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William L. Welch, III Attorney
William Welch

111 South Calvert Street, Suite 2700
Baltimore MD 21202
(410) 385-5630

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W i l l i a m L. W e l c h, III
Attorney
111 South Calvert Street, Suite 2700
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Telephone: (410) 385-5630
Facsimile: (866) 875-3758

Advice Based on Experience from Someone Whom You Can Trust

.....As a defendant, a witness, or a person, who believes that you are going to be arrested or summoned, you need wise advice about what to do and what not to do.

.....What should you expect, if...

 

.....As a person troubled by an old case, you need counsel from someone who knows what can be done.

.....What if you have a case on your record, even though...

 

.....As a person troubled by detention, you need guidance from someone who knows about the law.

.....What if someone you care about is held wrongly?

 

.....The pages and links on this web site are provided as a public service and on an informational basis only.  They do not provide a comprehensive statement of the law, and no one should rely on these materials as legal advice.  If you have a legal problem or question, you should consult with an attorney, who can investigate the particular circumstances of your situation.  Although I answer all e-mail and telephone calls, this does not constitute legal representation.  I am not your lawyer, until we make an agreement and I receive my fee.  In order to protect your confidentiality, please call to discuss your concerns.  E-mail is not a confidential means of communication, because it can be intercepted by anyone.    The initial consultation is free.

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Last revised: August 17, 2009

Copyright William L. Welch, III, 2006 - 2009.  All rights reserved.

Why Have Counsel?

Why Have Counsel?

.....Going to court, getting arrested, and answering questions makes people feel uncomfortable at best and frightened at worst, especially if you have not done anything wrong. You think about what may happen to you. Will you lose your home, your family, and your friends? Will you lose your license, your job, or your career? You need to be careful and thougtful more than anything, just when these are the hardest things to do. You need the calm voice of reason and "grace under fire."

.....Your lawyer will evaluate the evidence and research the law for you. He or she will advise you about how the evidence and the law affect you. Lawyers have been trained how to research the law such as Maryland's code, regulations, sentencing guidelines, various court opinions, and rules. In addition, the federal government has its own code, regulations, the sentencing guidelines, court opinions, and rules. People, who are not lawyers, can find it difficult to find the law applicable to their cases. People also do not realize that words' legal meanings are often different than their ordinary meanings. A lawyer can provide you with an accurate meaning of the law.

.....Other people, including other parties’ lawyers, investigators, and law enforcement officials, may tell you what is in their best interest in order to get what they want from you.  Courts have ruled that while law enforcement officials may not threaten you, they may mislead you and lie to you in order to get you to speak with them.  What you say may be misused by other people to hurt you.

.....Courts and lawyers sometimes work in ways that are not familiar to people, who are not lawyers. An unrepresented person can be at a disadvantage.

.....What can counsel do for you, if...

.... .....you are a defendant in a criminal case?

.... .....you are a witness?

.... .....you believe that a summons is coming?

.... .....you have an arrest warrant?

.... .....you believe that the police or government agents will try to question you?

.... .....you seek an expungement?

.... .....you were treated unfairly, when you were found guilty?

.... .....you seek release from illegal detention?

 

.....The pages and links on this web site are provided as a public service and on an informational basis only.  They do not provide a comprehensive statement of the law, and no one should rely on these materials as legal advice.  If you have a legal problem or question, you should consult with an attorney, who can investigate the particular circumstances of your situation.  Although I answer all e-mail and telephone calls, this does not constitute legal representation.  I am not your lawyer, until we make an agreement and I receive my fee.  In order to protect your confidentiality, please call to discuss your concerns.  E-mail is not a confidential means of communication, because it can be intercepted by anyone.    The initial consultation is free.

What to Expect of Counsel

What to Expect of Counsel

.....A lawyer should have experience in the area of the law that you need. Before you retain the lawyer, you should understand what your case involves, what the lawyer can do, and how much it will cost. I offer a free initial consultation for this purpose and to answer your questions. You should also understand your chances of success and remember that no lawyer can guarantee a particular result.

