Maryland Criminal Lawyer
you have been charged with a criminal offense in Maryland (MD) or the
District of Columbia (D.C.), whether a major felony, Maryland or D.C. drunk driving, dwi
(driving while intoxicated), dui, possession of cds (controlled
dangerous substance) our experienced criminal lawyer(s) at Belli, Weil &
Grozbean, P.C. will be by your side each and every step of the criminal
Most people who are charged with a criminal offense do not realize that
they can not wait until the last minute to hire a lawyer. Our lawyers at
Belli, Weil & Grozbean, P.C. understand the criminal laws whether in
(MD) Maryland or the District of Columbia (DC) and know how to prepare you
for trial and utilize resources such as private investigators,
psychologist, forensic experts, drunk driving and drug evaluators and
rehabilitation facilities. Being charged with a felony, dwi or drug
charge can send you to jail and should not be taken lightly.
you facing a loss of your drivers license because of being charged with
drunk driving, dwi, possession of drugs, driving while suspended,
speeding or reckless driving to name a few? Then Belli, Weil & Grozbean,
P.C. can help you thru the administrative hearing process. Most people
do not realize how long they can lose their license to drive and they
will be going before an Administrative Law Judge who has the power to
keep them from driving. Can you afford not to drive? Will you lose your
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM ARRESTED?
KNOW YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS!
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE
am told that I am under arrest. What does that mean? When you are
arrested, you are taken into custody. This means that you are not free
to leave the scene. Without being arrested, you can be detained,
however, or held for questioning for a short time if a police officer or
other person believes you may be involved in a crime. For example, an
officer may detain you if you are carrying a large box near a burglary
site. You can also be detained by storekeepers if they suspect you have
stolen something. Whether you are arrested or detained, you do not have
to answer any questions except to give your name and address and show
some identification if requested.
1. WHAT RIGHTS DO I HAVE?
Whether you are an adult citizen or non-citizen, you have certain rights
if you are arrested.
Before the law enforcement officer questions you, he or she should tell
have the right to remain silent.
Anything you say may be used against you.
You have a right to have a lawyer present while you are questioned.
If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you.
These are your "Miranda" rights, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. If
you are not given these warnings, your lawyer can ask that any
statements you made to the police not be used against you in court. But
this does not necessarily mean that your case will be dismissed. This
does not apply if you volunteer information without being questioned by
2. ONCE I AM TOLD MY
RIGHTS, CAN I BE QUESTIONED?
can be questioned, without a lawyer present, only if you voluntarily
give up your rights and if you understand what you are giving up. If you
agree to the questioning, then change your mind, questioning must stop
as soon as you say that you want a lawyer. If the questioning continues
after you request a lawyer and you continue to talk, your answers can be
used against you if you testify to something different.
may be required to give certain physical evidence. For example, if you
are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol you may be
requested to take a test to measure the amount of alcohol in your
system. If you refuse to take the test, your driver's license will be
suspended and the refusal will be used against you in court.
Once you are booked, meaning your arrest is written into official police
records and you are fingerprinted and photographed, you have a right to
make and complete three telephone calls that are free within the local
3. WHEN SHOULD I SEE A
you are arrested for a crime, particularly a serious one, you should
contact a lawyer as soon as possible. He or she has a better sense of
what you should and should not say to law enforcement officers to avoid
being misinterpreted or misunderstood. The lawyer also can advise you or
your family or friends on the bail process. There is no substitute for a
good Maryland criminal defense lawyer.
4. WHO CAN ARREST ME?
law enforcement officers - such as police officers, county sheriff
officers, investigators in a district attorney's or an attorney
general's offices and highway patrol officers - can arrest you whether
they are on or off duty, in most cases. A probation or parole officer
also can arrest you.
They can arrest you - even if they do not have an arrest warrant - if
they have probable cause or good reason to believe you committed a
felony, such as armed robbery. (A felony is a crime of a more serious
nature than a misdemeanor, usually punishable by imprisonment for more
than a year.) They do not have to see you commit a felony in order to
arrest you. They do, however, have to see you commit a misdemeanor in
order to arrest you.
you commit an infraction, instead of taking you into custody, they may
ask to sign a citation or notice. This is a minor offense, such as a
moving violation, where the punishment usually is a fine. If you sign
the citation, you are not admitting guilt; you are only promising to
appear in court. If you have no identification or refuse to sign,
however, an officer may take you into custody.
5. CAN SOMEONE OTHER THAN
A POLICE OFFICER ARREST ME?
person, such as a private security guard, can make a citizen's arrest if
they see a misdemeanor being attempted or committed. (A misdemeanor is a
criminal offense, usually punishable with a fine or short jail term.)
They also can make a legal arrest for a felony as long as it actually
was committed and they have good reason to believe you did it. They must
take you to a police officer or judge who is required by law to take you
6. WHEN IS AN ARREST
Usually a warrant is required before you can be taken into custody in
your home. But you can be arrested at home without a warrant if fast
action is needed to prevent you from escaping, destroying evidence,
endangering someone's life or seriously damaging property.
warrant must be signed by a magistrate or judge, who must have good
reason to believe that you, whom the warrant names, committed a crime.
If your name is unknown, "John Doe" can be used on the warrant - along
with your description.
Once an arrest warrant is issued, any law enforcement officer in the
state can arrest you - even if the officer does not have a copy of the
warrant. Generally, there is no time limit on using a warrant to make an
Before entering your home, a law enforcement officer must knock and
identify himself or herself and tell you that you are going to be
arrested. If you refuse to open the door - or if there is another good
reason - the officer can break in through a door or window.
the police have an arrest warrant, you should be allowed to see it. If
they don't have the warrant with them, you should be allowed to see it
as soon as practical.
police may search the area within your reach. If you are arrested
outdoors, they may not search your home or car.
Resisting an arrest or detention is a crime. If you resist arrest, you
can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony in addition to the crime for
which you are being arrested. If you resist, an officer can use force to
overcome your resistance or prevent your escape. The officer can even
use deadly force if it appears you will use force to cause great bodily