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Stephen F Allen

Criminal defense Attorney at Gaithersburg, MD

5.0   36 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 35 years
    Maryland - MD 36 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1988
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    All felony (major crimes) and misdemeanor matters (minor crimes) including Drunk Driving (DUI & DWI)

    37 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    All Serious traffic (jailable) and Criminal charges in Maryland and D.C.

    37 years

  3. Personal injury
    Automobile and most other types of accidents caused by anothers intentional, negligence and/or reckless conduct.

    37 years

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    All serious and/or jailable traffice tickets including but not limited to Hit/Run, Suspended, Revoked, Flee/Elude, DUI, Unauthorized use of Rental Vehicle, Driving Without License, Etc.

    37 years

  5. Divorce and separation
    Separation, Divorce, Custody, Child Support, Spousal Support (Alimony) Visitation Agreements, Marital Agreements, Etc.

    37 years

30+ Years Experience

The Law Offices of Stephen F. Allen, P.C. has been providing quality legal representation at affordable prices for over 30 years throughout Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia in such areas as criminal/traffic defense, automobile accidents. family law and many other legal matters.

The importance of selecting an experienced attorney in any case cannot be overstated. Your future may depend on your defense. The Law Offices of Stephen F. Allen, P.C. will provide a strong defense designed to protect your rights, preserve your freedom, and safeguard your future.


Aggressive Criminal Representation

The Law Offices of Stephen F. Allen, P.C. believes in aggressive representation for clients facing misdemeanor and felony criminal charges. We realize that your case is of the utmost importance to you. We will seek to resolve it in the most timely, cost-effective, and favorable way.


Trial Victories, Negotiated Settlements

Our lawyers have achieved numerous trial victories or obtained reduced charges/penalties in criiminal and traffic cases.  We have negotiated significant financial settlements and/or jury verdicts in personal injury and/or automobile accidents.  In each legal matter,  we thoroughly prepare each case for trial and are always prepared to take your case before a judge or jury to defend your rights to obtain a favorable resolution.  


We have competent and well trained staff who also speak Spanish.


Free Initial Consultation  -  Payment Plans

The firm provides free consultations, reasonable fees, and payment plans for most legal matters and/or charge a minimal legal fee fto provide advice . It is our desire to provide exemplary legal representation to our clients. Our desire is to become your lawyer for life.

For a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers, contact us. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain. Do not wait as certain legal rights may be waived. Call us now.

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Stephen F Allen
301 S Frederick Ave
Gaithersburg, MD, 20877-2328


