Fort Washington, MD asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Maryland

Q: Where would I begin looking for an attorney for grandson who is a criminal defendant with mental health issues?

What concerns me most about my grandson's case: My grandson appears to not have substantive conversations with a public defender who represents his interest. For example, the public defender who appeared in court on January 16 thought my grandson was still in the state mental health hospital (Spring Grove); the same public defender told my husband during a break that she had not spoken with my grandson personally, although attorney appeared in my grandson's case without his presence in court. I learned that my grandson was moved from the mental health hospital based on a judgement that he is now mentally competent to stand trial. On the other hand, I learned that the state attorney who appeared in court alleged to not know why my grandson was not in court (also displayed in open court by asking me aloud "do I know where my grandson because he was absent from his court appearance). Something became obvious to me when the public defender showed great deference to the state attorney.

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Thomas J. Maronick Jr
Thomas J. Maronick Jr
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  • Glen Burnie, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: We handle these issues and you can call us at 410 244-5068. The initial consult is free.

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