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Maryland Criminal Lawyer

The Herbst Firm's criminal defense lawyers take pride in client centered representation. We believe that while skill and command of the courtroom make for a successful lawyer, they do not necessarily make for a complete lawyer. The Herbst Firm focuses not only on results but also on personal attention and compassion. It is our goal to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients and also to keep them informed every step of the way. If you want the services of a complete lawyer for your criminal or personal injury case contact the Herbst Firm for a free consultation at any time, 24 hours a day.

Relentless Criminal Defense.

Being charged with a crime can be one of the most stressful and frightening events that one can experience. It can feel like the whole world is turning against you, and not just the police and the prosecutors. Friends, and even family members can read a police report or hear about criminal charges and make assumptions about you. All defendants are presumed innocent under the law, but out in the community your reputation will suffer the minute you are arrested. This is exactly why you need to hire a Maryland criminal lawyer that will be completely devoted to fighting for your rights and for your freedom. The Herbst Firm will relentlessly work with passion and energy to resolve your criminal case and achieve the best possible outcome. The Herbst Firm will not settle your case unless you are completely satisfied, and our firm will never shy away from fighting your case at trial. Do not wait to hire a criminal defense lawyer! The early stages of a criminal investigation are a critical time for a defendant to have representation. Police and prosecutors often receive the majority of their evidence from the defendants themselves, and a lawyer can prevent this from happening, and assure that your rights will be protected.  Just because a suspect has the right to remain silent does not mean all law enforcement officers will take this right seriously.  Many police officers will make false promises and tell a suspect everything will turn out okay if there is cooperation, but this could not be further from the truth.  The minute a suspect begins talking the police are looking for a way to use the words against the suspect.  If you are arrested or being investigated say you want a lawyer and do not give in to the false promises of a police officer.  You can always go back and talk at a later date, but you'll do it with a lawyer in your corner protecting your rights.

The criminal defense division of the Herbst Firm handle cases in all Maryland jurisdictions including Baltimore, Anne Arundel County, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Howard County, Frederick County and the entire Eastern Shore.  We also handle Federal cases in the United States District Courts in Greenbelt and Baltimore City.  Benjamin Herbst, the Firm's lead criminal defense attorney has represented clients in numerous types of criminal cases including DWI and DUI, drug possession and distribution (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, prescription pills, etc.), theft, robbery, murder,  burglary, gun crimes, suspended license, disorderly conduct, assault, prostitution, and probation violations. We will aggressively represent defendants facing federal drug trafficking, conspiracy, extortion, and racketeering charges.  Benjamin is also an experienced juvenile crimes attorney, having dealt with numerous cases involving teenage defendants.  He handles juvenile cases from intakes hearings all the way up to trials at the various circuit courts around the state.  The laws in Maryland can be extremely tough for juvenile defendants that are charged with certain felonies such as robbery and first degree assault.  Even if the defendant is under the age of 18 he or she will be arrested and charged as an adult, and could face being detained at an adult jail.  Juvenile defendants that are in custody on adult charges are separated from the general population until their 18th birthday, but the conditions at these adult facilities can be harsh and demoralizing.  Minors do not receive suitable education and counseling while in jail, which makes it all the more important to retain an attorney that has experience filing additional bail reviews, juvenile transfer of custody motions and reverse waiver motions.

Benjamin will never take on a criminal case with the expectation that his client will simply plead guilty.  He will put in the work to make sure his clients receive the best possible outcome, even if this means taking the case before a jury.  Criminal trials are unpredictable, which makes it all the more important to have an attorney who has seen it all.  Benjamin has represented thousands of clients in criminal and traffic charges in dozens of different court houses, and there is no case too big or small.  He has also represented hundreds of clients facing violation of probation charges, and treats theses cases with the same care and effort as a new charge.  In the last couple of years there have been drastic changes in the laws regarding VOP cases and Benjamin knows how to use these changes to the advantage of his clients.  Some defendants believe the new law governing technical probation violations will apply to their cases, and assume that a lawyer will not be necessary but this can be a mistake.  Catching a new charge is not the only non-technical probation violation, as the law is more complex than many people realize.  Benjamin knows all the ins and outs of the new probation law under the Judicial Reinvestment Act (JRE) and can provide a free consultation anytime about this new law.

Benjamin Herbst also handles civil cases involving peace orders and protective orders.  While these cases are considered civil, they have potential consequences that are similar to criminal cases and therefore should be handled by a criminal defense lawyer.  If a person has a peace or protective order granted against him or her the case could become part of the permanent public record, which could be easily accessible by employers, schools and potential partners.  Additionally, violation of peace and protective orders could lead to new criminal charges that carry up to 1 year in jail.  Treat a peace or protective order case with the same type of caution that you would a new criminal charge, and never walk into court without representation.

