Criminal Defense

Violent Crimes. Complete Maryland and D.C. Criminal Defense

Violent crimes, or crimes against the person, are among the most serious criminal offenses, and often carry mandatory minimum penalties. When facing these serious criminal charges, it is important for you to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney that has been tested throughout his career in multiple trials.

At the Carpio Law Firm, our lead and founding attorney understands the importance that solid experience can play in a criminal trial. In fact, during his years with the Office of the Attorney General in Maryland and the Office of the State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County, he witnessed how inexperienced counsel can render ineffective representation and damage the case of a criminal defendant. To speak to our firm about your violent crime case, please contact us directly for a free consultation.

It bears repeating that it is not advisable to make the mistake of talking to the police while under investigation or following an arrest for a violent crime – the State and the U.S. Government agents will use anything you say against you at a subsequent trial. If you are found in this situation, unequivocally ask to speak with an attorney. Be firm, because after you make this request, law enforcement authorities cannot speak with you unless your attorney is present.

The Carpio Firm defends people charged with both violent misdemeanors and felonies. Some examples of violent crimes include:

    • Armed Robbery
    • Arson
    • Assault, including aggravated assault and battery
    • Carjacking
    • Murder/Homicide
    • Manslaughter and Use of a handgun
    • Vehicular Manslaughter


We advise our clients before proceeding to trial, or accepting any plea bargain, to fully understand all of their legal options, as what may seem like a reasonable offer now, may actually work to their detriment in the future. At the Carpio Law Firm, we understand the tactics the State and the U.S. Attorneys will use in your prosecution. We will explain these strategies to you, we will evaluate your best options, and we will craft a specially designed criminal defense strategy with a theme for your particular case.

Murder / Homicide

Defense against Maryland and District of Columbia Murder Charges
Individuals or family members charged with murder and related offenses require exceptional legal counsel, as these are the most serious criminal charges, and they impose the most severe sentences. Please follow this advice. If you are facing murder/homicide charges, you should never speak with the police without requesting to speak with an attorney first.

Mr. Abraham F. Carpio has the necessary experience to successfully defend individuals charged with murder/homicide. Early in his career and currently, he was involved in the litigation of two Death Penalty cases in the military, and has handled serious attempted murder cases, at the trial and appellate level. Our firm, located in Northern Prince George’s County, Maryland, represents people facing this life and death matter. Please feel free to contact me today to schedule a free initial consultation.

Needless to say, murder/homicide charges require the services of an aggressive defense lawyer, who understands the tactics the State will use, and will defeat them at their game. Attorney Abraham F. Carpio spent 12 years as an Assistant Public Defender, JAG Officer, Assistant Attorney General, and Assistant State’s Attorney at the Office of the State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County, and particularly, as a Felony prosecutor. Because of this formidable experience, Mr. Carpio has an in-depth understanding of how the prosecution prepares and unfolds in a murder case. The Carpio Law Firm can provide effective representation for those charged with:

    • Murder
    • Involuntary and Voluntary Manslaughter
    • Vehicular Manslaughter


Please note that an effective defense against murder/ homicide charges requires a detailed understanding of the investigation, trial, and sentencing phases, because each has unique procedures and techniques which must be followed under the applicable rules of Maryland or the District of Columbia. In fact, by using a team of experts and investigators, murder/homicide defense lawyer, Abraham F. Carpio, will develop a carefully tailored strategy designed to protect your rights and achieve the best possible results. Rest assured that Mr. Carpio will always make certain to account for every possible detail when crafting your defense. Fora free consultation or to get more information about your case, including your legal options, contact the Law Offices of Abraham F. Carpio, Esq. We defend people throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. Please call during regular hours at 301.559.8100 or 301.613-6321 after hours.

Sexual Offenses and Rape

Maryland Sexual Assault Defense Attorney

If you are charged with a sex offense, don’t despair. We understand that these are emotionally devastating and life-altering to the parties, and the penalties associated with a conviction are extremely severe. More importantly, we also understand that it is a concern that any conviction for almost all sex offenses requires registration as a sex offender.

Due to their nature, the defense of a sex offense requires an understanding of both the criminal process and the social stigma these carry. Even a simple arrest for a sex offense has consequences. For that reason, after an arrest for rape or another sex crime, it is advisable to request to speak with an attorney immediately, and to not make any statements prior to speaking with one. If you suspect that you are being investigated for a sex offense, it is also advisable to be cautious with your phone conversations, as often times law enforcement agents used decoys or third parties to obtain admissions that are not necessarily accurate or true.

