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Richard F Kodzis

DUI and DWI Attorney at Pasadena, MD

5.0   15 reviews

Licensed for 28 years

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  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Former assistant state's attorney in Baltimore City, in private practice for over twenty years

    28 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    50%
    Member of National College for DUI Defense; certified to administer the road-side tests - the same training the police receive; also certified as an instructor for this training

    28 years

I retired from the United States Navy after twenty-one years of honorable service.  I began attending law school shortly before I left the Navy, and began working as an Assistant State's Attorney in Baltimore City, where I prosecuted a wide range of criminal, DUI - DWI Drunk driving suspended/revoked and other traffic charges.  I opened my own office in 1996 and began representing those charged with these serious matters.

 

When you retain the Law Office of Richard Kodzis, you are represented by me.  I am your lawyer - I do not send a junior or less experience attorney in my place.

 

I have the experience and training to represent you competently and a reasonable cost.  Many attorneys view DUI - DWI Drunk driving defense as a side or small portion of their service.  Many, perhaps most, do not dedicate themselves to knowing how to competently represent the DUI - DWI drunk driving client.  Many, perhaps most, do not invest the time or money to attend advanced training in DUI - DWI drunk driving defense.  Consequently, they do not see weaknesses that are present in every case.  They often encourage a client to (needlessly) plead guilty.  They fail to see that DUI - DWI drunk driving cases, while difficult, can be defended.   Indeed, in most cases there is little or no downside to pleading "not guilty" and making the State prove their case.  They do not have the training or experience to see or understnd with confidence that police officers frequently make arrest decisions based upon poorly conducted investigations, that breath tests may not have followed been done according to required protocols, and may not be valid or accurate, and so forth.  

 

I have successfully represented clients in Anne Arundel County (Annapolis and Glen Burnie), Howard County (Ellicott City), Prince George's County (Upper Marlboro and Hyattsville), Baltimore County (Catonsville, Towson, Essex/Kelso Drive), Baltimore City, Montgomery County (Rockville and Silver Spring), Calvert County (Prince Frederick), Saint Mary's County (Leonardtown), Charles County (LaPlata), Queen Anne's County (Centreville), Caroline County (Denton), and Talbot County (Easton), among others.

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Licensed for 28 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 11/24/2022

