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Rockville Attorneys Helping You Fight Felony or Misdemeanor Charges

If you are being investigated or facing criminal charges, it is crucial to seek legal advice without delay. Although you may feel confused and anxious, an aggressive attorney can try to secure a dismissal or reduction of the charges. At Felsen & Sargent, our Rockville criminal defense lawyers can conduct an independent investigation in order to find favorable facts, negotiate with the prosecution, and try a case to a jury if necessary. We can assist people across the state of Maryland who need a drug crime attorney or representation in fighting charges of sex crimes, domestic violence, shoplifting or retail theft, DUI/DWI, traffic violations, white collar crimes, violent crimes, or juvenile offenses.

Presenting a Strong Criminal Defense for Maryland Residents

Crimes are divided into felonies and misdemeanors. Crimes that are more serious are charged as felonies, and they are punishable by a prison term of one year or longer. A felony conviction becomes part of your criminal record and can trigger the imposition of greater penalties should you be convicted again in the future. Felony convictions also may result in serious consequences for people seeking jobs, professional licenses, or certain types of housing.

Some of the most commonly charged crimes involve controlled substances. Possession of marijuana in an amount of 10 grams or less is a misdemeanor charge that may result in a maximum imprisonment of 90 days as well as a fine. Possession of controlled dangerous substances other than marijuana (such as cocaine, LSD, heroin, or oxycodone) is also a misdemeanor, but the maximum prison sentence is four years. Charges related to drug distribution, possession with intent to distribute, and manufacturing drugs are felony charges and may send a defendant to prison for decades if they are sustained. However, there are often persuasive defenses to drug charges that an experienced attorney can raise on your behalf. For example, the police may have failed to follow constitutionally required procedures when seizing the controlled substances, which means that this evidence likely can be excluded at trial.

Convictions of other types of crimes also may have serious consequences, such as sex crimes. Someone convicted of a sex offense may be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his or her life and face mandatory imprisonment. Sex crimes that require registration include rape, attempted rape, continuing course of conduct with a child, sexual abuse of a minor, child pornography, human trafficking, and kidnapping. A criminal defense lawyer can help Maryland residents try to avoid the severe penalties associated with these charges and the social stigma attached to them. In many cases, it may be possible to argue that the alleged victim consented or that the defendant lacked the requisite intent as provided by the statute.

No matter which type of criminal charge you may be facing, it is important to remember that the prosecution must prove each element of its case beyond a reasonable doubt. This is a very high burden for it to meet, and it is your attorney’s job to vigorously challenge the prosecution’s version of events whenever it may be appropriate.

Consult an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer in Rockville or Beyond

A criminal record may carry grave consequences for your life far into the future. However, a knowledgeable lawyer can investigate the circumstances and craft a strategy to protect your rights at every stage of the process. The Rockville criminal defense attorneys at Felsen & Sargent 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 to set up a free consultation with a DUI attorney or seek guidance with any other type of criminal matter.

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Re-Hired Mr. Felsen for His Top Reputation
No lawyer can guarantee results, but some can keep It fair when the deck is stacked against you. I had two cases handled by David and neither resulted in conviction (PBJ). Things looked very dark for awhile, and I feel like I owe it to David to give him an outstanding review because he did get me a good result from which I can move forward.
- Justin
Best attorney East Coast
If I could give David Felsen more than five stars I would. Mr. Felsen changed my life forever and made this year’s Thanksgiving dinner extra special for me and my family. Through his hard work and perseverance Mr. Felsen has given me a chance to start over; he was practically able to clear 12 points from my driver’s license as well as come to an agreement with the persecutor to have 6 serious charges against me dropped.
- Rodrigo
Hired David Felsen to Defend Me In Traffic Court
I ran into David by chance when I was looking for a lawyer to defend me in traffic court. I was immediately impressed with his calm demeanor and ability to quickly size up my case. David was very clear in describing how the process would work and in advising how to best present my case. He followed through in all that he said he would do for me, and I felt very comfortable with his advice. He is a confident, capable advocate and obviously very experienced in court. I was pleased with the outcome and would recommend him to others.
- J.
Absolutely Great Attorney That You Can Trust
Mr. Felsen took my case and helped me get the absolute best outcome that I could get. I have used him a few times now on separate occasions for various legal snafus and he was exceptional each time. He won't sugarcoat the chances of your case, but he will explain it fully in the best terms possible so that you know what's ahead of you. If you hire Mr. Felsen, know that you are getting a lawyer that will do everything he can to get you his client the best deal/verdict that you can get. This is one attorney that you can definitely trust to have your back and protect your reputation.
- Andrew
Most Amazing lawyer you could get
I got referred to David Felsen last minute and he had literally one day to prepare for my case. He did the best job possible and my case got dismissed. He was definitely the best legal counsel i could get and i would remain forever grateful, his court presence is out of this world and while waiting for my case to be called, he just played spade games on his phone. No sort of anxiety whatsoever. Some of my information wasn't even complete but he still went to court and won it. I think this is the least i could do to describe the exceptional job he did.
- Chris