Criminal Defense Attorney serving the entire Eastern Shore of Maryland, including Worcester, Wicomico, and Somerset Counties
J. Christopher Llinas is a former Maryland prosecutor-turned-criminal-defense lawyer for individuals arrested for crimes in Ocean Pines, Worcester County, and surrounding counties.
If you were arrested for a crime, you are likely frightened and unsure of what you should do next.
Under Maryland law and the United States Constitution, you have certain inalienable rights, even after being charged with a serious crime.
Attorney J. Christopher Llinas can help you understand those rights and will form a solid defense strategy to minimize or eliminate the consequences you are facing.
Your Rights Under Maryland Law
When you are arrested for a crime of any kind, you should be informed of your rights at that time. These are called your Miranda Rights, which are typically read to you by the arresting officer.
If an officer does not read you your Miranda Rights at the time of your arrest, your rights may be violated.
- You have the right to remain silent. You do not have to say anything to law enforcement officers at any time during your arrest or subsequent questioning, even if the officers pressure you to speak.
- You have the right to request an attorney. You may do so at any time, and law enforcement officers may not ask you questions in your attorney’s absence.
- If you cannot afford an attorney, a lawyer will be appointed to you by the state.
- You have the right to be treated humanely during an arrest and subsequent questioning. Law enforcement officers must not exhibit brutality or use undue force when arresting you or holding you in custody.
- You have the right to reasonable bail. According to the 8th Amendment of the United States Constitution, no judge may set a bail that is unreasonable considering the crime for which you have been arrested.
Experienced Criminal Defense, No Matter What the Crime
Attorney J. Christopher Llinas offers clients high-quality legal representation, regardless of your charges.
Attorney Llinas has experience with the following types of criminal defense cases:
- Violent crimes, such as murder, manslaughter, and rape
- Theft crimes, including petty theft, grand theft, robbery, and burglary
- Juvenile crimes
- Drug crimes, including possession, manufacturing, and trafficking
- Traffic offenses, including speeding, reckless driving, and moving or parking violations
- Property crimes
- Probation violations
- Weapons crimes, including illegal possession or use of a firearm
When charged with a crime, you face severe punishments, including jail time, fines, restitution, community service and mandatory counseling. You will have a permanent criminal record that may make life difficult, even after satisfying the court’s penalty requirements.
By working with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer, you can increase the odds that your case will be resolved in your favor.
J. Christopher Llinas has the experience and resources to help you determine the best course of action in your case, and he will petition the court for the reduction or elimination of your charges.
Felony Crimes in Maryland
Unlike other states, Maryland does not break felonies down into classes.
Instead, the punishments for each type of felony is listed in Maryland statutes.
Examples of felony penalties are as follows:
- Carjacking — if convicted, you could face up to 30 years in a state prison
- First degree murder — if convicted, you could face life in prison (with or without parole) or the death penalty
- Aggravated assault — if convicted, you could face up to 25 years in a state prison
- First degree rape — if convicted, you face a minimum of 25 years in prison, but depending on the severity of the crime, you could face up to life in prison (with or without parole)
- Distribution of a controlled substance — if convicted, you could face up to 5 years in state prison or a $15,000 fine
It is critical that you obtain seasoned legal help once you learn you are suspected of committing a felony crime.
Misdemeanor Crimes in Maryland
Many people mistakenly assume that misdemeanor crimes aren’t serious, simply because they are less so than felony crimes.
However, you still stand to incur severe penalties if you are found guilty of a misdemeanor crime.
The punishments are generally less than one year in a county jail; however, a judge may impose a sentence of up to 10 years in a state prison. The fines for a misdemeanor can range from $500 to $5,000.
Examples of misdemeanors are as follows:
- Petty theft
- Harassment or stalking
- Carrying a concealed firearm without a CCW permit
- Possession of small amounts of a controlled substance, such as cocaine or marijuana
- First-time DUI
- Disorderly conduct
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, your future depends on a zealous defense.
Attorney J. Christopher Llinas understands the potential consequences of a guilty verdict, and the effect that it can have on your career and relationships.
Attorney Llinas will review the circumstances surrounding your case and present the court with evidence that compels a jury to dismiss or reduce the charges against you.
Contact Attorney J. Christopher Llinas Today for a Consultation
The most important thing you can do after being arrested is to contact a criminal defense attorney.
By working with a lawyer from the start of your case, you can ensure that your rights and critical evidence are preserved and protected.
As a former prosecutor, Attorney Llinas has an innate understanding of what evidence the prosecution will attempt to use against you.
He will use his skills and experience to develop a strong defense that is designed to meet the prosecution head-on at every turn.
Contact J. Christopher Llinas today for a consultation to discuss the charges against you at (443) 235-5793. He is available now to assist you.