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Criminal Defense Attorneys in Salisbury, Maryland

Criminal convictions can lead to serious jail time and life-altering consequences. But just because you’ve been charged with a crime doesn’t mean you’ve been found guilty. No matter what offenses you’re facing, you need solid representation. Contact our team of professional criminal defense attorneys at Marvel & Emche, P.A. if you’re in or near Salisbury, Maryland. 

We pride ourselves on our personal approach, prioritizing empathy and professionalism in every case we handle. From the moment you engage with us, our team works diligently to understand your story and circumstances so that we can deliver defense strategies tailored to your specific needs and goals. 

We serve clients throughout Salisbury and the surrounding areas, including Northwood, White Plains, West Wood, Princess Anne, Cambridge, and Ocean City. Don't hesitate to call our office for a consultation and learn how we can help you seek your best outcome. 

Our Criminal Law Services 

Our attorneys have a broad range of experience in criminal matters and how they relate to a client's case. If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a criminal offense, our team of dedicated attorneys has the knowledge and insights you need to build a solid case. Trust our lawyers to provide swift and effective legal representation. 

Traffic Violations 

Under Maryland law, traffic violation charges can range from minor infractions like speeding or running a red light to more serious offenses such as DUI or reckless driving. Each of these charges can have significant repercussions, including hefty fines, points on your driving record, increased insurance premiums, and even potential jail time for severe violations.  

An experienced attorney can be instrumental when it comes to Maryland's traffic laws, advocating on your behalf to potentially reduce penalties or have charges dismissed.

At Marvel & Emche, P.A., our criminal defense attorneys are adept at scrutinizing the details of your case, identifying any procedural errors or mitigating factors that could work in your favor, and working to protect your rights are throughout the legal process. 


Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Maryland carries stringent penalties, including substantial fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education programs, and even incarceration, particularly for repeat offenders.  

Maryland law stipulates a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit of 0.08% for drivers over 21, with lower limits for commercial drivers and individuals under 21. Charges can escalate with aggravating factors such as a high BAC, accidents, or minors in the vehicle.  

Our defense attorneys at Marvel & Emche, P.A., advocate for reduced charges or alternative sentencing options. Our attorneys meticulously examine each case for procedural errors, negotiate with prosecutors, and craft a strategic defense aimed at achieving the best possible outcome for our clients. 

Your Rights & Future Matter

Assault and Battery 

Assault and battery charges in Maryland encompass a range of offenses involving physical harm or the threat of harm to another person. Under Maryland law, assault can involve either attempted physical harm or intentional actions that place another person in imminent fear of harm, while battery refers to actual physical contact.  

Penalties for these charges vary based on severity. First-degree assault, which may involve the use of a weapon or intent to cause serious injury, is a felony that can result in up to 25 years imprisonment. Second-degree assault, which covers less severe incidents, is considered a misdemeanor but still carries the possibility of up to 10 years in prison and significant fines.  

Burglary and Theft 

Burglary involves unlawful entry into a building or vehicle with the intent to commit a crime inside, while theft refers to taking someone else's property without consent. Depending on the details of the case, these charges can range from petty misdemeanors to serious felonies in Maryland.  

Likewise, penalties for these offenses vary widely based on factors such as the value and location of stolen items, potential injury or harm caused during the commission of the crime, and prior convictions.  

Drug Crimes 

Maryland law considers drug crimes a severe offense, with penalties ranging from fines and probation to lengthy prison sentences. These charges can involve possession, distribution, manufacturing, or trafficking of controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or prescription drugs. 

At Marvel & Emche, P.A., our attorneys have extensive experience handling drug cases and are well-versed in the nuances of Maryland's drug laws. We'll work hard to build a robust defense strategy tailored to your specific situation, examining all evidence for possible flaws or violations of constitutional rights and advocating aggressively on your behalf in court. 

Juvenile Charges 

When a minor is charged with a crime in Maryland, the juvenile justice system handles their case differently than an adult's. However, this does not mean that juvenile offenses are any less serious or will not have significant consequences for the child's future. 

At Marvel & Emche, P.A., our attorneys recognize the delicate approach required for juvenile cases and offer invaluable guidance to both the child and their family throughout the legal process. Our goal is to always seek outcomes that protect your child's rights and best interests while minimizing potential long-term impacts. 

Sex Offenses 

Sex offense charges in Maryland often carry severe penalties, including mandatory registration as a sex offender and lengthy prison sentences. These charges encompass a wide range of offenses, from sexual assault and rape to child pornography and prostitution. 

Our attorneys at Marvel & Emche, P.A. understand the high stakes and sensitivities involved in sex crime cases and provide aggressive representation while maintaining empathy for our clients' circumstances.  

Bond Review Hearings 

Bond review hearings are critical for clients who seek release from custody while awaiting trial. Our attorneys will advocate on your behalf to secure the lowest possible bond, presenting strong arguments about your connections to the community, employment status, and other factors demonstrating that you are not a flight risk. 

Work With Attorneys Who Care

Our attorneys distinguish themselves from others by providing aggressive, professional litigation. When you enter a court of law with Marvel & Emche, P.A. on your side, you'll immediately understand why our firm is the top choice for jury trial litigation in Salisbury, Maryland.  

Unlike large city law firms, we emphasize the importance of allowing our clients to have face-to-face meetings with their attorneys. We personally take the time to ensure you understand what is happening through every step of the process. Whether you're facing a serious felony or need help challenging a traffic ticket, we will be with you every step of the way. 

Maryland Criminal Law FAQ

If you or your loved one is facing criminal charges, it's natural to have questions and concerns. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get from our Maryland clients: 

What should I do if I am arrested? 

If you're arrested, it's crucial to remain calm and follow a few key steps to protect your rights:

Do not resist arrest or act aggressively towards the officers. Politely ask for an attorney and do not answer any questions without legal representation present. You should practice quiet courtesy so that you don’t come across as being uncooperative. Remember, anything you say or do can be used against you in court.  

Contact our office as soon as possible so that we can begin working on your case and protecting your rights from the outset. 

How does bail work in Maryland? 

Bail in Maryland is determined based on several factors, including the severity of the alleged crime, your criminal history, and your ties to the community. During the initial hearing, the judge will decide whether to grant bail and set an appropriate amount. If bail is posted, you will be released from custody while awaiting trial.  

Our lawyers can assist with bond review hearings to advocate for more favorable bail terms or a reduction in the bail amount. 

Can my criminal record be expunged? 

Yes, depending on your circumstances. Expungement in Maryland is a legal process that allows certain criminal records to be removed or sealed, thereby reducing the long-term impact on your life. Eligibility for expungement depends on various factors, such as the nature of the offense and the time that has passed since your conviction.  

Our experienced attorneys are able to evaluate your specific situation, guide you through the process, and help you understand your eligibility for expungement or record sealing. 

Criminal Defense Attorneys in Salisbury, Maryland 

If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in Maryland, it is crucial to seek experienced legal counsel immediately. Contact Marvel & Emche, P.A. in Salisbury, Maryland, today to schedule a consultation. We'll be happy to discuss your legal situation and explore the best possible defense strategies to protect your future.