James Crawford Law, LLC.

Criminal Defense Legal Services in Maryland Since 1992.

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Firm Overview

Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney
Experienced Criminal Defense Firm Serving Clients Throughout Maryland
Serious Criminal Trial Attorney

"My job as a trial lawyer is to stand next to you in your time of need and get the job done."

Maryland criminal defense lawyer Jim Crawford

I am attorney Jim Crawford, founder and principal attorney of the Law Offices of James E. Crawford Jr. & Associates, LLC. Over the past 18 years, I have defended people charged with serious crimes in Baltimore, Catonsville, Annapolis, Bel Air and throughout Maryland.

The practice of criminal law is an art. There is really no "right way" or "wrong way" to defend someone from criminal charges. The bottom line is how you perform for your clients. My past performance speaks for itself. I have been there. I have tried many cases and have the ability and knowledge to help you when you need it most.

My primary motivation in practicing law is that I truly care about the outcome of my clients' cases and their well-being. I combine that personal investment in your case with:

Experience. I am a criminal trial lawyer. I am in the courtroom trying a case just about every working day. I have been in just about every state and federal courtroom in Maryland. I have tried thousands of cases to successful conclusions in both state and federal courts. That experience can pay off for you.
Technology. My office uses the latest technology to persuasively present case information in court.
Investigators. Cases without supporting facts are weak cases so I use professional investigators to obtain the information I need to resolve your case in a way that meets your goals and objectives.

The results of my practice methods include thousands of successful outcomes and the highest possible AV rating* from Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. I represent clients from all over the United States.

I handle all types of criminal cases, including theft and shoplifting, sex offenses, possession and distribution of child pornography, drug possession and felony distribution, and homicide.

The experience my staff and I bring to the table is crucial to a successful resolution of your case. Practicing law is not just an art; it's also about personality. Judges, prosecutors, lawyers, police, and defendants all bring variables that alter your result. When I take a case, I look at the facts, the law as it applies to the charges, and the "human element" and how it will likely affect the case.

The result? Positive outcomes for thousands of clients, a reputation as a successful Maryland defense lawyer and referrals from throughout Maryland and the United States.
Federal and State Prosecution

As an experienced attorney practicing criminal defense law since 1992, I handle both state and federal cases. State and federal laws and processes differ greatly, but one consistency remains: Prosecution can sometimes be avoided or even resolved prior to arrest and/or trial if you act fast enough.

The quicker we have an understanding of the facts, the easier it is to push your case to resolution. Contact my office as soon as possible following your criminal charges.
Contact Me Now for a Free Consultation in Person or Over the Phone

If you face criminal charges in Maryland, contact the Law Offices of James E. Crawford Jr. I offer free initial consultations, accept credit cards and contract with interpreters if necessary. I am available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and operate four offices for your convenience, including my main office in Baltimore as well as offices in Catonsville, Annapolis and Bel Air. To contact our Baltimore criminal defense attorneys, call 443-709-9999 or 443-829-1446 (afterhours).

James E Crawford Jr. Esq. - Justicejec@comcast.net
Zachery Grooves Esq. - Zac@jamescrawfordlaw.com
Justin W. Esworthy ESq. - justin@jamescrawfordlaw.com
Steven D. Shemenski Esq. - steve@jamescrawfordlaw.com
Jane-Office Billing Manager-Jane@jamescrawfordlaw.com
Dawn-Office Manager & Criminal Law Paralegal- Dawn@jamescrawfordlaw.com
Ghia-Personal Injury & Workers Compensation Paralegal-Ghia@jamescrawfordlaw.com
Chrystal-Family Law Paralegal- Chrystal@jamescrawfordlaw.com

* CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories
Main Office

James Crawford & Associates, LLC
1435 Sulphur Spring Road
Baltimore   MD  21227

Phone
  • 443-829-1446 (24/7)
  • 443-709-9999
Fax
  • 443-919-4207

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Yes

Hourly Rates

Yes

Office Information

Office Hours

Avail 24/7 (Afterhours PH:)(443)829-1446

Office Manager

Dawn Basso

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English-Spanish

Other Offices

  • Annapolis Office

    Annapolis,  MD 
  • Bel Air Office

    Bel Air,  MD 
  • Catonsville Office

    Catonsville,  MD 
Criminal Defense
We are a Criminal defense Firm serving the State of Maryland
James E Crawford Jr. Esq.
Zack Grooves Esq
Brooke Irving Esq
Steve Shemenski Esq
William Alcarese 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.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

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.

Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney
Experienced Criminal Defense Firm Serving Clients Throughout Maryland
Serious Criminal Trial Attorney

"My job as a trial lawyer is to stand next to you in your time of need and get the job done."
— Maryland criminal defense lawyer Jim Crawford

I am attorney Jim Crawford, founder and principal attorney of the Law Offices of James E. Crawford Jr. & Associates, LLC. Over the past 18 years, I have defended people charged with serious crimes in Baltimore, Catonsville, Annapolis, Bel Air and throughout Maryland.

The practice of criminal law is an art. There is really no "right way" or "wrong way" to defend someone from criminal charges. The bottom line is how you perform for your clients. My past performance speaks for itself. I have been there. I have tried many cases and have the ability and knowledge to help you when you need it most.

My primary motivation in practicing law is that I truly care about the outcome of my clients' cases and their well-being. I combine that personal investment in your case with:

Experience. I am a criminal trial lawyer. I am in the courtroom trying a case just about every working day. I have been in just about every state and federal courtroom in Maryland. I have tried thousands of cases to successful conclusions in both state and federal courts. That experience can pay off for you.
Technology. My office uses the latest technology to persuasively present case information in court.
Investigators. Cases without supporting facts are weak cases so I use professional investigators to obtain the information I need to resolve your case in a way that meets your goals and objectives.

The results of my practice methods include thousands of successful outcomes and the highest possible AV rating* from Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. I represent clients from all over the United States.

I handle all types of criminal cases, including theft and shoplifting, sex offenses, possession and distribution of child pornography, drug possession and felony distribution, and homicide.

The experience my staff and I bring to the table is crucial to a successful resolution of your case. Practicing law is not just an art; it's also about personality. Judges, prosecutors, lawyers, police, and defendants all bring variables that alter your result. When I take a case, I look at the facts, the law as it applies to the charges, and the "human element" and how it will likely affect the case.

The result? Positive outcomes for thousands of clients, a reputation as a successful Maryland defense lawyer and referrals from throughout Maryland and the United States.
Federal and State Prosecution

As an experienced attorney practicing criminal defense law since 1992, I handle both state and federal cases. State and federal laws and processes differ greatly, but one consistency remains: Prosecution can sometimes be avoided or even resolved prior to arrest and/or trial if you act fast enough.

The quicker we have an understanding of the facts, the easier it is to push your case to resolution. Contact my office as soon as possible following your criminal charges.
Contact Me Now for a Free Consultation in Person or Over the Phone

If you face criminal charges in Maryland, contact the Law Offices of James E. Crawford Jr. I offer free initial consultations, accept credit cards and contract with interpreters if necessary. I am available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and operate four offices for your convenience, including my main office in Baltimore as well as offices in Catonsville, Annapolis and Bel Air. To contact our Baltimore criminal defense attorneys, call 443-701-4525 or 866-635-0623.

James E Crawford Jr. Esq. - Justicejec@comcast.net
Zachery Grooves Esq. - Zac@jamescrawfordlaw.com
Steven D. Shemenski Esq. - steve@jamescrawfordlaw.com
Jane-Office Billing Manager-Jane@jamescrawfordlaw.com
Dawn-Office Manager & Criminal Law Paralegal- Dawn@jamescrawfordlaw.com
Ghia-Personal Injury & Workers Compensation Paralegal-Ghia@jamescrawfordlaw.com
Chrystal-Family Law Paralegal- Chrystal@jamescrawfordlaw.com

* CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.

James E. Crawford

Founding & Managing Partner

Focus

Mr. Crawford is the founding and managing partner of James Crawford Law, with close to Twenty one years trial experience in federal and state courts throughout Maryland and beyond. Mr. Crawford is recognized as one of the most able and tenacious trial lawyers in Maryland. He has enjoyed an extraordinary record of success. His primary areas of practice include all types of serious criminal law , as well as high-profile criminal litigation. He has been recognized as a leader in the legal community by his peers and clients for many years.

