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Family Law and Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving the Rockville Area

The experienced Rockville criminal defense lawyers at Felsen & Sargent can help their clients fight a wide range of charges. We also are available to people who need guidance in family law matters, as well as civil litigation and business law. To fully protect your rights and advance your interests, it is crucial to find trustworthy attorneys who can provide sound advice and aggressive representation.

Representation During a Divorce

Our firm handles all types of disputes related to family law, including divorce, property distribution, child custody and support, alimony, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, orders of protection, mediation, parental relocation, and modifications. A divorce may be based on fault or no-fault grounds. In most cases involving children, filing on no-fault grounds is a more amicable approach. However, for some couples divorcing due to adultery or other specific reasons, filing on fault grounds may be appropriate in order to pursue a greater share of the property.

Maryland is an equitable distribution state, which means that property is divided according to principles of fairness. This does not necessarily mean a 50/50 split. The court will consider a wide range of factors, including the length of the marriage, how much each spouse contributed to the family, the financial circumstances of each spouse, the acquisition of any assets, the health and age of each spouse, and whether misconduct by either spouse led to the divorce.

Advocacy in Fighting Charges

At Felsen & Sargent, we represent people who are facing charges related to domestic violence, shoplifting, DUI, traffic violations, drug crimes, sex crimes, white collar crimes, violent crimes, and juvenile crimes. For example, domestic violence may consist of many different types of crimes that occur within a family or household. Family and household members include spouses, ex-spouses, parents, stepparents, people who live together, and people who have children together. Assault and battery, child abuse, sex crimes, stalking, and false imprisonment are considered domestic violence when the victim and perpetrator share a family or household relationship. In some cases, a protective order may be imposed, and if it is violated, the person violating it may be charged with a misdemeanor. Courts have broad discretion in imposing penalties.

Many people feel anxious and confused if they are charged with a crime. However, there are numerous defenses that an experienced attorney may be able to raise. For example, there are a number of constitutional protections, such as the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. In a drug crime case, for instance, if the police did not follow proper procedures during the investigation, the evidence seized may not be admissible. The burden of proof in criminal cases is very high, and in some cases, we can potentially negotiate a dismissal or a reduction in charges.

Civil Litigation

Our attorneys handle many forms of civil litigation, including lawsuits involving personal injury, business or contract disputes, fraud and false advertising, and intellectual property. Through a personal injury lawsuit, an accident victim can try to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and other economic and non-economic damages. The victim will need to establish that the defendant owed them a duty, which was breached, and that the breach caused the damages. Contract disputes require proof of a valid contract and proof that the defendant breached one or more material terms of the contract, resulting in losses for the plaintiff.

Business Law

Our firm is skilled in contract drafting, contract review, negotiations, corporate compliance, due diligence, business formation, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property matters for small and medium-sized businesses. In all of these matters, it is crucial to retain an attorney with an eye for detail and the ability to anticipate how the situation would play out in civil litigation. For example, when you are forming a partnership, you should make sure to seek advice on the benefits and drawbacks of different types of entities. An attorney can draft your formation documents to include a plan for various contingencies, such as the death of a partner, disagreements between partners, or the need to dissolve the company.

Retain a Rockville Lawyer for a Criminal Defense or Family Law Matter

At Felsen & Sargent, our Rockville criminal defense attorneys are ready to protect your rights against the prosecution. We also are available for people who need a family law attorney or representation in civil litigation or a business law matter. We provide legal assistance to individuals 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 submit our online form to schedule a free consultation.

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