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James Ernest Crawford JR

About Me

Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer

Representing Defendants in Baltimore, Annapolis and Throughout Maryland

A "Serious Trial Lawyer" Ready to Fight for Your Rights

If you are facing criminal charges, you are probably at one of the lowest points in your life. At the Law Offices of James E. Crawford Jr. & Associates, our job is to stand next to you in your hour of need and help you get your life back.

My name is Jim Crawford.
For the past 18 years, I have defended people who have been charged
with crimes in Baltimore, Catonsville, Annapolis, Bel Air and throughout
every county and courtroom in Maryland. I handle every type of criminal
case from shoplifting to life-changing accusations such as sex crimes and homicide. I am a serious trial lawyer.

A Long History of Success in Criminal Defense Law

trial experience is extensive. I am in court in front of judges and
juries almost every day of my working life. I have tried cases
successfully in just about every state and federal courtroom in

The experience my staff and I bring to your defense is
key to a successful resolution of your case. We provide high-quality,
aggressive legal services for our clients. The lawyers in my firm are
dedicated and highly experienced trial lawyers who are trusted members
of the Maryland Bar and the Federal Bar.

Criminal defense is about
more than knowing the law; it's also about understanding people.
Judges, prosecutors, lawyers, police and defendants all bring variables
that can alter the outcome of a criminal case. When I take on a case, I
look at the facts, the law as it applies to the charges, and the "human
element" and how it will likely affect the case.

The result?
Positive outcomes for thousands of clients, a reputation as one of
Maryland's most successful criminal defense lawyers and referrals from
throughout Maryland and the entire United States.

Federal and State Prosecution

you are already charged or believe you are under investigation by a
state agency such as the police or the federal government, it is
extremely important that you retain the services of a highly qualified
lawyer like me immediately. In many instances, a prosecution can be
avoided or even resolved prior to arrest and or trial. The quicker we
have an understanding of the facts, the easier it is to push your case
to resolution.

It is also important to understand that there are
major differences in the way the federal government handles a
prosecution and the way many county and state prosecutors handle cases.
The procedures are strikingly different and need to be handled in an
entirely different method. Experience and judgment are needed to protect
you or someone you know who is on the "radar" of a prosecution.

Law Offices of James E. Crawford Jr. has a long history of successfully
handling criminal cases. I know that if you are being prosecuted, it
can be a tremendous burden and unbelievably stressful not just for you,
but for your family and loved ones. You need someone in your corner who
understands the process and can guide you through it. Contact my office
now for a free consultation on your matter.

Contact Me Now

you face criminal charges, contact me, Maryland criminal defense
attorney Jim Crawford, before you talk to police or anyone else. I am
available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I offer a free initial consultation.


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Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    23 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Family: 40%
    23 years, 5 thousand cases
  3. Business: 5%
    4 years
  4. Personal Injury: 5%
    4 years



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Payment Types:

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Attorney Endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • David M Gormley

    I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact Info

James E. Crawford JR. & Associates, LLC.

1435 Sulphur Spring Road
Baltimiore, MD, 21227-2703



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Preeminent Lawyer AwardMartindale-Hubbell2011
Preeminent Lawyer AwardMartindale-Hubbell2010
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyJames E Crawford Jr. Law Firm1992 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Maryland State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State of Maryland vs. RylandAll charges dismissed except 21-902 (a) -2 weekends, supervised probation
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Publication NameTitleDate
James E Crawford Jr. Criminal BlogSex Offense Charge Dropped against a Baltimore Man2011
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Baltimore School of LawLawJuris Doctor1992