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Patricia A Cresta-Savage

Criminal defense Attorney at Glen Burnie, MD

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also known as Pat Cresta-Savage

Licensed for 24 years

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    23 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Other

  3. Employment and labor

    23 years, 100 cases

  4. Civil rights
    This refers to civil rights cases other than those involving labor and employment cases.

  5. General practice

  6. Sex crime
    Criminal defense of sex crimes and post-conviction cases involving sex offender registration.

    23 years, 40 cases

  7. Violent crime
    Includes cases involving murder, assault with intent to kill, voluntary manslaughter, sexual assault and armed assaults.

    23 years, 50 cases

  8. Wrongful termination
    Included in Employment and Labor above.

  9. Nursing home abuse and neglect

My experience as an attorney began in 1998 and have practiced as an attorney in the courts of D.C. and Maryland, including D.C. Superior Court for 23 years, in the D.C. Court of Appeals for 18 years; and Maryland District, Circuit, Court of Special Appeals, and Court of Appeals since 2004.  During these two decades, I have represented literally hundreds of clients charged with felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses (including drug possession and distribution, possession of illegal firearms, burglary, theft, robbery, sexual assault, and murder cases, among others).  I have had dozens of criminal bench and jury trials and handled hundreds of criminal pleas. Along with a colleague,we won a ground-breaking appellate case in Maryland that found that the application of retroactive requirements for sex offender registration were prohibited by the Maryland Declaration of Rights (Constitution).  This outcome was and is preventing the State of Maryland from suddenly requiring sex offender registration for persons convicted decades before the first sex offender statutes became law.  I live with my husband, Jack, in Maryland, with our two Himalayan cats.  I enjoy travel, dining, golf, boating and reading.

Licensed for 24 years
State NH
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 07/03/2019
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 07/12/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1998
Updated 06/08/2022

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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Pat Cresta-Savage
  • 1998 - Present


  • Anne Arundel Community College Legal Studies Institute
  • 40 Hour Mediation & Conflict Resolution Training
  • 2019
  • Pittsburg State University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1999
  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • Study Abroad
  • 1996
  • Northern Virginia Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of New Hampshire
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973
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Legal Cases

  • Client charged with murder in the District of Columbia
  • Jury found guilty on Assault with Deadly Weapon, but not murder


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Corrections Committee
  • Chair
  • 2017 - Present
  • District of Columbia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • 2005 - Present
  • District of Columbia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member; National Board of Directors
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • District of Columbia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Vice President
  • 2003 - 2004
  • District of Columbia Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association
  • Vice President
  • 2000 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Recognize Efforts to Increase Pay of CJA Lawyers
  • DC Bar Association
  • 2004


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Policy Regarding Privatization of Prisons
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Conference: National Association of Defense Lawyers (NACDL)- March 2014
  • Ex Post Facto Application to Sex Offender Registration Laws
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (0)
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen her zealous advocacy for decades. Great Litigator!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Pat is an excellent advocate. She did a spectacular job in persuading the Maryland Court of Appeals that SORNA could not be applied retroactively under the Maryland Consitution."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great advocate."
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Glen Burnie Criminal defense Lawyer Patricia A Cresta-Savage
Patricia A Cresta-Savage
Criminal defense Attorney
Glen Burnie, MD
Licensed for 24 years