Seeking the help of a criminal defense attorney like Timothy A. Cook, Attorney is wise when facing a criminal charge in Harford County, Cecil County, Baltimore County or other jurisdictions in Maryland. Mr. Cook travels throughout the state of Maryland and has represented clients in the majority of counties in Maryland as well as Aberdeen Proving Ground. Whether you are charged with, CDS Possession, Possession with intent to Distribute, assault, domestic violence, Child pornography, Sex crimes, Theft charges, or Violation of Probation, you need the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you navigate the criminal justice system. Mr. Cook has been representing criminal defendants for 29 years in District and Circuit Court and is familiar with the judges and State’s Attorneys in Harford, Cecil and Baltimore Counties.
Misdemeanors And Felonies in Maryland
When facing a criminal charge in the state of Maryland, you will either be facing a felony or misdemeanor charge. How each crime is classified when it comes to felonies or misdemeanors will vary under federal and state law. Therefore, it’s important to understand how the state of Maryland defines each if you are facing the possibility of a conviction.
A felony charge is considered serious within the state of Maryland as well as in the eyes of the federal government. When it comes to federal law, a crime that carries with it more than one year of prison time will be classified as a felony charge. Maryland designates felonies (as well as misdemeanors) by statutes. Felony charges will yield severe penalties and higher fines when compared to misdemeanors, ranging from one year to even life in prison. In addition to fines and prison time, a person convicted of a felony may lose the ability to vote, be unable to join the armed services, possess a firearm and be unable to hold public office.
Examples of Felony Charges handled by Timothy A. Cook, Attorney
- Sexual assault
- First-degree assault
- Drug possession with intent to distribute
- Crimes against property, like arson, major theft or burglary
- Felony Theft
- Child Pornography
- Sex Offenses, Rape, Sexual Contact
Misdemeanors are considered less serious under both the federal and state law codes. Misdemeanors usually, but not always, involve less than 12 months of jail time and fines.
Example of Misdemeanor Charges handled by Timothy A. Cook, Attorney
- DUI/DWI, drunk driving
- Driving Suspended
- Hit and Run
- Theft under $1,000
- Reckless driving, serious traffic offenses
- Second-degree assault
- Possession of CDS
- Failure to appear in court
- Violation or Probation
No matter what type of criminal charge you are facing, it can dramatically alter the rest of your life. Call Timothy A. Cook, Attorney for a free consultation today to discuss your case if are charged with a crime in Harford County, Cecil County or Baltimore County. I go to District and Circuit Court in Bel Air, Elkton, Towson and other jurisdictions.