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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.
Posted by David
On 11/14/14, I was arrested and charged with a DUI and various other traffic offenses. As a firefighter, I knew that these charges could jeopardize my career. Knowing that I would need a highly skilled lawyer and after searching AVVO, I found Pat Maher. After reviewing my case, Pat not only formulated a game plan for court, but he also worked with my union rep in terms of figuring out what I needed to do in order to keep my job. Pat worked very diligently on my case and kept me informed every step of the way. In the end, I received the best possible outcome considering my unique circumstances. I am very thankful to Pat and for the work he did on behalf. I highly recommend Pat Maher to anyone in need of a lawyer.
Posted by a client
I refused the breathalizer when I was pulled over then failed the field sobriety test, which had been recorded and was not in my favor. Pat provided me advise on how to proactively seek treatment to show the court that I was interested in fixing the problem. Pat came prepared the day of the case with several approaches to defend me and only ended up needing the first. I was found not guilty on all charges.
Additionally, I ended up in court two days before I was supposed to leave for Europe. Pat did a great job of explaining the potential outcomes of my case and the angles that he would take to defend me, which empowered me to help decide on what approach we would take given the level of risk I was willing to assume. One of the potential outcomes was weekend jail time, which would have cancelled my trip, costing me thousands of dollars, so it was very important for me to understand what could happen and how likely each outcome was.
Besides being a great lawyer, I respect Pat for focusing on fixing the problem and not just getting out of the charges. He seemed to be genuinely interested in me seeking help and learning from my mistake. Because of Pat I was able to learn from my mistake without having to endure too much suffering, and my ability to continue having a successful career has not been obstructed.
Posted by John
I didn't know what to do when I got arrested for DUi. I searched Avvo for DUI attorneys and found Patrick Maher. He had great reviews, so I called him. He answered the phone himself and listened to my story and told me he could help me. I went in for a free consultation and we talked for well over an hour. He didn't sugar coat anything or make any promises he couldn't keep, but told me he thought we had a good case to get me off. He explained everything I needed to do before the trail and gave me the resources to make it easy for me to do. He kept in contact with me before the trail date and kept me informed of what was happening. On the day of the trail, I was offered a plea. He told me it was my choice to take it , but suggested we go to trail. That's what we did. he was very prepared for the trail and asked the right questions of the officers who arrested and tested me. In the end eh had proven there was reasonable doubt that I failed the roadside tests and that the breath test was accurate. He also got a lot of the other charges against me dropped and saved me a lot of money in fines. I would highly recommend Mr Maher for anyone going thru the process of a DUI trail.
Posted by a client
I can not express enough gratitude to Mr.Maher for his help in my case.Mr . Maher is an excellent lawyer who took my case over and ensured me through out the process of the outcome. He stayed calm through out the whole process , I on the other hand had never been in this situation and was freaking out . The charges were dropped and I left with a speeding ticket . All I can say is if you have any concern , Mr. Maher with his skills will surely diminish any fears you have. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer working for your best outcome.
Posted by Ryan
It's as simple as this. If you are charged with a DUI, retain the services of Patrick Maher. He is the best of the best.
Being charged with a DUI is an extremely stressful experience. I know first hand. Very often, the circumstances don't seem fair and the odds appear to be against you. I was overwhelmed when it happened to me. I spent endless hours online looking for a lawyer who could help me. There is a sea of information out there and it can become mind boggling. There was one person that I kept coming back to time and time again. It was Pat Maher. I am so thankful that I made that decision.
Pat Maher's professionalism is something to witness. He is a person of high integrity and is well respected among his colleagues. DUI law is his passion. In the hallways of the courthouse, many attorneys stopped to speak with him and get his take on his or her case. I was blown away! I've come to learn that Mr. Maher is sought out by many attorneys to seek his advise. He has a strong personal ethic and proud morals. And, I want to emphasize that. This is a man of high personal esteem.
Upon our first meeting, Pat walked me through every step of my case and instantly put me at ease. He followed up with me regularly by phone and email. He did everything in his power to ensure that we were prepared for my day in court. It was as if I was his only client. Truly remarkable!
When it came time for my day in court, Mr. Maher demonstrated a calm and collected manner. He told me that he was prepared to defend my case in a trial if I decided to go that route. He also explained every other option available to me. I decided to go to trial and I am so thankful that I did. When I say that Mr. Maher was prepared, that is an understatement. Pat Maher knows DUI law like he knows the back of his hand. He highlighted every fault in the State's case. He demonstrated their lack of understanding and poor judgement of the evidence that was presented. Law officials are not infallible. When it was said and done, there was no contest. I was found not guilty on all charges. It was as if I witnessed a legendary painter working on a masterpiece. What was so outstanding was that Mr. Maher truly does believe in the rights of his clients. He knows that DUI charges can be given very freely without the thought of truly evaluating if someone is impaired. It has become an epidemic of mindless convictions. Mr. Maher will fight for you.
I can not say enough positive things about Patrick Maher and his legal counsel. If you find yourself in a situation where he may be available, run, do not walk to seek his assistance.
Posted by a DUI client
I was charged with a DUI, that with all of the circumstances associated with it, could have definitely given me some jail time. Pat Maher was very professional and knowledgeable. He was very up front and realistic, not wanting to sugarcoat my situation, but still made me feel very comfortable. Because of his great advise and referrals on what to do, along with all of the great work he did, I could not have been more happy with the outcome.