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Criminal Law

William A. Stavros a lawyer with over twenty five years of courtroom trial experience and has represented thousands of people in court. He represents criminal defendants in both the State and Federal Courts and understands how stressful it is to be accused of, or under investigation, for allegedly violating the criminal law. He knows how important the results of criminal cases are to his clients and their families, and thus looks into every reasonable option that he believes could benefit their case.

Penalties for criminal charges can include imprisonment, substantial fines and a criminal record, regardless of whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony. The State and Federal Government will utilize their substantial resources, including a staff of trained and experienced attorneys, investigators and experts, in prosecuting their criminal case against you. Your legal rights may be prejudiced by delay; it is therefore essential that you take your case seriously and hire an attorney as soon as possible.

William A. Stavros understands that all criminal cases are unique and must be treated as such to achieve the best possible outcome. It is therefore important to hire an attorney like William A. Stavros who is committed to paying careful attention to your individual circumstances. Initial consultations are free and our fees are reasonable. Contact William A. Stavros so that we can start discussing your criminal charges and possible options and defenses.

For a free consultation about your case, you should contact William A. Stavros at (410) 825-3300 . If you live on the Maryland Eastern Shore call today at (410) 739-0794 .

General Information Regarding the Criminal Process in Maryland State Court

Criminal cases in Maryland are heard for trial in either the District Court of Maryland or the Circuit Court of each respective County in Maryland. Crimes charged are generally divided into two categories: Felonies and Misdemeanors. Felonies are generally considered graver crimes than misdemeanors, with harsher potential penalties. This generalization has its roots in English Common Law. Presently, however, there are many nuances and exceptions to that general rule. Most serious felonies, however, including, but not limited to, murder, robbery, possession of C.D.S. with intent to distribute, and first degree assault may only be heard for trial before the Circuit Court. Criminal cases in Circuit Court may be tried by either judges or juries. There are, however, numerous other felonies that can be tried in the Circuit Court and the District Court.

The District Court of Maryland is where original jurisdiction lies for most misdemeanors and a relatively few felonies. Some crimes, both misdemeanors and felonies, have concurrent jurisdiction in both the District and Circuit Courts. Cases tried in District Court may only be heard by a judge. Defendants accused of a crime with a maximum penalty of more than ninety (90) days, however, may demand that their case be heard in the Circuit Court in front of a Jury. An experienced criminal attorney can advise you as to whether this option might be useful in your case. Misdemeanors, although generally less serious than felonies, can still carry substantial jail time and a permanent criminal record. Consequently, anyone being investigated or charged with any crime should seek an experienced criminal attorney as soon as possible.

If you are charged with a Circuit Court jurisdiction felony, The State’s Attorney must do one of two things in order for the case to be set in for trial in the Circuit Court: (1.) Convince a judge of the District Court of Maryland, at a Preliminary Hearing, that there is sufficient “Probable Cause” to forward your case to the Circuit Court, or (2.) Convince a Grand Jury meeting in secret that there is sufficient “Probable Cause” to indict the accused. These checks on the ability of the Prosecutor to proceed to trial in a Circuit Court jurisdiction felony are not present for charges that have original or concurrent jurisdiction in the District Court of Maryland. Preliminary Hearings are an important component of the criminal process. An experienced criminal attorney can explain how.

As almost everyone knows, being charged with a crime is a far cry from being proven guilty in court. Anyone charged with a crime has the right to proceed to trial and force the State of Maryland to prove its case against them beyond a reasonable doubt. Moreover, people charged with crimes in Maryland have the benefit of the rights afforded in the Maryland Declaration of Rights and the United States Constitution. Many other technical defenses may also be available and appropriate. An experienced criminal lawyer can analyze how your rights and other technical defenses may have a positive impact on your case.

