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Richard F Kodzis
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Richard F Kodzis

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense

About Me

I retired from the United States Navy after twenty-one years of honorable service.  I began attending law school shortly before I left the Navy, and began working as an Assistant State's Attorney in Baltimore City, where I prosecuted a wide range of criminal, DUI - DWI Drunk driving suspended/revoked and other traffic charges.  I opened my own office in 1996 and began representing those charged with these serious matters.


 


When you retain the Law Office of Richard Kodzis, you are represented by me.  I am your lawyer - I do not send a junior or less experience attorney in my place.


 


I have the experience and training to represent you competently and a reasonable cost.  Many attorneys view DUI - DWI Drunk driving defense as a side or small portion of their service.  Many, perhaps most, do not dedicate themselves to knowing how to competently represent the DUI - DWI drunk driving client.  Many, perhaps most, do not invest the time or money to attend advanced training in DUI - DWI drunk driving defense.  Consequently, they do not see weaknesses that are present in every case.  They often encourage a client to (needlessly) plead guilty.  They fail to see that DUI - DWI drunk driving cases, while difficult, can be defended.   Indeed, in most cases there is little or no downside to pleading "not guilty" and making the State prove their case.  They do not have the training or experience to see or understnd with confidence that police officers frequently make arrest decisions based upon poorly conducted investigations, that breath tests may not have followed been done according to required protocols, and may not be valid or accurate, and so forth.  


 


I have successfully represented clients in Anne Arundel County (Annapolis and Glen Burnie), Howard County (Ellicott City), Prince George's County (Upper Marlboro and Hyattsville), Baltimore County (Catonsville, Towson, Essex/Kelso Drive), Baltimore City, Montgomery County (Rockville and Silver Spring), Calvert County (Prince Frederick), Saint Mary's County (Leonardtown), Charles County (LaPlata), Queen Anne's County (Centreville), Caroline County (Denton), and Talbot County (Easton), among others.

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Languages Spoken: Mandarin

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    20 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 50%
    20 years

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

17 total 

  • Michael Paul LeMond

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Michael LeMond Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Lewis Maurice Silber

    Mr. Kodzis is very knowledgeable, and very well-respected amongst his clients, colleagues, and the bench. He s truly an asset to the legal community.

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    Lewis Silber Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Po Box 502
Millersville, MD, 21108

Law Office of Richard Kodzis

1916 S. Crain Hwy, Ste 18
Glen Burnie, MD, 21061

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MDActive199407/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Meritorious Service AwardCommander, Naval Security Group1993
Honorable DischargeUnited States Navy1993
Navy Commendation MedalSecretary of the Navy1992
Navy Achievment MedalSecretary of the Navy1986

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Richard Kodzis1996 - Present
Assistant State's AttorneyOffice of the State's Attorney, Baltimore City, Maryland1995 - 1996
Lieutenant-CommanderUnited States Navy1972 - 1993

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National College for DUI DefenseGeneral Member2006 - Present
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' AssociationMember2005 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Anne Arundel County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
James C. Cawood Inn of CourtMember/Former Board Member1996 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Mangum v. HookPrevailed at the Court of Special Appeals.
State v. RHNot Guilty
State v. S.H.Dismissed

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney's Assn, 10th Annual Advanced DUI Defense SeminarDUI DefenseUnknown2013
National College for DUI Defense Summer Session conducted at the Harvard Law SchoolDUI DefenseCertificate of Completion2013
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney's Assn, 9th Annual Advanced DUI Defense SeminarDUI DefenseN/A2012
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Assoc. 8th Annual Advanced DUI Defense SeminarDUI DefenseCertificate of Completion2011
Webinar - Head Space Gas Chromatography Flame Ionizatin Detector and the Pharmacology of Ethyl Alcohol, Marijuana and BenzodiazepinesDUI DefenseCertificate of Completion2011
Webinar - Enzyme Assay Ethanol [alcohol] TestingDUI DefenseCompletion2011
Webinar - Advanced DWI Trial PreparationDUI DefenseN/A2011
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Assoc.7th Annual Advanced DUI Defense SeminarDUI DefenseCertificate of Completion2010
National College for DUI Defense Summer Session conducted at the Harvard Law SchoolDUI Defense TrainingCertificate of Completion2010
National College for DUI Defense Summer Session conducted at the Harvard Law SchoolDUI Defense TrainingCertificate of Completion2009
Advanced Drug Recognition Expert Training CourseDUI DefenseCertificate of Completion2009
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Assoc. 6th Annual Advanced DUI Defense SeminarDUI DefenseCertificate of Completion2009
National College for DUI Defense Summer Session conducted at the Harvard Law SchoolDUI Defense TrainingCerificate of Completion2008
Standardized Field Sobriety Test PractionerDUI Defense TrainingCertificate of Completion2008
Standardized Field Sobriety Test - InstructorDUI Defense TrainingCertificate of Completion2008
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Assoc. 5th Annual Advanced DUI Defense SeminarDUI DefenseCertificate of Completion2008
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Assoc. 4th Annual Advanced DUI Defense SeminarDUI DefenseCompletion2007
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Assoc. 3rd Annual Advanced DUI Defense SeminarDUI DefenseCompletion2006
University of Baltimore School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Miami University (Ohio)HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1972

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Dinner meetingCo-lead a panel discussion that included judges of the district court concerning current 5th Amendment/Miranda Warning issues2011
Panel Discussion on DUI - DWI defenseLead a panel discussion that included judges of the district court concerning current issues in DUI - DWI defense2010