If you have a new pending criminal, traffic or protective/peace order case, or even think you are being investigated for a crime there is no reason to try to go at it alone.  Additionally, if you have an outstanding arrest or bench warrant, even if it's many years old, there is no reason to sit back and wait to be arrested or to hope the police will forget about it.  Warrants do not do away on their own, and The Herbst Firm can help recall your warrant and close your case once and for all.  Call us today for a complete explanation about the process and what the likelihood is that you won't have to spend even an hour in jail.

Aggressive Injury Attorneys.

The Herbst Firm's personal injury attorneys also understand that being injured in a car accident, slip and fall, or other injury as a result of someone else’s negligence can be a traumatizing experience. Even if the pain of the actual injury wears off, the injured can be left unable to work, with medical bills piled high. We will fight relentlessly to try to restore our clients back to their lifestyle before the injury accident by not simply pushing your case to a quick settlement, but rather vigorously fighting the negligent party and the insurance companies for a just resolution.  Insurance companies claim to care about their customers with catchy heart felt slogans and high priced celebrity spokesmen, but when it comes time to pay the money that in injured person rightfully deserves the insurance companies run for the hills.  These billion dollar profit machines routinely try to take advantage of unrepresented injury victims by convincing them to give a statement and then offering low ball settlements.  It is so important not to wait to retain a personal injury lawyer if you have been injured in an accident. Waiting to hire a lawyer may negatively impact your civil case and can cost you thousands of dollars.  Benjamin Herbst will do whatever it takes to get his clients the compensation they deserve in any type of injury including slip and fall accidents at stores, hotels, movie theaters and malls.  He also handles all types of on the road accidents including pedestrian, truck, motorcycle and bicycle accidents, as well as defective products and medical malpractice.  Call or email Benjamin anytime for a no obligation consultation 7 days a week.

Maryland Accident Lawyer

Benjamin Herbst represents the injured in all jurisdictions throughout Maryland. In the course of his legal career Benjamin has tried over 70 jury trials, and he is never afraid to fight a case to the end. Insurance companies make billions of dollars each year by low-balling accident victims, refusing to pay their fair share of a claim, and routinely taking advantage of unrepresented victims. Benjamin will never allow insurance companies to take advantage of his clients, and will do whatever it takes to make them whole and then some. If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence call Benjamin anytime for a free no obligation consultation. He is available seven days a week to offer a free outline of all the necessary steps to assure maximum recovery, and is always willing to travel to meet at a convenient location.

In addition to refusing to take responsibility and offering low settlements, insurance companies will often give accident victims the run around and attempt to delay until they lose motivation. As an experienced and dedicated Maryland personal injury lawyer, Benjamin will not let this happen. He will hold the insurance company’s feet to the fire and make sure they know his clients will not be pushed around. At the same time, he will keep his clients updated every step of the way so they never feel left out in the dark. While some law offices just look at injury victims as dollar signs, Benjamin takes the time with each client to make sure the process is as stress free as possible. He never passes files off to less informed assistants and provides his cell phone number to all clients. Benjamin truly believes that a great personal injury lawyer must produce results and offer reassurance and guidance along the way, and he is committed to both for his clients in Maryland.

Maryland has some of the busiest highways in the country and in certain areas rush hour has become an all day affair. There are stretches of the Baltimore Beltway (695), Interstate 95, the BW Parkway (295) and the Capital Beltway (495) that are jam packed from sunrise to sunset, and everyone is in a hurry to get to where they’re going. Other highways such as Interstate 70 can become clogged near Ellicott City and Frederick and dangerous around Hagerstown and Cumberland, but it’s not just the highways that see the most accidents. Phone apps like Waze are increasing the traffic on side roads that used to be relatively empty, and are not safe enough to handle the additional vehicles. Combine this with the fact that too many drivers are preoccupied with things other than simply driving, and it’s no surprise why there are so many accidents. Whether it’s talking or texting on the phone, looking in the mirror, eating, glaring at other drivers or stopped vehicles or simply just day dreaming, drivers are simply not paying enough attention to the road. Lack of focus is one of the leading causes of car accidents and millions are injured each year due to this.

If you have been injured by one of the thousands of negligent drivers on the road in Maryland, you deserve a personal injury attorney who will fight to get you the full amount of compensation available. Our advice is to first seek immediate medical attention and then contact Benjamin to set up a free consultation. Do not give a statement to any insurance company or any other civilian without consulting a lawyer first.

Truck Accidents

As a personal injury attorney, Benjamin represents accident victims in all types of truck crashes in every county from the Eastern Shore to Western Maryland and the Baltimore and Washington D.C. suburbs in between. Trucks are commonly involved in crashes, and even with new safety technology and seatbelts the injuries sustained from these accidents are as severe as ever. Benjamin represents clients that are injured when trucks drive people off the road, fail to stop, turn too widely, and change lanes without signaling. These trucks are usually operated by commercial drivers hauling goods and materials, or package delivery services such as FedEx and UPS. The sheer size and mass of a truck will magnify any injury and the results can be catastrophic. Bus accidents are also far too common and bus drivers can be distracted as well. Passengers are at a great risk to serious injury during a bus accident due to the lack of safety restraints in the seats, and the size of the busses can cause major damage to other vehicles.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents result in some of the most serious injures, and too often drivers are not paying enough attention to properly see and adjust to motorcycle riders. Anyone operating motorcycle is entitled to the same amount of space and care as a car, but sadly this is not always the case. Riders that are hit or cut off often suffer severe injuries such as broken bones, concussions and scarring road rash. These injures can last a lifetime, so securing just compensation is key to restoring life to the way it was before the accident.

