Criminal

Serious Felony Offenses

 

Murder and Manslaughter
Unlawful killing of another human being without legal justification. Includes attempt and conspiracy charges. The most serious of all criminal offenses carrying penalties from 20 years to Life.

 

Sex Crimes
Federal and State offenses, including sexual assault, child sex abuse, and internet related sex crimes. From rape to internet pornography, these offenses are extremely serious (especially in the Federal system), Carrying penalties from 5 years to Life.

 

Robbery and Carjacking
Taking property (or vehicle) of another through violence or intimidation. These cases are taken very seriously, especially when a firearm is present. Penalties typically range from probation to 25 years.

 

Drug Offenses
Federal and State offenses relating to the possession, distribution, conspiracy to distribute, and manufacturing of controlled dangerous substances such as crack, cocaine, heroine, marijuana, and PCP. Penalties for these offenses typically range from probation to 20 years.

 

Firearm Offenses
Federal and State offenses relating to the use, possession, and distribution of firearms. These offenses are extremely serious, especially when combined with narcotics or violent felonies. Penalties for these offenses typically range from probation to 20 years.

 

Aggravated Assault
Causing serious bodily injury, typically with a firearm or other dangerous weapon. Penalties for these offenses typically range from probation to 20 years.

 

Major Theft and Fraud
Federal and States offenses including identify theft, bank fraud, credit card fraud, Theft over $500.00, and burglary. Includes attempted and conspiracy charges. Penalties typically range from probation to 15 years.

Misdemeanors

 

Simple Assault
Unlawful threatening to inflict bodily harm, or inflicting bodily harm, usually absent the presence of a dangerous weapons. Penalties typically range from probation to possible incarceration.

 

Drug Offenses
State and Federal Offenses relating to the possession of controlled dangerous substances such as crack, cocaine, heroine, marijuana, and PCP. Penalties for these offenses typically range from probation to possible incarceration.

 

Theft
Taking of property without consent or authorization; this is also referred to a “petty theft” and typically includes property valued under $500.00. Penalties typically range from probation to probation incarceration.

 

Solicitation
Offering money or something else of value to engage in sexual intercourse with another. This offense is taken extremely seriously and can result in jail time.

 

Destruction of Property
Intentionally causing damage or destruction to another’s property. Penalties typically range from probation to possible incarceration.

DWI and Serious Traffic Offenses

 

Driving While Intoxicated
Includes lesser charges, such as Driving Under the Influence, Driving While Impaired, and Driving While Intoxicated. Penalties typically range from probation before judgment to possible incarceration depending on the number of convictions.

 

Reckless Driving
Driving on the roadways without due regard for the safety of other motorists. This offense is taken extremely seriously especially when combined with alcohol offenses.

 

License Suspension and Revocation Offenses
Driving on the roadway without proper and valid identification, registration, tags, or insurance. Penalties typically range from probation before judgment to possible incarceration depending on the number of convictions.

Located in downtown Hagerstown, MD Lewis C. Metzner serves clients in Hagerstown, Frederick, Middletown, Myersville, Boonsboro, Smithsburg, Clear Spring, Thurmont, and Urbana as well as residents of Washington County, Frederick County, Allegany County and Garrett County.
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