.....After you retain a lawyer, your lawyer should continue to answer your questions. Keep in mind that the investigation and research that your lawyer does in preparation of your case after you retain him or her will be more extensive than what would be done for the initial consultation. Circumstances can change during the course of a case. You may learn something, or you may change your mind about something. Any of these things may also change your lawyer's advice and affect your chances. Your lawyer should keep you informed about developments in your case, and you should keep your lawyer informed too.

.....Remember that to achieve the best possible representation, you should be honest about your case and what you would like to do. As long as you do not disclose to anyone else what you tell your lawyer, it remains confidential. You must be willing to cooperate with your attorney fully and to provide the attorney all the information that your attorney needs to give you wise advice. Likewise, after you receive your lawyer's advice about things such as whether a plea offer is fair, whether to go to trial, and whether to testify, your lawyer should respect your decision, even if you disagree with his or her advice. Only you can decide what risks and consequences are acceptable to you.

 

.....The pages and links on this web site are provided as a public service and on an informational basis only.  They do not provide a comprehensive statement of the law, and no one should rely on these materials as legal advice.  If you have a legal problem or question, you should consult with an attorney, who can investigate the particular circumstances of your situation.  Although I answer all e-mail and telephone calls, this does not constitute legal representation.  I am not your lawyer, until we make an agreement and I receive my fee.  In order to protect your confidentiality, please call to discuss your concerns.  E-mail is not a confidential means of communication, because it can be intercepted by anyone.    The initial consultation is free.

Experience

 

.....Mr. Welch has represented defendants in many criminal jury trials, and the charges have involved serious traffic (such as driving on a suspended license and driving while intoxicated), possession of narcotics, illegal weapons, simple assault, fraud, drug distribution, conspiracy, serious assault, rape, and murder.  This list provides some, but not all, of the kinds of charges that Mr. Welch has handled for clients.  For more than seven years he worked at the Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore, Maryland.  He has represented juveniles and adults.  He graduated from New England School of Law and attended the National Criminal Defense College.  Mr. Welch’s bar memberships include Maryland, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia.  He has been an attorney since 1993.

 

.....The pages and links on this web site are provided as a public service and on an informational basis only.  They do not provide a comprehensive statement of the law, and no one should rely on these materials as legal advice.  If you have a legal problem or question, you should consult with an attorney, who can investigate the particular circumstances of your situation.  Although I answer all e-mail and telephone calls, this does not constitute legal representation.  I am not your lawyer, until we make an agreement and I receive my fee.  In order to protect your confidentiality, please call to discuss your concerns.  E-mail is not a confidential means of communication, because it can be intercepted by anyone.    The initial consultation is free.

Successes

Successes

.....In State v. Duppins Mr. Welch won a complete acquittal for a fourteen year old boy who was facing charges related to attempted first degree murder.  The child avoided a possible life sentence.

.....State v. McCullogh involved the defense of a sixteen year old African American youth accused of raping a white girl. Despite a fifty page "confession" and alleged physical evidence of force, Mr. Welch persuaded the jury to acquit of all charges. The child avoided a possible thirty year sentence. Through careful cross-examination Mr. Welch exposed the accuser's belief that if she did not accuse the defendant, she may have faced a rape charge herself, because she was an adult, the defendant was a minor, and other people knew that they had sex.

.....In State v. Conner Mr. Welch won a complete acquittal of felony narcotics and conspiracy charges for an elderly and diabetic client.  Mr. Conner avoided a possible forty year sentence.

.....State v. Edwards resulted in a complete acquittal of charges in a first degree murder case, and State v. Hudgins resulted in a complete acquittal of charges in an attempted first degree murder case.  Both clients avoided possible life sentences.

.....In State v. Elem Mr. Welch persuaded the court to dismiss attempted first degree murder and attempted second degree murder charges.  As a result Mr. Elem avoided a possible life sentence.  Mr. Welch then persuaded the jury to dismiss a first degree assault charge.

.....In State v. Lewis Mr. Welch persuaded the jury to acquit of five charges that each carried a life sentence.