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  36 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful and expert in his field
Mr.Allen helped me for my case with all of his heart. He is not treating me like his client, he is treating me like family and helps all he can do with his best. Without him, I have no idea what to do. He is the best lawyer.
Posted by Tiosha | April 7, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thorough and Compassionate
Although Stephen could not take my case as it involved Florida law, he took the time to research and provide me with options. He took great care in explaining other remedies and how to possibly come to an amicable resolution. He was also compassionate as the matter involved the loss of my mom. I would definitely contact him again involving any local legal matters and recommend him to anyone looking for a thorough and caring attorney.
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Posted by Michelle | February 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5-Star Lawyer
Words can not express my gratitude towards Mr Stephen F. Allen, P.C., this is one of a kind lawyer who knows his stuff from back to front. Not only is he caring but compassionate as well which is rare. If you want to be successful in your criminal case needs this is the guy you should contact. Brilliant is an understatement, I am pleased with his work. Mr. Allen carefully listened to everything I had to say. He went over the facts of the case and clearly stated all possible outcomes. He was encouraging and realistic at the same time. I felt that I was in very capable hands.
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Posted by Archana | June 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, superb and very helpful
Great Service Outstanding Service & Representation Discreet honest and Swift In action are just a few of the words to define the character of Mr. Stephen. F. Allen and his entire staff when I say entire each member of his staff played a valuable role in helping to resolve my matter as if a Family has represented you in a legal matter Including last but not least to mention the one who stood side by side to me carefully explaining the process and my options and obtaining from most people's perspective my extremely favorable result in my case Robert Perry I would advise anyone seeking the best results to not walk not drive but run to Mr. Allen and Staff they are great. Sincerely & Truly
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
i was very worried about having to travel to maryland from new york when i had no time . Mr Allen resolved my issue without me needing to travel. It was a big relief to me and in the end everything worked out in a positive way for me. i was also impressed with the quick responses from the office staff and mr allen to keep me up to date. i would recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Nancy | March 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beyond Satisfied!
I needed legal representation asap, I consulted a few attorneys and all they were interested in was overcharging me exorbitant fees and retainers, finally I drove by my church and saw Mr. Allen's law office, and consulted with him. He was experienced, effective and even told me what steps to take even before I decided to hire him. Mr. Allen and his team did an EXCELLENT job representing me! I was impressed, pleased, grateful and beyond satisfied!
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Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Charges dropped, best possible result!
I am grateful that Mr. Allen was able to get my charges dropped! The relevant people at court all seemed to know and respect him, most importantly the prosecutor. He was professional and patient in our personal interactions as well. Hiring him was a fantastic decision.
Posted by Ken | December 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Completely Satsified results
I recently hired the offices of Stephen F Allen for a court case in the State of Maryland, his entire staff handled the case with expertise and with his expertise turned a bad situation around. I would highly recommend his offices.
Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Stephen F Allen : The lawyer can honestly trust
Mr. Stephen F Allen is an excellent lawyer who has extensive experience in dealing with many complex legal issues. He can advise you at the outset what courses of action would be best for you in the proceedings to achieve your goals. Last summer I lost a big chunk of money to an unlicensed contractor. I thought I would never be able to recover my money. But I made a smart decision. I contacted Mr. Allen for advice and it was of great help. I got all my money back last month. I can not thank Mr. Allen enough for his guidance. This is my friendly advice: If you ever need legal help for a problem, Attorney Stephen F Allen is the right person who can sincerely help you.
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Posted by Lakeisha west | September 24, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
The law officeof Stephen Allen is top notch!
I was faced with a traffic case and with my busy schedule barley had time to even look for a lawyer to represent me. Just three days before my case Mr Stephen Allen was able to represent me and provide me with an immediate relief. I was so stressed but they were professional and personable. Stephen resolved my case and was so easy to work with. Thank you for all that you do! Simply the best!
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Posted by James | September 11, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Legal Counsel
Mr. Allen provided exceptional service on a traffic case I did not expect to win. He was able to get all the charges dropped, and the cost was far less than what I would have paid (in terms of both money and inconvenience) had I not sought his counsel. I can't recommend him highly enough!
Posted by Babacar | August 31, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fast & Efficient
Absolutely loved this lawyer, not only does he answer all your questions, he also informs you on how to prepare physically and mentally for the court date. He responds to emails very quickly, which is very helpful when on the move. Absolutely satisfied with this lawyer.
Posted by Tammy | August 30, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Handled with Little Effort
Mr. Allen was able to negotiate my charges allowing me to not have to appear in court. He understood the law so well he was able to find issues with my charges. I was able to avoid the embarrassment of a full courtroom. Thank you Mr. Allen.
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He explained me at all everything that I need. He tell me how the court act and gave me a very good advice of what do to about immigration and traffic situation. I really recommend because he is really fast to answer a questions and very flexible. Thanks
Posted by georgembi2013 | May 5, 2015
Mr. Allen Did Best job For Me
My case was DV. Mr. Allen spent his time and did a very good job for me. He deserves the money I paid. The police lied and said I told police I hit my wife with a baton repeatedly . I did't do that. Mr. Allen showed the jury that the police did a bad job. Most members believed me. We got a hung Jury. However, I run out of money. My wife , who was labeled my victim, also had no money to support me. I decided to plea guilty. The judge did not believe me and was given a heavy sentence. Still , I think I got the best results from Mr. Allen
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Posted by Linda | May 1, 2015
Stephen F. Allen , Attorney is the best source you can find the quick solution at the court unexpectedly...
Thanks to Stephen F. Allen,attorney because he truly is the great source of all the major law legal issues that he surely knows how to win the case as long as he does handle all the law matters to get things straighten out promising likely to get his case winning by dropping any charges depending on offering any classes if you will be willing to accomplish to meet the ends... Let's count on him if you will need him for your future case in time of defending your rights in order to get things quickly out of your difficulty situation.... Rate him to the top 5 stars...Thumb up! Linda
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Posted by Mark | May 1, 2015
Stressful situation
Attorney Allen provided sound advice in resolving an extremely stressful situation. He was always very accessible throughout the process and helped put closure to my legal issues. I would never hesitate to contact Attorney Allen for any legal issue.
Posted by YAHYA KHERI | May 1, 2015
Thank you for your Service
Mr Allen has been great to me during my difficult time and challenges and I will always recomend him to anyone - very patient and understanding and never judge - Thank you so much for all these years of your service YKHERI
Posted by Allan | March 5, 2015
I want to extend my many thanks to the “Law Offices of Stephen F. Allen” for a job well done, in regards to my recent expungement case with the State of Maryland. I worked directly with Mr. Allen (Stephen) and there are no words to express my level of gratitude to him. He was straight to the point about things from the very first start, giving me the feeling that he’s a talent at what he does and that I was in good hands. He’s also very good at following protocols, by answering to my questions via emails within a matter of minutes and kept me informed. I can honestly say that this is by far the best of the best company in general business that I’ve dealt with and I would be glad to do business with him again. , I simply couldn’t help, but to leave this quick positive feedback on his behalf, just to testify and let other know that there are still some good and legitimate business out there that delivers top notch quality services. Stephen is a testament to his profession and coming from great stock, will fight for his clients with the same passion and vigor. Mr. Stephen is an exceptional attorney. He is totally open and honest. He understands the Law and has a great reputation. He under promises and over delivers. He is calming yet candid and his results are right on target or beyond. I would use him again without hesitation and I would recommend him without reservation.
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Posted by Kevin | February 26, 2015
Got MORE than I paid for!
I went to Stephen for some advice on a child custody case. First and foremost, Stephen listens to his client. Once he performed some due diligence, he presented me with options that were realistic and tailored to my situation. He let me know straight up what would work and where the challenges resided. I did very well with his advice, and will definitely use his expertise again.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Offices of Stephen F. Allen, P.C.
  • 1994 - Present
  • Partner
  • Allen & Banjavic, Attorneys at Law
  • 1990 - 1994


