James Crawford Law, LLC.

James Crawford Law, LLC.

Annapolis, Baltimore, Bel Air & Throughout Maryland Super Lawyers Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer Representing Defendants in Baltimore, Annapolis and Throughout Maryland A "Serious Maryland Criminal Trial Lawyer" Ready to Fight for Your Rights

Firm Overview

At the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, our legal team is led by Attorney James E. Crawford Jr., a dedicated Baltimore criminal defense lawyer and insightful author. When you or your loved one is dealing with an arrest or a criminal accusation, it can be a stressful and confusing time.

Contact our criminal lawyer in Baltimore, MD to schedule your FREE consultation!

Our legal team can provide you with knowledgeable and experienced counsel to help guide you through the legal process. With accomplished and passionate litigators on your side, we have extensive experience in the courtroom defending the rights of the accused.

We Serve Clients Throughout Maryland
Whether you have been accused of a sex crime, drug crime, domestic violence, DWI/DUI, or even a federal offense, our team at the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates provides detailed representation designed to protect your best interests. With in-depth experience in both state and federal courts, which Attorney James E. Crawford Jr. has put to use for countless clients. In fact, his book, “There is Only an Opportunity for Justice,” has served as a go-to guide for helping those dealing with the criminal justice system.

Call (443) 720-7419 anytime, 24/7 to request your consultation with our Baltimore criminal defense attorneys.
Over 25 Years of Experience. Serving the Accused Throughout Maryland.
Attorney James E. Crawford did not always intend on opening his own law practice. For a long time, he dreamed of playing professional basketball. Along with that burning desire for the sport was the desire to do something big, something really astounding. By going to law school, Attorney Crawford traded one kind of court for another and made the decision to provide legal guidance to help Baltimore’s most vulnerable get their lives back.

The Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates believes:

A great criminal defense attorney protects their clients at all costs
The American judicial system is the greatest product and system ever invented by mankind
This legal system, while great can be flawed. When broken down to its basic elements, it is simply an adversarial system where the best, smartest, and strongest party secures the best outcome they can. As a criminal defense lawyer, we think of the court of law and the end result being fair, just, moral, and equitable. We expect our courts to hand out moral and fair judgments in every trial. That is not always the case.

Discuss your situation with an experienced Baltimore criminal defense lawyer by calling (443) 7099999. We are available 24/7 when you need us.

You Are Innocent Until Proven Guilty in a Court of Law
When people come to the Law Offices of David E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates after being charged with a crime in Baltimore, they want to secure the best result. If they have a prior criminal history, they may want to stay out of jail. Other times the accused is worried about having any kind of criminal charge on their record. The reality is that most people are simply scared to death when they are charged. They have no idea what to do or how to act, which is when an experienced criminal defense attorney in Baltimore is invaluable.

When you meet with our firm, we:
Get to know you personally
Assess the situation
Get into the facts of the case
Discuss your considerations and assessments
Talk about the possible outcomes
A good criminal defense lawyer will then analyze the law and very carefully apply it to the facts presented. The primary job of a criminal defense lawyer is to advise a client. Advice can mean explaining the law, the chances of success, and what could happen in their situation, as well as the mechanical process.

What a Baltimore Criminal Defense Attorney Does for You
We stand in your shoes during the court process to represent your rights and your interests. Our criminal defense lawyer wants to see that the government can prove each and every element of their case against the defendant. A lawyer’s job is to simply protect the public and individuals from being prosecuted indiscriminately. Our law firm has handled a range of claims against defendants and is skilled in determining whether the state or federal government has a case.

We’ve taken that same fundamental thought process and applied it to all of our criminal defense strategies for clients throughout the state of Maryland and in Federal District Court. Because our system is an adversarial system where one party succeeds and the other one doesn’t, it’s extremely important to use every resource possible. We are proud to be that resource for countless clients in Baltimore in our over 25 years of practicing law.

