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Richard A Finci

Criminal defense Attorney at Greenbelt, MD

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Rick

  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 38 years
    Maryland - MD 38 years
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1985
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found

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     I am a lifelong resident of Montgomery County, Maryland and practice Criminal Defense law in the Federal and State Courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia. I am a very proud graduate of the University of Maryland and University of Baltimore Law School. I have been honored in 2009 to serve as Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association Criminal Law Section Council and to previously have served as President of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Association. I am also serving my fourth 4 year term as the Criminal Defense representative on the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy appointed by Governor Hogan. (). In nearly 35 years of practice now, I have handled a wide range of different types of cases including approximately 50 homicides cases, complex Federal drug and white collar type cases, and nearly every other type of criminal and traffic case. I am also widely known as an expert in asset forfeiture matters.
     In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and 3 children, 2 son-in laws and 2 beautiful grand babies, and competing in many different sports.  I enjoy golf. biking and 10K road races.  I also enjoy attending Washington Capitals hockey, University of Maryland football and basketball games.

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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great Outcome
rick guided me, and my wife, through a very stressful time in our lives. he was honest and upfront the entire time. i couldn't be happier with the outcome. i truly got what i paid for. will recommend for any issues that you might encounter...
Posted by Ed | March 1, 2017
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Totally Awesome
I have known Mr. Finci for twenty years. He is truly a great human being. He cares about his clients. In twenty years I have referred a dozen or so people to him, he has been successful in every single case. I do not know how he beats every case, but he does. Even though he is a criminal defense attorney, he handled an insurance case for me when several other attorneys were not successful. The insurance company paid $15000, the amount we were asking them to pay. He is just the best, period!
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Posted by A.H. | January 15, 2015
He is honest and he kept me out of JAIL
Richard Finci was the first criminal lawyer that I have ever had to hire. I was facing between 5 and 30 years with all of my charges. He somehow managed to get the prosecutor to drop all of the mandatory minimum charges and I didn't have to spend any time in jail. Instead, I got 12 months of unsupervised probation. I am extremely happy because I get to spend time watching my infant child grow instead of behind bars. With all of the stress of this whole ordeal, I accidentally overpaid Mr.Finci! He contacted me as soon as he recognize the problem and was honest enough to let me know that I had overpaid and issued me a refund! I use to say that an honest lawyer is an oxymoron but he changed my opinion. I really trust him and would recommend him to anyone who needs a good attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2012
Highly recommend Mr. Finci
Mr. Finci was recommended to me by a lawyer friend. My initial consultation was very efficient: Mr. Finci asked a few questions, told me exactly what I could do to help my case, and provided me with practical information about what to expect. He was always very professional, prompt, and straightforward with emails and formal letters. Mr. Finci made it such that the court appearance was very quick and resulted in an excellent result. Mr. Finci is very familiar with traffic law (among other types of law based on other reviews here!) and I highly recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2011
I highly recommend Mr. Finci
Mr. Finci was recommended to me by a prior prosecuting attorney. Throughout my entire case, Mr. Finci made me feel as though my case was one of his top priorities. He always returned my calls promptly and paid attention to details. I always felt that I was being well represented. He is very personable, but pragmatic. He is a straight shooter..always lays out the facts in an understandable manner and helps you make the decisions that are best for you and your family during a very difficult and stressful period in your life. I firmly believe that if it weren't for his representation, my case would not have resulted in a favorable outcome. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by Alessandra | March 8, 2011
Rick Finci provided amazing representation during some very dark times. He is proactive, skilled, and surprisingly empathic. Not only did he work hard to ensure limited jailtime but always ensured judgments that provided help for my underlying issues. Finci's legal expertise with alcohol and addiction produced fair judgments that strenghened my recovery. I am nearly 1 year sober with probation to end shortly after. I honestly do not know where I would be if I had not had Mr. Finci as my legal council
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Posted by Cindy | February 4, 2011
I think Mr. Finci is a wonderful Attorney and that everyone should use him
Mr. Finci is an incredible Attorney. He has always put forth his expertise in dealing with my cases. He has won every case for me. I can't say enough great things about this lawyer. He is the best criminal attorney in MD!
Posted by gb | March 11, 2010
Misdemeanor Traffic Charge
I recently had Mr. Finci represent me in a traffic case. Mr. Finci was professional and accommodating from my very first meeting with him. He kept me informed and I felt reassured with him representing me. I’m definitely pleased with the final outcome of my case and his level of service.
Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2009
Rick helped my son out on both traffic and possession charges. He was straight to the point, understood the intricacies of juvenile law, and was very effective in negotiating with the prosecutor, which greatly simplified court appearances and kept the stress to a minimum.
Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2009
My traffic case
Very responsive, I know it wasn't a big case, but Rick handled it professionally and successfully. So glad to have him on my side!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Houlon, Berman, Finci, Levenstein & Skok, LLC
  • 1985 - Present