  • American University, Washington College of Law, Journal of International Law & Policy
  • Senior Associate Editor
  • 1986
  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Fordham University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Legal Cases

  • Automobile Accident Recovery
  • $100,000.00 Settlement
  • Automobile Accident Recovery
  • $100,000.00 Settlement
  • Automobile Accident Recovery
  • $261,000.00 Recovery


  • Simon E. Sobeloff Law Society
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Hispanic Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Frederick County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Prince Georges County, Office of the Sheriff
  • Cavalier
  • 1996 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Contracts II
  • American Jurisprudence Book Award
  • 1983


Speaking Engagements

  • Financial Planning Course
  • Wills, Trusts, and other Standard Estate Documents
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (11)
Endorse Stephen
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen his countless answers to the questions that are posted by those in need of guidance on Avvo. His answers are consistently prompt if -not immediate- precisely responsive, provide clear and specific direction to the inquirer, and reflect a detailed knowledge of criminal law and procedure."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as a dedicated attorney in matters relating to criminal representation. I had the opportunity to work with Stephen Allen when he represented my firms immigration law clients in separate criminal matters. Mr. Allen represented the clients well in the criminal matters and also considered the impact of the criminal matter on the client's immigration status. I would not hesitate in referring any client to him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr Allen is a skilled attorney of the highest ethical character. He not only provides aggressive representation but he is excellent at keeping clients week informed about all aspects of their case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve has an admirable record of success resolving difficult cases by settlement or in front of a judge or jury. With honesty and integrity, he works hard to solve his client's problems in a fair and equitable way. I endorse him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Mr. Allen. He is an experienced, savvy and talented attorney. Knows the courts very well and works hard to get clients the best possible result."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known him for a number of years and he is extremely well qualified."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is extremely thorough in preparing his client and his client’s cases. In an age where “dump truck lawyers” will take your hard-earned money to just quickly accept the first plea offered by the state, Stephen is unafraid to take cases to trial when the need arises. Equally as important, Stephen puts his clients first, shepherding them through every aspect of the daunting gauntlet that is the criminal process. I have seen Stephen in action, and in my opinion, here is no finer criminal defense attorney in Maryland."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I take great pride in endorsing Stephen. I have known Stephen for more than 16 years and can attest to his commitment to clients and to our legal community. Stephen is highly respected as both a terrific lawyer and ethical man."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Stephen as a wonderful attorney. Stephen is well respected by our legal community and is a source of great comfort to clients in a particularly dire time of need."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Allen is an outstanding trial lawyer. He is fearless in the court room and is also a great tactical attorney. I wholeheartedly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Allen for over 20 years. I have seen him in court on hundreds of occasions and have tried several cases with him. Mr. Allen cares deeply for his clients. He prepares for his cases. He is well known and respected among both judges and prosecutors as well as his colleagues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Allen is reliable, knowledgeable and hardworking."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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