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Barry H Helfand

Criminal defense Attorney at Rockville, MD

4.9   32 reviews

Licensed for 59 years

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  1. Criminal defense
    33%
    Attorney Helfand has been a licensed attorney in the great state of Maryland since 1963. A former prosecutor and a premier criminal defense lawyer in the DC-area, Attorney Helfand has represented thousands of defendants with one motivation: Win.

    58 years, 15,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%
    The court system usually concludes a DUI case with one single court date where all issues are resolved and a penalty, if any, is issued. The penalties from the MVA, however, can come in waves. Call Attorney Helfand today for a free consultation.

    58 years, 5,000 cases

  3. Violent crime
    15%
    Attorney Helfand has decades of experience representing individuals accused of violent crimes such as murder, manslaughter, and other violent crimes. If you have been charged with a violent crime, call Attorney Helfand immediately.

    58 years

  4. Domestic violence
    10%
    Domestic violence cases can be devastating for all the parties involved. Many cases start with one family member being arrested and hauled off to jail. It is emotionally draining, call today.

    58 years

  5. Juvenile law
    10%
    If the police accuse a child of committing a felony, the Department of Juvenile Services is required by law to forward the case to the State’s Attorney’s Office for review, regardless of the Department’s recommendation about what should happen.

    58 years

  6. Speeding and traffic ticket
    2%
    Each week, thousands of people pay tickets for minor traffic violations, or go to court without representation. For many, life may go on as usual after paying the fines. For others, it can be the first step in a long chain of adverse consequences.

    58 years

“A prosecutor briefly during the 1960s, he has become one of the most sought-after criminal defense lawyers in the Washington area. His trial appearances attracts large crowds of lawyers and casual observers.” -- The Washington Post.

Barry "the Great" Helfand has made a career out of representing the “famous and infamous.” His victories include exonerations from murder charges, and million dollar civil awards. However, he also can be found in a Maryland or Federal courtroom just about every day of the week representing good people from all walks of life who have found themselves in difficult circumstances. Although licensed in Maryland, the Federal Courts, the Supreme Court and the District of Columbia, Barry Helfand’s skills in the art of trial advocacy and cross-examination often make him a valued attorney in many other jurisdictions across the country.

“Throughout my 40 years of trying thousands of cases, I have found that the unspoken request of any client is to ‘Win, Barry, just win.’ That is where I start when I begin evaluating a new client’s situation. I am not particularly interested how similar cases have been handled the past or ‘the way things have always been done around here.’ Every new case requires a fresh look at the law, how the case was first initiated, why the case is being prosecuted, and the undeniable human tendency of many witnesses who stand against my clients to lie, embellish, and shade the truth to the prosecution’s advantage.”

Barry Helfand has been rated as one of the Top 100 Trial Attorneys in Maryland by the American Trial Lawyers Association in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The Washingtonian Magazine named him as one of Washington’s Best Legal Minds for criminal defense in 2013. Also in 2013, the AV Preeminent organization gave Mr. Helfand the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Helfand also is a professor of trial advocacy at American University’s Washington College of Law in the District of Columbia.

“Some people may think that because some of my client’s cases have been profiled on the Discovery Channel or in national newspapers, that his or her case may be too small for my consideration. In fact, I may get the most satisfaction helping the everyday man, woman or young person who finds themselves the target a criminal prosecution, or who has been terribly harmed by someone else’s carelessness. The traffic ticket that threatens a working mother’s ability to keep her driver’s license is no less important that the felony embezzlement charge lodged against a corporate executive.”

“I know when a person gets arrested, there is an overwhelming feeling that the entire world is against him or her. No part of the initial arrest, processing, and filing of charges is designed to make the defendant feel more comfortable. It is usually not until the client hears my voice in a courtroom that he or she begins to feel like the playing field has been leveled.”

I encourage anyone who has a problem that needs solving -- whether it be a personal injury, criminal charged, DUI arrest, or some other dispute -- to call my assistant, Kristin King, and arrange a meeting with me to discuss the matter.

Licensed for 59 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1965
Updated 06/08/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1963
Updated 11/30/2015

