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A Message From Raymond F. Anthracite

I have kept hundreds of people just like you out of jail, including people in seemingly impossible situations.

I know how important it is that your lawyer be there for you. I provide personal attention to everyone that I represent. I offer flat fees that include a trial at no additional charge in almost every case, so that you can know from very early on what something is going to cost.

My practice is strictly limited to areas of the law that matter to defendants, so that you know that you have a lawyer experienced in the specific areas that matter to you. I practice criminal and traffic defense, and I also handle peace and protective orders because the issue in these cases is almost always whether or not someone committed one of a list of criminal offenses.

A conviction for any crime can endanger your job, your security clearance, or your driver’s license. As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, I know the best ways to protect your rights, your future income potential, and your good name.

Do not wait. You should get my help as early as possible, no matter what you are charged with. While I can effectively use whatever time is available, many strategies work better if the groundwork for them has been laid months in advance, well before a trial date has even been set.

While it is important to seek help quickly in any case, certain cases have specific reasons for urgency all their own. It is especially important to act quickly if you are charged with DUI or DWI, assault, possession or distribution of illegal drugs, or any felony. Certain legal actions can only be taken within the first ten days after you’ve been charged with a crime, but no matter how long it has been, there are still steps that I can take to help you.

I will create and execute an original defense strategy for your case covering every eventuality. I fully prepare each case for a trial in front of a judge or jury even on short notice, maximizing your chances of an acquittal. My comprehensive legal strategy also maximizes my leverage in negotiations with the government, which can lead to the government dropping the case against you or another favorable outcome to your case.

I offer evening, and even weekend hours for emergencies, and flat fees that include a trial at no additional charge so that you know the total cost of my services in advance. Please contact me today at (301) 556-8709.


Maryland Criminal Defense Topics

You may have a son or daughter who is in trouble with the police or needs advice from a lawyer, but may not appreciate the danger of being charged with a crime. Someone may have filed a peace order or protective order against your child, but they may not be sure what to do. Whether it's because . . . .

It isn't over just because the officer arrested you. You have not been convicted of a crime, and may still escape without any permanent consequence other than the severe inconvenience of the arrest and a brief stay in jail. It is easy to despair, but don't give up! If you let your guard down . . . .

A large part of a police officer's job is to develop evidence that will lead to a conviction. At every stage of your encounter with the officer, you must assume that they are seeking evidence from you or your surroundings that could land you in jail. If you believe that you may be stopped by . . . .

Even minor criminal and traffic charges can have immigration consequences much more severe than the penalty imposed for the crime itself. A minor conviction or plea that is punished by a fine only could result in you being deported, or denied entry to this country in the future. You can even be . . . .

There are generally two classes of problem that you need to be worried about as a non-citizen facing criminal charges. The first is which outcomes will make you deportable, and the second is which outcomes will make you inadmissible. Some criminal acts will make you deportable if you are already . . . .


Maryland Criminal Practice Topics

Visual Surveillance in Maryland is only a crime in fairly limited circumstances, but the charges are often misunderstood due to the fact that the name covers a lot more than the law does. Police often mistakenly believe that people have broken the law against visual surveillance, and sometimes . . . .

Reckless Endangerment is the crime of recklessly creating a substantial risk of death or injury to another person. It's punishable by up to five years in jail and a fine of $5000. I have experience successfully defending others from these serious charges, and I can defend you too. Maximum . . . .

When you are charged with a crime in a state and an arrest warrant is issued, it is possible that you might be arrested in another state. At that point you are called a fugitive, because you were arrested in a state other than the one in which the warrant was issued. This is frequently an unfair . . . .

Stalking accusations are often thrown around irresponsibly in order to tarnish someone's reputation, get them fired from their job, or to have them put in jail. In common usage, virtually anything can be described as stalking, including totally innocent behavior. The crime of stalking is a . . . .

Harassment is a crime in Maryland, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $500 dollar fine for a first offense, or up to 180 days and a $1000 dollar fine for a second or subsequent offense. It is also one of the offenses that can be the ground for the issuance of a Peace Order in . . . .

