5.0 stars 54 totalReview Patrick Maher
Posted by MNG
I was recently at a conference where Mr. Maher presented on DUI defense, and I am so grateful I went. I didn't realize how much I didn't know about DUI Defense until I heard Mr. Maher talking about all these different issues he presents in his cases. I was blown away by how knowledgeable and helpful he was. If I lived in that area or knew anyone in the area with a DUI I would definitely recommend Mr. Maher!
Posted by a client
I was pulled over for a speeding violation in May of 2014 and in the process was charged with a DWI @ a 0.07. It was a borderline case, but most lawyers out there would tell you to "Just take the PBJ, you'll probably get unsupervised probation" and then collect a fee for "walking you through" the process. Not Pat. After conducting an in-depth interview, Pat explained that this is a very defensible case and that we should absolutely go for an acquittal rather than just the "get you off" quickie path of a PBJ. He advised on proactive actions to take before the court date to maximize a beneficial (unsupervised) outcome should we lose the case. I highly advise anyone to heed this advice as other defendants didn't seem to get the same and were dealt much harsher penalties than the few that did. But, luckily this was all unnecessary. After 3 delays, once at our request because of an unfavorable judge & mistaken identity and TWICE because the State couldn't get their act together, we had the trial. Once the State's Attorney was done with the police officer, who was quite "Gung Ho" I might add, Pat methodically picked apart their case line by line, pulling out official procedures & statutes that both the officer and even the State's Attorney were ignorant of. The Judge without hesitation said "not guilty" as soon as Pat finished presenting his case. Even the speeding ticket ended up as a PBJ. I can't recommend Pat enough if you find yourself in a similar situation.
Posted by Jenny
Patrick Maher is the real deal! Today was my day in court…I was nervous. But, I had listened and prepared for court in every way suggested by Mr. Maher, or Pat as he prefers. He was prepared too and I was delighted to walk away from multiple tickets (holiday weekend DWI) and fines with a not guilty for all except a minor traffic ticket. As others have posted, he is a down to earth person that listens to the details of your case. He answered all my questions, emails, and phone calls. He truly kept my best interest in mind for the best possible outcome. As a true expert in his field, I highly recommend Pat for DWI/DUI traffic court.
Posted by Sean
Mr. Maher is an exceptional attorney. I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law and his level of representation. My case was very complex and yet I was able to get a very favorable outcome. Mr. Maher explained to me in great detail each and every aspect of the case and prepared a defense accordingly. I would highly recommend Mr. Maher for your case.
Posted by jeff
I hired Mr. Maher when I was charged with 8 tickets. I was facing some jail time and a lot of fines. Once we were in court he got everything reduced to just some fines.
Posted by a client
Pat Mahler did a tremendous job with our son's DWI/DUI charge. We were terrified because he had a PBJ for an offense during beach week. Pat advised us on all the possible outcomes, counseled us on what programs to enter to help our son with his issue, reviewed the facts of the case and determined the inconsistencies which resulted in a positive outcome for our son. He advised us every step of the way and we are all grateful for his counsel. The program he recommended helped my son with his issues in a way no other program had before. Thanks for all your help and support.
Posted by Dave
The first thing you should know is that a lawyer can't predetermine the outcome of a case. You shouldn't hire a lawyer to “get you off” or “find a loophole”. Rather, you hire a lawyer to ensure the laws and procedures are applied appropriately and fairly. Sometimes this means an unfavorable outcome for you, but it doesn’t mean the lawyer failed at doing their job.
Knowing this, I recommend Patrick Maher as your lawyer.
In my search, I used the MD Public Records to research case history. I looked for cases, with similar charges to mine, that involved various legal procedures such as motions, subpoenas or calling various witnesses. To me, this was a sign that the lawyer was actively involved in the case and using every resource available. Once I found a few lawyers who fit the description, I looked at their workload. Some lawyers were in courtrooms every day, all over the state. Others were in a few courtrooms, mainly around Baltimore. I decided on Pat because he practiced law primarily in the Baltimore area and appeared to have a manageable workload. My reasoning was that Pat could give my case the attention it needed, and also understood the prosecutor’s office and possible judges. I’m not saying he plays golf with them, but that he knows their character and has a professional working relationship.