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

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Attorney at Law
110 N Washington St Ste 502
Rockville, MD, 20850-2235
Barry H Helfand
110 N Washington St Ste 502
Rockville, MD, 20850-2235
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Barry the Great!
Barry Helfand is the single greatest lawyer that I've ever heard of, let alone had on my team. As a repeat offender I was sure that I was going to have "the book thrown at me". The day of my trial I was extremely nervous but Barry kept me confident. I'm still unsure of what sort of legal wizardry he preformed but five minutes after his arrival into the court room he had my case verdict: Nolle prosequi. I never would have dreamt this to be possible for a third DUI charge. I will absolutely recommend Barry Helfand to anyone in a tough spot legally. thanks again Barry!
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Helfand saved my life
I was facing sexual assault allegations Mr Helfand listened in intently and handled the situation . he knows the law like the back of his hand and I would recommend him to anyone when you get you into with the law
Posted by Sam | May 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Barry the Great! - Absolutely!!!
I wish I could give 10 stars. Engaging Barry to help me with my 2 DUI cases was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Barry handled my cases effectively and gracefully. He has helped me to get the lightest sentences possible !!! I actually think the results were better than the lightest sentences possible. Because of COVID, the court had to change my court dates and the process dragged longer than expected, but Barry and his legal assistant Melanie have always made themselves available whenever I need them. First class lawyer with first class legal assistant! I would highly recommend Barry and his law office. He has saved my life. He could save yours too.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Work
I was facing sexual assault charges and had plead guilty to a misdemeanor with another lawyer. With the plea, I was required to register as a sex offender. this was the absolute worst time of my life. My only chance out of this situation would be a successful reconsideration appeal. I needed a lawyer who was top notch and experienced. I choose Barry Helfand and he did not disappoint. Two months later I was scheduled a hearing and Barry was able to get me a PBJ. I am no longer on the registry, I am a free man. Thank you Mr. Helfand
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Posted by John | October 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 STAR ATTORNEY
Mr. Helfand has been always been there for me. For many years I had troubles with addiction and it led to court cases. He always stayed by my side and made sure I had the best possible outcome. Hands down the best lawyer around.
Posted by Mark | July 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Barry H. Is the MAN!
Barry Helfand is a really smart individual . He came highly recommended from a couple of people who have used him before and was worth every penny . He manage to get my case annulled with just a few words /details , but it was the WAY he said them that really sealed the deal . He was actually able to make a stressful situation kind of fun . He’s got a top-notch team working with him , Melanie is an A+ assistant and all the David‘s are top-notch attorneys as well ! Thank you Barry and team for all your help!
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excelent Attorney! The best in the area!
I cannot thank Mr. Helfand enough. I still remember his appearance at court, just magnificent!. He was able to reduce my sentence, which was mandatory jail time to just a PBJ, even under a strict judge's eyes. It has been 3 years since that incident, and I am still thankful that I made the right determination in hiring Mr. Helfand as an attorney. Ms. Kristin is the most dynamic supporting staff that I have ever seen. She is on top of everything. 10/10 would recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super Lawyer!!!
Barry is the best lawyer in Montgomery county hands down. I was facing three aggravated animal cruelty charges felonies and three animal cruelty charges misdemeanors with a maximum sentence of 9 years in prison. Barry listened to my case and helped me prepare a defense that was presented to the district attorney. Weeks before my scheduled trial date Barry was able to get my case steted which will eventually be expunged. He saved my career and my freedom. I am able to now continue my life with a clean record. Not sure how or what magic wand Barry bought but he definitely used it here. Its finally over, thanks Barry! O and by the way, he also helped me get a trespassing charged dropped with in 25 minutes of entering the court house. (Long story at the casino)
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Posted by Samad | November 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
3 for 3!!
Mr Helfand has been my attorney for 3 cases thus far. All three were major cases! Felonies and misdemeanors. The first case I had i met another attorney whom told me to take a plea deal. When i met mr helfand he told my family and I not to worry and the case was dismissed. The last case was a few weeks ago and mr helfand was superb during trial. He is so smart and confident! His staff is great especially Kristin and mr martella is always there to help as well. They are like family and treat me like family. Thank you for saving me time and time again! 3 for 3!! All expunged!
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Posted by Dave | June 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Super job
Barry gave me straight forward expectations from day one , then exceeded them. He had Pros. witnesses contradicting each other throughout I am very blessed that I found this man to handle my case.
Posted by Bryan | May 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in the united states
He got me out on a fugutive wArrrant that never happens i had a hold and a bond in the state of kentucky he got me out yes got me out if you got the money pay this guy! There not a day that goes bye i dont think about what you did im sure you want to smack me in the face lol because i still have no learned my lesson for some reason money seems to allways get me free but barry is the best
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A PARAGON!!!
Well you need not look up the meaning; briefly, a person or model of excellence and perfection that should be followed by others. And that is what Barry is. He is just that. He has practiced LAW for over 50 years with the excellence and dignity and at times humor that makes him the most sought after attorney and the most respected by his peers, the court and police officials. Thanks Barry, for your wonderful representation of my wife for her DWI/DUI in her hour of need.
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Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Well-respected and trustworthy
Barry Helfand recently represented me and the ultimate result was something that I never imagined I would have again: my life and my freedom. As a very busy attorney, I appreciated when Barry would meet with me, an often paranoid defendant. When there was no "news," Barry and Kristin would take the time to reassure me. If there is no one you feel you can trust, trust the office of Barry Helfand. He is a seasoned veteran in a field where it helps to have one.
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Posted by Ben | December 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
greatest lawyer + class act!
I had the privilege of having Mr. Helfand represent over a span of 4 years. In those years I only faced jail time once in that time span, my charges over that period of time typically would land some one in the prison system for a number of years. One of the greatest thing Barry did for me and my family was find me a rehab program that was going to work! Barry and his relationship with the judges and my family through out this period of time was nothing short of a blessing! I have since been given the opportunity to turn my life around. I HIGHLY recommend Mr. Helfand for representation in all criminal defense cases!
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Posted by LaVerne | April 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
My Angel, You can put your life in his hands!!!!
Where do I begin. I hired Barry for 3 felony charges. Barry and his staff members kept me informed every step of the way with phone calls and letters which thoroughly explained the legal process. My cases was a complex to say the least. Barry was so involved and devised a strategy in an attempt to prove my innocence at my trial. Barry tried my case and went above and beyond my expectations as he gathered and reviewed an abundance of my documentation to prepare for the trial. Barry displayed extreme professionalism, knowledge, empathy, and his articulation skills are matched by no other, in my opinion. I could not have asked for a better lawyer and his staff to handle my case. Barry has one special staff person that I adore and she is incredible that is Kristin she takes great care of your needs. This was a difficult time in my life and I am so glad that I hired Barry. I highly recommend that you hire Barry. Barry won the trial for me. You can trust him with your life and no matter how much it cost Barry is worth it. Barry and his firm is now like family too me. Thank you Barry and Kristin. I love you guys.
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Posted by Frank | February 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He saved my family
I was charged with 1st degree murder after defending myself and family from a raging house guest. My family was safe, but I faced the possibility of never seeing them again. Barry embraced my family and helped everyone cope with the ever present challenges that we were facing. He never faltered in his resolve to set me free and clear my name. I owe him my life, and I will never forget how he was able to spare my family from the strain of a long trial by resolving my case in the most expeditious manner possible. Barry has been breaking the mold in criminal defense his whole career and I watched him do it again with my case. All charges have now been dropped and I am looking forward to spending as much time as possible with my wife and two sons. Barry has saved many lives in his career and I will gladly get in line with everyone else that owes him the greatest debt. Hire this man at all costs! When it comes to your life or livelihood spare no expense and get the best. Barry Helfand, David Martella, and Kristin King are your team. I will never forget what they have done for my family.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
he rocks!
Today he came in prepared to help me out; was punctual, professional, TRULY concerned with my cause. Though the case was dismissed due to lack of witnesses, I felt secure in his reasoning that we would win the case NONETHELESS. Highly recommend.
Posted by Charles | September 29, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Best of the Best and God sent
I typed four times and every time the content got lost, so long story short, I had a criminal and two protective orders with very very serious allegations..... the civil cases was denied by the judge and I can go back to work TOMORROW!!! ONLY BARRY HELFAND CAN MAKE MIRACLE HAPPEN...i WILL CONTINUE...
Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Barry Helfand is the man best lawyer ever
I had been worried about this probation violation when Mr. Barry Helfand got my case and just talking to him he made my worries go away we went to court and he got me off probation and probation violation he is awesome this is the lawyer to get he is the man.
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2015
An Overall Top of the Line Attorney
This guy is a diamond! He's darn good at what he does! From the high profile to the minutia, he is the king. "I just want to win in the courtroom," he says again walking our a WINNER and I smiling at him in awe, trotted behind. What a guy! He's a winner!!! I am glad he's in my corner. I would not leave 'home' without him.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • asst states atty from 1966-1970
  • ,law clerk to circuit ct judge,states atty for montgomery cty md
  • 1963 - 1970

