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Criminal Law

Criminal Defense

Representation from Your First Encounter with the Police

Criminal charges can be life threatening and the judicial system can be intimidating. The impact of criminal charges can affect you, your family, your job and your reputation. We understand that and because we do, we will provide you with knowledge of your rights and your legal options to help you make informed decisions. We will relieve some of your stress by guiding you through the legal process. We will be there every step of the way to answer your questions and fight to get you the best possible result. We offer complete criminal defense representation in all matters, including:

DUI and other Serious Traffic Matters

At Ortega Law, every client is important to us. The attention, dedication, and skill we provide to each client’s case remains the same, whether our clients are charged with murder or driving on a suspended license. Losing your privilege to drive or your freedom and liberty are life-altering events. There are many defenses to serious traffic offenses that should be explored before taking the State’s offer, even if it is a probation before judgment (“PBJ”). A PBJ in a DUI or DWI case can never be expunged. In other words, the public at large will always be able to see the charge and any associated tickets. An attorney should never advise a client to plead to a charge when there are viable defenses. Not every trial can be won, but at Ortega Law we are not afraid to fight for our clients. Every member of our Firm is a trial attorney. Having a team of litigators is something that we are proud of and that our clients benefit from.

A conviction for driving while suspended, and similar offenses, can lead to the loss of your license to drive and even lead to incarceration in certain cases. Just like DUI/DWI charges, an attorney should not shy away from making the State prove its case. There are many defenses to these types of cases, ranging from the traffic stop itself to issues regarding proper notification from the MVA. Getting an experienced criminal defense attorney right away can make a huge difference in the ultimate outcome of your case. Don’t wait to speak to a lawyer, contact us today for a free consultation.

Violation of Probation

Successfully completing probation is one of the hardest things an individual can do in life. A lot can go wrong when trying to follow the strict mandates of unsympathetic probation officers. Pitfalls include completing drug, alcohol, or anger management classes, strict reporting requirements, and restitution payments. Typically when the probation officer sends the report to the Probation Judge asking for a warrant, an individual will find him or herself in handcuffs and having to pay a bail. Others might find themselves without a bail at all. Retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney early is the key to getting the best result possible in an alleged VOP hearing. From representation at bail review through the hearing itself, a strong advocate is needed to argue on an individual’s behalf.

Motions for Modification

If a sentence has been entered by a judge, you still have the right to ask that judge to modify your sentence at some later time. If done effectively, motions for modification can reduce the original sentence given by a judge. The attorneys at Ortega Law, LLC have the experience necessary to protect this very valuable right and to use it effectively.

Appeals

You have the right to a direct appeal after sentencing. Our attorneys are experienced in filing and executing your appeal. We also have experience in collateral appeals.

Expungement of Criminal & Traffic Records

We also offer services to help remove your criminal and traffic records from the public eye.  Some crimes and traffic matters can be expunged from public records, while others cannot. Contact us to see if your criminal and/or traffic records can be expunged- doing so could mean a better job for you and your family.

know your rights

Knowing Your Rights is Essential to Protecting Them

  • YOU have the RIGHT to Remain Silent – in order to exercise this right you have to tell the police officer that you wish to remain silent and then remain silent.

  • YOU have the RIGHT to an Attorney if you have been arrested and are being questioned and if you are being interrogated by the police and feel that you are not free to leave – in order to exercise this right you have to tell the police officer that you want to speak to an attorney – ask for one and remain silent until you are provided one.

  • YOU have the RIGHT to be free from unreasonable searches – YOU should never consent to a search of your person, your car, or your home. Without your consent, the police need a Warrant or other legal justification to search you, your car, or your home.

Disclaimer: The legal information presented at this site should not be construed as formal legal advice.  Any results set forth here were dependent on the facts of that case and the results will differ from case to case.  Please contact Ortega Law. LLC for legal advice specific to your situation.  This website is not intended to solicit clients for representation in criminal proceedings outside the State of Maryland, except for those matters prosecuted in U.S. Federal Courts. Attorneys at Ortega Law are licensed to practice in Maryland.  The information contained in this website is general in nature.  It is provided for informational, illustrative, and advertisement purposes only.  It is not legal advice. It should not be relied upon in making legal decisions or in place of a consultation with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney regarding a specific matter.  Reading this site, sending us information, or receipt of information from us does not establish an attorney-client relationship.  Our review of, and/or response to, your query does not mean we are representing you or that we are your lawyers.  Statements, testimonials, and endorsements contained herein do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the ultimate result or outcome of your legal matter.  Links from this website to the website of another entity does not state or imply the existence of a relationship between Ortega Law and that entity. A written, signed retainer agreement is a required for Ortega Law to represent you.  

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