Main Office
James Crawford & Associates, LLC
1435 Sulphur Spring Road
Baltimore   MD  21227
Phone
  • (443) 829-1446
  • 443-709-9999
Fax
  • 443-919-4207
Websites

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 
Baltimore Office
1435 Sulphur Spring Rd
Baltimore,  MD  21227
Criminal Defense
We are a Criminal defense Firm serving the State of Maryland
James E Crawford Jr. Esq.
Zack Grooves Esq
Mark Sobel Esq.
Jeffrey Griffith Esq
Lauren Macari Esq.
Dave Lomke Esq
Elanna Raphaely Esq.
www.crawforddefenseattorney.com
Maryland Criminal Law Advice
Representing People in Baltimore, Annapolis, Frederick, 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.

28 Years of Experience Serving Baltimore, Annapolis, Bel Air & Throughout Maryland
There is nothing more terrifying than finding yourself or a loved one under criminal investigation. When your future is on the line, you need a skilled Baltimore criminal defense attorney to stand up for your rights. At the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, we are devoted to helping defend clients from the charges they are facing. Our attorney ensures that your voice and side of the story gets heard.

We fight to defend you from criminal charges:
Child Pornography
Sex Crimes
Abuse of a Minor
Internet/Computer Crimes
Sex Registry
Drug Crimes
Theft Crimes
Fraud Crimes
DWI/DUI
Traffic Violations
Domestic Violence Assault
Immigration
Juvenile Crimes
Protect your rights now. Call (443) 720-7419 to schedule a free consultation.

We Have Successfully Handled Thousands of Cases Throughout Maryland
With over 25 years of experience, the attorneys at our firm have handled thousands of cases on behalf of clients in the state of Maryland. Many of our lawyers have spent nearly every day of their career in a court, providing valuable insights and rapport with prosecutors and judges across the state. We understand how unique and complex every case can be, implementing personalized strategies to guide you throughout the process.

Take advantage of these benefits as a client of the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates:

Work with Baltimore natives that are involved in their communities
Experience handling large-scale, notable cases
Honors and awards from Super Lawyers®, Martindale-Hubbell®, and more
Belief in the need to protect clients at every possible cost
Contact the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates
The sooner that you have a lawyer working on your case, the stronger your defense. We are able to stand by your side from start to finish to put the law on your side. We challenge the state’s case against you to secure your best possible outcome. Our Baltimore criminal defense lawyer has seen client’s cases harmed by their delay in retaining representation – do not make that mistake.
Set up a Telelaw video chat and speak to a lawyer now!
Call us at (443) 7099999. We can begin your defense as soon as possible.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

About the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates
Over 28 Years of Experience. Serving the Accused Throughout Maryland.
Attorney James E. Crawford did not always intend on opening his own law practice. For a long time, he dreamed of playing professional basketball. Along with that burning desire for the sport was the desire to do something big, something really astounding. By going to law school, Attorney Crawford traded one kind of court for another and made the decision to provide legal guidance to help Baltimore’s most vulnerable get their lives back.

The Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates believes:

A great criminal defense attorney protects their clients at all costs
The American judicial system is the greatest product and system ever invented by mankind
This legal system, while great can be flawed. When broken down to its basic elements, it is simply an adversarial system where the best, smartest, and strongest party secures the best outcome they can. As a criminal defense lawyer, we think of the court of law and the end result being fair, just, moral, and equitable. We expect our courts to hand out moral and fair judgments in every trial. That is not always the case.

Discuss your situation with an experienced Baltimore criminal defense lawyer by calling (443) 720-7419. We are available 24/7 when you need an advocate.

You Are Innocent Until Proven Guilty in a Court of Law
When people come to the Law Offices of David E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates after being charged with a crime in Baltimore, they want to secure the best result. If they have a prior criminal history, they may want to stay out of jail. Other times the accused is worried about having any kind of criminal charge on their record. The reality is that most people are simply scared to death when they are charged. They have no idea what to do or how to act, which is when an experienced criminal defense attorney in Baltimore is invaluable.

When you meet with our firm, we:

Get to know you personally
Assess the situation
Get into the facts of the case
Discuss your considerations and assessments
Talk about the possible outcomes
A good criminal defense lawyer will then analyze the law and very carefully apply it to the facts presented. The primary job of a criminal defense lawyer is to advise a client. Advice can mean explaining the law, the chances of success, and what could happen in their situation, as well as the mechanical process.

