Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you find out from the Justice Department, the FBI, the DEA, or any other federal agency that you’re under investigation for a federal crime, time is not on your side. In these cases, it is important to retain an experienced federal criminal defense attorney in Baltimore, Maryland, as soon as possible.

The sooner you hire an attorney, the sooner your attorney can talk with the prosecutors and get the government’s view of the case against you. My first goal is to persuade prosecutors not to charge you with a federal crime in the first place, if possible. Your best chance of stopping an unjust prosecution happens before the crime is ever charged during the earliest stages of the investigation.

If law enforcement officers with some federal agency are threatening you, call James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates or contact me online for a free evaluation of your case.

The attorneys at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates represent clients in a wide variety of federal criminal cases. Visit the links below to find out more information about the following topics:

I’ve been a criminal defense attorney since 1992, and throughout my career, I’ve defended people against the federal government, from the DEA to the FBI, in all Maryland federal courts. The federal government has nearly unlimited resources to prepare a case against you. To level the playing field, you’ll need an experienced federal court lawyer to protect your interests.

Tip: Do not talk with federal agents without legal advice. It’s not unusual to see defendants charged with crimes based on statements they made to federal officers. Your side of the story can best be told by your attorney.


Steps in the Federal Criminal Prosecution in Maryland

The federal criminal defense attorneys in Baltimore, Maryland, can represent you at each step in the federal criminal process including:

  • Initial Criminal Investigation
  • Charging of the Criminal Offense
  • Initial Hearing/Arraignment
  • Discovery Process
  • Plea Bargaining
  • Preliminary Hearings
  • Pre-Trial Motions
  • Trial
  • Post-Trial Motions
  • Sentencing
  • Appeal
  • Post-Conviction Proceedings

Our attorneys have handled cases investigated by almost every federal agency including the FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshals, Customs and Border Patrol, United States Coast Guard, and Office of the Inspector General.


Additional Resources

Steps in the Federal Criminal Process – Visit the website of the Offices of the United States Attorneys to find out more about how the criminal process works in the federal system during prosecutions by United States Attorneys in the federal courts.

Brief Description of the Federal Criminal Justice Process – Visit the website of the FBI to learn more about the Federal Criminal Justice Process from the perspective of the alleged victim at every stage of the case including the pretrial stages for the investigation, grand jury, and arrest, through the initial appearance in court, arraignment, discovery and motion practice, plea bargaining, trial, sentencing and post-trial proceedings.

United States District Court for the District of Maryland – Visit the website for the only federal district court in the state of Maryland which was established in 1789. The district court in Maryland has two divisions, the Northern Division in Baltimore located at 101 West Lombard Street and the Southern Division in Greenbelt at 6500 Cherrywood Lane. The Northern Division includes the City of Baltimore and the counties of Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester. The Southern Division includes the counties of Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, Montgomery, and Prince George’s.


Finding a Criminal Defense Lawyer for Federal Court in Baltimore, MD

Protect your future. I am a criminal defense attorney for the federal court in Baltimore and throughout the state of Maryland.

Reach out to me before you talk to the police or anyone else. I am familiar with the local rules in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland in the Baltimore Division and many of the judges and prosecutors that practice in those courtrooms.

I am available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To set up a free consultation, call 443-709-9999 or contact me online.