Maryland burglary charges usually involve breaking and entering a building with the intent to commit a crime. In Maryland, first degree burglary, second degree burglary, and third degree burglary are felonies. Fourth degree burglary is a misdemeanor. Because burglary offenses are often serious . . . .

There are two major types of warrant in Maryland, either of which may result in your arrest. There are arrest warrants, which are secret, and bench warrants, which are not. I have years of experience dealing with both types of warrant, and I can often get them withdrawn. Even when the warrant . . . .

You may be held in contempt of court if you disrupt the operation of a court, or if you fail to obey a court order. Contempt of court in the presence of the judge is sometimes punished immediately, but contempt is often handled in a separate hearing, where I can present a defense on your . . . .

When your Maryland criminal or traffic case is over, you may not want a future employer or other prying eyes to see the charges on your record. If you received a stet or a disposition of probation before judgment more than three years ago, or if your case did not result in a conviction, I can . . . .

After you or a loved one is arrested, the commissioner or judge may set bail at a level that you and your family are unable to afford. With my help, we may be able to get the judge to reduce the bail amount, or change the terms on which it must be paid so that a delay in going to trial doesn't . . . .

With my effective legal assistance, assault charges can often be resolved in a way that preserves your freedom and your good name. There are many defenses available, and alternatives to conviction can frequently be negotiated. I also can often expose lies or inconsistencies in the accuser's . . . .

A violation of probation is a serious matter, one that could easily result in jail time without effective legal representation. If you are found to have committed a violation of probation (VOP), you may be imprisoned for part or all of the portion of your sentence that was suspended when you were . . . .

If you have plead guilty or been found guilty of a crime, you may be able to overturn your conviction or change your sentence with an appeal. Maryland appeals must be filed within short time limits after your case is over, and the help of a lawyer is essential. Contact me immediately if your are . . . .

A petition for a Maryland peace order or protective order must allege specific criminal acts as the basis for the order. I can effectively defend you against the issuance of a Maryland peace order or protective order, and against any related criminal charges, including harassment, assault, . . . .

It's always stressful when a police officer charges you with possessing or distributing illegal drugs or paraphernalia. While drug charges can be serious and lead to a jail sentence, an effective defense can result in an acquittal or a deal that keeps you out of jail and preserves your reputation. . . . .

Oxycodone (as contained in OxyContin or Percocet) is a Schedule II drug that is illegal to possess in Maryland without a prescription. The police pursue these crimes aggressively, and they sometimes charge perfectly law abiding individuals because they don't want to take the time to investigate . . . .

Getting charged with possession or distribution of heroin or another narcotic can be one of the most scary and intimidating things that can happen to a person. I've kept hundreds of regular people in Maryland just like you out of jail. You need to preserve your life, your job, your relationships, . . . .

Maryland drug distribution, possession with intent to distribute, and manufacturing charges are particularly serious.  Prison sentences can be lengthy, and significant mandatory minimums are in place for more serious offenses. All of these crimes are felonies. There are likely to be details . . . .

It is unlawful to possess or administer an illegal drug, which is called a "Controlled Dangerous Substance" or a CDS under Maryland law. Maryland makes a distinction between marijuana and all other illegal drugs. Possessing or using marijuana in an amount of ten grams or more is punishable by . . . .

Maryland drug paraphernalia crimes often involve items with a lawful use, and generally require more than mere possession of the item. There must be some indication that the item is intended for use with an illegal drug, which in Maryland is referred to as a controlled dangerous substance, or CDS. . . . .

Maryland fraud crimes can result in serious penalties, even for relatively small dollar values. A bad check or credit card fraud of only $501 could result in a sentence of up to fifteen years, and being permanently branded as a felon. Even if you avoid a lengthy sentence, having a felony . . . .

A bad check offense can destroy your reputation and result in serious penalties, even if the check has a very low dollar value. Any conviction for a bad check offense can make it very difficult to find housing or employment, as it is an offense that indicates to people that you cannot be trusted. . . . .