What a Baltimore Criminal Defense Attorney Does for You
We stand in your shoes during the court process to represent your rights and your interests. Our criminal defense lawyer wants to see that the government can prove each and every element of their case against the defendant. A lawyer’s job is to simply protect the public and individuals from being prosecuted indiscriminately. Our law firm has handled a range of claims against defendants and is skilled in determining whether the state or federal government has a case.

We’ve taken that same fundamental thought process and applied it to all of our criminal defense strategies for clients throughout the state of Maryland and in Federal District Court. Because our system is an adversarial system where one party succeeds and the other one doesn’t, it’s extremely important to use every resource possible. We are proud to be that resource for countless clients in Baltimore in our over 25 years of practicing law.

History of the James E Crawford Jr. & Associates, LLC Law Firm
The firm was founded by James Crawford Jr. in 1991, in Baltimore Maryland. Originally, it was just Jim practicing law. Because of Jim’s background in civil litigation and representing insurance companies, he began doing civil work, criminal and domestic. He worked for insurance companies doing serious civil litigation such as wrongful death cases, major truck accidents, etc.

As a young lawyer, he had been groomed by other more experienced well-known lawyers such as Patrick O’Doherty, Peter Angelos, Thomas Mankin and of course his father James Crawford Sr.
Jim made his first employee hire about 2 years after he began practicing. The truth is, he couldn’t afford an employee for a while until the wheel started turning, which they did very quickly!

He hired Dawn Basso as a legal secretary. Dawn has been with the firm since 1992 and now is the office Manager. Twelve years ago he hired Zack Gooves who had evolved into one of the premier leading young domestic lawyers in the state of Maryland. He is recognized by Judges, lawyer, scholars, and clients throughout the entire state.

Over the years the firm evolved into a premier mid-sized law firm.
Call us now at 4437099999 to set up an appointment or TELLAW VIDEO CHAT to speak with a lawyer now.

James E. Crawford

Attorney James E. Crawford, Jr.
Founder and Managing Partner
As a Baltimore-native, Attorney James Crawford grew up watching his father interact with some of the best judges and prosecutors in the state, using forcefulness and grace to navigate complex legal situations. He learned that the power to change the life of even one client is worth more than any amount of money or prestige.

As one of the most capable and tenacious trial lawyers in Maryland, he has enjoyed an extraordinary amount of successes on behalf of clients, spending just about every day of his working career in a Maryland courtroom.

The Founding of His Own Firm
In 1992, he founded the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates to address the need for a qualified criminal lawyer in Baltimore. He has established himself as a premier practitioner in the state of Maryland and has represented thousands of clients on:

District Court
Circuit Court
Federal Court
Since entering private practice, Attorney Crawford has handled many notable cases that have appeared in the media. The type of cases ranges from ordinary citizens to police officers, professional athletes, lawyer, doctors, politicians, and other persons of notoriety.

Background and Experience
When elected to the Democratic Central Committee in 1984, Attorney Crawford was one of the youngest elected state officials in the history of Maryland. In addition, he has experience working on various races, including:
City Council
Mayoral
Attorney General
State Senate
Delegate
County Executive
State Central Committee
Gubernatorial
This experience of campaigning and meeting the people of Baltimore gave him the winning formula needed to successfully defend clients in courts.

Community Service
He established the Baltimore Beez, a charity group aimed at providing food to the hungry during the holiday season and providing support to other charities in Baltimore. As an executive board member of Mount Saint Joseph High School, he has devoted time and assistance to the school, including a baseball stadium.

Personal Life
Attorney Crawford is married and has four children.

