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James Ernest Crawford JR

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JC | The Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, LLC - Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney 24 Hour Arrest & Arraignment Hotline
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Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer

Representing Defendants in Baltimore, Annapolis and Throughout Maryland

"Serious Trial Lawyer" Ready to Fight for Your Rights

If you are facing criminal charges, you are probably at one of the lowest points in your life. At the Law Offices of James E. Crawford Jr. & Associates, our job is to stand next to you in your hour of need and help you get your life back.

My name is Jim Crawford. For the past 23 years, I have defended people who have been charged with crimes in Baltimore, Catonsville, Annapolis, Bel Air and throughout every county and courtroom in Maryland. I handle every type of criminal case from shoplifting to life-changing accusations such as sex crimes and homicide. I am a serious trial lawyer.

A Long History of Success in Criminal Defense Law.

My trial experience is extensive. I am in court in front of judges and juries almost every day of my working life. I have tried cases successfully in just about every state and federal courtroom in Maryland.

The experience my staff and I bring to your defense is key to a successful resolution of your case. We provide high-quality, aggressive legal services for our clients. The lawyers in my firm are dedicated and highly experienced trial lawyers who are trusted members of the Maryland Bar and the Federal Bar.

Criminal defense is about more than knowing the law; it's also about understanding people. Judges, prosecutors, lawyers, police and defendants all bring variables that can alter the outcome of a criminal case. When I take on a case, I look at the facts, the law as it applies to the charges, and the "human element" and how it will likely affect the case.

The result? Positive outcomes for thousands of clients, a reputation as one of Maryland's most successful criminal defense lawyers and referrals from throughout Maryland and the entire United States.

Federal and State Prosecution

If you are already charged or believe you are under investigation by a state agency such as the police or the federal government, it is extremely important that you retain the services of a highly qualified lawyer like me immediately. In many instances, a prosecution can be avoided or even resolved prior to arrest and or trial. The quicker we have an understanding of the facts, the easier it is to push your case to resolution.

It is also important to understand that there are major differences in the way the federal government handles a prosecution and the way many county and state prosecutors handle cases. The procedures are strikingly different and need to be handled in an entirely different method. Experience and judgment are needed to protect you or someone you know who is on the "radar" of a prosecution.

Computer crimes: Including possession and distribution of child pornography, chat room offenses, computer tampering, identity theft, piracy and file-sharing, and copyright infringement

  • White collar crimes: Including mortgage and other types of fraud, tax evasion, and theft by deception

  • Theft and robbery: Including shoplifting, larceny, robbery and burglary

  • DWI/DUI and traffic violations: Including drunk driving, driver's license suspension and traffic violations

  • Drug charges: Including drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, drug distribution and drug kingpin charges

  • Weapons and violent crimes: Including assault and battery, weapons charges, carjacking, arson, manslaughter and homicide

  • Family and domestic cases: Including domestic violence, ex parte/protective orders, child abuse and child endangerment

  • Juvenile cases: Including underage drinking and other charges faced by people under the age of 18

  • Driving on a suspended or revoked driver's license: It's difficult to get by without driving in today's society. As a result, many people who lose their driver's license due to a DUI arrest or multiple traffic tickets choose to drive anyway. It's an especially difficult situation for those with commercial driver's licenses, like long-haul truckers. In Maryland, that can lead to criminal charges and an even longer suspension.


The Law Offices of James E. Crawford Jr. has a long history of successfully handling criminal cases. I know that if you are being prosecuted, it can be a tremendous burden and unbelievably stressful not just for you, but for your family and loved ones. You need someone in your corner who understands the process and can guide you through it. Contact my office now for a free consultation on your matter.

Contact Me Now

If you face criminal charges, contact me, Maryland criminal defense attorney Jim Crawford, before you talk to police or anyone else. I am available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I offer a free initial consultation.


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  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    24 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Family: 40%
    24 years, 5 thousand cases
  3. Business: 5%
    5 years
  4. Personal Injury: 5%
    5 years



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James E. Crawford JR. & Associates, LLC.

1435 Sulphur Spring Road
Baltimiore, MD, 21227-2703


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Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Preeminent Lawyer AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Preeminent Lawyer AwardMartindale-Hubbell2014
Preeminent Lawyer AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Lawyers in MarylandLegal Network2013
Preeminent Lawyer AwardMartindale-Hubbell2012
Preeminent Lawyer AwardMartindale-Hubbell2011
Preeminent Lawyer AwardMartindale-Hubbell2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney- Managing PartnerJames E Crawford Jr. & Associates, LLC1992 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maryland State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Maryland vs. RylandAll charges dismissed except 21-902 (a) -2 weekends, supervised probation
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Publication nameTitleDate
West PublishingIdentity Fraud2012
James E Crawford Jr. Criminal BlogSex Offense Charge Dropped against a Baltimore Man2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Baltimore School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of Baltimore School of LawLawMA - Masters1987
Frostburg State UniversityPre-LawBS - Bachelor of Science1985