District Court Trials

ARE YOU CHARGED WITH A district court case?

District Court trials are meant to be very informal--There's generally only one trial date, which covers the whole case (Preliminary Motions, Suppression, Trial, Sentencing). And everything is fast-paced, and that's the way we like it. We strive to be more prepared on your case than the Assistant State's Attorney. And we know all the judges and prosecutors to make sure we navigate the process to get you the best possible outcome. Mr. Cleckner has been practicing in nothing but Criminal & Traffic Defense and Peace & Protective Orders since 2006.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN district and circuit court?

Circuit Court is much more formal because your charges are much more serious, you typically appear for at least two court dates: One for Status and/or Motions, and one for Trial. Circuit Court has juries, which aren't available in District Court.


We'd be happy to discuss your options with you. We handle all facets of criminal and jailable traffic defense, and if we can't answer your questions, we'll do some research or find someone who can answer them.


We're familiar with all District Court judges and prosecutors. It's our business to know how they handle certain types of cases, whether we're likely to get the result we want, or whether we should postpone or demand a jury trial to get someone else who may give us a better deal.

Email: DistrictCourt@NotGuiltyMaryland.com

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