What Do Criminal Defense Attorneys Do?

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It is the job of criminal defense attorneys to represent those charged with crimes in court. Crimes can range in severity from a misdemeanor to a felony. Punishment can range from a minor fine or community service to years in prison or even death. Representation during criminal proceedings is critical for those charged with committing a crime. In fact, the U.S. Constitution promises that all citizens charged with a crime will be provided representation.

If you’re looking to retain the services of a criminal law lawyer, call RaquinMercer. Our clients receive attention, communication, care, and respect. Because we believe successful outcomes for our clients go beyond the legal issues, we get to know our clients, their families, their hopes, and their fears. We build a professional relationship of trust that allows us to be effective and persuasive advocates for our clients, now and in the future.

To learn more about our post-conviction services, or to discuss a possible criminal defense case, contact us online or dial 301-880-9250 today!

Why Are Criminal Defense Attorneys Important?

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Criminal law is a complex and confusing mix of state and federal legislation. When you find yourself in need of a criminal defense lawyer, you could feel overwhelmed or intimidated. Although an individual has the right to represent themselves during criminal trial proceedings, the consequences of having poor legal representation can be severe. Misdemeanors, which are lesser crimes, might only entail a fine or a brief jail sentence, but felonies, which are more serious crimes, can lead to long prison terms. This is why it is so important to have someone knowledgeable about the law argue on your behalf.

Here at RaquinMercer, Isabelle Raquin and Steve Mercer are extremely experienced and well-versed in all things criminal defense. They thrive in the complexity of cases involving forensic science. No case, no science is too difficult for them to solve.

When you call RaquinMercer, you’re in good hands. Call us today at 301-880-9250 to discuss your criminal defense case. 

Pre-Trial & at Trial: How Our Criminal Defense Attorneys Fight for You


Criminal defense attorneys can assist clients throughout the criminal justice process, including pre-trial. Some people choose to retain a lawyer during the investigation period of a crime before they are even charged. This often happens if someone is a suspect and has reason to believe that he or she will soon be charged. In these instances, a criminal defense lawyer may help instruct the individual while being questioned by authorities to ensure the suspect doesn’t divulge any incriminating information.

A criminal defense attorney can also help convince a court to drop charges against you based on insufficient evidence or improper procedure. Criminal defense attorneys have a nuanced understanding of evidence and procedures as it is defined within your jurisdiction and may be able to present a challenge in court. If the attorney can show that there was no probable cause to investigate the alleged crime scene and make an arrest, charges against you may be dropped before a trial even begins.

Additionally, if you’re arrested for a crime, you may be detained pending trial. However, you usually can be released as long as you provide a certain amount of money called bail. Bail is intended to ensure you show up for trial. A criminal defense attorney can attempt to persuade the court to reduce your bail or waive it altogether.

If you know you will be found guilty of committing a crime, you may want to try to enter into a plea bargain with the prosecution. A plea bargain is a negotiated agreement to reduce charges to a lesser crime or reduce sentencing. Your attorney can represent you during plea negotiations to increase your chances of receiving a reduced punishment.

If you have questions about how our criminal defense attorneys in Rockville can help you pre-trial, contact us today

In Trial

During your trial, the criminal defense attorneys at RaquinMercer analyze your case and identify the strengths and weaknesses. From there, the defense strategy is created and collaborated on. Additionally, your defense attorney will be able to explain the pros and cons of pleading guilty, especially when a plea bargain is a possibility.

Your lawyer can also assist with the standard steps of a criminal trial, from jury selection to providing opening statements to questioning witnesses. Even if your trial does not go in your favor, our criminal defense attorneys can assist you with the appeals process.

Our criminal defense attorneys in Rockville are ready to go to work for you! Dial 301-880-9250 to get started discussing your case today. 

RaquinMercer—Rockville’s Best Criminal Defense Attorneys

Providing Expert Defense Strategies Throughout Baltimore, Rockville, DC & More

Isabelle Raquin and Steve Mercer share the same passion for criminal defense work. They enjoy the fight inherent in criminal cases and love to challenge every aspect of their clients’ cases, every step of the way. They thrive in the complexity of cases involving forensics 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 sciences. Isabelle and Steve compete together to achieve the best outcome for their clients.

Call 301-880-9250 today to schedule a consultation with RaquinMercer in Rockville, Baltimore, or DC!