James Crawford

James E Crawford Jr. & Associates, LLC

James Crawford

999 Corporate Blvd BaltimoreLinthicum Heights, MD 21090

About Us

Over 25 Years of Experience. Serving the Accused Throughout Maryland.

Attorney James E. Crawford did not always intend on opening his own law practice. For a long time, he dreamed of playing professional basketball. Along with that burning desire for the sport was the desire to do something big, something really astounding. By going to law school, Attorney Crawford traded one kind of court for another and made the decision to provide legal guidance to help Maryland clients most vulnerable get their lives back.

The Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates believes:

A great criminal defense attorney protects their clients at all costs
The American judicial system is the greatest product and system ever invented by mankind
This legal system, while great can be flawed. When broken down to its basic elements, it is simply an adversarial system where the best, smartest, and strongest party secures the best outcome they can. As a criminal defense lawyer, we think of the court of law and the end result being fair, just, moral, and equitable. We expect our courts to hand out moral and fair judgments in every trial. That is not always the case.

Discuss your situation with an experienced Maryland criminal defense lawyer by calling (443) 461-8742. We are available 24/7 when you need an advocate.

You Are Innocent Until Proven Guilty in a Court of Law
When people come to the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates after being charged with a crime in Maryland, they want to secure the best result. If they have a prior criminal history, they may want to stay out of jail. Other times the accused is worried about having any kind of criminal charge on their record. The reality is that most people are simply scared to death when they are charged. They have no idea what to do or how to act, which is when an experienced criminal defense attorney in Baltimore, Bel Air, Annapolis, and the rest of Maryland is invaluable.

When you meet with our firm, we:

Get to know you personally
Assess the situation
Get into the facts of the case
Discuss your considerations and assessments
Talk about the possible outcomes
A good criminal defense lawyer will then analyze the law and very carefully apply it to the facts presented. The primary job of a criminal defense lawyer is to advise a client. Advice can mean explaining the law, the chances of success, and what could happen in their situation, as well as the mechanical process.

What a Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Does for You
We stand in your shoes during the court process to represent your rights and your interests. Our criminal defense lawyer wants to see that the government can prove each and every element of their case against the defendant. A lawyer's job is to simply protect the public and individuals from being prosecuted indiscriminately. Our law firm has handled a range of claims against defendants and is skilled in determining whether the state or federal government has a case.

We have taken that same fundamental thought process and applied it to all of our criminal defense strategies for clients throughout the state of Maryland and in Federal District Court. Because our system is an adversarial system where one party succeeds and the other one doesn't, it is extremely important to use every resource possible. We are proud to be that resource for countless clients in the greater Baltimore area and the state of Maryland in our over 25 years of practicing law.

History of the James E Crawford Jr. & Associates, LLC Law Firm
The firm was founded by James Crawford Jr. in 1991, in Baltimore Maryland. Originally, it was just Jim practicing law. Because of Jim Crawford's background in civil litigation and representing insurance companies, he began doing civil work, criminal and domestic. He worked for insurance companies doing serious civil litigation such as wrongful death cases, major truck accidents, etc.

As a young lawyer, he had been groomed by other more experienced well-known lawyers such as Patrick O'Doherty, Peter Angelos, Thomas Mankin and of course his father James Crawford Sr.

Jim made his first employee hire about 2 years after he began practicing. The truth is, he couldn't afford an employee for a while until the wheel started turning, which they did very quickly!

He hired Dawn Basso as a legal secretary. Dawn has been with the firm since 1992 and now is the office Manager. Twelve years ago he hired Zack Gooves who had evolved into one of the premier leading young domestic lawyers in the state of Maryland. He is recognized by Judges, lawyer, scholars, and clients throughout the entire state.

Over the years the firm evolved into a premier mid-sized law firm. In 2005 Jim build and purchased a building off Route 695 in Arbutus and made that his home base for the firm. Since that time the firm has expanded with 7 lawyers and a total of 14 staff. We primarily handed criminal matters, domestic & family matters and civil litigation. The firm handles matters in Baltimore city, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Harford County, and the rest of the state of Maryland.

As a top-rated law firm, Jim's office always gives you 100% percent effort. The one promise he makes to every client is that we will do our utmost to fill every expectation and hope that our clients have!Jim Crawford

Areas of Practice

Practice Areas:
Child Custody, Support, Adoption
Criminal Defense
Divorce, Marriage, Alimony
DUI / DWI Traffic

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James E Crawford Jr. Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney Profile

About the Attorney:
Founder and Managing Partner

Attorney James E. Crawford, Jr.As a Baltimore-native, Attorney James Crawford grew up watching his father interact with some of the best judges and prosecutors in the state, using forcefulness and grace to navigate complex legal situations. He learned that the power to change the life of even one client is worth more than any amount of money or prestige.

As one of the most capable and tenacious trial lawyers in Maryland, he has enjoyed an extraordinary amount of successes on behalf of clients, spending just about every day of his working career in a courtroom.

The Founding of His Own Firm
In 1992, he founded the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates to address the need for a qualified criminal lawyer in Maryland. He has established himself as a premier practitioner in the state of Maryland and has represented thousands of clients on:

District Court
Circuit Court
Federal Court
Since entering private practice, Attorney Crawford has handled many notable cases that have appeared in the media. The type of cases ranges from ordinary citizens to police officers, professional athletes, lawyer, doctors, politicians, and other persons of notoriety.