Areas of Practice
Federal Criminal Law
State Courts
Sex Crimes and Registration
Computer Crimes
Assault
Drugs and Distribution
White Collar
Theft
DWI and Traffic
Drug Charges
Weapon and Violent Charges
Domestic Violence
Juvenile Cause
Divorce and Custody
Protective Orders
Child Pornography
Bar Admissions
Maryland Bar, 1992
United States District Court of Maryland, 1994
Education
University School of Law Baltimore Maryland: Juris Doctorate, 1992
University of Baltimore School of Law Baltimore, Maryland: Bachelor of Arts Legal Studies, 1998
Frostburg State College: Bachelor of Science, 1995
Mount St. Joseph High School: High School Diploma, 1980
Honors & Awards
Maryland Super Lawyer Listings, 2014–2017
Top Lawyer Maryland Award Legal Network, 2013
AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubble Award, 2005–2017
AV Preeminent Lexis Nexis Peer Review Highest Rating, 2009–2017
Lead Counsel Rating LawInfo.com, 2011–2017
Best of Baltimore Work, Baltimore City Paper, 2011
Past Elected Official State’s Central Committee, 1982
Listed Baltimore Leading Firms, Baltimore Magazine
Professional Associations and Membership
Maryland Bar Association, Member
Former County Bar Association, Member
American Association of Justice, Member
Maryland State Central Democratic Committee, Past Member
American Bar Association Section, Criminal Litigation Committee, Member
DUI/DWI Attorney’s Member
Criminal Defense Attorney Group, Member
Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Group, Member
DUI Defense Lawyer, Member
DUI Law Group, Member
Efface PA Criminal Practice Group, Member
Forensic Science Litigation Attorney Network, Member
American Association for Justice, Inc, Member
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer
National Lawyer Guild (NLG)
Solo Attorney Practitioners Forum
The Innocence Project
Trial Lawyer Network for Attorney and Lawyer
White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney
American Bar Association
Legal & Political Writing & Speaking Engagements
There is Only an Opportunity for Justice, Legal Publications 2017
Identity Fraud; 2012, West Publishing.
Shoplifting Charges in Maryland; January 2016, Thinking Publication.
The Wimpering of America; January 2016, Thinking Publication.
Taxes and Jobs; December 2015, Thinking Publication.
Acceptance Speech for the Alumni of the Year Award, Mount St. Joseph High School, 2016. (Speaking on political and social issues.)
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

Zacery . Groves

Attorney Zack Groves
Attorney Zack GrovesSuccess for our clients does not come from chance or luck. Positive results can only be obtained by grit, determination, and an unwavering goal of getting the best possible result for our clients. One other great lawyer, Abraham Lincoln, was directly on point when he stated, "always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

Mr. Lincoln was exactly correct and I have molded my legal career based on this principle. The drive and resolution I possess are the tools that I have used to elevate in the legal profession.

My path to becoming a lawyer illustrates my drive to succeed. At age 18, I had a hunch that perhaps I wanted to become a lawyer, but I wanted to learn firsthand what the practice of law encompassed. At that time, I had no contacts within the field, no legal experience, and no idea how to get started. Despite these challenges, I decided to pick up the yellow book to call local lawyers to inquire about an internship. Naturally, I started with the letter “A” and called every lawyer with an “A” last name. None would accept me. I then moved on to “B” with the same plan. None would accept me. I then moved on to “C” and eventually, when I got to “Cochran”, I finally get an invite to come and meet with an attorney. Despite being rejected over and over again, my resolve did not waiver. This was something I had put my mind to and was willing to work until the goal was reached.

This is where I began my legal career. At age 18, I received an internship with the Law Offices of Eileen Cochran, P.C. My work at this office continued for 4 years in between school years. As an assistant, I learned the inner workings of a private law firm. I attend trials, prepared files, and saw what it took to succeed in private practice. My time in this office cemented my belief that becoming a trial lawyer was my calling.

After completion of college at Saint Mary’s College in Maryland, I then moved to Widener University in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where I graduated in Spring 2005. Throughout law school, I wanted to hone my litigation skills as well as get practical, real-world experience.

My internships included:

Working at the Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. in Maryland where I helped and assisted a number of income clients on issues from family law, landlord-tenant, social security disability benefits, and a host of other civil related issues.
Working at Ahmed Law in Harrisburg, PA for an immigration law firm in which I would handle and assist a number of clients for immigration-related matters.
Working at the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office helping prosecute various criminal matters.
Working in the Civil Law Trial Advocacy Program where, under the direction of Professors, I represented low-income individuals in a variety of civil related matters.
In the Fall of 2007, I decided I wanted to join a Firm that I could establish long-lasting ties. I was given the opportunity when I join the Law Offices of James Crawford, Jr., and Associates. At that time, I was hired as an associate attorney. My primary tasks would be to handle the Firm’s domestic caseload as well as handle a variety of the criminal related matters.

By the Fall of 2010, I was elevated to Senior Associate and head of the Domestic Department. The focus of my practice deals strictly with handling domestic relations matters. I have held this title to date.