If you are accused of committing any form of credit card fraud in Maryland, you may also be charged with any number of crimes that cover the same behavior. Many credit card crimes are also charged as theft or identity theft. Under Maryland's identity theft statute, a credit card number . . . .

Disorderly Conduct and Disturbing the Peace are catch-all charges in Maryland that are sometimes used when a police officer is dissatisfied with the behavior of the defendant, but the defendant has not actually broken any other law. While the maximum sentence is only 60 days of imprisonment and a . . . .

Maryland has a variety of theft crimes, which share the same penalty structure. The maximum sentence varies with the value of the property involved, but can also depend on the number of prior convictions for theft crimes. The sort of theft crime committed does not change the maximum sentence at . . . .

Traffic and license offenses less severe than a DUI or DWI can destroy your otherwise clean record, lead to a loss of your license, and, for more egregious violations, even lead to jail time. A conviction for Reckless or Aggressive Driving, or Driving on a Suspended License could severely impair . . . .

A Maryland learner's permit is a type of driver's license that allows the holder to drive, but only with proper supervision. The driver must be seated beside someone supervising them, who must be age 21 or older, and who must have been licensed for at least three years in any state to drive that . . . .

Driving without insurance is a crime punishable by as much as one year of jail and a fine of $5000 for a first offense and as much as two years of jail and a $2000 fine for a second offense.  A conviction can also add five points to your Maryland license.  Five points are enough to markedly . . . .

Points will be assessed against you if you are convicted in court for the violation listed on your traffic ticket, or if you admit the violation by paying the preset amount shown on the ticket. Points are current for two years. As you accumulate certain preset levels of current points, the Maryland . . . .

As a provisional driver's license holder in Maryland, you are at risk of having your license suspended or worse, even if you have only ever had two minor traffic violations. Provisional license holders also face stiff insurance rates, based on their provisional status, age, and inexperience. The . . . .

Driving with a suspended, canceled, refused, or revoked license in Maryland can have serious consequences, but I can help you avoid them. Just because your license was suspended doesn't mean that you are guilty. I have helped hundreds of other people just like you with charges in Maryland courts, . . . .

In Maryland, driving an uninsured vehicle is an incarcerable offense, with a penalty of up to one year in jail and a fine of $1,000 for a first offense, and two years and $2,000 for a second offense. It also carries five points, which can raise your insurance rates in the future, and may lead to . . . .

Driving without a license in Maryland could subject you to harsh penalties, particularly if you are a repeat offender, or if you do not have a license because you have been convicted of another crime. For a first offense, you could be jailed for up to 60 days and fined up to $500. For a second . . . .

In Maryland, all drunk driving charges are serious. DUI and DWI are both jailable offenses, and they can both lead to your license being suspended or revoked, even for a first offense. I have helped many people successfully navigate these charges without going to jail or losing their license, and I . . . .

Depending on what happens with your Maryland DUI or DWI case, you might be required to have an ignition interlock in your car for a period of time, particularly after the recent changes in Maryland law that took effect on October 1, 2016. I can help you avoid ignition interlock requirements and . . . .

Drunk driving in Maryland when you are under the drinking age of 21 has a special set of consequences different from those for an older driver. Courts and administrative law judges often see age as a factor that makes the offense more severe, and there are penalties written into the law for DUI . . . .

A Maryland Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol Per Se charge means that you are accused of driving or exercising actual physical control over a vehicle and testing as .08 or above in a test of breath or blood afterward.  It is one of Maryland's three major drunk driving offenses, . . . .

Maryland Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) charges are punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1000 fine for a first offense.  Along with a possible jail term, it can also effect your license status, leading to a suspension or even a revocation of your license if it is not dealt . . . .

Maryland Driving While Impaired by Alcohol (DWI) charges are punishable by up to two months in jail and a $500 fine for a first offense.  Even though Driving While Impaired by Alcohol (DWI) is the lesser offense of the typical Maryland drunk driving charges, it carries a possible jail term and can . . . .