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Scott Carl Athen

DUI and DWI Attorney at Columbia, MD

5.0   69 reviews

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Focusing exclusively on DUI and traffic defense, Scott is the author of the groundbreaking book entitled "How to Choose a DUI Lawyer in Maryland". In the book, Scott provides the 11 questions you must ask any lawyer before hiring them AND explains 20 ways the average lawyer can lose a winnable case.

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Licensed for 27 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 11/25/2022

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Law Offices of Scott C. Athen, PC
10440 Little Patuxent Pkwy Ste 300
Columbia, MD, 20144
Law Offices of Scott C. Athen, PC
10451 Mill Run Cir Ste 400
Owings Mills, MD, 21117
Law Offices of Scott C. Athen, PC
1910 Town Centre Blvd Ste 250
Annapolis, MD, 21401
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Posted by Cathy | January 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ms Cathy P
After reviewing my case with a number of attorneys, those who spent considerable time figuring out a strategy and those who weren't sure whether it could actually be resolved favorably, I found Scott. His approach was straight forward and he worked efficiently, effectively and successfully in helping me resolve my case favorably. I had been issued a speeding ticket 11 years I never knew about that resulted in an active bench warrant against me. He kept the lines of communication open throughout the entire process and I cannot thank him enough. He knows exactly what he is doing and he truly cares about his clients in a meaningful way that will help them. Cannot thank him enough!
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Posted by Folakemi | October 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Don’t hesitate, hire Scott!!
From the moment I talked to Scott after getting my speeding ticket till after he represented me, Scott was nothing short of amazing. He’s very honest and straightforward when explaining your case to you. Communication throughout was great. My 5 point ticket got completely dismissed!! I 100% recommend Scott to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent traffic lawyer
Mr. Athen was immediately dedicated to my case after explaining the situation to him. As soon as I described my issue, he immediately had a plan and always kept in touch. Even through the pandemic, he was always on top of things. He ended up representing me in court and got the ticket completely nulled. Highly recommend.
Posted by Patrick | September 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Experience
Scott Athen has been an absolute pleasure to work with. Great communication, wonderful to talk with, extremely knowledgeable, and delivered fantastic results. I would recommend his services to anyone who needs them without hesitation. Scott, thank you so much.
Posted by Robert | November 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Effort!
The best part: Scott made a strong case in court against a big 5-point citation issued to the wrong driver. The result was a minimum penalty. Couldn't have achieved that result on my own. The easy part: Scott spares you the hype and just goes to work . Scott took the citation and information and delivered results. He's the go-to person.
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Posted by Ken | September 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Traffic ticket representation
Thanks Scott for all your help with my case. I was completely pleased with your handling of my traffic ticket and the fact that you could represent me and I did not have to show up in court since I lived out of state. I would highly recommend you in the future. It was a real pleasure to talk and work with you. -Thanks Ken
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Posted by Greg | August 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
This guy is the absolute best
I received a speeding ticket and really couldn’t afford the points - my wife and I happened to have a couple of recent accidents and we were at risk of being dropped by our insurance or having sky high rates. I contacted Scott and he clearly explained his approach. Scott’s practice is very modern - dealing with him is a breeze. Best of all - he got the case dismissed! I would give 6 stars if I could.
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Posted by Pankaj | August 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Traffic Citation
I had a traffic ticket of $560 with 4 points. I was looking for a good lawyer and after doing all the research when I talked with Scott it was different, the way he works and spend time on my case and look into all possible scenario was professional and friendly. Scott did all the groundwork and his homework before going to court. In my case, I will choose Scott again for any other court case near Baltimore. I would recommend any of my friends and family to take Scott Carl Athen service. Good Work Scott because of you today I saved my driving history and you helped me in waving my full ticket with 4 points and $560 fine. Thanks Again
