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Criminal Law

If you have been charged with a crime, regardless of its severity, you are likely feeling overwhelmed and anxious. A criminal conviction can remain on your record for a lifetime and could potentially result in jail time. It is crucial to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney that is advocating on your behalf. Marybeth has over 20 years experience in criminal law. She represents clients with charges ranging from simple possession of marijuana to armed robbery and murder. Marybeth will leave no stone unturned as she seeks the best possible outcome in your case.

DUI

A DUI charge can happen to anyone. It is one of the few crimes in which you can face severe penalties before you even get to court. In most cases, the DMV will suspend your license. A driver that gets stopped by the police is subject to having a chemical test such as Breathalyzer administered to them upon their arrest. You have a constitutional right to refuse. However if you refuse or you registered a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15% or higher, the DMV will suspend your driving privileges for 6 months for a refusal and 30 days for a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15% or higher. Under certain circumstances such as death or inflicting serious bodily injury to another, a blood test may be taken without your consent or the issuance of a search warrant.

You can request an Administrative Hearing with the DMV within 30 days of the date of your arrest to challenge the legality of the stop and the probable cause for the arrest. Requesting an Administrative Hearing entitles you to a temporary alcohol license and lifts the suspension pending the outcome of the Administrative Hearing. Failure to request an Administrative Hearing will result in the automatic suspension of your driver’s license and the loss of your right to a hearing.

It is important to understand that even if your license is suspended, you can still successfully defeat the DUI charge. DUI defenses often hinge on highly technical aspects of the arrest and/or the law. Marybeth will associate a retired Law Enforcement Officer to help investigate your case. Marybeth and her investigator will gather all the evidence and carefully examine all aspects of your case to develop the best possible defense.

Violent Crimes

While any criminal charge requires a vigorous and detailed defense, the government prosecutes serious violent crimes aggressively. Violent felony crimes such as murder, sexual assault and armed robbery often receive extensive media attention. Therefore, if you or someone you love has been accused of a violent crime, you need a criminal defense attorney that is skilled both in and out of the courtroom. Marybeth and her investigators will vigorously investigate your case and scrutinize the prosecutors’s evidence against you. Marybeth has a history of proven results in helping clients defend their rights against violent crime charges.

Drug Crimes

In any drug case it is important to first examine the legality of the search. Any evidence retrieved during an unreasonable search and seizure is deemed inadmissible. A search or seizure is unreasonable when you have a reasonable expectation of privacy, courts look at your intention to keep something private, and if society as a whole recognizes your expectation of privacy as reasonable. If you have been charged with a drug crime and believe an unreasonable search and seizure by the government occurred, contact Marybeth and she will advise you on this issue and fight for your Fourth Amendment rights.

If you do not have a search issue, Marybeth will explore other options for your case. Under the sentencing reform laws, Judges have been able to send more offenders to treatment programs. There are alternatives to incarceration. Drug courts are another alternative to incarceration and they promote treatment and rehabilitation. During the program, you are typically counseled, you undergo frequent drug testing, and you will make regular court appearances for a period of about 12 months or longer.

Areas of Practice

Armed Robbery
Assault First, Second, or Third Degree
Assault & Battery of a High & Aggravated Nature
Assault & Battery with Intent to Kill
Attempted Murder
Breach of Trust
Burglary First, Second, or Third Degree
Criminal Domestic Violence
Criminal Domestic Violence of a High & Aggravated Nature
Criminal Sexual Conduct First, Second & Third Degree
*DUI (Driving Under the Influence)
Drug Crimes
Drug Trafficking
Endangering the Welfare of a Child
Grand Larceny
Gun Crimes
Juvenile Offenses
Possession of a Weapon
Possession of Marijuana
Possession of Heroin
Possession of Cocaine
Possession with Intent to Distribute (Marijuana, Heroin, Cocaine)
Felony DUI
Hit & Run (w/ serious bodily injury or death)
Homicide by Child Abuse
Manslaughter (Involuntary/Voluntary)
Murder
Public Intoxication
Property Crime Enhancement
Shoplifting
Strong Armed Robbery
*Violent Crimes