Lawyer Serving Ellicott City in Criminal Defense
Protecting the Rights of Clients in Maryland
Have you been arrested or accused of committing a crime in Maryland? Whatever it is you are facing, you will be better off facing that challenge with an experienced lawyer by your side. At Robert N. Keehner, Attorney at Law, our Ellicott City attorney has over three decades of legal experience as both a criminal prosecutor and defense lawyer, and has earned a reputation for achieving optimal results for clients. We want to protect your rights and help you gain opportunities to better your life for a prosperous future.
Criminal Defense Services
Robert N. Keehner strives to take negative situations and turn them into positive outcomes for all of his clients through thoughtful and tenacious case preparation and tough trial skills.
He has over 35 years of experience working on cases just like yours, and can provide counsel in all types of criminal cases, including the following areas:
- Assault and battery
- Domestic violence
- Drug crimes
- Juvenile crimes
- Theft crimes
- Traffic tickets
Our attorney is known for putting in the time and work needed to produce successful results. If you work with our team, you can trust us to treat your case as if it were going to trial tomorrow.
Criminal Law FAQs
The criminal justice system can be complicated to navigate, and we understand that you may have many questions regarding your case. We don’t just put in the work – we also educate our clients to help them become more familiar with the legal process and less intimidated.
Should I talk to the police?
If you’ve been arrested, it is in your best interests to avoid making a statement of any kind. Police may also ask you to come into the station to make a statement or sign something. Before you do anything, you need to hire a criminal defense attorney who can intercede on your behalf. Our attorney has over 35 years of experience and knows exactly how to prevent you from disclosing anything that may be used against you at trial.
What’s the difference between a misdemeanor and felony?
A misdemeanor is generally a less serious crime that typically involves less jail time or probationary punishments, and smaller fines, while felonies are serious and can result in long prison sentences, hefty fines, and permanent losses. Common misdemeanors include, among others, DUI and DWI, petty theft, public intoxication, vandalism, and reckless driving. Examples of felonies, on the other hand, include crimes such as murder, arson, burglary, sex offenses, manslaughter, and vehicular homicide.
Why do I need to hire an attorney?
The average American is unaware of their basic civil rights, is unfamiliar with the court system, and should not take on the federal government or state of Maryland by themselves. You need a seasoned attorney by your side to help you level the playing field. Our attorney has gone through the process you’re about to go through countless times and knows what to expect.
Should I tell my lawyer the truth, even if I may be guilty?
Yes. Your lawyer needs to know every single detail of your case in order to strategize a strong defense. Unless they tell you otherwise, it is best practice to be honest with your lawyer. It is also recommended to be honest while on the stand, as you could be charged with perjury if you are found to be lying, and your credibility as a witness can be discredited immediately.