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Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense Mission Statement

Dealing with criminal charges is a frightening experience. The legal system is complex and confusing and one should never face a criminal charge without an experienced criminal lawyer to protect their rights. At Francomano & Francomano, we know criminal law and will aggressively fight for you at trial. We afford extensive trial experience, exceptional legal knowledge, and the ability to represent defendants in all areas of criminal defense. The focus of Francomano & Francomano is to provide outstanding legal counsel for persons accused of committing crimes at the State and Federal Level. The firm carefully and thoroughly prepares each case for the defense, no matter how serious the charges. In many criminal cases, it requires an aggressive approach in order to increase the possibility of a better outcome.

Contact a Qualified Criminal Defense Attorney

When facing the prospects of jail or prison, you should never be without a lawyer. You may have been taken to jail, posted bond and now must follow all of the guidelines that the State has put in place until your trial. Hiring a criminal defense attorney is important to challenge the State. Whether guilty as charged or wrongly accused, having an attorney is essential to protect your rights, fight for your freedom and advise you throughout the entire process. When you are charged with a crime, you may feel that you are presumed guilty. Remember, in the eyes of the law no one is presumed guilty, you are presumed not guilty. This is a strong presumption that remains with you unless the State can prove you are guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt".

Reasonable Doubt

A reasonable doubt is a doubt founded upon reason. Proof beyond a reasonable doubt requires such proof as would convince you of the truth of a fact to the extent that you would be willing to act upon such belief without reservation in an important matter in your own business or personal affairs. However, if you are not satisfied of the defendant's guilt to that extent, then reasonable doubt exists and the defendant must be found not guilty. Maryland Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions, General Instructions 2:02 (2013)

The State has to prove that you are guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt". At Francomano & Francomano we will leave no stone unturned to convince a jury that there is doubt of your guilt.

Constitutional Challenges

Identifying the potential constitutional challenges, the factual issues and all possible defenses in a case is one of the first essential steps in defending a criminal case. A criminal defense attorney can raise Constitutional challenges, such illegal search and seizure, illegal statements, illegal identifications and all other constitutional challenges. Sometimes it is necessary to hire experts to educate the prosecution and the jury. Sometimes it is in your best interest to resolve the case without a trial depending on the evidence the State has against you. Often times the State has weaknesses in their case and an experience criminal defense attorney can explain reasons why a case should be dismissed or a better disposition should be offered. When facing the prospects of jail, home detention, probation, community work service or any other restriction on your freedom that the State asks for, you should never stand alone. J.R. Francomano has handled thousands of cases involving misdemeanors and felonies in State Courts.

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney Prior to Questioning

When you have been arrested and charged with a crime, whether a first DUI offense or a serious felony charge, one rule holds true: do not discuss your case or answer questions until you have legal representation. In order to defend your case, you need legal counsel to advise you of your rights and how to proceed in answering questions by law enforcement. Fast action by a criminal defense lawyer from Francomano & Francomano can make the crucial difference in any criminal charge. The legal team is ready to move and take the critical defense actions that may change the outcome of your case for the better.


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