In recent years, much of the discretion that judges used to have in sentencing has been taken over by prosecutors and legislators. The result has been more minimum mandatory sentences as well as longer prison sentences. Because of these changes, it is now more important than ever to hire a lawyer such as John Hassett who knows the law on sentencing who can assist in a variety of sentencing matters, such as:
• Sentencing hearings
• Illegal sentencing
• Restitution hearings
If you have already been convicted, you may want to challenge your conviction by filing an appeal or a motion for postconviction relief. If that is the case, you will need a lawyer such as John Hassett who has filed numerous appeals and who is knowledgeable about Maryland law and appellate procedure.