Criminal Law

Criminal Defense Lawyer


Patterson Law is an established Maryland criminal defense firm.

Maria Patterson has handled dozens of cases involving Assault charges where Protective Orders and/or Peace Orders are filed contemporaneously.

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Domestic Violence, Assaults, and Protective Orders

Maria Patterson has tried approximately 100 jury trials and has cross examined hundreds of witnesses.  Her extensive trial experience in adversarial cases makes her extremely effective at handling cases with sensitive issues such as domestic violence.

The civil Protective Order or Peace Order always come up for a hearing before the criminal case.  Testifying at either risks violating your 5th amendment privileges.  Sometimes, it may be better to consent to a Protective Order or Peace Order, without findings, so the case cannot be used against you at the criminal stage, and you maybe eligible for Shielding once the duration of the Protective Order or Peace Order has expired.

Criminal Traffic Crimes

Maria Patterson has also handled numerous serious criminal traffic charges, including DUIs.

Maria has been successful at shutting cases down before they get started.  If an officer does not have reasonable articulable suspicion to pull a driver, the stop and findings will be suppressed.  Likewise, there are some cases that maybe too risky to try, especially if the State is offering a favorable plea.

Maria Patterson worked as an Associate County Attorney for Prince George’s County in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. During her tenure as an Associate County Attorney, Maria Patterson was involved in several high-profile cases that were followed by local and national media outlets, including the Washington Post. Many of her high-profile cases involved allegations of police misconduct, failure to follow police procedures, and malicious prosecutions.

With over 20 years of experience, Maria Patterson has the experience to weigh the pros and cons, lay them out clearly for her clients to understand, and appreciate the big picture in each case.  There are some judges who are more likely to err in favor of the State.  There are some judges who err on the side of the defense.  It is important to have a lawyer who has handled numerous cases and trials to adequately advise you.

It is important to make sure an officer had a proper basis to stop you before administering a field sobriety test and/or breathalyzer test.

“It is important to have a lawyer who routinely handles both criminal assaults and civil peace orders and protective orders.”

Maria Patterson, Lawyer

Financial Crimes and Drug Possession

Many financial crimes in Maryland are motivated by drug addiction.  Maria Patterson has handled dozens of cases where individuals are charged with drug possession and theft crimes.  They are often dependent on one another.  Fortunately, drug court in the Maryland court system is aimed at giving non-violent offenders a chance to redeem themselves in the eyes of the law.  With successful completion, the original charges are usually placed on the Stet docket and eventually eligible for expungement.  This truly gives people a second chance.

When an individual is not eligible for drug court, Maria Patterson has helped clients obtain Health General Article §8-505 and §8-507 placement where they are sent for rehabilitation instead of serving jail time.  Once completed successfully, the remainder of their sentence is suspended, and they are released on probation.  This opportunity has given so many people the chance to get the drug treatment they need, stay out of jail or prison, and return to society rehabilitated.

A drug addict, incarcerated without treatment, will often find themselves facing the same problem(s) that lead them down the path to the revolving door of the criminal justice system.

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Patterson Law has been selected as a Top 100 Maryland and Washington D.C. Super lawyer from 2013 to the present.

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If you need a highly rated lawyer with a proven track record, please contact Bowie lawyer, Maria Patterson at 301-383-1522 for a consultation.

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