Practice Areas

Mr. Tayter is a criminal defense attorney barred in the state of Maryland, who has a wealth of experience in handling cases of DUI, assault, domestic violence, drug charges, and gun charges. He is committed to getting the best possible result for all of his clients. As such, he strives to construct a defense that is both aggressive and tailored to the individual interests of the client. If you are facing charges in any of these areas, contact Mr. Tayter today for a free initial consultation of your case. To understand how the law applies to your case, contact a qualified Maryland criminal defense attorney. For your convenience, we have provided some basic information regarding the practice areas for which Mr. Tayter provides legal representation.

Assault

In the state of Maryland, assault constitutes the intentional touching of another person, without that person’s consent (Maryland Criminal Code § 3-201). The law takes into account the severity of the assault, and has correspondingly appropriate penalties. First degree assault is a felony and treated more seriously than second degree assault, a misdemeanor. Nonetheless, the state of Maryland takes crimes of assault very seriously.

A person found guilty of assault in the first degree will face up to 25 years in prison. In addition to imprisonment, an assault conviction can entail various collateral consequences with respect to housing, employment and education. For example, in Howard County, public housing assistance is contingent upon passing a ten-year background check. As noted in a report (note: will open in a separate window) by the Sentencing Project, assault charges and convictions are likely to jeopardize a person’s ability to secure housing assistance. This example illustrates the importance of hiring a Maryland assault attorney who has experience in this practice area. For more information about assault in the state of Maryland, please visit the following page.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a term that can encompass a number of different criminal offenses including, but not limited to: assault, harassment, stalking, and sexual offenses. The Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women defines domestic violence as a “pattern of abusive behavior” used by an individual in a relationship with an intimate partner for the purposes of “gain[ing] or maintain[ing]” power. In the state of Maryland, crimes of domestic violence are laid out under criminal law, family law, and general public safety ordinances. Assault against an intimate partner, stalking an intimate partner, and the violation of a protective order are all crimes of domestic violence.

If an individual is convicted of a domestic violence crime, there are both immediate and collateral consequences. For instance, in addition to the penalties one would face for the particular offense under the criminal justice system, such an individual would also be prohibited from possessing a firearm (as codified under the Gun Control Act of 1996). Moreover, employment opportunities may be hindered if one is found guilty of a domestic violence crime. Thus, it is paramount that if you are charged with a crime of domestic violence, you seek out the advice of a competent criminal defense attorney who has a knowledgeable understanding of how domestic violence is treated under the law in the state of Maryland. For more information about crimes of domestic violence, please click here.

Drug Charges

Drug-related crimes in the state of Maryland are based on the prohibition of controlled dangerous substances, as codified under Title 5 Subtitle 4 of the Maryland Criminal Code. Controlled dangerous substances are categorized based on certain schedules.
Schedule I is a list of drugs that have a high potential for abuse with no approval for medical use. A few examples include marijuana, LSD, and heroin. Schedule II substances have a high potential for abuse in addition to a high potential for dependence, but have some limited, medically approved uses (and as such can be prescribed.) Some of the controlled substances in Schedule II include oxycodone, morphine, Ritalin, and methamphetamine. Schedule III controlled substances are considered to have a moderate potential for abuse and are approved for medical use. Examples include, but are not limited to, anabolic steroids, and various stimulants, depressants, and narcotics. Finally, drug schedules IV and V both include controlled substances that have a low potential for abuse with limited psychological or physical dependence.

As a consequence of this categorization, certain controlled substances are treated differently under the law than others. For information about specific drug crimes including possession, cultivation, manufacturing, and sale, please visit the following page.

Gun Charges

While the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear arms, such a right is not unqualified. Restrictions exist for the possession of weapons on school property, concealed carry, and possession of assault weapons. In the state of Maryland, weapons crimes and their penalties are codified under Title 4 of the Maryland Criminal Code. For example, if an individual, subject to the exceptions outlined under § 4-102 (a), is found guilty of possession of a firearm on school property, he or she will face up to three years imprisonment and/or a fine of $1,000.00. Maryland law also has a provision for the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

If an individual is found guilty of using a firearm in the course of carrying out a violent crime, upon conviction such a person will be subject to a maximum of twenty years imprisonment in addition to other penalties imposed for the crime of violence (Maryland Criminal Code § 4-204). This is reflective of the stiff penalties associated with weapons crimes in the state of Maryland, making it paramount one hires an adept criminal defense attorney. More information on gun charges can be found here.

Maryland Criminal Attorney Edward Tayter

Edward Tayter is a responsive, aggressive attorney who fulfills the needs of his clients and zealously represents their interests. If you are facing criminal charges in Maryland and you have any questions about criminal lawyers or charges, please do not hesitate to contact Maryland criminal lawyer Edward Tayter at (410) 241-2244 for a free initial consultation today.

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