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Understanding the Dos and Don’ts after Getting Arrested

Getting arrested is a difficult situation for anyone. You might feel like you don’t deserve this type of treatment which could leave you angry. Venting your anger or frustration while in custody could result in making the problem worse than it already is. Handling yourself well will allow you to…

Understanding the Juvenile System and Juvenile Courts

States understand that children who commit crimes should be considered less blameworthy and have a greater ability to change than adults. For this reason, the juvenile system was created to provide supervision, guidance, and education for those that are placed into their care. This system is much different than the…

Top Qualities to Look for in a Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you find yourself facing criminal charges, there are many emotions that will come to the surface. Shock, anger, fear, and regret may all swirl in the mind of the average defendant initially, but the best way to prepare yourself for the trial ahead is by hiring an experienced, skilled…

Things to Expect from a Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you’re in a position to hire a criminal defense lawyer, it’s best to do your research now and act as soon as possible. The sooner you have the support of a law expert, the sooner you can build a proper defense. However, if this is your first time dealing…

Signs You Need to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you’ve been involved in legal trouble, you’re likely stressed, overwhelmed and confused about what your next step should be. Where do you go from here? The best answer for you may be hiring a criminal law defense attorney who can guide you through this process, protect your rights and…

Juvenile Crimes: Things You Should Know

While it’s common for most kids to get into trouble every now and again, some minors can go too far and actually break the law. If you have a minor who has recently been charged with a crime in a juvenile court, it’s important to understand some key differences between…

Tips for Choosing the Best Criminal Defense Attorney

With more than a million attorneys working in the United States alone, it can be difficult to know where to begin your search. Choosing the right criminal defense attorney is a huge and incredibly important decision. The outcome of your court case largely depends on the skill and experience of…

Top Things to Know before Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer

When faced with criminal charges, having the right lawyer by your side and presenting your case is a necessity. Though you likely need to hire a lawyer quickly, this is not a process you should enter lightly. It takes time to find the best lawyer for your case and your…

Criminal Defense Lawyer vs Trial Lawyer: A Comparison

If you’ve been accused of a crime, you will require a lawyer to defend you. The type of lawyer you need depends on where your case is in the court system. The two types of lawyers that will defend you in this case are a criminal defense lawyer or a…

Tips for Choosing the Right Juvenile Defense Attorney

No mother or father is prepared to learn that their son or daughter is charged with committing a crime. The initial shock and distress to a parent of an arrest gives way to the realization that they have to arrange for someone to defend their child against the criminal charges…

Four Things to Know Before Hiring a DUI Lawyer

A charge of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a very serious matter. In many states, an arrest alone means your driving privileges are at the risk of suspension during the time your case is being prosecuted. You can count on substantial fines and fees, exorbitant insurance…

Exceptional Circumstances

For many children, the only parents they’ll ever know are the grandparents who raise them. While these grandparents go about doing the everyday job of raising their grandchildren – changing diapers, preparing meals, and making sure the television is on the Cartoon Network - in the eyes of the law…

The Fighting Ortegas Secure a Big Win for Their Client

On May 5, 2016, the defense team of Windy Ortega and Joshua Ortega successfully defended their client against numerous drug and gun allegations. On September 29, 2014, their client, who will be referred to as “Mr. W” going forward, was stopped for a minor traffic infraction – the legally tinted…

The Rising Stars of Ortega Law, LLC

Windy and Joshua T. Ortega were both recognized as 2016 Rising Stars by Super Lawyers for their excellence in the practice of law. Only 2.5% of Maryland lawyers are selected as Rising Stars. This recognition is especially meaningful as it stems from a review by their peers.

The Joint Effort of 21 Baltimore Criminal Defense Attorneys Pays Off

The collective efforts of the Baltimore City Office of the Public Defender and the Private Criminal Defense Bar is paying off. Although the Joint Motion seeking access to Officers Laronde and Nagovich's IAD records has not yet been fully litigated, the Baltimore City State's Office has been steadily disposing of…

The Fight Against Police Misconduct From A Different Angle.

Attorney Windy Ortega of Ortega Law, LLC, continues to fight police misconduct. Ms. Ortega recently teamed up with over 20 other criminal defense attorneys and filed a motion to gain access to two Baltimore City Police Officers' Internal Affairs records. It is believed that these records contain prior bad acts…

The Initial Appearance

For the last year I have been working evening shifts at the District Court Commissioner’s Office in Annapolis, Maryland, and at The Central Booking and Intake Facility in Baltimore City. After the Court of Appeals decisions in what has become known as the Richmond Decision[1], the Appointed Attorneys Program was…

Vast Changes in Maryland Domestic Violence Law

The Legislature was busy last session. It passed into law enhanced penalties for repeat DWI offenders, added new statutory crimes like home invasion, and marijuana was significantly decriminalized. Possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana is no longer a criminal offense. Domestic violence, in particular, received a significant makeover…

Understanding The Preliminary Hearing in Maryland Criminal Cases

“What is a preliminary hearing?” “Do I need a lawyer for it?” These are two common questions that I receive from my clients charged with a felony. To clarify this rare court proceeding, I decided to share my answers with those that are possibly asking the same questions. A preliminary…

Defense Team Secures Acquittal on Murder Charges

On March 27, 2014, the defense team of Andrea E. Jaskulsky and Joshua T. Ortega secured an acquittal of a man accused of murder. The jury found that the defendant, Micah Mayne, was not guilty of four felony charges, including one count of murder in the first-degree. Mr. Mayne maintained…