Criminal defense practice is trial oriented and adversarial in nature. In criminal cases the defendant’s adversary is always the state, represented by the state’s attorney for the jurisdiction in which the crime being prosecuted allegedly took place. State’s attorneys offices are usually run by lawyers who are elected to their positions. These attorneys make their living prosecuting criminal cases. Prosecutors have police officers, detectives, and other law enforcement resources to call upon in order to help them prove their cases and convict defendants.
On the opposite side of the courtroom, criminal defense lawyers assist regular people in standing up to the state-driven criminal justice system. Criminal defense lawyers represent their clients in court, and they also assist clients who are being investigated by law enforcement officers. The ultimate job of a criminal defense lawyer is to make certain that the state does not misuse its power as it investigates and prosecutes criminal activity.
In order to insure that his client’s rights are observed by the prosecution and by the courts, a criminal defense lawyer must rely on his knowledge of evidence rules, criminal laws, and state and federal constitutional law. In addition to knowing the law, a good criminal defense lawyer should also know about police procedures, investigative techniques, local police news, as well as something about human nature.
Defense attorney Matthew Baum has represented hundreds of people charged with drugs, theft, assault, vandalism, burglary, trespassing, and other crimes. If you have been charged with violating a criminal law in Maryland or the District of Columbia and you are not certain what to do about it, please call to schedule a free consultation. Matthew Baum can be reached at (410) 929-3435.