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W i l l i a m L. W e l c h, III
5305 Village Center Drive, Suite 142
Columbia, Maryland 21044
Telephone: (410) 615-7186
Facsimile: (410) 649-5217

E-Mail:  wlw@wwelchattorney.com

Defense Counsel

.....As your attorney in a criminal case, I meet with you, obtain discovery for you, evaluate the evidence, confirm the law, and develop a strategy for your goals. After I gather as much information as I can about your case,  I advise you about how the evidence and the law affect you. I help you identify risks and evaluate your options.  I provide you with my professional opinion about achieving success in trial and about the fairness of any offer to settle without trial.  Even if you do not agree with my recommendation, I respect your decision.  Only you can decide what risks and consequences you can tolerate. 

.....If you go to trial, I participate in the voir dire of jurors, cross-examine the prosecution's witnesses, object to inadmissible evidence, and challenge the prosecution's case all on your behalf. If you have a co-defendant, who has witnesses, I cross-examine them too. When you have to decide whether to testify and present evidence, I advise you.

.....If you have a disposition hearing, I confirm your sentencing guidelines, cross-examine the prosecution's witnesses, object to inadmissible evidence, and challenge the prosecution's recommendation. I present mitigation, and I make a recommendation to the court for you. When you have to decide whether to speak in allocution, I advise you.

.....While no lawyer can guarantee the result in a case, I do my best to protect you, your relationships, and your career. I am careful and thougtful for you, because these may be your most difficult challenges when you are the defendant in a criminal case. I understand how courts and lawyers work, and I have had success.

.....Keep in mind that I will need time to prepare your case, which involves meeting with you, reading the prosecution's disclosure, investigating the facts, researching the law, and developing a strategy for each part of your case. Remember that the opportunity to consult with a lawyer does not mean that you have unlimited time. If I have to ask the court for additional time to prepare your case, the court may deny the request, if the court finds that you have had sufficient time already. Sometimes courts deny postponements, even though you have just retained counsel, who has had no opportunity to prepare. In addition, over time witnesses, who are necessary for you, can become unavailable, or their memories can fade. Records, that are essential for you, can be lost or destroyed. If you wait to seek counsel, you will prevent me from doing all that I can do for 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.

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Last revised: November 13, 2018

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