RaquinMercer—Best Defense Attorneys in Maryland, DC & More
Providing Excellent Law Services to Rockville, Potomac, Silver Spring & Beyond
Isabelle Raquin and Steve Mercer share a life-long commitment to securing freedom for wrongfully charged and convicted people. Isabelle and Steve share the same passion for criminal defense work. They enjoy the fight inherent to criminal cases and love to challenge every aspect of their clients’ cases, every step of the way. They thrive on the complexity of cases involving forensic science. No case, no science is too difficult for them to comprehend or too hard to contest. Their ethic is to litigate to win. Their ambition is to be a leader in the field of criminal defense work and forensic science. Isabelle and Steve compete together to achieve the best outcome for their clients. They use a collective and collaborative approach, work on cases together, and always consult each other. Clients in our firm are our clients.
What Our Clients Say About Us
Individual Talents, Collective Ambition, Competing Together
To our current and former clients: we thank you sincerely for your trust and patronage. To our future clients: we look forward to working with you.
Isabelle Raquin Testimonial from Joe
Because of Mrs. Raquin extensive experience dealing with criminal cases, she was able to assess my situation with close detail, look at the facts, and the law as it applied to my charges, and pay personal attention to my concerns regarding the outcome of the case…
ArraignmentAfter you’re arrested, booked, and charges are brought against you, your charges are read in court and you’ll be asked how you plead: either guilty, not guilty, or “nolo contendere.” Your lawyer will counsel you on how to plead and will protect your rights when release conditions are set.
Preliminary Hearing(aka Probable Cause Hearing)
The hearing’s purpose is to test the sufficiency of evidence to determine whether the case merits continued action for the charge(s).
Pre-Trial MotionsAfter the preliminary hearing, but before the trial, the prosecutor and the defense team appear before a criminal court judge and make pre-trial motions. Your lawyer can file motions to suppress evidence, change release conditions, seek to have evidence excluded, and more.
Plea DealsA plea deal, or plea bargain, is an agreement between a defendant and a prosecutor, in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty or “nolo contendere” in exchange for an agreement by the prosecutor to drop on or more charges, reduce a charge, or recommend a specific sentence to the judge.
The TrialIf the case is not dismissed or a plea deal isn’t reached, then your case will be set for trial.