Our Criminal Law Services Include, but Are Not Limited to:

Alcohol Offenses
Armed Robbery
Arrest Warrant
Attempted Murder
Bail Reviews
Bench Warrant
Child Abuse / Neglect
Disorderly Conduct
Domestic Violence
Driving Under the Influence (DUI/DWI)
Drug (C.D.S.)
Drug (C.D.S.)
Possession Marijuana
Drug Possession
(all other C.D.S.)

Drug (C.D.S.)

False Imprisonment
Federal Crimes
Firearm Offenses
Fleeing and Eluding
Fraud (all types)
Handgun Violations
Identity Theft
Indecent Exposure
Internet Crimes
Malicious Destruction of Property
Motions for Modification of Sentence
Obstruction of Justice
Prescription Drugs
Resisting Arrest
Sexual Offenses
Three Judge Panels
Transportation and Possession of Unstamped Cigarettes
Violation of Probation
Weapons Charges
White Collar Offenses

William A. Stavros serves the entire Eastern Shore, including Ocean City, through his office in Centreville, Maryland. He serves the Baltimore Metropolitan area and surrounding counties, including the Maryland D.C. suburbs from his office in Towson, Maryland.

Client Reviews

Mr. Will Stavros is an excellent attorney. He represented me on my dui charge. He was very professional and had immense knowledge about the existing law and how it worked. I, in total had about 18 citations and the state was asking for jail time. I was amazed by his proficiency in logical reasoning...


Will Stavros is a outstanding criminal defense attorney. He is responsive, thorough and creative in his advice. I immediately developed trust and confidence in him due to his vast wealth of knowledge and experience. I found him to be extremely efficient and cost effective given my complex situation...


Attorney William Stavros is "Simply The Best". He represented me a few years ago on the Eastern Shore in Ocean City for minor drug offense. Great outcome. Recently had a nerve wrecking serious offense 3rd time DUI on the upper Eastern Shore. There was no doubt whatsoever that I wanted Mr. Stavros as...


A few months back my daughter found herself in some legal trouble. A friend of ours suggested we contact Mr. Stavros. We set up a consultation with Mr. Stavros were he outline all of the potential pitfalls in our case. Once we retained Mr. Stavros on our case he immediately went into high gear...


Mr. Stavros was the answer to my prayer! This was for us, a first time experience with a serious traffic offense for my son, so of course we were unnerved at the prospect of going to court. Mr. Stavros was very professional, knowledgeable and sincerely interested in helping us through the process...


As most people probably are, I was scared at the thought of being in need of an attorney. Will Stavros calmed my fears professionally and delicately. I am a young mother that had little time to deal with the seriousness of my case. Will was incredibly informative and made sure I understood what my...


We were all very pleased with the outcome of my son’s case. I wanted to thank you for all of your help with my son’s case. I was very impressed when we met with you the first time for our free consultation. You had already done a lot of background research and informed us of what to expect and...


Mr. Stavros proved himself a master strategist In the course of many years, I have been associated with several attorneys on a professional basis. None of those can even come close to William Stavros. This exceptional attorney assisted me in a serious traffic matter that could have ruined my...


I will certainly recommend his services in the future to anyone who finds themselves in a legal bind "Mr Stavros is very knowledgeable and respectful to his clients. When I hired him as my attorney, he was always willing to make time to discuss my case with me. He put forth a great amount of time...


Mr. Stavros, you have my highest recommendation -- "Dear Mr. Stavros I want to thank you so much for the time and effort you applied towards my case. You took extra time and discussed all of my concerns on several occasions before court. You also provided excellent suggestions for me to complete...


I can confidently recommend Mr. Stavros' legal professional services "As a Maryland attorney, I can confidently recommend Mr. Stavros' legal professional services. He is been my number one referral source for individuals who have a need for traffic or criminal cases, in large part due to his...


I would gladly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a lawyer. Will made what was a terrible situation better by being available and attentive. My questions and concerns were always answered and addressed, and complex issues were explained and options presented. His thorough knowledge of law...


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