Pedestrian Accidents

Not everyone involved in an auto accident is driving in a car, truck, bus or motorcycle. Pedestrians have the right of way in almost all situations, but distracted and aggressive drivers who lose focus for a split second could severely injure or even kill an innocent pedestrian. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in an accident than vehicle occupants, and well over 100,000 pedestrians are treated in the emergency room each year for severe injuries suffered in an accident. While children and older adults are at the highest risk to be injured while walking, no age range is completely safe from being hit by a car, truck or other vehicle. Despite an increase in crosswalks and signage, there are no indications that the amount of pedestrian accidents is decreasing. Benjamin takes pride in providing tireless representation for all of his clients, and specializes in recovering damages for pedestrians that are injured in Maryland as a result of another person’s negligence.

Bicycle Accidents

Despite increased awareness from designated lanes and share the road signs, bicycle riders are being hit at an alarming rate. The number of bicycle accidents has hovered around 50,000 per year in the country, but the number of fatal accidents has increased over the last few years. About on third of bicycle accidents are caused by car drivers who are not paying attention or driving too fast for the conditions. Bicycle riders commonly use their bike as a main mode of transportation in densely populated areas such as Baltimore City and Montgomery County, and on college campuses such as the University of Maryland, Towson and Salisbury University, but there are thousands of riders that take to the less crowded neighborhood streets for leisure or exercise. Even the most careful riders are at risk of being hit by a car, truck or bus, and could suffer permanent injures. Benjamin represents all bicycle riders that are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence on the road and is available anytime for a free consultation.

The most common car accident injuries are neck, back and shoulder trauma, accident victims also routinely experience broken bones, head injuries (TBI), nerve damage to extremities and injuries to joints such as knee ligament tears and dislocated hips. No matter the extent of your injury, attorney Benjamin Herbst will make sure you receive just compensation under Maryland law and will never settle unless you are completely satisfied.

Slip and Fall Lawyer

Businesses such as retail stores, restaurants and hotels have no problem taking their customer’s money, but too often they do not go the extra mile when it comes to protecting these same customers from injury. If you fell at a place of business due to a dangerous condition such as a wet floor or were injured by a falling object you deserve the same type of compensation as a person who was rear-ended out on the road. Businesses carry large insurance policies, but when it comes time to pay out, the insurance companies will act like nothing happened. Do not let these huge companies off the hook without putting up a fight. Benjamin has successfully recovered against all types of businesses due to dangerous conditions, and is committed to doing the same in your case.

Defective Products Attorney

When we are shopping at a store, picking up a prescription or using an item we purchased the last thing on our mind is that the product in our cart could seriously injure us. Almost everyone is guilty of assuming that the companies making our stuff have properly tested and retested to make sure their products are safe. Sadly this is not the case and thousands of people are hurt each year by dangerous products that are placed in the stream of commerce. Whether it’s a tool or appliance from Home Depot, a prescription drug, a toy from Amazon or a vehicle purchased at a dealership we just never suspect at the time that we’ve bought something dangerous. If a product that you thought was safe caused an injury to you or a loved one, then Benjamin will fight to recover the compensation you deserve.

We Will Fight For You.

The personal injury division of the Herbst Firm specializes in negotiating fair settlements and filing lawsuits throughout Maryland.  We take pride in representing our clients against large insurance companies who pretend to care about their customers right up until the time comes to pay out a claim.  Types of injury cases that our personal injury division handles include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, and defective products. If you or someone you know has been injured due to someone else’s negligence contact the Herbst Firm immediately for a free consultation.

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Personal Injury attorney Benjamin Herbst specializes in car accident cases and other motor vehicle accidents involving trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians in Maryland. He also is an experienced premises liability lawyer who focuses on slip and fall accidents and other injures that occur on someone else’s property, such as stores, hotels and other businesses. When business owners do something dangerous on their property or neglect to keep their property safe and an injury results, they may be liable. Finally, he handles products liability cases where consumers have been injured due to defective products like tools, motor vehicles, drugs, food, toys and household items. Large manufacturing companies have a tendency to focus all their attention on maximizing profits, and often forget that protecting their consumers should always come first.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, slip and fall or fell sick from a product, contact Benjamin for a free consultation, as you may be entitled to recover damages from the driver, business owner or manufacturer. Do not discuss the accident or your injuries with an insurance company before talking to a lawyer, as this may impact your ability to recover. Benjamin is available 24 hours a day at (410) 207-2598, and there is never a fee unless you win. No case is too big or too small to recover damages, and Benjamin is the Maryland personal injury lawyer that can bring you the results and the peace of mind you deserve.

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