Criminal Defense Attorneys in Silver Spring

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A guilty verdict can upend your life. Aside from the potential for jail time or heavy fines, you may lose your job, your license, and even your friends. Putting together a strong defense can make a big difference in your outcome.

The criminal justice system can be unfair, with police and prosecutors subject to bias and ready to fudge the rules if it meets their purposes. You need someone on your side—someone who will build a comprehensive strategy and use it to defend you vigorously.

Our team at Ashcraft & Gerel has decades of combined experience. We’ve litigated serious, high-profile cases, and give every client our full attention. Don’t wait if you’re facing criminal charges—reach out to us to get your defense started.


DUI/DWI and Traffic Offenses Cases

Getting a DUI or DWI charge is serious business, especially if it’s not your first. However, a court date is not a guilty verdict, and we can help you fight back. Though DUI and DWI penalties can be strict, with a proper defense you may be able to get the charges reduced or challenge the integrity of the evidence against you.

It’s essential you act fast if you’ve been charged with a DUI or DWI. Your license will automatically be suspended unless you request an MVA hearing within 10 days of your arrest. Our attorneys can get started on your claim right away. We’re here to help you understand what to expect as we defend your case.

We can also defend you if you were charged with other serious traffic violations including:

  • Driving on a suspended license
  • Driving without a license
  • Hit and run
  • Reckless driving

You do not want to risk having your license suspended; especially if you already have points on your license, defending yourself may not end well. It’s always better safe than sorry—and better well-represented than on your own.

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Misdemeanor Defense

Just because a crime is considered a misdemeanor doesn’t mean its penalties are minor. If found guilty, you may find yourself sentenced to years in prison or owe thousands of dollars in fines.

Our attorneys can dig into the charges against you to find discrepancies and search for evidence that the prosecutor would rather stay hidden. Call us for help with misdemeanor charges including:

  • Assault
  • Drug possession
  • Firearm charges
  • Petty theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Trespassing

Our attorneys can walk you through what to expect as your case is tried and offer honest guidance.

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Defending Against Felony Charges

A felony conviction can temporarily strip you of the right to vote and result in you being legally barred from owning firearms or holding certain jobs. This is on top of the potential for jail or prison time heavy fines, probation, and parole. Having a felony on your record is heavily stigmatizing and may affect your opportunities and relationships.

With the right defense, you could be able to get your charges reduced or successfully contest your case in court. If you are in this position, you need to contact a lawyer right away. The more time we have to work with you, the more we can do to help.

Ashcraft & Gerel can defend clients against felony charges including:

  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug distribution/trafficking
  • Firearm charges
  • Fraud
  • Grand theft larceny
  • Homicide
  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Sex crimes

The most serious felonies can result in a life in prison or fines of up to $100,000. Let us help you plan your defense against these charges.

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A Comprehensive and Aggressive Defense

No criminal charges should be taken lightly. Our attorneys have a network of professionals and experts we can call in to help build your defense. From representing you at bond hearings to investigating the charges against you to fighting for you in court, we are ready to do what it takes. Our attorneys have experience handling judges and juries as well as the knowledge needed to protect your constitutional rights and identify unfair moves by the prosecution.

In a free and confidential consultation, we can review the facts of your case, help you understand what the legal process may look like, and explain how our team can help at each step. The earlier you reach out to us, the more we can do for you.