Hagerstown Criminal Defense Lawyers
For nearly twenty years, Poole & Kane, P.A. has represented clients who have found themselves in need of legal representation and proper defense. The lawyers at Poole & Kane, P.A. have earned an outstanding reputation for aggressively defending their clients and maintaining the highest legal and ethical standards of practice. We also know the serious consequences of charges related to alcohol offenses; the potential penalties, the impact on families and employment; and the cost. At Poole & Kane, P.A. we aggressively defend these cases, calling on years of skilled practice, knowledge, and experience to devise proper defenses, each tailored narrowly tailored to the specific facts of your case. Our experienced counselors will advise you about the law and a proper defense of your case, but also about the many ways of treating the underlying substance abuse issues that may exist.
Our defense attorneys work diligently to know you and your case; we adhere to the maxim that preparation is everything.
Criminal Law FAQ
What should I do if the police come to arrest me?Do not physically resist them. Be polite and provide your identifying information. Do not talk about your case, despite what the police may tell you. Ask to speak with your attorney.
The police have asked if they can search me (or my car or house). Should I let them?If the police are asking, you should refuse. Consenting to a search may allow the police to find something they can use against you later. If you refuse and they search anyway, your attorney may be able to challenge the use of any evidence obtained through the improper search. People often feel the urge to comply with the police, or think that they cannot say “no”. If the police are asking, you should politely refuse.
I have been issued traffic citations, some of which indicate payable fines. Should I pay them?Not until you have spoken with an attorney to determine your rights and obligations. While there is often a benefit to paying the fine and eliminating the citation, there may be other consequences which affect the non-payable citations. The attorneys at Poole & Kane, P.A. can help you determine whether paying the fines ahead of time is in your best interests.
I have been arrested, but the State has not charged me with a crime yet. What should I do?You should think about speaking with an attorney. Often times, an attorney can establish a dialogue with the prosecutor early in the process and convince them not to file some or all of the choices. Once charges have been filed, your position will change and it becomes more difficult to get them dismissed. The attorneys at Poole & Kane, P.A. have the knowledge and experience to communicate directly with prosecutor on your behalf and negotiate a favorable outcome.
I was stopped for DUI/DWI and the police took my driver’s license. What happens now?In most cases, the police will issue a temporary license, good for 45 days, pending a notice of suspension from the MVA. On the back of your temporary license, there is a form which can be submitted to request a hearing on the proposed suspension of your driver’s license. To request an appeal, you must send in the form with the appeal fee within the time indicated, otherwise you risk having your license and driving privileges suspended. We can help you request the appeal as well prepare and represent you at the hearing to protect your driving privileges.
Should I talk to others about my criminal case?Absolutely not. The State can call anyone you talk to as witnesses to testify against you at trial. While they may be your friend or relative, your conversations about your criminal case can be used against you.
If I want Poole & Kane, P.A. to represent me, how do I retain the firm?In most criminal cases, we charge a flat fee which is paid up front, prior to entering into the representation. The amount of the fee is determined on an individual case basis, considering the type of matter (felony or misdemeanor), the time and work required and the resources necessary to effectively represent you. We offer a variety of options for payment, which we can discuss at the time of your consultation.