Upper Marlboro Criminal Defense Attorney

Upper Marlboro Criminal Defense Lawyers

Let Us Defend You from Serious Criminal Charges

At Farmer & Klopfer, our Upper Marlboro criminal defense attorneys have built a strong reputation for providing tough legal defense to locals who have been accused of criminal offenses. For years, our experienced attorneys have handled a long list of complex and high-stakes criminal defense cases, leveraging our in-depth understanding of the law to accomplish great results for our clients. Whether you were accused of a minor misdemeanor or a serious felony, you can trust in our commitment to protecting your right to the presumption of innocence. You can also rest assured in knowing that our law firm has trial lawyers who can take your case before a judge and jury. When it comes to pursuing justice and doing what is right for the accused, we’re always ready for a legal fight.

We’ve been standing up for our clients since 1978. Get our experienced legal counsel on your side. Call (301) 265-2220 for an initial consultation.

Defending Against Different Criminal Charges

Our Upper Marlboro criminal defense attorneys have a wealth of experience that allows us to tackle even the most complicated criminal defense cases. With a comprehensive approach to criminal defense, involving investigation, research, evidence collection, litigation, and more, we should be your first choice for defense representation for all sorts of criminal charges and cases.

Our skilled team can handle cases that involve these criminal charges and cases, as well as many others:

  • Bench warrants: We can help you navigate the complexities of a bench warrant, working diligently to resolve the matter and minimize its impact on your life.
  • Traffic violations: Even minor traffic offenses can have significant consequences, including license suspension. We work to protect our clients' driving privileges, insurance rates, and overall peace of mind.
  • Drug charges: We defend clients against all types of drug-related offenses, from possession and distribution to trafficking, utilizing sturdy defenses to challenge the prosecution's case.
  • DUIs: Our firm has a proven track record of successfully defending clients charged with DUI offenses. We scrutinize every detail of the arrest, focusing on any potential errors or violations of your rights, such as unlawful traffic stops.
  • Murder charges: Facing a murder charge is an extremely serious matter. Our attorneys apply their extensive experience and assertive approach to build a strong defense strategy that reflects the gravity of the situation.

What Can Happen If You Are Convicted?

A criminal conviction can bring heavy consequences, the severity of which depends on various factors including the nature and degree of the crime committed. Whether the crime is classified as a felony or misdemeanor, violent or non-violent, each carries its own set of potential penalties, for example. However, it's important to understand that the implications of a conviction extend beyond immediate penalties. It can have long-term effects on personal, professional, and social aspects of your life.

If you are convicted of a crime, the penalties that can result from it might include:

  • Fines: Monetary penalties are very common, ranging from hundreds of dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Regardless of the amount, the result is often a risk of financial instability, which brings a host of other serious issues. 
  • Imprisonment: Time behind bars, either in county jail or federal prison, is a common sentencing requirement upon conviction. The length of the sentence can range from a few days or weeks for minor offenses, to years or life imprisonment for more serious crimes.
  • Probation: For some, imprisonment can be avoided by entering probation. The convicted will have to meet certain requirements to complete probation, or they can face criminal penalties like imprisonment again.
  • Removal of certain rights or licenses: A criminal conviction can lead to the loss of certain rights or privileges, such as the right to vote, the right to own firearms, or the ability to hold certain professional licenses. In some cases, these rights may be restored after a period of time, but this is not guaranteed.

Different Defenses & Strategies

Our legal team knows that crafting unique defense strategies for each of our clients is a must if we want to deliver reliable legal counsel. We understand that no two cases are alike, so a one-size-fits-all approach is not an option. We view each client as an individual with a unique set of circumstances and challenges. Our commitment to personalized representation ensures that every strategy we develop is tailored to the specific facts of the case and the needs of our client.

Three common defense strategies or arguments* used in criminal defense cases are:

  • Innocence: This strategy involves arguing that the defendant did not commit the crime they are being accused of. By providing an alibi, challenging the evidence presented by the prosecution, or pointing out inconsistencies in the prosecution's case, the defense might be able to help the accused avoid a conviction.
  • Self-defense: In certain cases, it may be argued that the defendant committed the alleged act in self-defense. This strategy requires proving that the defendant reasonably believed they were in immediate danger and that their actions were necessary to protect themselves.
  • Entrapment: This strategy is employed when a defendant argues that they were induced or persuaded by law enforcement to commit a crime that they would not have otherwise committed. For this defense to be successful, the defendant must typically provide evidence showing that the idea for the criminal act originated with the police or government agents, rather than the defendant themselves.

(* A defense strategy that is effective in one case may not necessarily be applicable or successful in another.)

We Can Take Your Case to Trial

Farmer & Klopfer is equipped with the necessary resources and experience to take our clients’ cases to trial when necessary. Our Upper Marlboro criminal defense team is skilled at handling all aspects of a case, from initial investigation and evidence gathering to presenting compelling arguments before a judge and jury. We believe in thoroughly preparing for every possible scenario, have significant courtroom experience, are well-versed in trial procedures and rules of evidence, and are not afraid to litigate if it serves your best interests.

Need Legal Defense? Don’t Wait – Call Now

When you find yourself facing criminal charges in Upper Marlboro or the surrounding area, you can count on the experienced and dedicated team at Farmer & Klopfer to be there. With our extensive courtroom experience and thorough understanding of criminal law, we're ready to stand up on your behalf. We can create personalized defense strategies designed to achieve positive case results, such as a case dismissal or not-guilty verdict, for people who are accused of misdemeanors and felonies. Your rights and interests are our top priority, so let’s fight for them together.

Call (301) 265-2220 for a consultation and learn more about the process of building your defense.

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    “Mr. James Farmer is a very intelligent and skilled lawyer that knows what he is doing and will go out of his way to help. I am very thankful to have had him as my attorney!! I was facing some very serious charges and with Mr. Farmers unbelievable skills, I was found not guilty on all charges. I would highly recommend Mr. Farmer to anyone who needs legal help. I cannot stress enough that he will fight for you and do whatever he can to help you. Thanks, Mr. James Farmer for all that you have done for me!! I also want to thank Patrick, Gary and his staff for their hard work, kindness, and professionalism.”

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    “I couldn’t be happier with the service I received from this law firm. I felt comfortable from the minute I first walked through the door. I had less than two weeks before the expiration of my personal injury filing date and was overwhelmed. My first appointment was with Elizabeth who took my huge stack of papers with a smile and said, “Let me take care of this for you.” Although all of the staff that I encountered were wonderful, my main experience was with Mr. Farmer and Elizabeth who were both kind, sympathetic, reassuring and more importantly, very knowledgeable. My case was handled professionally and in a timely fashion. My case was recently concluded and I am very happy with the outcome and would not hesitate to use them again or recommend them to my friends and family in the future. Need a good law firm, no need to look further.”

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    We take pride in learning the latest strategies for maximizing damages, preparing our clients for trial & mounting an effective case.

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    Our firm has won tens of millions of dollars in financial compensation for individuals & their families.

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    We are well-regarded in the legal community & are even known & respected among insurance companies.
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