.....In State v. Lowery Mr. Welch pursued a commitment for inpatient drug treatment for a mother who had been addicted to drugs for much of her life.  As a result Ms. Lowery avoided a lengthy prison sentence that would have been without the possibility of parole.

.....As a result of Mr. Welch’s cross-examination of a police detective regarding preparation of a search warrant, the jury could not reach a verdict in State v. Carter.  The court declared a mistrial, and Mr. Welch negotiated a reduction of the charges and a sentence of six years.  As a result Mr. Carter avoided seventy years in prison.

.....The state sought two attempted first degree murder convictions in State v. McBride, and Mr. McBride faced two life sentences plus forty years.  Mr. Welch persuaded the jury to dismiss all of the murder, first degree assault, and handgun charges.  The jury found Mr. McBride guilty of second degree assault.  Mr. Welch then persuaded the court to impose seven years instead of the twenty that it could have.

.....Mr. Welch has had similar successes in misdemeanor jury trials.  State v. Griffin involved his advocacy for a client who faced a simple assault charge.  The case resulted in a hung jury and an offer by the state to enter stet.  In State v. Douglas his advocacy in a drug possession case resulted in a hung jury, and the state reduced its plea offer from jail to a suspended sentence.

.....Mr. Welch won complete acquittals in State v. Woodard which involved a simple assault and State v. Clifton which involved possession of heroin.

.....These are only some of the many jury trials in which he has been defense counsel.  He has also successfully represented many clients in bench trials and in juvenile court.  These cases all involved their own specific facts.  No attorney can guarantee the outcome in a case.

 

.....The pages and links on this web site are provided as a public service and on an informational basis only.  They do not provide a comprehensive statement of the law, and no one should rely on these materials as legal advice.  If you have a legal problem or question, you should consult with an attorney, who can investigate the particular circumstances of your situation.  Although I answer all e-mail and telephone calls, this does not constitute legal representation.  I am not your lawyer, until we make an agreement and I receive my fee.  In order to protect your confidentiality, please call to discuss your concerns.  E-mail is not a confidential means of communication, because it can be intercepted by anyone.    The initial consultation is free.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why have I been accused, if I have not done anything wrong?

You control whether you will violate the law, but you do not control whether you will be accused of violating the law.

What is going to happen?

Many people fear the consequences of their cases. Going to court, getting arrested, and answering questions makes people feel uncomfortable at best and frightened at worst, especially if you have not done anything wrong. You think about what may happen to you. Will you lose your home, your family, and your friends? Will you lose your license, your job, or your career? Your lawyer can help you understand the possible consequences, explain what you can do to protect yourself, and advocate for you.

What if I do not want to go to trial?

Even if you do not want your case to go to trial, an attorney can help you understand whether an offer to settle your case is fair.

Will I be fine, if I am honest and cooperative with people?

Other people, including other parties’ lawyers, investigators, and law enforcement officials, may tell you what is in their best interest in order to get what they want from you.  Courts have ruled that while law enforcement officials may not threaten you, they may mislead you and lie to you in order to get you to speak with them.  What you say may be misused by other people to hurt you.

What do I do if people keep trying to get me to speak with them?

You do not have to talk to anyone.  Lawyers may not speak directly to you when you have a lawyer of your own.  Law enforcement officials must stop questioning you, when you say "I want a lawyer, and I do not want to answer any questions."  Your lawyer is the only one who will protect your best interest.  The law recognizes that you do not have to talk to anyone, and it recognizes that you can speak privately with a lawyer. 

.....The pages and links on this web site are provided as a public service and on an informational basis only.  They do not provide a comprehensive statement of the law, and no one should rely on these materials as legal advice.  If you have a legal problem or question, you should consult with an attorney, who can investigate the particular circumstances of your situation.  Although I answer all e-mail and telephone calls, this does not constitute legal representation.  I am not your lawyer, until we make an agreement and I receive my fee.  In order to protect your confidentiality, please call to discuss your concerns.  E-mail is not a confidential means of communication, because it can be intercepted by anyone.    The initial consultation is free.


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