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Easily one of the best--if not the best--traffic lawyer in MD
Went to trial for a speeding ticket of 90mph on a 55mph zone. Was found not guilty. A few years earlier I had a similar case in which I was not found guilty for a similar charge as well after I had hired Scott. I would have definitely not been able to do it without him and my insurance rates would have skyrocketed. I would recommend hiring him even if his cost is more than the cost of the ticket. You'll likely save money in the long run, considering insurance rates.
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Posted by Sosthene | May 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Traffic ticket
The Lawyer represented me in court for a traffic citation and I got a "NOT GUILTY".
Posted by Ted | January 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Seriously...I wouldn't do it any other way...Scott is the best!!!
Scott was responsive to my initial inquiry regarding a MD speeding citation. He was thorough in the explanation of his services and approach, and set realistic expectations. He represented me in court, filed the appropriate forms, and achieved the best outcome possible. When I first read all the favorable online reviews of Scott, I admit I wasn't 100% convinced. All I can say is I am a believer now. I had considered fighting this ticket on my own, but am so glad I found Scott instead. He is knowledgeable, experienced, and disciplined. He made things stress-free and easy. I highly and confidently recommend Scott to anyone who needs representation in traffic court.
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Posted by George | January 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very professional representation
Thanks Scott, It was a pleasure doing business with you. I felt comfortable and confident with your firm from the very beginning do to the realiable recommendation from a trusted friend. You got me out of a tight spot with no blemishes on my way record. Great job! George O
Posted by Evan | January 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolute perfect from intake to trial!
Scott did a wonderful job. Incredibly professional. Kept me informed every step of the way.
Posted by Tim | September 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Color me impressed
I spoke with Scott Athen about my case & found him to be a truly modern attorney. Interactions with him were easy & convenient. He was up front with me about his method, to defend me, and what we could realistically expect for an outcome - but no promises. Scott executed in a professional manner & got the best possible outcome in the case. I was surprised & impressed.
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Daughters Traffic Ticket
Scott was great. He jumped in and helped my daughter with her traffic ticket. We are very grateful. Thank You!
Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent outcome
Ticketed for driving above posted speed limit. Scott heard the case and was extremely professional to get a suitable outcome. At the end, the case was dropped.
Posted by Reza | July 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptionally Efficient and Effective
Remarkably organized and impressed at the image qualities of scanned and uploaded documents. As a client, I was never out of the loop. No stone left unturned -- even for the simplest and mundane of details.
Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Choice, Great Experience
It was my first time ever having to consult or hire a lawyer but after working with Mr. Scott Athen I was very relieved off all related stress as Mr. Scott literally took care of everything. I was found not guilty on all charges, I couldn't be more proud of my choice to go with him. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend him anytime.
Posted by Andrew | February 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Job Done
I was pulled over and received 2 citations for passing a stopped school bus. After reviewing the text of the law I given the citations for I was fairly confident that I in fact did not violate that law but did not know how to explain that to a judge in a way that would find me not guilty. I contacted Scott and after a brief consultation decided that the best choice was to higher him to go to court for me. From there Scott took over the case and I did not even have to take off from work to be there. He successfully argues my case getting both citations dropped and receiving no fine or points on my license.
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience
We got a Not Guilty. No fines, court costs - like it never happened. Great experience!!!
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AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney, President
  • Law Offices of Scott C. Athen, PC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Panel Attorney
  • Office of the Public Defender
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices Of Scott C. Athen
  • 1995 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Reese & Carney, LLC
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Intern
  • Wishart, Norris, Henninger & Pittman
  • 1992 - 1992
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Education

