Criminal Defense Attorney

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. Ortega Law, LLC, provides clients in Anne Arundel County, including Annapolis, Pasadena, and Glen Burnie with complete criminal defense representation in all matters, including:

DUI and Other Serious Traffic Matters

At Ortega Law, LLC, 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, LLC, 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 who knows the laws in Maryland, 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.


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.

If you’ve been accused of a crime and are facing criminal charges, you might be asking yourself, “How can I find good criminal defense lawyers near me?” Top criminal defense law attorneys work to keep you out of jail and protect your reputation. When you need representation, the criminal defense law firm of Ortega Law LLC is here for you. We represent individuals charged with misdemeanors and felonies in Anne Arundel County. When you need a top criminal defense lawyer in Annapolis, contact us today at (410) 760-6008.

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.

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