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

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Law Office of Richard Kodzis
8611 Fort Smallwood Road,Suite "C"
Pasadena, MD, 21122
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2010
Richard is top notch
Richard is an outstanding person and lawyer. He was knowledgeable and straightforward, providing me with the reality of the DUI situation and the possible outcomes. He was a steady but responsive advisor throughout the process and helped me maintain my focus and perspective (not always easy). Richard was prepared the day of trial and had alternative plans depending on the outcome. Fortunately, we obtained what we determined was a good outcome based on the facts, but had things turned out otherwise he was prepared to continue to move forward if that's what I wanted. Mostly, Richard is both a fine man and attorney, someone you want on your side to represent you.
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Posted by Morville | August 21, 2009
Bravo Zulu to one of the best lawyers
Mr. Kodzis was one of the best lawyers I ever worked with. I live in NY my wife found A couple of lawyers for me, after speaking with them I realized that Mr. Kodzis was the best pick. All business was conducted through phone conversations, emails and fax. He is very trustworthy, and generally cared about my case and the outcome. I met Mr. kodzis in person for the first time on the 17th of August my court date. He was able to get my cas dismissed and is currently working on having it expunged. I would not hesitate to use him again if needed, and i would have not having any second guest on reffering him to someone else. I think he is A perfessional and trustworthy person and i hope the best for his business. please contact me if you have any questions.
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Kodzis
Mr. Kodzis was a professional who actively listened. Gave legal advice and supported my decisions in how to proceed. He moved methodically and with purpose to work on my behalf.
Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful
I received a DUI in the state of PA but am a Maryland resident and hopefully with the help of my lawyer in PA get accepted into the ARD program. My driving privileges will be suspended in PA. I was seeking information on what would be driving status in MD be and Richard consulted me and put my worries at ease. I highly recommend anyone with legal woes in MD to contact him.
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Posted by Andy | March 23, 2017
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Best Defense Lawyer for DUI
Richard Kodzis was my attorney in my DUI case who's experience as a defense lawyer was second to none. He was through and left no stone unturned to ensure the best possible outcome for my case. I appreciate his concern for me and he always showed me his undivided attention answering my questions and keeping me informed at all times. I can't say again how much I appreciate his help. I had issues with state taxes and he was willing to help resolve that problem. You will never find a better Attorney then Richard Kodzis. I am great full for his help and I want everyone to know that Richard is the right choice when deciding to hire a lawyer. Thank you Richard!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2017
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Very knowledgeable!
Mr.kodzis is a very positive person and explains the possible outcomes very clearly. He helped me to get through my mva hearing and followed up until my license got reinstated! He knows all the possible outcomes for both in-state and out-of-state dui. He is someone you would definitely want to represent on your side.
Posted by Andrew | October 31, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Vandalism Charge Dismissed
My wife and I were very impressed with the understanding and experience Mr. Kodzis had of the Anne Arundel County criminal justice system. We did not hesitate to hire him to represent me in my court case and I was very pleased with the outcome of my case- dismissal.
Posted by Jason | January 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
DUI/ Clearance
First and foremost, I would like to thank you to Richard for a job well done. Like most of you reading, I am not a bad person but a person that made a bad choice. Six months ago I made a horrible decision to drink and drive and less than one block from my house I had a very unfortunate encounter with the local law enforcement. My wife chanced to find Richard while looking online and gave him a call. Richard was wonderful on the first phone call when I felt like my life and everything I had worked so hard for was gone with my terrible choice to drink and drive. Richard provides excellent guidance from day one and put me InTouch with a co-worker of his that greatly impacted my sensitive security clearance in the most positive way it could be under my situation. Richard was spot on with his recommendations before trial and to say the least, his reputation and relationship with the court and district attorneys ended in a more favorable result than I thought possible. To recommend Richard would be underplaying my experience with this horrible situation. Hire him, and you hire much more than an attorney. All I did was follow his guidance from day one. Thank you, Richard, I am very much in your debt. JC
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2015
Outstanding
Richard did an outstanding job on my case! He was very knowledgeable, trustworthy and just a very nice person. He prepared me for all outcomes and worked very hard with the prosecutor to get me the best outcome on a case in which I refused to blow. Thanks you Richard
Posted by mike | June 16, 2014
mr davis
esquire Richard kodzis is a superior dui/dwi attorney I would recommend him to anybody that got a dui or anything for impared driving I had two dwi and he helped me thru the whole ordeal with the minimum time I had to do he is a ten out of ten
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2014
Flexible and efficent with extensive experience.
Mr. Kodzis is by all means an outstanding attorney. I would recommend him to anyone. He exceeded my expectations as an attorney in many ways. I did not want to hire a lawyer until we met in person and the only time I could do it was the weekend, because I lived out of state. Most lawyers required a meeting during normal business hours or a phone consultation. Mr Kodzis was flexible and willing to work around my schedule to meet on the weekend. While Mr. Kodzis is not the cheapest, he definetly is not the most expensive either and well worth it. Due to his experience as a state prosecutor, he has extensive knowledge of the local court system. He made me and my wife very comfortable through the whole process and even knew minor questions to ask that other lawyers didnt, that eventually helped me out as well. He kept me informed of all updates throughout the whole process.I don't believe I could have asked for a better lawyer.
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Posted by Patrick | November 17, 2011
Richard F Kodzis
Richard Kodzis is trustworthy, responsive, knowledgeable and aways kept me informed. He helped me get through what I think was one of the most difficult times of my life. The case is over and I won in many more ways than this simple write up can sumarize. Even though the case is over, Richard still calls me to simply say hello and ask how I am doing. There is a reason he was the only Attorney that returned my call August 28, 2011. This was a Sunday morning, mind you, and after I had spent several frantic hours searching the Internet and making call after call to various Attorneys. While we may have stumbled on to each other by happenstance, he helped navigate through a complex legal system and life. For this I will alway be tremenously grateful.
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Posted by Robert | December 22, 2009
Mr. Robert R. Hagans
After taking to several lawyers about my case each one told me that they would get me a plea bargining deal. I explained to them that I was innocent and wanted to fight the case no matter the cost. Only Mr. Kodzis gave me the option of a plea deal or fighting the case. He did this because he felt that I was telling the truth and that I wanted justice not just to be rid of the legal situation. In every step of the case he took the least costly means of proving my case and we won both the court and MVA cases. Many the other lawyer's I had talked too said we would loose these case including all of my lawyer friends. I highly recommend Mr. Kodzis his integrity and knowledge are second to none.
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Posted by Morville | August 18, 2009
Great, trustworthy and caring lawyer
Mr. Kodzis was a great lawyer. I live in NY my wife research several lawyers, and after speaking to them, I realized that he was the best choice. I felt the most comfortable with Mr. Kodzis he understood My situation and the importance of my case. We did all transactions over the phone and through emails and never once had a doubt. I met him for the first time the day of my court hearing, but even before I met him from my 4.5 hr drive from NY he gave me great recommendations for places to eat and to relax before going to court. At my hearing he was very confident, my case was dismissed, and he his currently working on getting it exponged. I would recommend him with my highest regards. If you would like to contact me please send me a email [email protected]
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2009
Traffic Violations
Richard was great to work with from start to finish. He made my process very easy! I would highly recommend him!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Richard Kodzis
  • 1996 - Present
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Office of the State's Attorney, Baltimore City, Maryland
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Lieutenant-Commander
  • United States Navy
  • 1972 - 1993