Pat begins the process by asking you to complete a questionnaire. This document gives Pat an understanding of who you are, what your situation is, and what you’re looking for in his services. Some of the questions may seem intrusive, but accurate answers will give you the best level of service. The document is usually filled out beforehand, and you email a copy.
At the initial meeting, Pat will explain the level of service he offers, and answer any questions you have. From there, he’ll give his opinion on the best way to manage your situation and discuss your options. It is up to you to decide what you want to do. If you agree to his service, Pat will present a fee and give you options to provide payment. There are multiple options available, and his pricing is fair.
From this point until the court date, Pat will research your case and provide updates as they come in. Some actions he may perform are; visiting the scene of the incident, filing motions for discovery, interviewing people involved and asking you for additional information. Pat communicated effectively by keeping me updated.
Pat comes to court prepared. Most lawyers have a briefcase or a few folders with paperwork. Pat shows up with a projector, law books, and all the documentation related to your case. Seeing him with all this information is reassuring because it shows he has prepared for your case and is considering all options. Once at the courthouse, just follow Pat’s lead. He’ll tell you where to go, what to say, and what paperwork is necessary. He’ll advise you on options with the prosecutor’s office and keep you updated.
In my case, we decided to file a motion, and the outcome would determine our next step. This meant our case would be heard later in the day. Basically, the court wants to get the cases that require less time, such as plea bargains, out of the way so they go first. The cases that require more time, such as trials, are moved to the end.
Once your time in front of the judge arrives, Pat will carry out the plan of action you agreed to, and present his evidence. Pat presented the evidence and arguments in my case in an extremely professional and polite manner. There were times when he could have been aggressive, but he showed respect to the court, the officer and the prosecutor.
In the end, Pat’s efforts resulted in a favorable outcome. He presented a case that relied on facts and his interpretation of the law. Thankfully, the judge agreed.
I understand it is a professional relationship, but at the end of the process Pat feels like an old friend. I believe if you hire him, you’ll feel the same way.
Posted by Brandon
I was facing up to 25 years in prison and had hired another, higher priced attorney. The attorney I had hired just wasn't giving me the confidence I needed during my most fearful time in my life. I researched attorneys not caring about price, just expertise; I didn't care what I had to pay. Well, I found Pat and it turned out that, not only did he seem more well versed, confident, and reassuring, but he was also $6,500 cheaper over the course of the felony representation. In the end, my case was negotiated down through his firm representation and I ended up receiving a very light, suspended jail sentence, no fines (just a small court fee), and UNSUPERVISED probation. I went from facing a felony record with a lot of possible time in prison to no felony record with no time served at all! He took a very bad situation and defended me into an outcome that I would have never thought possible. If you're facing any time whatsoever, I would recommend Pat without hesitation! I will never need criminal defense again because I've learned my lesson, but if I did, I would call him immediately.
Posted by Dave
I hired Mr. Maher after he was referred to my by a prominent lawyer in my town. From my first conversation with Mr. Maher I got the impression that he was a good person. I would describe him as down to earth, easy to talk to, and genuine. Just the kind of person you want to do business with. Once he started working for me I realized what a great decision I had made in hiring him. His knowledge, guidance and ability to keep my expectations in check with reality not only made my situation less stressful, but made me see what it means to be a true expert in your field. Thanks for everthing Mr. Maher, including doing the extra work that was above our agreement.
Posted by Grateful Client
I did everything that Pat advised me to do for my second DUI and I was very fortunate to only receive minimal consequences at my court hearing. This was amazing considering that I had very high BAC on the breathalyzer given by the state police after being involved in an accident. Pat treated me with great respect and compassion, even when I felt like a terrible human being for drinking and driving. Pat was very responsive to calls, emails or texts whenever I had questions or needed to reach him. He was very thorough when explaining how the process worked and what I could expect. I would recommend Pat Maher to any of my friends or family.