We are a Criminal defense Firm serving the State of Maryland
James E Crawford Jr. Esq.
Zack Grooves Esq
Justin Esworthy Esq
Steve Shemenski Esq
Maryland Criminal Law Advice
Representing People in Baltimore, Catonsville, Annapolis, Bel Air and Throughout Maryland
As a "serious trial lawyer" fighting for the rights of the accused since 1992, I have handled almost every type of criminal charge you may face in Maryland, from relatively minor crimes that can result in embarrassment and inconvenience to serious charges that can wreck your life.
The following are examples of the kinds of Maryland criminal law cases I handle:
Sex crimes: Including rape, sexual assault, child pornography, prostitution, indecent exposure, statutory rape, solicitation, sex abuse, sodomy, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, and sex offender registration
Computer crimes: Including possession and distribution of child pornography, chat room offenses, computer tampering, identity theft, piracy and file-sharing, and copyright infringement
White collar crimes: Including mortgage and other types of fraud, tax evasion, and theft by deception
Theft and robbery: Including shoplifting, larceny, robbery and burglary
DWI/DUI and traffic violations: Including drunk driving, driver's license suspension and traffic violations
Drug charges: Including drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, drug distribution and drug kingpin charges
Weapons and violent crimes: Including assault and battery, weapons charges, carjacking, arson, manslaughter and homicide
Family and domestic cases: Including domestic violence, ex parte/protective orders, child abuse and child endangerment
Juvenile cases: Including underage drinking and other charges faced by people under the age of 18
If you are charged with a serious crime, you should not talk to police or anyone else until you obtain criminal law advice from an experienced defense lawyer. You could end up saying things that will damage your case.
Contact Me for MD Criminal Defense Legal Help
A note from James Crawford:
One of the least things I enjoy doing is writing about myself. That's probably true about most of us. However, I thought it was important to convey a little about the lawyer and person you want to represent you.
I have been practicing law since 1992. I completed my undergraduate college degree in 1985 at Frostburg State College, Master of Arts at University of Baltimore in 1987 and Juris Doctor Degree in 1992 at University of Baltimore School of Law.
I am a member of the Maryland Bar Association, Baltimore County Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, various other Bar Associations, various committees for Judicial Elections and other Legal Associations. I was elected a member of the Maryland Democratic State Central Committee and have been interested in politics for many years. I've handled many high profile Maryland Political races and have worked with many high profile political figures.
As an attorney I have handled literally thousands of cases throughout the years. Many of them high profile as well as the standard run of the mill type cases. I practice in all Maryland Counties, all District Courts, Circuit Courts and Federal Courts. Quite frankly there isn't a Courtroom in the State of Maryland that I haven't been in.
When I decided to build this web site I was asked to write and describe a little about myself. I had to stop and think about the qualities that I possess and why I have been so successful practicing law all these years. In other words what makes me the type of lawyer and person that you would want to represent you. Why do clients continue to come back and why is the majority of my practice referrals from other clients that are very satisfied with the out come of their cases. Without being too forthright, probably the most desirous quality that I have is the fact that I really care about the outcome of my clients' case and their well being. I believe that it is really important for a lawyer to strive and to do their best for a client in every way possible. Frankly, I think my profession has lost its way in that regard somewhat. There are still a lot of good lawyers out there, but I think a lot of people don't look at lawyers the way they used to. I also believe it is very important for a lawyer to represent a client with all their ability and skill. It is my duty to stand between you and the police and to convince a judge or a jury that a particular out come is best for you. I still believe practicing law is a noble cause and justifies using all my energy and skills to represent a client.
I am a trial lawyer, plain and simple. I am in Court just about every day of my working life. I've tried thousands of cases and I am very familiar with the Courthouse and Courthouse personnel. That is why I have been so successful because I have been there many times.