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It is imperative that you retain legal counsel immediately if you are charged with either a misdemeanor or felony in MD, because both types of charges can result in serious consequences to you if you sustain a conviction. Those who have been convicted of misdemeanors or felonies will more often than not obtain a criminal record that will follow them throughout the remainder of their lives, in addition to the initial sentencing, i.e. jail time and fines. Having a criminal record can prevent you from being hired for certain jobs, residing in certain geographical areas, obtaining certain professional licenses and securing certain loans. That is why hiring a qualified Maryland criminal defense attorney is crucial.

How do a felony and a misdemeanor differ in MD?

Depending on the nature of your alleged crime and whether it is classified as a felony or misdemeanor, your potential penalties will vary in severity. Maryland differs from other states in how it punishes misdemeanor offenses. While convictions for felony offenses usually result in jail or prison sentences of a year or more, there are instances when felonies can be punished with less than a year in prison and misdemeanors can also lead to years of incarceration. To learn more about the differences between felonies and misdemeanors, please continue reading:

Examples of felony and misdemeanor offenses in MD


  • Second-degree assault
  • Theft of property valued under $1,500
  • Driving while impaired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Possession of small quantities of drugs
  • Stalking or harassment
  • Violation of a Protective Order
  • 4th Degree Burglary
  • Possession of certain weapons


  • Murder
  • Most types of burglary
  • First-degree assault
  • Most types of Sexual assault/Rape
  • Most types of Fraud
  • Possession of large quantities of drugs or distribution of drugs
  • Robbery
  • Possession of guns by disqualified people or with intent to commit a felony

Why do you need our criminal defense firm?

Besides coming with some very serious consequences, all of these crimes could be complicated by the state of Maryland’s minimum sentencing for repeat offenders or certain crimes. You will face a mandatory minimum of 10 years of incarceration for a second conviction, 25 years for a third conviction and life without parole for a fourth violent crime conviction. No matter what your unique circumstances are, you will need a skilled criminal defense attorney to aggressively fight your charges at every turn of the process. Our firm is here to help.

Contact our experienced Maryland firm

The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Anne Arundel County and Howard County, Maryland who need legal assistance for criminal defense or personal injury matters. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.

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