Typically crimes fall into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Traditionally, felonies are considered the most serious of the two, but both charges can carry very serious penalties. Felonies include longer jail time, higher fines, and longer periods of probation than misdemeanors. Convicted felons can also lose the right to vote, carry firearms, and obtain certain professional licenses.
Common examples of felony charges may include the following:
- bank fraud
- wire fraud
- mail fraud
- firearm offenses
- drug offenses (ex. conspiracy and distribution)
- identity theft
- destruction of federal property (ex. mailboxes)
- federal tax crimes
Baltimore County, Felony Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been charged with a felony offense in Baltimore, Arbutus, Catonsville, or Annapolis, Maryland, contact the lawyers of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates. We proudly serve Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard, and Harford counties.
For your convenience, we have two offices located in Arbutus and Catonsville. Contact the lawyers of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates at 443-709-9999 to speak with an experienced attorney who has represented many clients charged with felonies throughout the State.
Felony Penalties in Maryland
The Maryland legislature has set forth definitions and sentencing guidelines that can be applied to those charged with committing a crime. There are also separate guidelines for attempted and completed felonies.
Possible penalties for a felony offense include the following:
- community service
- mandatory classes
Loss of privileges for a felony conviction may include the following:
- professional licenses (ex: law, medicine, teaching, and service industry licenses)
- the right to carry a firearm
- termination of public/government employment
- the right to vote
- eligibility for certain programs and jobs
- ability to hold public office
- loss of driver’s license
Maryland Criminal Statute of Limitations
Maryland law requires that a criminal prosecution begins within a certain amount of time after a crime is committed or believed to have been committed. The criminal statute of limitations is the length of time the state has to file charges against a person.
The length of time the state has in order to charge a person with a particular crime varies for and some crimes may not have a time limit. Typically the statute of limitations for these crimes includes:
- no time limit to bring forth charges for misdemeanors punishable by imprisonment, murder, manslaughter, or unlawful homicide;
- a time limit within one year to bring forth charges for most minor misdemeanors (ex. Petty theft, public intoxication); and
- a time limit within three years to bring forth charges for welfare offenses.
Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer
Are you facing criminal charges in Baltimore, Catonsville, Arbutus, or Annapolis, Maryland? Do you know whether you face a felony or misdemeanor charge? The lawyers of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates have successfully represented many clients charged with felonies and misdemeanors throughout Maryland for many years.
Our lawyers take time explaining the possible consequences a person is facing if they are accused of committing a felony and can work with you towards a positive resolution of your case. Contact James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates at 443-709-9999 today for a free initial consultation.