. In Maryland, there are two types of divorce: absolute divorce, which is more common, and limited divorce. An absolute divorce requires you to prove legal grounds for divorce. These grounds include adultery, cruelty, excessively vicious conduct, 12-month separation, and desertion. Limited divorce is called a legal separation in other states. It is designed for separating couples who do not meet the grounds for absolute divorce and cannot settle their differences privately but need to obtain a judicial order related to financial relief.

A divorce may be particularly complicated when young children are involved, and the parents must determine how to share custody. Child custody has two parts: physical and legal custody. Legal custody is the right to make important decisions for a child, including decisions related to religion, education, and health care. Physical custody refers to the amount of time that each parent spends with the child. Maryland law does not favor the rights of either the mother or the father. Instead, a court will look at the child's best interests when determining child custody and visitation.

Civil Litigation

Some of the other litigation matters that we handle include business dissolution, contract disputes, business fraud, unfair competition, false advertising, partnership and shareholder disputes, trade secret litigation, and trademark and copyright enforcement and infringement. We also represent victims throughout Maryland in personal injury cases. You can sue another person or business for compensatory damages, such as medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering, if their carelessness caused an accident in which you were hurt. Personal injury cases may arise out of a car accident, a slip and fall, or an interaction with a defective product, among other events.

Business Law

Our firm also can handle many transactional matters for small and medium-sized businesses, including those involving contract drafting and review, lease negotiation, asset sale/purchase negotiation, corporate compliance, due diligence, business formation, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, bankruptcy, and trademark and copyright. Contracts are legally binding voluntary agreements or promises between two or more parties. In order to be enforceable, the promise must be supported by an exchange of something of value, known as consideration.

When a party fails to meet its obligations under a contract, this may result in financial losses and a breach of contract lawsuit. As a result, it may be crucial to retain an experienced business law attorney to draft a contract and other business documents. While retaining an attorney for transactional matters cannot completely prevent any possibility of litigation, it can go a long way toward reducing costly misunderstandings and disputes.

Explore Your Options with a Rockville Criminal Defense Lawyer

Our Rockville attorneys are knowledgeable in criminal defense matters as well as those related to divorce, civil litigation, and business law. We represent people and businesses throughout Maryland, including in Silver Spring, Frederick, Upper Marlboro, and communities throughout Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. Call (301) 251-4010 or complete our online form if you need a family law attorney or representation in fighting charges, navigating a civil lawsuit, or protecting the future of your business.

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