Education

  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney's Assn, 10th Annual Advanced DUI Defense Seminar
  • 2013
  • National College for DUI Defense Summer Session conducted at the Harvard Law School
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2013
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney's Assn, 9th Annual Advanced DUI Defense Seminar
  • 2012
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Assoc. 8th Annual Advanced DUI Defense Seminar
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2011
  • Webinar - Head Space Gas Chromatography Flame Ionizatin Detector and the Pharmacology of Ethyl Alcohol, Marijuana and Benzodiazepines
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2011
  • Webinar - Enzyme Assay Ethanol [alcohol] Testing
  • Completion
  • 2011
  • Webinar - Advanced DWI Trial Preparation
  • 2011
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Assoc.7th Annual Advanced DUI Defense Seminar
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2010
  • National College for DUI Defense Summer Session conducted at the Harvard Law School
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2010
  • National College for DUI Defense Summer Session conducted at the Harvard Law School
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2009
  • Advanced Drug Recognition Expert Training Course
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2009
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Assoc. 6th Annual Advanced DUI Defense Seminar
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2009
  • National College for DUI Defense Summer Session conducted at the Harvard Law School
  • Cerificate of Completion
  • 2008
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Test Practioner
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2008
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Test - Instructor
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2008
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Assoc. 5th Annual Advanced DUI Defense Seminar
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2008
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Assoc. 4th Annual Advanced DUI Defense Seminar
  • Completion
  • 2007
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Assoc. 3rd Annual Advanced DUI Defense Seminar
  • Completion
  • 2006
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Miami University (Ohio)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972
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Legal Cases

  • Mangum v. Hook
  • Prevailed at the Court of Special Appeals.
  • State v. RH
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. S.H.
  • Dismissed