  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Association
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2014
  • Forensic Sobriety Assessment
  • Certification
  • 2014
  • NHTSA/IACP DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Program
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2013
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Association
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2011
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Association
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2002
  • University of Baltimore
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Elon College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1992
  • The McDonogh School
  • 1988
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Legal Cases

  • DUI with Accident
  • Not Guilty on all counts
  • Too much to drink at a football party
  • Finally, the State dropped all charges.
  • Texting while driving with several open bottles of wine in the car
  • Not Guilty on all counts
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Associations

  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Recognition Committee
  • 2014 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • State Ambassador
  • 2014 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Technology Committee
  • 2014 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Founding Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Royal Order of Scotland
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1996 - Present
  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1995 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Sigma Delta Kappa Law Fraternity
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, Southern Jurisdiction, USA
  • Lifetime Member - 32nd Degree K.C.C.H
  • 1992 - Present
  • Benjamin B. French Lodge No.15 Free And Accepted Masons
  • Lifetime Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Harford County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2016
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Maryland Therapeutic Horsemanship Association
  • Volunteer
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Sigma Delta Kappa Law Fraternity
  • President
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
  • PUSH America Team Rider
  • 1992 - 1992
  • Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
  • Philanthropy Chairman
  • 1989 - 1992
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Superior DUI Attorney
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2014
  • Marketer of the Year Runner-up
  • Great Legal Marketing
  • 2013
  • A Thousand Points of Light
  • President George H.W. Bush
  • 1992
  • Pi Alpha Society
  • Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
  • 1992
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Publications

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Review - Amicus Attorney
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • GLM National Summit
  • Legal Marketing and Technology
  • 2013
  • Maryland State Bar Association Mid-Year Conference
  • Law Office Technology
  • 1996

Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
Endorse Scott
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you have been arrested for DUI in Maryland you should contact Scott and at least request a free copy of his book on Maryland DUI from him. Written for the consumer, Scott walks you step by step through the legal process and a really cool methodology for choosing the right lawyer for you. You don't want to hire a "dump truck" lawyer. (Scott explains that term in his book!)"
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"There are few attorneys as dedicated to continuing legal education in the area of DUI and serious traffic defense which translates into exceptional representation for his clients. He is unselfish with the knowledge and his advocacy is matched by very few. Without equivocation Scott is at the forefront of the DUI/DWI defense community."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Keith is an outstanding traffic attorney. Highly recommended!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow lawyer, Scott is who I call with questions about complicated traffic matters. He is an expert and on top of that, also just a really nice guy. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is a very good lawyer. He cares about his clients, their families and their jobs. He understands their needs and how to guide them to good decisions. He keeps up with the law and he knows how to talk to the people who make the decisions that affect his clients. He will use his best efforts to defend you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've referred clients to Scott in the past. He has a well-deserved reputation as an excellent DUI attorney. I recommend him highly."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. By focusing his practice on DUI/traffic defense, Scott has been able to develop an true understanding of the law, the practice, and how to put on a case. As you can see from his years of experience, Scott has the ability to get clients the results they need. I look forward to working with Scott as he's now my go-to Maryland DUI attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is an exceptional lawyer who is respected in the legal community. He has a strong commitment to serving his clients and is an effective advocate for them in Court. When perplexed by a legal issue in the past, Scott was quick to provide me with innovative strategies that contributed to my success in resolving my clients legal matter. I value his counsel as a fellow lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fortunately I have never been charged with a serious traffic offense. However, it that were to happen, the person I would call is Scott Athen. I highly recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Scott for more than 20 years and I strongly endorse him. I know that he is passionate about seeking the best possible result for his clients. Moreover, Scott's practice is devoted to DUI and traffic matters allowing his clients to receive the benefit of an attorney that is focused and knowledgeable in a particular area of the law."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Athen is a trial attorney. What I mean by that is that he is someone who holds the government to its proof. He uses his reputation, knowledge, experience and guts for the benefit of the motorist among us who has been accused of a crime. He stands up every day for those who are merely accused. He makes sure that justice is done."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott has focused his practice on DUI and traffic offensives. He knows this practice area well and is highly trustworthy. I strongly endorse Scott. ."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Referred a case out to Mr. Athen and had no complaints from the client who was pleased with the results. I have spoken with several attornies in the the DUI/DWI field that recommended Mr. Athen. Very professional attorney whom I would recommend wholeheartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Scott is always well prepared, knows the strength and weaknesses of his case, the applicable law, and always keeps the best interest of his client foremost in mind. He is a true professional."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is extremely knowledgable in all areas of traffic law. From speeding tickets to DUIs, Scott is the first person I call with any traffic referrals. His diligence and attention to detail are invaluable in this industry."
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