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1963

Legal Cases

  • state v gary smith
  • involuntary manslaughter
  • Maryland vs. Ruthann Aron
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruthann_Aron

Associations

  • bar assc montgomery cty md
  • multiple positions including executive bd
  • 1966 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyer
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2011
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Senior Thesis
  • Why the Separate but Equal Doctrine is Inherently Unequal
  • 1954

Speaking Engagements

  • law class
  • criminal trial practice
  • 2013
  • seminar
  • criminal procedure
  • 2010
  • bar assiation for montgomery cty md many ,many times
  • has given lectures on criminal law , criminal procedure and trial practice
  • 2010
  • seminar
  • mock trial
  • 2008
  • seminar
  • criminal practice
  • 2005
  • seminar
  • search and seizures
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Helfand is the reason I became a criminal defense attorney. He is, quite frankly, a Legend."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Helfand is a Legend. I endorse Barry Helfand without hesitation"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Helfand for many years . We have worked together on cases and represented conflicting parties. I have watched Mr. Helfand in trial and in negotiations. He is remarkable. Mr. Helfand is extremely knowledgable in the law, and even more knowledgable in the ways to deal with people. He is truly a star in the Maryland legal community. Any person chosing Barry Helfand as his or her lawyer is making a great choice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Helfand is a true legend and icon of the legal profession. He is masterful, creative and caring. He carries great weight with and has earned the respect of the Judiciary. In fact, on numerous occasions, he has represented Judges and fellow lawyers who became involved in legal matters. That speaks volumes about this man's ability... I endorse this lawyer without hesitation or reservation."
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Barry Helfand. The need for lawyers to stand up against abuse is greater today then ever before!"
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