Since 1992, Mr. Crawford has represented thousands of criminal clients in courts throughout Maryland. He is truly an established criminal trial lawyer. He has been in a Maryland courtroom just about every day of his working career and has tried thousands of criminal cases in District court, Circuit court, U.S. District Court and in many Administrative Agencies.

Although, Mr. Crawford has been established as a criminal defense attorney for many years , he also handles serious civil litigation matters including Domestic and Personal Injury litigation.

His firm was named "Best of Baltimore" in 2011 and is looked upon as an innovative and aggressive law firm who gets the job done.

Jim's Professional Back Ground & History

After law school Mr. Crawford immediately went into private practice in 1992 by opening a law office in Baltimore. At the time he was a young general practitioner who handled many different types of cases with a focus on criminal law. Gradually, over the years he established himself as a premier practitioner in the State of Maryland. Understanding in order to accomplish his mission of practicing law on an extremely high level, he must offer the type of services to the community that he would want if he needed legal representation himself , he gradually expanded the firm into the full service law firm that exist today.

One of Mr. Crawford's passions has always been politics. He comes from a family that believed service to the community and being involved in political life was a fundamental requirement as a productive member of society. Mr. Crawford's political career ranges from being noted as one of the youngest elected officials in the State's history to handling and running many state, local and judicial campaigns.

Since entering private practice Mr. Crawford has handled many notable cases that appeared in the media. They type of clients he represents ranges from ordinary citizens to police officers, professional athletes, lawyers, doctors, politicians and other persons of notoriety.

Some Examples of noteworthy cases Mr. Crawford has handle are:

Representation of a 17 year old man in Anne Arundel County who was accused of raping a minor. The issue as Mr. Crawford saw it was whether the State of Maryland should continue to use the antiquated separate Juvenile system where a Defendant who is under the age of majority (18) can be charged as a juvenile. Currently Maryland uses these two distinct systems where a Defendant is either charged as an adult or a juvenile. Mr. Crawford has urged the legislature and Courts to create a "blended" juvenile system so that a juvenile can be charged as an adult but receive the services as a juvenile. Mr. Crawford was successful in handling that case. New story handled by Fox 45, WBAL, Channel TV2.
Representation of an individual accused of selling CDS in Baltimore City by police officers who arrested him and subsequently beat him up on two occasions. Fox news 45 interviewed Mr. Crawford where he explained he was able to have the charges against his client dismissed in Toto. Mr. Crawford is currently handling a civil law suit against the two police officers.
Representation of a long time worker at Catholic Charities accused of sexually molesting a client for years. The client was charged in Baltimore county. News story was handled by Fox 45 Baltimore.
Representation of a professional Basketball player in Anne Arundel County. The case was resolved so that there were no implications against the player that would affect his playing career.
Representation of a young man who was accused of various serious sex offenses in Baltimore County Maryland. The charges were crippling in that any conviction would have ruined the Defendant
License
  • Bar Number: Maryland State Bar a
    Maryland , 1993
Education
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1992
    Baltimore, MD
  • U of B
    Master of Art Legal , 1987
    MD
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1992
    Baltimore, MD
  • U of B
    Master of Art Legal , 1987
    MD
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1992
    Baltimore, MD
  • U of B
    Master of Art Legal , 1987
    MD

Zacery . Groves

"It has always been my belief that our clients should feel assured in knowing that they are receiving competent and zea;ous representation. I attended Saint Mary's College of Maryland in Saint Mary's City, Maryland and graduated with a B.A. in History in 2002. I then attended Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, P.A. and received my Juris Doctor Degree in 2005. Throughout Law School and after graduation, my places of employment have included the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office, Legal Aid Bureau, Inc, and Robert Ades & Associates, P.C.. Our Office fosters the mentality that each client deserves individualized representation. It is our hope to guide each client, in any problem that may arise, with the highest level of professionalism and efficiency. I look forward to providing you with my absolute best effort."