One of the many positive attributes that have been gained throughout my nine years of employment here is that vast depth of experience that I have gained. I have been in virtually every Courthouse in the State of Maryland. To be blunt, there is not a Courtroom that I have not seen.

Aggressive & Compassionate Representation
For Those Accused of Crimes

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

Mark Sobel

Attorney Mark Sobel
Attorney Mark SobelI graduated with a BS in Accounting summa cum laude from Touro College in Brooklyn, New York. In college, I developed a strong passion for the study and practice of law. I then attended Fordham University School of Law in New York, New York. During law school, I interned for a judge in Kings County Supreme Court and spent three semesters interning for the New York State Attorney General’s office.

Following graduation from law school, I began my career in a small law firm in Nassau County, New York focusing on civil litigation. I worked for that private firm for approximately six years until my family and I decided to move to Maryland.

Upon moving to Maryland, I immediately began working for the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, working on criminal and civil litigation.

I am committed to vigorously representing my clients in court on all criminal and civil matters. I have been in a courtroom practically every day of my career. I am ready to fight to protect my client’s interests in every case.

Bar Admissions
State of Maryland (2015)
U.D. District Court of Maryland (2016)
U.S. District Court of New Jersey
State of New Jersey (2009) (currently inactive)
State of New York (2010) (currently inactive)
Education
Touro College B.S., Accounting, summa cum laude, January 2006
Fordham University School of Law, J.D., May 2009
Memberships
American Bar Association, Member

David Lomke

Attorney David Z. Lomke
After earning his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, Attorney Lomke attended Albany Law School in upstate New York for his formal legal training. After a successful first year, he was invited to become a member of the prestigious Albany Law Review. His level of work on the Albany Law Review led to being named Associate Editor.

As a Maryland native, Attorney Lomke returned to Maryland to attend the University of Maryland School of Law, graduating cum laude. He opened his own domestic litigation firm in Baltimore. In 2017, Attorney Lomke joined the renowned team at the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates as an associate attorney focused on domestic litigation.

Physically & Intellectually Competitive
As a lawyer, Attorney Lomke is strongly focused on developing client relations and finding the most effective and cost-friendly solution for clients. Every single case and client that comes to the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates present their own unique challenges. By creating individualized, client-focused approaches to law, every criminal defense lawyer empowers clients to make the right choice for their situation.

Both inside and outside of the law firm, Attorney Lomke is fiercely competitive and physically and intellectually pushes his limits. He plays a myriad of sports, including soccer. He serves as captain of FC Baltimore soccer tea. He spends the colder months backcountry skiing and loves spending time with his family whenever possible.

Bar Admissions
Maryland Bar
United States District Court of Maryland
Education
University of Baltimore School of Law, cum laude
University of Maryland, College Park

Jeff Griffith

Associate Attorney Jeffrey Griffith
As an undergraduate student at Mount St. Mary’s University, Attorney Jeffrey Griffith developed a strong passion and interest in the law. He took an extensive interest in the tenets of argument and logic espoused by philosophers such as Socrates and Thomas Aquinas. Understanding the practical application of these elements in daily life, Attorney Griffith applied his knowledge toward a law degree.

Attorney Griffith attended the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. Here, he was the associate editor of the Catholic Law Review, garnering invaluable insight into legal writing and persuasion. He graduated cum laude and received employment as a law clerk for the Honorable Chief Judge C. Philip Nichols Jr. in Prince George’s County. This experience gave him the insider opportunity to observe and study litigation and motions practice.

Once his clerkship was completed, Attorney Griffith joined the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates. He is an associate attorney that primarily works in criminal litigation. Attorney Griffith is known for treating all clients with respect, compassion, and dignity while seeking their best possible outcome.

Highly Qualified to Represent You
Attorney Griffith is a skilled negotiator, aggressively finding holes in the prosecution’s allegations and finding a path to secure every client’s best outcome. We have a reputation for diligent work and dedication to every single client. When you choose the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, you are putting superior legal representation in your corner.

Bar Admissions
Maryland
U.S. District Court of Maryland (In progress)
U.S. District Court of Washington D.C. (In progress)
Memberships
Maryland State Bar Association
Anne Arundel County Bar Association
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