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Maria Elena Mena

DUI and DWI Attorney at Silver Spring, MD

4.4   13 reviews
  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 25 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 32 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 34 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

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

About Maria

Learn Maria’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    20%
    There are few things more frightening than being arrested and charged with a felony offense. These types of crimes are the most severe in nature and carry harsh penalties.

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    The penalties you may face if convicted of drunk driving will vary depending on the specific circumstances of your case, which is why it is always encouraged that you take the time to work with an attorney.

  3. Domestic violence
    20%
    If your spouse, partner, significant other, or any person that you share a residence with assumed that you could cause serious physical harm to them or you did cause physical harm, then you may be charged with domestic violence.

  4. Child abuse
    10%
    Have you been accused of sexually abusing a child? If so, then you may be facing felony charges. Conviction of this offense could land you in prison, slap you with a heavy fine, and add your name to the sex offender registry.

  5. Sex crime
    10%
    Representation from Maria Mena could be the difference between life in prison and a life of freedom. Retain our team if you have been arrested for a sex crime such as rape, prostitution, solicitation, assault, child porn/abuse, etc, call right now.

  6. Speeding and traffic ticket
    10%
    If convicted of speeding or traffic driving violations will vary depending on the specific circumstances of your case, which is why it is always encouraged that you take the time to work with an attorney.

  7. Violent crime
    10%
    Being accused of a violent offense can be devastating and can have long-term negative effects on your life. If you have been arrested, or a loved one is facing this type of criminal charge, you need to act quickly.

Attorney Maria Mena is a private criminal defense attorney, divorce attorney, and personal injury attorney serving Maryland and Washington D.C. Her offices are located in Silver Spring & Tacoma Park, Maryland. For over 27 years she has protected the rights of her clients, and has earned a reputation for being aggressive in court, yet sensitve and caring toward her clients.  

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Location

Law Office of Maria Mena LLC
8720 Georgia Ave Ste 505
Silver Spring, MD, 20910

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Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Jaime | December 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
Maria Mena and her staff are by far the most diligent, efficient, and effective legal professionals I've worked with. I needed assistance with a criminal case dating from 1995 and attorney Mena was able to get it dismissed in less than 3 weeks. Attorney Mena exceeded all expectations. I strongly recommend their legal services as I can assure you that it will have a long-lasting positive effect. On behalf of the Perez family, we want to thank you Attorney Mena for all of your help!
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Posted by Doris | December 4, 2023
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Very Intelligent & Experienced Lawyer!
I am very pleased with the services I received from Ms. Mena and her staff. Katherine was very helpful and always kept me up to date with my case. My accident case from start to finish was smooth and efficient. Ms. Mena is experienced and knowledgeable she does not disappoint. She ensures your security. My father Jose also hired her for his DUI case, and he was also satisfied with his results. I do recommend her, and I would hire her again in the future! Thank you, Ms. Mena & Staff!
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Posted by Guillermo | October 21, 2023
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Client
I was very pleased with the services I received from the Law Office of Maria Mena. Ms. Mena and I met in her office for quite sometime, where she clearly and patiently explained to me everything related to my case. Her cooperación and demeanor, along with her long history of competent, reliable and professional, services, were more than enough reasons to convince me that I made the right choice when I decided to hire Ms. Mena for my criminal case. Her assistant , Karla was also amazing and kept me informed of all my court dates . She absolutely has a great staff!
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Posted by José | August 7, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Get accident lawyer
Amazing lawyer for car accidents highly recommended!! Very professional and experienced!
Posted by Jose C. | June 15, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
DUI
La Abogada me llevo un caso de DUI, tuve muy buenos resultados en la corte luego de que la persona me acusara que tuve un accidente tambien. Excelente abogada y equipo de trabajo, recomendada al 100%
Posted by Peter | November 4, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer
Ms. Maria Mena is an amazing lawyer. She is not just super professional, and extremely experienced, but also very compassionate and has a shining personality. She is like a star in this field that everyone we met on the court knows about her and she has a unique influence in the networks. She cares about people and is willing to stand with minorities for justice. We sincerely appreciate her help and efforts. We would never hesitate to recommend her to anyone else.
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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2019
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Best Lawyer in MD
she's a great lawyer!!! she helped me get my case dismissed that could have resulted in, me serving time. she's bilingual and is very attentive. I will recommend her to all my friends and family members.
Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Es lo mejor en MD. Para su defensa
Me defendio con por la berdad y solo la berdad. Eslo mejor de MD .la recomindo es muy buena. Contratala te defendera como tu nesesitas. Su ofinia esta en silver espring. Y geogea ave entu area
Posted by Danny | November 10, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Successful Criminal Record Expungement
Maria and her firm successfully helped me acquire a reconsideration for a decade long criminal conviction. Furthermore, she assisted me with expunging my record. Throughout the process, her encouraging words helped me stay positive and I was confident that she was doing everything in her power to achieve the desired results. Thanks to Maria, I am able to move on with my life and continue to better myself. She's the best criminal defense lawyer, hands down!
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2013
Traffic Matter
I hire her for a traffic matter and the case was dropped I could have gone to jail but instead she kept me out. She was truthful in what she said and honest about what could have happen. She speaks Spanish and English as well as her staff.
Posted by Mark | November 7, 2013
Great Lawyer!
Maria just had my second DUI charge dropped, and I can't thank her enough. If she wasn't so relentless, we wouldn't have won. She never quit filing motions and pushing forward, and finally the judge agreed with her. Thanks again Maria.
Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Horrible experience
I was deeply dismayed by the service provided by Maria Mena. It was disheartening to approach a legal professional with a concern, only to overhear derogatory comments directed towards my case. The absence of professionalism and empathy represents just one facet of the overall inadequacy observed in this experience.
Posted by Amber | January 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Too important to actually help her clients
I never understood why people don't like lawyers until now. Maria was extremely hands off with my DUI case. The MVA portion turned into a huge mess, including a suspension of my license and a forfeited admin hearing because of how hands off she was. The day before my actual court trial (after paying her $3500) I was informed she would not be in court but another attorney she passed my case to. She did not strategize with me to try to get a better outcome. I was basically forced to plead guilty and I totally regret not taking my retainer and running from her firm. Don't make the same mistake.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lead Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Law Offices of Maria Mena
  • 1993 - Present
  • General Practice Attorney
  • Meiselman & Greene
  • 1991 - 1993
  • General Practice Attorney
  • Law Office of Jay Wingfield
  • 1989 - 1991

