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Ocean City, MD Criminal Defense Lawyer

A Former Prosecutor With A Unique Background Unparalleled In The Legal Field

Navigating the criminal justice system can seem frightening and overwhelming. However, with a seasoned attorney like Julie M. Guyer, you need not fret. Attorney Guyer has over 30 years of experience in criminal law, vigorously defending clients against various criminal charges, from drug offenses to gun and violent offenses. 

  • Drug Crimes: This refers to offenses involving the illegal possession, use, sale, or distribution of substances classified as having a potential for abuse, such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamines.
  • Drug DUI: This is a charge for driving under the influence of drugs. It involves operating a vehicle while impaired by illegal drugs or prescription medications.
  • Felony DUI: This is a more severe form of DUI that usually involves repeat offenses, causing bodily harm or death because of drunk driving. The penalties are significantly harsher than a regular DUI.
  • Gun Crimes: These are crimes involving the illegal possession, use, sale, or distribution of firearms. This can include carrying a firearm without a permit, using a firearm in the commission of a crime, or unlawful sale or distribution of firearms.
  • Multiple DUI: This term refers to being charged with DUI multiple times. Repeat offenders often face stiffer penalties, including longer jail sentences, larger fines, and more stringent probation terms.
  • Underage DUI: This charge is applied when a person under the legal drinking age of 21 is found driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Penalties can include license suspension, fines, probation, and even jail time.
  • Violent Crimes: Violent crimes involve force or threat of force against another person. They can range from assault, robbery, and rape to homicide. Penalties vary widely depending on the severity of the crime and the harm caused to the victim.

She brings a unique perspective to her defense strategies as a former prosecutor and state trooper. Moreover, her strong ties with local judges and state offices make her a respected figure in the legal community.


Do You Know When Gun Usage Becomes a Crime? 

Gun crimes are treated as serious offenses in Ocean City, Maryland. They encompass a broad range of illegal activities involving firearms and other dangerous weapons. Maryland has strict laws and penalties in place to deter these crimes and protect its citizens.

  • Carrying a Handgun Without a Legal Permit: In Ocean City, it is illegal to carry a handgun, openly or concealed, without the appropriate legal permit. Violating this law can result in severe penalties, including imprisonment and hefty fines.
  • Carrying a Dangerous Weapon Without a Permit or Reasonable Authorization involves carrying any weapon that could cause harm without legal authorization or a valid reason. Such weapons might include knives, brass knuckles, or switchblades.
  • Possessing Banned Weapons: Certain weapons are outright banned in Maryland. Owning, selling, or using such weapons can lead to criminal charges.
  • Possessing a Deadly Weapon on School Grounds: It's a serious crime to bring a deadly weapon onto school property in Ocean City. This includes not only firearms but any device that can cause significant harm or death.
  • Using a Gun While Committing a Violent Crime or Felony: If a firearm is used in the commission of a violent crime or felony, the penalties can be significantly increased. This applies even if the gun was not fired during the incident.
  • Possessing a Firearm as a Felon: Convicted felons are prohibited from owning or possessing firearms in Maryland. Violating this law is a serious offense and can result in additional felony charges.

Understanding these laws and the potential penalties associated with gun crimes is crucial for all residents and visitors in Ocean City, MD. If you find yourself facing such charges, it is advisable to seek legal counsel promptly.

Protect your future with Julie M. Guyer, Attorney at Law. Contact her online or call (410) 834-0373 for a free consultation to discuss your legal options today.

Understanding Maryland Drug Possession and Distribution Laws

In Ocean City, Maryland, as in the rest of the state, the possession, acquisition, or distribution of prohibited controlled substances is considered a criminal act. The substances deemed illegal are categorized into five schedules based on their perceived risk and potential for abuse.

Schedule I encompasses substances considered to have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. This category includes drugs such as heroin, marijuana, LSD, ecstasy, and peyote.

Schedule II substances also have a high potential for abuse but may have some accepted medical uses with severe restrictions. These include cocaine, methamphetamines, oxycodone, Vicodin, painkillers like morphine, and stimulants such as Adderall and opium.

Schedule III drugs have a lower potential for abuse than Schedule I and II substances and have accepted medical uses. Narcotics, codeine, anabolic steroids, and ketamine fall under this category.

Schedule IV drugs have a low potential for abuse compared to Schedule III substances and are commonly prescribed for medical purposes. Anti-anxiety medications like Xanax and Valium, sedatives like Ambien, and epilepsy medications like Ativan are examples.

Schedule V drugs have the lowest potential for abuse. These include cough suppressants with small amounts of codeine, like Robitussin, and certain pain medications.

The penalties for drug offenses in Ocean City, MD, can significantly escalate if the crime involves the sale, distribution, or manufacture of these substances rather than personal possession. Sentences are determined based on the quantity and type of drug involved. The sale or distribution of a narcotic drug could lead to a punishment of 20 years in prison and a fine of $25,000. For second or subsequent offenses, the fine can increase to $100,000. It's crucial to understand these laws to prevent inadvertently violating them.

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Violent Crimes in Ocean City, MD: Assault, Murder, and Manslaughter

Violent crimes, particularly assault, murder, and manslaughter, are treated with utmost severity in Ocean City, Maryland. The state's legal system imposes substantial penalties for these offenses to deter such violent acts and maintain public safety.

  • Assault: Also known as battery, assault involves intentional harmful or offensive contact with another individual. Conviction can result in up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
  • Felony Assault: If the assault is committed against certain protected individuals like police officers, correctional officers, parole agents, firefighters, or other first responders, it's classified as felony assault. This crime carries even sterner penalties, including up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
  • Murder and Manslaughter: These are among the most serious offenses under Maryland law. Murder involves the intentional killing of another person, while manslaughter refers to unintentional killing. Both crimes carry severe penalties, including lengthy prison sentences and substantial fines.

Being charged with a violent crime can be an overwhelming experience, leading to fear and stress. However, remember that there is always hope. With the support of an experienced defense attorney like Julie M. Guyer, you can navigate the demanding criminal justice system effectively. Attorney Guyer is a devoted and relentless advocate who strives to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients. Don't face your legal battle alone; let Attorney Guyer champion your defense today.

Protect your future with Julie M. Guyer, Attorney at Law. Contact her online or call (410) 834-0373 for a free consultation to discuss your legal options today.

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