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La Plata Misdemeanor Defense Attorneys

Maryland assault, theft, drugs and juvenile law attorneys in La Platta have successfully minimized the impact of misdemeanor charges

A conviction on any misdemeanor charge can have far-reaching effects over the rest of your life

Misdemeanor crimes, while less serious than felonies, can result in serious financial and personal consequences. A seemingly small crime can result in stiff penalties. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, contact Mudd, Mudd & Fitzgerald, P.A. without delay. We fight for your rights by working to minimize the misdemeanor criminal charges you face.

Our firm has successfully defended our clients against several types of misdemeanor charges

The La Plata criminal defense lawyers at Mudd, Mudd & Fitzgerald, P.A. have defended clients in misdemeanor cases for over 100 years, such as:

  • Assault — Misdemeanor assault and battery means a potentially harmful, offensive, or unwanted touch that causes no lasting injury. But even though the assault results in only minor injury, conviction of this offense can result in up to 10 years’ imprisonment.
  • Theft — The intentional or unauthorized stealing, taking or possession of property valued at less than $1,500 is theft. A misdemeanor theft — such as shoplifting — is usually a misdemeanor charge carrying a maximum penalty of $500 and 6 months' imprisonment.
  • Drug possession — Drug offenses are generally felonies, except for marijuana possession, which may be charged as a misdemeanor carrying a penalty of up to one year in jail upon conviction. Possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana is a civil offense punishable by a fine, but the State may charge the offense such that it is a felony, depending on the facts of the case.  Drug charges for misdemeanor possession means marijuana can either be on your person or under your control.
  • Juvenile cases — Juveniles are generally tried as minors for criminal offenses, and face penalties such as fines, community service, probation, or imprisonment in a juvenile detention center. Juvenile records can frequently be expunged at age 18. However, juveniles can be tried as adults if the crime is serious. If a juvenile is certified to stand trial as an adult, adult penalties apply upon conviction.
  • Burglary — “Breaking and entering,” in the context of misdemeanor burglary, generally means entering premises (not necessarily forcefully) for the purpose of committing a theft. Upon conviction of fourth-degree burglary, the maximum penalty is three years’ imprisonment.
  • Domestic abuse — Second-degree domestic violence is a misdemeanor crime defined as second-degree assault and carrying the same penalties upon conviction. Domestic disputes resulting in abuse can result in up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine of $2,500.

We vigorously defend you against misdemeanor charges

Since 1907, Mudd, Mudd & Fitzgerald, P.A. has been providing expert criminal defense at a competitive price. We are one of the oldest and largest law firms in Charles County. Our La Plata office is handicapped-accessible and conveniently located two blocks from the Charles County Circuit and District Courts. Our firm has been selected for the prestigious AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™. We offer quality legal services that are competitively priced. Please call 240.776.5078 or contact us online today to schedule an appointment to discuss your misdemeanor case.

We are leaders, litigators and trial attorneys who fight for your rights.