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Douglas James Wood

Criminal defense Attorney at Riverdale, MD

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  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 39 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 45 years
    Connecticut - CT 46 years
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1978
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1977
    Permanent Retirement No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Douglas

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Simply being accused of a crime can change your life. The penalties of a conviction can haunt you for years after you’ve served your sentence and may affect what kinds of jobs you’re able to obtain and even where you’re allowed to live. Call now.

  2. DUI and DWI
    Are facing jail time as the result of multiple drunk driving convictions? Did you lose your license after being charged with DUI? Attorney Wood will work hard to help you avoid jail, keep your license and keep all charges off your record.

  3. Federal crime
    If you are charged with a federal crime, Attorney Wood can help you weigh your options. Call now for a consultation.

  4. Civil rights

  5. Personal injury


Douglas Wood has been defending people in criminal cases for nearly 35 years. After being admitted to practice law in 1977, he joined the elite ranks of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service as a trial attorney. From 1977 to 1984, he handled hundreds of criminal cases for the Public Defender Service, including traffic and DUI charges, juvenile matters, misdemeanors and serious felonies.

In 1985, Mr. Wood entered private practice, forming the litigation firm of Roberts & Wood in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where he continues to handle criminal cases in the state and federal courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia. His cases range from minor misdemeanors, such as traffic and simple drug cases; to the most complex felonies, including rape, robbery and murder.

Mr. Wood is widely recognized as one of the top criminal defense attorney’s in the D.C. metropolitan area. In a January, 2000 article entitled Standout Lawyers and Judges, the Washington Post stated as follows: “Long known as one of the best criminal defense attorney’s in the county, Riverdale lawyer Douglas J. Wood had one of his best years in 1999, winning outright acquittals in four murder trials in Prince George’s County Circuit Court.”

There are few lawyers with the trial experience of Douglas Wood. He has had over 50 jury trials in homicide cases alone. Overall, he has defended clients in many hundreds of trials with great success. As a testament to that success, he was profiled in the Washington Post in an article entitled The Defendant’s Defender; High Profile Private Lawyer Excels at Getting Acquittals for the Accused.


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AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Roberts & Wood, Attorneys At Law
  • 1985 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • District Of Columbia Public Defender Service
  • 1977 - 1984


  • Columbus College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Holy Cross College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
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Riverdale Criminal defense Lawyer Douglas James Wood
Douglas James Wood
Criminal defense Attorney
Riverdale, MD
Licensed for 46 years
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