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Experienced Trial Attorneys

Our legal team includes attorneys Ivan J. Bates, Tony Garcia and Mary Lloyd. Together, we have 35 years of experience handling complex matters.

We are former prosecutors who understand the court system from both sides. We are skilled appellate attorneys who leverage our knowledge of the judicial system to ensure that our clients can gain a victory from defeat.


Baltimore Drug Defense Lawyers

Annapolis Drug Crimes Attorneys

If you have been charged with misdemeanor or felony drug charges, you could face a substantial prison sentence, fines and other penalties. Our Maryland lawyers have extensive experience providing criminal defense in state, federal, district and juvenile courts.

At Bates & Garcia, P.C., our Baltimore drug defense attorneys provide comprehensive representation for these serious charges. We understand the lasting effects attached to criminal convictions. We have handled a wide range of drug cases including numerous kingpin cases involving conspiracy, wiretaps and large distribution channels. Our extensive representation includes possession, manufacture, distribution, trafficking and sale of:

  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine (meth)
  • Crystal meth
  • Ecstasy
  • Prescriptions
  • Vicodin
  • Percocet
  • OxyContin

At Bates & Garcia, P.C., our legal team dedicates its time, talent and resources to helping you receive the best possible outcome. We are skilled trial attorneys with 35 years of combined experience. We take a team approach, working together to ensure that each client receives the full benefit of our knowledge and experience.

Constitutional Issues

Attorney Ivan J. Bates was part of a team that argued Miranda issues in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Additionally, Mr. Bates has made constitutional arguments concerning Miranda, search and seizure, and warrants, in front of numerous federal judges throughout the state of Maryland.

When law enforcement personnel abuse their authority or fail to protect your constitutional rights, we fight to have evidence suppressed and cases dismissed. Other attorneys look up the law — our job is to know the law. Unlike other defense law firms, we provide appellate representation based on our strong understanding of judicial procedures. We approach state drug cases the same way we approach more complex federal cases. Notably, attorney Ivan J. Bates has argued Miranda issues in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sentencing Alternatives

As part of our comprehensive guidance, we focus on pursuing and obtaining alternative sentencing. Our experience includes negotiating for lesser charges, home detention and bail review.

Attorney Tony Garcia has in-depth experience with Maryland code 8-505, which provides release from prison for drug treatment programs. His vast understanding of the law as a former prosecutor has enabled him to get individuals sent immediately to drug treatment without jail time. We will evaluate your situation from every angle to determine the best course of action.

Free Consultations

Our Maryland legal team is available to discuss your complex drug charges at 410-814-4600 or toll free at 410-814-4600. For your convenience, we also accept e-mails.

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Bates & Garcia, P.C.
201 North Charles Street, Suite 1900
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Bates & Garcia, P.C., provides comprehensive representation throughout Maryland, including Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Carroll County, Harford County, Prince George's County and Montgomery County, as well as the communities of Baltimore, Baltimore City, Annapolis, Essex, Ellicott City, Columbia, Catonsville, Towson, Glen Burnie, Randallstown, Woodlawn, Owings Mills, White Marsh, Aberdeen, Bel Air, Joppatowne, Westminster, Sykesville, Bowie and Rockville.