The firm of Goldstein and Stamm, P.A. prides itself on its tireless efforts on behalf of its clients, aggressive courtroom style, and thorough knowledge of complex areas of the law.
Leonard R. Stamm is a criminal defense lawyer with 30 years of experience dedicated to zealously representing clients charged with drunk driving, driving under the influence (DUI), driving while impaired (DWI), and other criminal and vehicular offenses in state and federal district, circuit, and appellate courts throughout the state of Maryland. He understands the profound effects that can result from criminal or traffic convictions (or even from probation before judgments) and works aggressively in an effort to get the best possible outcome on behalf of all the firm's clients.
For many of our clients this is their first encounter with the police and the court system. We are committed to being by your side through the whole process to help protect your rights while ensuring that you understand what is happening both in court and at the motor vehicle administration.
Mr. Stamm is nationally and locally recognized authority in the area of drunk driving defense and Motor Vehicle Administration hearings. He literally wrote the authoritative book on drunk driving in Maryland, Maryland DUI Law, published by West-Thomson-Reuters. He is currently the Dean of the National College for DUI Defense, a national organization with over 1800 lawyers, (click here to read and watch a video of his Dean's Address) as well as a nationally recognized speaker on DUI defense issues. Leonard R. Stamm has also been given Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV-Preeminent. He is recognized as a Super Lawyer, a Best Lawyer, and has been rated "10-Superb" by Avvo. Best Lawyer awarded Stamm "Lawyer of the Year" for 2015 in the area of DUI/DWI defense in the Washington, D.C. area.
Drunk driving defense is one of the most complex areas of law, requiring extensive experience and expertise. The lawyer must carefully review all aspects of the State's case, from the basis for the stop, the officer's decision to require the driver to exit the car to perform standardized field sobriety tests, the administration and interpretation of standardized field sobriety tests, the advice of penalties for failing or refusing a chemical breath or blood test, and the administration of the test itself. Many drivers have medical conditions that may mimic some of the signs and symptoms of impaired driving. It is possible to produce medical records showing that even before the arrest that the defendant suffered from a condition that the officer may have mistaken as indicating impairment.
Before the initial consultation with a lawyer, clients may be sent extensive questionnaires to enable to lawyer to properly assess the case. At the consultation, the lawyer will review the events in detail, to determine the likely defenses at the MVA and in court. It is important to act quickly after an arrest, because if the driver wishes to contest a proposed suspension by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration for failing or refusing a breath test, a hearing request must be mailed with the required $150 fee, within 30 days from the arrest.
It is unusual to see a drunk driving case where there is not some defense available to beat or reduce the charges. In most DUI cases, prosecutors offer plea deals that are no better than what would happen after losing a trial. So there is usually little downside to fighting the DUI/DWI case in court and at the MVA.
The firm also has extensive experience dealing with cases involving automobile manslaughter and vehicular homicide, hit and run, fleeing and eluding, speeding, and provisional driver license cases. Goldstein & Stamm, P.A. also represents clients charged with criminal misdemeanors and felonies, violation of probation, University of Maryland student misconduct, cases in juvenile court, expungements, and appeals.
The firm represents individuals charged with crimes and traffic offenses throughout the State of Maryland, including Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County and the surrounding areas. Additionally the firm handles federal cases in Greenbelt, Baltimore, Fort Meade, Andrews Air Force Base, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, and Fort Detrick.
If you have been charged with drunk driving or other crime it is important to promptly consult with an attorney to review all the defenses available to you, answer all of your questions, and help guide you through the process. For a FREE consultation with Leonard R. Stamm please call 301-345-0122
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