  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • University of Maryland
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • State v. Christopher Anderson
  • Suppression of Evidence affirmed on appeal


  • Maryland Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy
  • Sentencing Guidelines Sub-committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Criminal Law & Practice Section Council
  • Chair
  • 2005 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Criminal Law Section-Member and Past Chair
  • 2005 - Present
  • Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy
  • Commissioner, Appointed by Governor
  • 2004 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • President
  • 2001 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Past President's Award
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Association
  • 2002


  • The Defense of Forfeiture Cases in Maryland State Courts
  • 2000
  • New Perspectives on Sentencing and Forfeiture 1994
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • University of Baltimore Law School Panel Symposium
  • Witness Intimidation Crimes
  • 2008
  • Maryland State Bar Association Annual Convention
  • Maryland Ciminal Discovery Rules
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I had a client charged with several federal felonies in MD. We retained Rick to evaluate the case and eventually provide a federal felony defense. Rick was very thorough, aggressive and professional. My client was a difficult client, and Rick was very patient and got him the best outcome available. Best Federal Defense Attorney in Maryland, that I know."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is one of the premier attorneys in Maryland. I have known him since law school. He was an overachiever then, as well. I am proud to know him and to have worked with him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rick is an outstanding criminal defense lawyer and is widely acknowledged as one of the finest, most tenacious practitioners in the Washington Metro area. Whether in State or Federal court - Rick has a vast knowledge of the law and a command of the courtroom. He is well respected by both his peers as well as the bench."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Richard Finci is an aggressive, diligent attorney who fights for his clients in and and out of the courtroom. He is a highly skilled litigator with excellent research and writing skills, which is a rare and extremely valuable combination of attributes. I highly recommend Mr. Finci in criminal matters at the state and federal trial, appellate and post conviction levels."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Rick is an exceptional attorney and a leader among the criminal defense bar. He understands the nuances of representing clients in state and federal criminal and traffic matters and can efficiently analyze a case and determine the best defense strategy from early in the representation. He has earned a reputation among fellow defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges as a skilled, thorough, creative, and zealous advocate. He utilizes his unparalleled experience and in-depth understanding of the law to determine when it is in his client's best interest to litigate and when it is in his client's best interest to negotiate. He has my highest recommendation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Rick is among the brightest and best criminal defense lawyers in suburban Maryland and the District of Columbia in state and federal court. He is very experienced in all areas of criminal defense and is well thought of and respected in the legal community, by his peers, as well as by prosecutors and judges. Rick is extremely skilled in his ability to analyze a case and assess its strengths and weaknesses. He is well versed in the law and has successfully litigated many cases in motions, trials, and appeals. I highly recommend him."
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Greenbelt Criminal defense Lawyer Richard A Finci
Richard A Finci
Criminal defense Attorney
Greenbelt, MD
Licensed for 38 years
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