Attorney Abraham Fernando Carpio defends individuals charged with serious sex crimes, including:

    • Rape
    • Statutory Rape
    • Sexual Assault
    • Child Molestation and Abuse
    • Prostitution and Solicitation


If you are facing these grave charges, feel free to contact us at our Prince George’s County Office next to Green Line on the Metro.

Sex Offender Registration

In most sex crimes, the state of Maryland requires almost all persons convicted of a sexual assault or sex crime to register as a “sexual offender” for anywhere from 15 years to life, depending upon the severity of their crime. If a convicted person fails to register or fails to keep their registration current, they face additional criminal charges. These registration requirements create a tremendous social stigma, and can affect people’s professional licenses, employment, family life and living situation. Criminal defense lawyer, Abraham F. Carpio, will fight hard to have your charges reduced or dismissed, and fight against sex offense registration.

Sexual Assault Administrative Hearings

Lastly, you must also consider the civil penalties of being accused of a sex crime. We represent people in “indicated” child abuse cases, which occur when the Department of Social Services or Child Protective Services makes substantiated findings of abuse. We have experience challenging these findings at the Office of Administrative Hearings. Our firm also represents professionals before state licensing boards when their license faces suspension following a sex crime allegation and arrest.

Maryland Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Lawyer

A misdemeanor is a minor criminal charge, but it can carry serious criminal consequences upon conviction. You need an effective criminal defense attorney. It is important to hire an attorney who will fight hard to protect your rights and who will understand your priorities along the way. Bear in mind that a conviction for a misdemeanor crime may result in your deportation, registration as sex offender, jail time, and increased sentence for any subsequent felony conviction.

Criminal Assault and Battery

Assault charges include simple assault and battery, and second-degree assault, which is a crime punishable by up to ten years in prison. There is also a felony charge called first degree assault, which can carries twenty-five years of incarceration. What is the difference between misdemeanor and felony assault? With over 15 years of criminal law experience, attorney Abraham F. Carpio, can defend you against both misdemeanor and felony assault charges, and where appropriate, will seek to have the charges compromised, reduced or entirely dismissed.
At the Carpio Law Firm, located in Northern Prince George’s County, Maryland, we specialize in defending people charged with assault and battery and other misdemeanor offenses. For more information about your case, contact us schedule a free initial consultation.

Misdemeanor Charges

Our firm also defends people charged with misdemeanors. While technically a lesser offense than a felony, a misdemeanor is nevertheless a crime requiring an aggressive defense, as it can still lead to jail time, loss of employment, deportation and other immigration consequences. Some of the misdemeanor charges our firm has successfully defended clients against include:

    • Motor Vehicle Offenses: Driving with a revoked or suspended license,
    • DWI/DUI, Hit and Run, and reckless driving
    • Sexual Offense: Prostitution, indecent exposure, fourth degree sexual offense
    • Violent Crimes: Domestic violence, assault and battery, domestic abuse, resisting/interfering with an Arrest
    • Property Crimes: Larceny, petty theft, shoplifting, writing a bad check, credit card fraud
    • Home Improvement Violations
    • Providing a Fictitious Name to a Police Officer and Fleeing and Eluding Police

Theft and Property Crimes

Maryland Property Crimes and Theft Defense

A theft is a type of property crime that the State may charge as either a felony, or as a misdemeanor. Theft occurs by taking another’s property without consent, or through the use of deceit. Criminal defendants face severe criminal penalties if convicted of property crimes, including substantial fines, lengthy prison sentences, deportation and other immigration problems.
The Carpio Law Firm will provide highly skilled theft defense for clients throughout Maryland. Located in Hyattsville, Maryland, we have over 15 years of experience in criminal law, where Mr. Carpio has handled literally hundreds of property and theft crimes, both as a prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney. Feel free to contact our firm to schedule a free initial consultation regarding theft defense.

Some of the property crimes our firm defends clients against include:

Criminal Destruction of Property
• Shoplifting
• Minor Theft
• Embezzlement
• Motor Vehicle Theft
• Credit Card Fraud
• Vandalism
• Violent Crimes, such as attempted robbery
• Attempted burglary
• Grand Larceny or Grand Theft Auto

The social stigma associated with a theft conviction can dramatically affect your ability to gain employment, as many employers refuse to hire people who have been convicted of a crime such as theft. Deportation is almost automatic with a conviction for theft. Moreover, these convictions may remain on your criminal record forever. This is why it is so important to retain a criminal lawyer to provide you with skilled criminal theft and property crime defense.