Criminal Defense

Charged with a Crime?

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If you have been charged with a crime you should speak with your legal counsel before answering interrogation questions by law enforcement. Upon arrest, defendants must be brought before a commissioner promptly to determine whether bail should be required or set release upon recognizance. The commissioner will ask questions to determine whether the defendant is a risk of flight if released before the trial. The defendant will need to provide basic information, name, address, date of birth, employment, length of residence in the community, in order to allow the commissioner to assess risk of flight and set bail. A bail review may be requested if the bail set is beyond the reach of the defendant. Some defendants employ a bail bondsman to assist them if they are unable to raise the bail. The fee paid to the bondsman is non-refundable. If the defendant posts the bail and appears as required by the court, the bail is refunded regardless of the outcome of the case.

One common mistake is thinking you can talk your way out of a criminal charge by discussing the matter with law enforcement. If you suspect you are being investigated for commission of a crime, you should seek out an attorney at once and not discuss the case with anyone else until you have received legal advice. Under certain circumstances law enforcement is permitted to record telephone conversations with suspects without their knowledge or consent. This conduct, which would otherwise be in violation of Maryland law, is permitted by law enforcement under special circumstances even though the law enforcement officer is not a party to the call. You should never discuss potentially criminal conduct over the telephone without first seeking out legal advice. Steve King offers a free initial consultation on criminal matters. To schedule, call 410-879-7442.

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