Associations

  • National College for DUI Defense
  • General Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • James C. Cawood Inn of Court
  • Member/Former Board Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Executive Committee
  • 2001 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Meritorious Service Award
  • Commander, Naval Security Group
  • 1993
  • Honorable Discharge
  • United States Navy
  • 1993
  • Navy Commendation Medal
  • Secretary of the Navy
  • 1992
  • Navy Achievment Medal
  • Secretary of the Navy
  • 1986
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Speaking Engagements

  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Anne Arundel Bar Association Annual Meeting & Crab Feed Social-Attendee
  • 2021
  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Anne Arundel Bar Association Annual Meeting-Attendee
  • 2019
  • Dinner meeting
  • Co-lead a panel discussion that included judges of the district court concerning current 5th Amendment/Miranda Warning issues
  • 2011
  • Panel Discussion on DUI - DWI defense
  • Lead a panel discussion that included judges of the district court concerning current issues in DUI - DWI defense
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kodzis is very knowledgeable, and very well-respected amongst his clients, colleagues, and the bench. He s truly an asset to the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kodzis is an asset to the legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Richard F. Kodzis for a number of years now through our mutual association in the National College for DUI/DWI Defense. Mr. Kodzis is a dedicated advocate and always stirives for the best possible results for his clients. If you or someone you know or love faces a Criminal, DUI/DWI or traffic issue in Millersville or any of the surrounding areas, I would recommend that you contact Richard F. Kodzis without delay. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an excellent attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kodzis is a zealous advocate for the accused. He truly cares about his clients and works hard to maintain the level of expertise required to successfully handle DUI cases in Maryland."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Being a 10+ year, now lifetime member of the National College for DUI Defense, I have been privileged with getting to know many of our nation's finest DUI defense attorneys. Of the handful of Maryland DUI Defense attorneys to whom hold state and national repute in the area of DUI defense, Richard Kodzis is amongst them. I would not hesitate to refer a citizen client in need to him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kodzis is a well trained and highly skilled DUI defense attorney. I have had the pleasure of running into Attorney Kodzis at several national seminars including a most recent DUI seminar sponsored by the National College for DUI Defense at Harvard Law School. What makes Attorney Kodzis great as a person also makes him great as an attorney. He is thorough with every endeavor and leaves no stone unturned. I highly recommend Attorney Kodzis for any citizen accused of a DUI or other related crime."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kodzis routinely takes the time to attend state and regional conferences on the subject of DUI law. At these seminars the most technical aspects of DUI defense and the associated forensic science is taught by some of the most educated individuals around the country. It is this extra effort combined with a knack for advocacy that places Attorney Kodzis among the very elite in terms of Maryland's DUI defense bar. I strongly endorse his work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kodzis is a highly dedicated DUI/DWI attorney. He has taken the time to educate himself on all ascpects of DUI/DWI. He continues to be a frequent attendee of the most cutting edge seminars in DUI/DWI. I recomend his services to anyone that has been charged with DUI in Maryland."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Richard is a very capable, enthusiastic and knowledgeable attorney. I see him at the DUI seminars throughout the county where he continually evidences his desire to expand his skill well beyond the average DUI practitioner."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I've known Attorney Kodzis for quite some time and have found him to be a very capable and conscientious attorney. He truly cares about the clients whom he works for and has proven to be a skillful advocate. Like most well-respected DWI attorneys, I see Attorney Kodzis at all of the latest seminars throughout the country where he works hard to gain a legal edge for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Dick Kodzis. He's an experienced criminal attorney and has a thorough understanding of the judicial process. As a former prosecutor, his knowledge and trial skill are second to none. If you want to know all your options and receive the best possible result, call Dick."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kodzis is a highly skilled and impressive attorney. His dedication towards perfecting his craft and in his dedicated representation of the citizen accused is something that other lawyers can be proud of. He has easily received my endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dick Kodzis is one of the finest criminal defense/DUI lawyers I know. Experienced, knowledgeable and always well-prepared, he is the advocate's advocate. His ethich are above reproach."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dick is a former prosecutor and an excellent attorney. He has both the experience and the will to prepare to provide excellent representation."
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