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"When we first entered the law firm, we decided this was the actual place we needed to be, because [everyone at the firm was] very welcoming, and they made us feel very comfortable and very relaxed."

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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 Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

Maryland Federal Drug Charges Attorneys

The federal court system utilizes complex rules and strict sentencing guidelines. If you have been charged with a federal offense, you need guidance from a lawyer who understands not just the law, but also the federal system.

At Bates & Garcia, P.C., our Maryland lawyers have extensive experience representing individuals facing all types of federal charges. Our legal team has 35 years of combined experience. We take a team approach to cases, working together to ensure that each client benefits from our experience and knowledge.

Our law practice includes diligent criminal defense for situations involving:

Constitutional Law Advocates

Our Baltimore federal criminal defense attorneys possess sophisticated knowledge of constitutional law. Other attorneys look up the law — our job is to know the law. Notably, attorney Ivan J. Bates was part of a team that argued Miranda issues in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Additionally, attorney Bates has made constitutional arguments concerning Miranda, search and seizure, and warrants, in front of numerous federal judges throughout the state of Maryland.

We understand that most federal crimes involve extensive use of search warrants, search and seizure, and wiretaps. We can review your case to determine if law enforcement agencies violated your rights in their attempts to collect evidence. If we discover impropriety, we will fight to have evidence suppressed and charges dismissed.

When dismissal is not an option, we focus our efforts on obtaining sentencing alternatives. We have extensive experience negotiating lesser charges, minimum sentences, house arrests and other alternatives that do not involve incarceration.

Writ of Error Coram Nobis

Our legal team has extensive appellate representation experience and has successfully argued the complicated issues of writs of error coram nobis, which can be used to demonstrate serious trial errors. If you have multiple convictions or believe that your former attorney made mistakes, we invite you to contact us.

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Our Maryland legal team is available to discuss your complex matter 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.