Education

  • Howard University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • American University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Attempted Murder Charge Dropped
  • Misdemeanor Plea

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Maryland Hispanic Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association of Maryland
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Prince George's County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Bench-Bar Circuit Court Committee
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Elite Attorney
  • Women Criminal Lawyers
  • 2010
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Hispanic Defense Attorney Conference
  • DUI Defense
  • 2009
  • Martindale-Hubbell publication
  • Minority and Crimes
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (10)
Endorse Maria
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Maria Mena. I know that she is one of the most experienced, fearless, and dedicated attorneys out there. She will do all that is in her power to defend her clients and provide honest and affordable representation. You will not regret hiring her if you are facing any criminal charge in Maryland."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Maria is an outstanding criminal attorney. Highly recommended!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Maria is an outstanding lawyer. It was a pleasure going up against her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Maria is very well respected in the legal community. She is incredibly knowledgeable, cares about each case, and fights hard for her clients!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Maria and I have worked on several cases through the years. Every time I see her in court I recognize how she really fights for her clients. She is not afraid to try (and win) cases; and she is not afraid to challenge the other side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Maria has an uncanny knack for dealing with prosecutors, judges, and knows how to work the system better than almost anyone. She is fluently bi-lingual, and will hold your hand through the entire process."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a spectacular lawyer who is aggressive and smart in representing her client's interests. She is highly respected among trial attorneys and Judges alike. I have sent many referrals to her with the trust that they will receive the best representation and customer service."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maria Mena practices criminal law and personal injury law. She has been in our courts daily for over twenty years and each time I have had the pleasure of seeing her she has successfully handled another client to their full satisfaction. Maria has energy, decisiveness, skill, trial experience and wonderful-long lasting relationships with opposing counsel from all of her years of experience and triumphs. She is bi-lingual (Spanish) and very sincere. I highly recommend Maria Mena!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Incredibly dedicated Lawyer. Maria cares about her clients. She always pursues the best possible outcome no matter what the situation. I certainly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Maria on several case in criminal defense, specifically those involving false allegations of sexual abuse. Her assertiveness and thorough understanding of Maryland law was always an asset to the defense. I endorse Attorney Mena."
General practice Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Mena is an absolutely amazing and truly effective lawyer! Maria is highly respected by judges and fellow members of the bar. Maria is known among her colleagues as, "A Lawyer's Lawyer", meaning that she is the lawyer other lawyers go to for help. A tireless advocate for the rights of her clients, Maria retains a rich sense of compassion that heals client's fears while resolving their seemingly legal dilemmas. Gary Gerstenfield"
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Silver Spring DUI and DWI Lawyer Maria Elena Mena
Maria Elena Mena
DUI and DWI Attorney
Silver Spring, MD
Licensed for 34 years
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