Criminal Defense

Protect your rights from distressing charges

One of the most frightening experiences you may ever face is to find yourself charged with a criminal offense. You never know the real significance of losing your liberty to a jail term until the possibility becomes a part of your life. Convictions remain on your records for a lifetime.

At the Law Offices of Maria K. Caruso., we take charge of the situation with experience and skill in DUI, assault, theft, white-collar crimes, and all types of cases from minor traffic offenses to the most serious of crimes. Maria Caruso offers you a wealth of experience with 20 years of criminal defense practice. She offers you extensive pre-trial and trial excellence with numerous dismissals and favorable verdicts.

White-collar crime

Few things in life embarrass and frustrate more than accusations of fraud or embezzlement. Such accusations will greatly affect your career, reputation and future. These cases can be complex and have devastating effects. It is imperative that you obtain knowledgeable, competent legal counsel. Count on us to deal with those complex issues and deliver legal relief for your white-collar criminal charge. Please be certain to get our advice before you answer any investigator's questions. Let our experience and skill turn the process of investigation to your advantage.

Criminal law

Criminal law governs person-to-government relationships. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Immigration, state police, or local law enforcement officers may file criminal charges when someone violates a criminal law established by the United States, individual states, cities, or local municipalities.

The federal and state criminal codes contain rights for individuals accused of committing crimes. We protect yours in the following legal situations:

  1. Arrest

  2. Arraignment

  3. Grand juries, pleas

  4. Discovery

  5. Pre-trial hearings

  6. Trials

  7. Jury Selection

  8. Evidence

  9. Motions

  10. Post-trial remedies

As soon as you are accused or charged with a criminal act, remember to protect your rights and contact us. Assert your right to remain silent until your meet with someone at the Law Offices of Maria K. Caruso.

Some crimes are felonies. Others are misdemeanors. A felony is a federal crime for which the punishment may be death or imprisonment for more than a year. A misdemeanor is a less serious crime punishable by a fine and by a shorter term of incarceration. Whether you have been accused of a felony or a misdemeanor, we are ready to represent you, to defend you, to protect your rights and liberty.


Driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), operating under the influence (OUI) —no matter how it's referred to or charged, these all carry significant consequences, from extensive points on your license, to greatly increasing car insurance rates, to jail time. You cannot afford to have these matters handled inappropriately. Maria Caruso has handled hundreds if not thousands of DWI cases and you can be assured that your matter would be handled with great attention and diligence.


You can find yourself charged with assault even if you have not had physical contact with the person who filed the charge. Saying or doing anything that places someone in fear of physical harm is an assault. Assault can be charged in various degrees of seriousness; however, even a misdemeanor assault carries a punishment in Maryland of up to ten years in jail. Therefore, it is imperative that you consult experienced attorneys for clarity and a comprehensive defense against such charges.


The law considers anything with a value under $500 as a misdemeanor theft. Felony theft is the taking of another's property over $500.

If you find yourself charged with theft, speak to us at the Law Offices of Maria K. Caruso. before you answer any questions. Let us protect your rights.

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