Criminal & Traffic Defense

Eugene M. Zoglio, P.A.

Criminal Defense

Maryland Drug Offense Attorneys Defending Against All Drug Charges

Free Consultation: (301) 262-7500

It is critical to retain an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney who is knowledgeable in handling drug offense cases as quickly as possible after you are charged. We have the knowledge and the skill required to assemble the best defense possible against federal or state drug charges.

The eventual outcome of your case may depend on swift action by an experienced drug crimes lawyer.

Experienced Criminal Defense

Eugene M. Zoglio, P.A. has over 30 years of legal experience successfully challenging all types of drug cases, including:

  • Cultivation, Manufacture, and Sale
  • Importation, Transportation, or Trafficking
  • Possession or Possession for Sale
  • Distribution
  • Prescription Fraud
  • Conspiracy or Attempt
  • Fighting Drug Charges

The punishment for drug convictions vary greatly, depending on the type of drug involved, the quantity discovered, and the defendant’s criminal record.

Many times, we can file a motion to suppress evidence based on a violation of Fourth Amendment rights, such as lack of a valid warrant or probable cause. Evidence gathered by such illegal methods is often critical to the prosecution’s case, and successfully suppressing it can lead to all charges being dropped.

Federal sentencing guidelines are among the harshest in the country, with high mandatory minimum sentences for the possession of small amounts of illegal drugs. Federal parole guidelines have been severely restricted. Even if you are arrested by state or local police, agreements between state and federal prosecutors could result in your transfer to a federal court (which is not a decision a defense lawyer can appeal).

The strong and swift defense by a seasoned drug crime defense lawyer is your best hope to have charges dismissed or reduced, or to get the minimal punishment if you are convicted.

Eugene M. Zoglio, P.A. will protect your rights. Email us at or call our office for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

Theft / Shoplifting

Theft is a general legal term that is at least a factor in any incident in which someone takes property with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of possession. The specific charge will partly depend on the method used. For example:

Burglary is illegal entry for the purpose of another crime, usually theft.
Shoplifting is taking goods from sales establishment without intent to pay
Robbery is taking directly from a person by use of force, threat, or intimidation
There are a number of other crimes involving theft, such as extortion, embezzlement, and identity theft. Fraud or other criminal acts are also involved in many kinds of theft, so criminal charges for theft can become very complex. Every state has its own statues of specific charges, and Maryland is no exception.

Specific theft crimes can vary in severity from misdemeanor to felony, depending on the value of the stolen property and whether or not violence was involved. The criminal record of the accused will also have an impact on the possible sentences a court may impose. When facing a theft charge, you will likely face a list of legal terms that may be difficult to understand. That is why it is important to retain a skilled theft defense attorney as soon as possible. Once you understand the specifics of the charges, you and your lawyer will be able to prepare a defense that addresses every important aspect of the case against you.

The experience that our firm can put at your disposal includes over thirty years of prosecution and defense of criminal cases, including theft defense. Having an experienced Maryland theft defense attorney on your side can make a big difference in the outcome of your case. For free initial consultation, contact our office by calling (301) 262-7500.

Drunk Driving – DUI and DWI

The most commonly charged criminal offenses are driving while under the influence of alcohol and driving while impaired by alcohol. Driving while under the influence or DUI can be proven by a test result of .08 or more or by evidence showing that the driver’s normal coordination has been substantially impaired as a result of the consumption of alcohol. The maximum penalties are 1 year and $1000 for a first offense, 2 years and $2000 for a second offense, and 3 years and $3000 for a third offense. DUI also carries 12 points with the MVA and at a hearing the driver’s license may be revoked.

Driving while impaired by alcohol or DWI can be proven by evidence showing that the driver’s normal coordination was impaired to some extent as a result of the consumption of alcohol. This offense can be proved by evidence of a test result of 0.7 or more, but less than 0.8. The maximum penalty is 60 days and $500 for a first offense and one year and $500 for a subsequent offense. DWI also carries 8 points with the MVA and at a hearing the driver’s license may be suspended.

If the driver who has been found guilty of either a DUI or DWI has not had a prior DUI opr DWI in Maryland within the previous 5 years, he or she may be eligible for a probation before judgement or PBJ. When a driver receives PBJ, they are placed on probation for a specified length of time. If they follow the court’s order without any violations, points are not assessed and the entry of guilty goes on a segregated record at the MVA that is not available to the public, but is available to law enforcement and the courts.

In many cases, there is a viable factual and/or legal defense to the charges. The lawyer’s duty is to zealously pursue the interest of the client within the rules of ethics and the law, to achieve the best possible result for the client. In Maryland, it is important to see a lawyer AS SOON AS POSSIBLE after receiving these charges, to fully protect your rights.

Call (301) 262-7500 for a FREE consultation.