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Criminal Defense

Facing charges for a criminal offense, whether one with minor penalties or major possible ramifications, can be overwhelming. If you find yourself in this situation, you should seek out a criminal lawyer with the experience and knowledge to effectively handle your defense.

A qualified and dedicated criminal defense attorney will assist you with all stages of your case, from guiding you through the criminal justice system, ensuring that your rights are protected, and to ultimately fighting to help you avoid the consequences of a serious criminal conviction.

Misdemeanor Charges

Many people are under the impression that because misdemeanors are less serious, a conviction will not have much of an influence on their life. The record of any criminal conviction, misdemeanor or otherwise, could continue to impact you throughout your life making it difficult to get a job, find housing, gain admission to college, or obtain a loan. In some cases, misdemeanor charges can even be upgraded to felonies depending on the case circumstances. Common misdemeanor charges in Maryland and D.C. include:

  • Domestic violence offenses
  • Assault & battery
  • Misdemeanor sexual abuse
  • Drug possession
  • Violations of probation
  • Theft and shoplifting offenses
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Driving under the influence
  • Solicitation of Prostitution

Felony Charges

More serious crimes such as aggravated sex crimes, many violent crimes, and certain drug offenses are classified as felonies. Prison sentences can run the gamut from a suspended sentence to life in prison. Commonly-charged felonies include:

  • Robbery
  • Gun offenses
  • Murder
  • Burglary
  • Kidnapping
  • Aggravated Assault
  • First Degree Assault
  • Aggravated sexual abuse
  • Assault with the Intent to Kill
  • Certain theft/fraud offenses
  • Drug distribution, manufacturing, or importing
  • Drug possession with the intent to distribute
  • Many “white collar” offenses such as Medicare fraud

In the event that you are charged with a felony, you need experience you can trust and the personalized attention that gives you the confidence that your case is being handled with the utmost care. Contact Justin A. Okezie, Esq. at (202) 257-8308 to schedule a consultation today.