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James Neil Papirmeister

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Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI

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Selected in 2015 Washington DC/Maryland Super Lawyers for Criminal Defense.

Recognized, 2014 by Washingtonian Magazine in "Top Lawyers: Criminal Defense".

Selected for 2015 Bar Register of PreEminent Lawyers.




"18 years as an AV-rated attorney, the highest rating obtainable."
- Martindale Hubbell's Peer Review Rating, 1996-2015.

"Selected in 1996-2015 Bar Register of pre-eminent lawyers."
- Bar Register, 1996-2015

"Among criminal defense lawyers who are widely respected for their work."
- Washington Post, January 5, 2000

"A highly regarded criminal defense lawyer."
- Washington Post, June 2, 1999

For over 28 years, James N. Papirmeister has handled criminal cases, first as a judicial law clerk, then as a prosecutor and, for the last 17+ years, as a criminal defense attorney. He has defended thousands of clients facing serious criminal charges.

With many years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer and as a prosecutor with the Office of the State's Attorney for Prince George's County, James Papirmeister understands what it takes to successfully defend clients against felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile charges. As a former prosecutor, in fact, Mr. Papirmeister earned his reputation as the "Minute Man" for his ability to convince a jury of a defendant's guilt in just minutes. (Click on the related newpaper article below). This same level of determined legal tenacity now extends to helping his clients with all their various criminal defense-related needs.

James Papirmeister’s firm has represented countless clients involved in high-profile cases over the years, for the last 17 of which he has earned an AV-rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system, the “highest possible review rating for legal ability and ethical standards.” This means that he has gained the respect of the state’s legal community for his highly skilled representation. He has been selected in the 2014 Bar Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers, limited to only the most distinguished law practices, receiving the highest rating for legal ability and the highest rating for ethics and adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence.

Mr. Papirmeister's clients include doctors, lawyers, psychologists, politicians, athletes, schoolteachers, musicians, accountants, plumbers, electricians, contractors, and computer installers and programmers…not to mention the average man, woman and child of our community. He also represents federal and state law enforcement agents, officers, and employees.

If you are facing criminal charges or are under investigation, you need someone who will protect your rights. Even a misdemeanor conviction can result in jail time, a substantial fine, loss of employment, deportation or other immigration consequences, and the social stigma of being a convicted criminal. Never underestimate the importance of hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney.


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  NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

. Click on the articles below, which are just a sampling of the many articles in major local newspapers about some of the cases handled by James Papirmeister: 

A Win for Embattled Bethesda Physician
http://www.criminal-firm.com/CM/NewspaperArticles/A-Win-For-Embattled-Bethesda-Physician.asp

Driver of Armored Car Gets 18 Months
http://www.criminal-firm.com/CM/NewspaperArticles/Driver-of-Armored-Car-Gets-18-Months.asp

Suspect Freed, Man Arrested After Voluntary Testimony
http://www.criminal-firm.com/CM/NewspaperArticles/Suspect-Freed.asp

Judge Revises Sentence for Man Who Killed His Wife
http://www.criminal-firm.com/CM/NewspaperArticles/Judge-Revises-Sentence.asp

Clinton Man Sentenced to Tolerance Program
http://www.criminal-firm.com/CM/NewspaperArticles/Clinton-Man-Sentenced-to-Toerance-Program.asp

Trial Avoided in Killing
http://www.criminal-firm.com/CM/NewspaperArticles/Trial-Avoided.asp

Judge Rules Mistrial in 'Samaritan' Killing
http://www.criminal-firm.com/CM/NewspaperArticles/Judge-Rules-Mistrial.asp

Officer Cleared in Cameraman's Injury
http://www.criminal-firm.com/CM/NewspaperArticles/Officer-Cleared.asp

Lack of Speedy Trial Results in Dismissal of Assault Case
http://www.criminal-firm.com/CM/NewspaperArticles/Lack-Speedy-Trial.asp

Teacher Cleared in Teen's Death
http://www.criminal-firm.com/CM/NewspaperArticles/Teacher-Cleared.asp

Woman Acquitted of Manslaughter in Wreck
http://www.criminal-firm.com/CM/NewspaperArticles/Woman-Acquitted.asp

Respected Criminal Prosecutor Resigns
http://www.criminal-firm.com/CM/NewspaperArticles/Respected-Criminal-Prosecutor-Resigns.asp

Killer No Match for 'Minute Man'
http://www.criminal-firm.com/CM/NewspaperArticles/Minute-Man.asp


  










 

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Languages Spoken: French

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    29 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    29 years

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Gary Hale Gerstenfield

    Jim is a wonderful lawyer who truly breathes, eats and no doubt dreams about the law! There are a select few practitioners who are refered to as, "a lawyer's lawyer" - Jim epitomizes this well deserved term.

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    Gary Gerstenfield Federal Crime Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Rebecca Emily Cosca

    Mr. Papirmeister is an outstanding criminal defense attorney with tremendous knowledge of the law and evidence.

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    Rebecca Cosca Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

JAMES N. PAPIRMEISTER, ESQ.

LAW OFFICES OF JAMES N PAPIRMEISTER
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 320
Silver Spring, MD, 20910-3816

JAMES N. PAPIRMEISTER, ESQ.

8630 FENTON STREET
SUITE 320
SILVER SPRING, MD, 20910

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
DCActive 198907/19/2014
MDActive198605/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
CRIMINAL DEFENSEWashington DC Super Lawyers2015
"TOP LAWYERS: CRIMINAL DEFENSE"Washingtonian Magazine2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
"Among Criminal Defense Lawyers Widely Respected For Their Work"Washington Post Article on Top Criminal Defense Attorneys2000
"A Highly Regarded Criminal Defense Lawyer"Washington Post Article on Top Criminal Defense Attorneys1999
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1997
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1996

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYLAW OFFICES OF JAMES N PAPIRMEISTER1995 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Prince George's County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Montgomery County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Maryland State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
District of Columbia Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
STATE OF MARYLAND v. MEDICAL DOCTORBoth cases resulted in full acquittals as to all charges
STATE OF MARYLAND v SORORITY SISTERAll charges dismissed.
STATE OF MARYLAND v. POLICE OFFICERmisdemeanor with no conviction, no jail and early expungement granted.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
APPEAL BRIEF, AND REPLY BRIEFSTATE OF MARYLAND v. BRISCOE2000
APPEAL BRIEF AND REPLY BRIEFSTATE OF MARYLAND v. JANES1998

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of Maryland, College ParkEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1981

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
37th Annual Deborah T. Creek Criminal Practice Institute"The Wrongfully Convicted"2001
GUEST SPEAKERCRIMINAL LAW1997
CRIMINAL JUSTICE CLASSCRIMINAL DEFENSE1997
CRIMINAL JUSTICE CLASS LECTURERCRIMINAL DEFENSE1996