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Salisbury Criminal Defense Attorneys

Local Representation in Ocean City, Berlin & the Surrounding Areas

MacDonald Law Office, LLC provides a full spectrum of criminal defense representation, from major crimes such as assault and domestic violence or sex and drug charges to lesser crimes such as shoplifting and DUI. We are experienced in every aspect of defense work, from bench warrants to expungements and appeals. As former prosecutors, we have handled matters from both sides of the courtroom. We use these insights and experiences to help our clients throughout Wicomico County and Worcester County.

The Salisbury criminal defense attorneys of MacDonald Law Office defend visitors to Ocean City, Assateague, and Chincoteague National Parks. It's a scary thing to be charged far from home. If you have been charged with DUI, possession, a sex offense, or assault, let us be your local counsel working for a positive outcome. Our Salisbury criminal defense lawyers provide clients with experienced defense for every kind of criminal charge. In addition to criminal law, Attorney Cynthia MacDonald provides smart representation in probate and estate law, business law, personal injury claims, and administrative law matters.


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  • “We would recommend Mr. MacDonald without hesitation and believe he will advise anyone in an honest and intelligent manner.”

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  • “We went to trial and won our case thanks to Cindy's preparedness and knowledge of the law. Her legal skills are outstanding.”
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Arrested or Charged with a Criminal Offense? Is Your Freedom on the Line?

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With a broad range of insights and experience in every kind of criminal charge, our Salisbury criminal defense attorneys provide smart insights that can lead to positive outcomes, no matter how complicated your case may be. We value all of our clients and fight hard to protect their rights. That is why we work diligently to provide personalized solutions based on your unique needs and situation.

We are here to help you explore possible defense strategies for your case. We value attorney-client communication because that is a vital element of developing your defense. We can help you go over the evidence and look into the case against you so that we can prepare accordingly.

It is important for you to understand that criminal defense isn't a simple process. This very complex process involves us helping you to explore your options and guiding you through the process. Throughout your case, we can help you to understand your options. We can explain how each option might affect you. While we can't promise that everything will go in your favor, we can promise you that we will do our best to present your defense in an effective manner.

As you move through the criminal justice system, communication is vital. We know that you might have questions and we are ready to answer those questions. If you are facing criminal charges, you have to take the first step in your defense by seeking out assistance for your defense. We can help you every step of the way from the first encounter until the resolution of the case.

We stand by your side to help you defend your rights. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that your case is going to go your way from the get-go. Instead, let our Salisbury criminal defense lawyers help you to start developing your defense as soon as possible so that we have as much time as possible to prepare.

2 CLASSIFICATIONS FOR CRIMINAL CHARGES in Maryland

There are two possible classifications for criminal charges. How your charges are classified has a big impact on the possible penalties that you are facing. The two possible classification are misdemeanor and felony. It very important for you to know the differences between these two classifications.

A felony charge is the most serious classification for crimes. Murders, rapes, identity theft and arson are some examples of felonies. Generally, felony charges are associated with longer periods of incarceration. This incarceration is done in prison instead of the local jail. You also face fines and other penalties if you are convicted of a felony. In addition, you are classified as a felon and might have difficulties finding a job or a place to live because of that classification.

A misdemeanor is a less serious criminal charge. A conviction of a misdemeanor is associated with a period of incarceration in jail. That period is usually a year or less, but might be longer depending on the charge and any enhancements. Misdemeanors can also carry fines and other penalties.

Learning about how your charges are classified is crucial so that you know how to plan your defense. In some cases, you might be able to seek a plea deal for the case. That depends on the prosecution's willingness to work out a deal and your willingness to accept it.

No matter what type of charges you are facing, you should start to go over the evidence against you and start planning a strategy for your defense right away. If your case goes to trial, this will help you to have time to prepare.

How Does the Criminal Justice System Work?

There are three different groups that you might deal with while you are in the criminal justice system -- law enforcement, the court system and the corrections system. Each of these plays an important role in the criminal justice system.

Typically, your time in the criminal justice system will start with the law enforcement agency that is handling the crime you are accused of committing. This is the agency that is likely going to question you, detain you, and arrest you.

From there, you will face the court system. This is where everything from arraignment to sentencing is held. At each step in the process, your criminal defense attorney should be able to let you know what is going on and what your options are for dealing with the charges against you.

If you are found guilty of a crime, you might be sentenced to incarceration or probation. Both of these fall under the corrections system. If you are incarcerated, you will head to prison or jail. If you are sentenced to supervised probation, you will have to meet with the probation officer.

Whether you are facing a simple misdemeanor or a capital level felony, you should make sure that you know what options you have as you make choices. This gives you the information you need to think about how your life now and later will be affected by each option you have.

Contact us to discuss your legal options with our Salisbury criminal defense lawyers. Our offices are conveniently located in Salisbury and Ocean City where we proudly serve clients throughout Wicomico and Worcester Counties.

Why Choose MacDonald Law Office, LLC?

  • Our Attorneys deal personally and directly with our clients.
  • We value you and will protect your rights.
  • We represent our clients in a wide range of situations.

Keeping the Pain of Your Brush with the Law to a Minimum

Lawyers Andrew MacDonald and Cynthia MacDonald honed their craft during years of prosecuting cases for Wicomico County. As a prosecutor, Andrew MacDonald tried every kind of case from DUI to murder, including over 100 jury trials. Now he uses that experience to protect the accused. There is no better preparation in criminal defense than having worked for the other side.
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Our firm provides a full spectrum of criminal defense representation, from crimes such as assault, domestic violence, sex and drug charges, to lesser crimes such as shoplifting and DUI's. We are experienced in every aspect of defense work and are ready to fight for your freedom.

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