Background and Experience
When elected to the Democratic Central Committee in 1984, Attorney Crawford was one of the youngest elected state officials in the history of Maryland. In addition, he has experience working on various races, including:

City Council
Attorney General
State Senate
County Executive
State Central Committee
This experience of campaigning and meeting the people of Maryland gave him the winning formula needed to successfully defend clients in courts.

Community Service
He established the Baltimore Beez, a charity group aimed at providing food to the hungry during the holiday season and providing support to other charities in Baltimore. As an executive board member of Mount Saint Joseph High School, he has devoted time and assistance to the school, including a baseball stadium.

Personal Life
Attorney Crawford is married and has four children.

Areas of Practice
Federal Criminal Law
State Courts
Sex Crimes and Registration
Computer Crimes
Drugs and Distribution
White Collar
DWI and Traffic
Drug Charges
Weapon and Violent Charges
Domestic Violence
Juvenile Cause
Divorce and Custody
Protective Orders
Child Pornography
Bar Admissions
Maryland Bar, 1992
United States District Court of Maryland, 1994
University School of Law Baltimore Maryland: Juris Doctorate, 1992
University of Baltimore School of Law Baltimore, Maryland: Bachelor of Arts Legal Studies, 1998
Frostburg State College: Bachelor of Science, 1995
Mount St. Joseph High School: High School Diploma, 1980
Honors & Awards
Maryland Super Lawyer Listings, 2014–2017
Top Lawyer Maryland Award Legal Network, 2013
AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubble Award, 2005–2017
AV Preeminent Lexis Nexis Peer Review Highest Rating, 2009–2017
Lead Counsel Rating LawInfo.com, 2011–2017
Best of Baltimore Work, Baltimore City Paper, 2011
Past Elected Official State’s Central Committee, 1982
Listed Baltimore Leading Firms, Baltimore Magazine
Professional Associations and Membership
Maryland Bar Association, Member
Former County Bar Association, Member
American Association of Justice, Member
Maryland State Central Democratic Committee, Past Member
American Bar Association Section, Criminal Litigation Committee, Member
DUI/DWI Attorney’s Member
Criminal Defense Attorney Group, Member
Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Group, Member
DUI Defense Lawyer, Member
DUI Law Group, Member
Efface PA Criminal Practice Group, Member
Forensic Science Litigation Attorney Network, Member
American Association for Justice, Inc, Member
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer
National Lawyer Guild (NLG)
Solo Attorney Practitioners Forum
The Innocence Project
Trial Lawyer Network for Attorney and Lawyer
White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney
American Bar Association
Legal & Political Writing & Speaking Engagements
There is Only an Opportunity for Justice, Legal Publications 2017
Identity Fraud; 2012, West Publishing.
Shoplifting Charges in Maryland; January 2016, Thinking Publication.
The Wimpering of America; January 2016, Thinking Publication.
Taxes and Jobs; December 2015, Thinking Publication.
Acceptance Speech for the Alumni of the Year Award, Mount St. Joseph High School, 2016. (Speaking on political and social issues.)
Notable Cases
Representation of a 17-year old who was accused of rape of a minor
Representation of a person accused of selling CDS (Controlled Dangerous Substance) in Baltimore by police officers who arrested and subsequently beat him on two occasions
Representation of a long-time worker at the Catholic Church accused of sexually molesting a client
Representation of a professional basketball player who was charged with several serious crimes
Representation of a young man who was accused of serious sex offenses in Baltimore County
Representation of a young man in Baltimore who was accused of raping and murdering an eight-year-old
Representation of a man in Maryland County Court who was accused of manufacturing CDS: more than 50 pounds of marijuana
Representation in the federal District Court of Maryland of a person accused of importing from China hundreds of thousands of “fake” Viagra and other non-brand sexual pills
Representation of a police officer in Prince Georges County who was accused of various crimes, including a sexual offense
Representation of a defendant who was being investigated for numerous sexual offenses in Baltimore County
Name of University Attended:
Frostburg State College 1985
Name of Law School Attended:
University of Baltimore School of Law 1992
Other Degrees:
University of Baltimore Graduate School , MA 1987
Admitted to Practice Law in:
Avvo 5 Star
Martindale Top rating

Firm Profile

Firm Description:
Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer

We Wrote the Book on Defense
At the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. and Associates, our legal team is led by Attorney James E. Crawford Jr., a dedicated Maryland criminal defense lawyer and insightful author. When you or your loved one is dealing with an arrest or a criminal accusation, it can be a stressful and confusing time.

Contact our criminal lawyer today to schedule your FREE consultation!

Our legal team can provide you with knowledgeable and experienced counsel to help guide you through the legal process. With accomplished and passionate litigators on your side, we have extensive experience in the courtroom defending the rights of the accused.

We Serve Clients Throughout Maryland
Whether you have been accused of a sex crime, drug crime, domestic violence, DWI/DUI, or even a federal offense, our team at the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. and Associates provides detailed representation designed to protect your best interests. With in-depth experience in both state and federal courts, which Attorney James E. Crawford Jr. has put to use for countless clients. In fact, his book, “There is Only an Opportunity for Justice,” has served as a go-to guide for helping those dealing with the criminal justice system.

Call 443-461-8742 anytime, 24/7 to request your consultation with our Maryland criminal defense attorneys.
Number of Attorneys:
Spoken Languages:
English, Spanish
Office Location(s):
999 Corporate Blvd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
1435 Sulphur Spring Road, Baltimore, MD 21227
Year Firm was Created:
Firm Practices in These States:
Federal courts