Zac Grooves Esq.

Steven Shemenski

Steven D. Shemenski
Location:
Baltimore, Maryland
Phone:4437099999
Fax:
443-919-4207
I am a blue-collar Baltimore kid that was fortunate enough to attend local Cardinal Gibbons High School. From there, I attended Loyola College of Baltimore, where I graduated with a double major in Political Science and History in 1989. After attending the University of Maryland at Baltimore Law School and receiving my degree of Juris Doctor in 1992, I clerked for two Judges in the Circuit Court of Baltimore County for over one and one-half years.

That experience in a trial court setting helped prepare me for my career in litigation. After running a solo practice and working the former Law Office of Turnbull, Mix and Farmer, I bring my more than eighteen years of trial and appellate experience to the Law Office of James E. Crawford, Jr. and Associates. Having collaborated with Jim Crawford over the years, I know this office offers the personalized handling of cases that makes the difference case presentation.

When asked, I half joke that maybe the best preparation for being a lawyer was what I learned waiting tables and selling wine while working my way through school. It

Brooke Irving

Brooke E Irving
Associate
Location:Baltimore, Maryland
Phone:
4437099999
Fax:
443-919-4207

I graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park where I obtained my B.A. in Psychology. I then attended the University of Maryland School of Law and received my Juris Doctor. During law school I worked for several non-profit organizations and also interned with the State's Attorney's Office. After law school I clerked for The Honorable Judge Sherrie R. Bailey in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Subsequently, I began practicing Criminal Defense and Domestic law with the Law Office of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, LLC.
Areas of Practice

Criminal Defense
Domestic Law

Bar Admissions

Maryland, 2012

Education

University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
J.D.
University of Maryland College Park, College Park, Maryland
B.A.

Honors and Awards

Public Service Award, 2012
Honor Society, 2009
Rose Zetzer Fellow, Leadership Scholar
Kalagethos Honor Society
Order of Omega Honor Society
Most Outstanding Executive Board Member

Professional Associations and Memberships
Baltimore County Bar Association, 2012 - Present

Past Employment Positions
Hon. Sherrie Bailey, Law Clerk, 2012 - 2013
Maryland Law Journal of Race, Relgion, Gender and Class
Office Baltimore City, State's Attorney's
Office Baltimore County, State's Attorney's
Hon. Judge Sherrie R. Bailey, Circuit Court Clerk
Maryland Legal Aid Bureau
The Women's Law Center of Maryland

Fraternities/Sororities
Alpha Omicron Pi

William Alcarease

William F. Alcarese Jr.
Associate
Location:
Baltimore, Maryland
Phone:443709999

At the Law Offices of James E. Crawford r. & Associates, LLC, I focus my practice on Criminal Defense and Domestic litigation issues. I aggressively and competently defend clients facing various criminal, DUI/DWI and Traffic charges in Maryland's District, Circuit and Federal Courts. Additionally, I effectively and professionally handle all issues related to family law including but not limited to , Divorce, Child Custody, visitation and support.

Prior to Joining the Law Offices of James E. Crawford Jr., & Associates, LLC, I was an Associate at a leading Insurance Defense firm where I represented various civil, administrative and attorney grievance matters.

After graduating from the University of Baltimore School of Law, cum laude, I clerked for the Honorable Kathleen G. Cox in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.

I have been admitted to practice in the Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia state Courts, however, I concentrate my practice in the State of Maryland. Additionally, I practice in Maryland's Federal Courts based based upon my admission to the United States District Court for the State of Maryland.

My experience and background has propelled my career as a true litigation attorney who is a zealous advocate for his clients.
Bar Admissions
Maryland, 2010
Virginia, 2011
District of Columbia, 2012
U.S. District Court District of Maryland

Education
University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
J.D. cum laude - 2010
Law Journal: University of Baltimore Journal of Environmental Law, 2008 - 2010
Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland
B.B.A - May, 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships
Maryland State Bar Association, 2010 - Present
Baltimore County Bar Association, 2010 - Present

Past Employment Positions
Ecceston & Wolf, P.C., Associate
Clerk Honorable Kathleen G. Cox, Judicial Law Clerk

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