Criminal Defense in State Court and Federal Court

A criminal conviction can haunt you for the rest of your life, as you may face diminished job opportunities, difficulty with loan or rental applications, and the burden of carrying an unwanted stigma.

Located in Silver Spring and Suitland, Maryland, attorney James N. Papirmeister has 32 years of criminal law experience, nine of which were spent as a prosecutor with the Office of the State's Attorney for Prince George's County.

In fact, because of this prosecutorial experience, Mr. Papirmeister understands the strategies that prosecutors often utilize and can craft legal plans designed to counteract these strategies.

To talk to a lawyer today about a criminal charge, please call 301-589-2100 to schedule a free initial consultation.

The following provide more information about criminal defense cases:

  • DUI defense: These offenses are probably the most common of criminal charges, received by people across the spectrum of income, class and station in life. They include driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while under the influence of drugs and driving while impaired.
  • Drug crimes: These charges can be prosecuted in state as well as federal courts, and include felonies such as possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances (CDS), distribution of CDS, conspiracy to distribute CDS or to possess with intent to distribute CDS, and of course simple possession of CDS.
  • Violent crimes: These charges can include kidnapping, extortion, armed robbery, robbery, carjacking, burglary, arson, first-degree assault, aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a police officer, second-degree assault and a host of other offenses that the law deems a crime of violence, which carry substantial prison time.
  • Gun charges Whether the charge is use of a firearm in a felony or crime of violence, possession of a firearm by a felon, or any one of a number of firearms-related charges, you face severe, often mandatory minimum prison sentences if you are convicted.
  • Sexual charges: There are a host of other sexual offenses on the books, from rape to child molestation to prostitution. Even a misdemeanor prostitution charge can result in sex offender registration, and permanent damage to your reputation and family.
  • Misdemeanors: There is no such thing as a minor crime, because even a misdemeanor conviction can have serious, life-long consequences.
  • Theft offenses: These charges can include grand larceny, grand theft, theft of government property, shoplifting, petit larceny, malicious destruction of property, trespassing, loitering and a host of other offenses.
  • Federal offenses: Many crimes have separate state and federal versions of the same offense. Being charged in a federal court means a whole different set of laws will apply to that case.
  • Juvenile crimes: An entirely separate system of justice exists for persons under 18 years of age charged with crimes. Juveniles can be imprisoned in juvenile detention facilities, which are as intimidating as any adult jail, but the emphasis in such cases is on rehabilitation.

Learn more about criminal defense law:

Effect of a conviction on your security clearance

Effect of a conviction on your immigration status

Mandatory prison sentences

The stages of a criminal case

Talk to a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Maryland Today

At the Law Offices of James N. Papirmeister, P.C., we handle the defense of those charged with felony, misdemeanor or juvenile offenses, as well as probation violations, expungements and appeals. For more information, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation, or call 301-589-2100.