Finding yourself in a position where you need an attorney is a frightening thing. Who can you trust with such an important event in your life? While the possibilities seem endless, it is important to select a lawyer who has your best interest at heart, who understands not only the complexity of the legal system but the emotional trauma you are experiencing.
The goal of our firm is to aid our clients in understanding every aspect of their legal situation. We are dedicated to providing our clients with every potential option applicable to their situation by thoroughly researching and analyzing each problem. We provide a holistic approach that focuses on building a strong professional relationship with each client.
There is no court proceedings more emotionally charged than those that involve the family. From separation and divorce to child custody and support, family legal matters are stressful for all parties involved. Jana L. Ponczak offers an ability to not only navigate the often daunting family court system, but also reassure her clients that they are in capable, qualified hands. Contact her if you are facing any of the following.
- Absolute & Limited Divorces
- Mutual Consent
- Separation Agreements
- Child Custody
- Third Party Child Custody
- Child Support
Never attempt to navigate the family law system without representation. For instance, in Maryland, once the court has determined a custody or visitation arrangement, it takes extraordinary circumstances to override the custodial parent’s objections. Even if the case is seen in mediation rather than going to trial, having legal counsel can ensure that the best interests of the children are kept at the forefront of the mediator’s mind. Having legal counsel that can take the reigns of a case and alleviate the stress placed on the parent is invaluable.
Crime dramas on TV have painted a picture that lawyers only represent those who are participants in a felony criminal law case. Those who are suspected of murder, grand theft, arson, or assault are represented during these long, complex criminal proceedings. However, there is a sector of criminal law where legal representation is an important part of the judicial process. These crimes may involve:
- Criminal Traffic
- Driving with a Suspended License
- Speeding Tickets
In each of these cases, you are entitled to legal counsel and representation in order to plead your case. In Maryland, having legal representation increases the likelihood that fines will be reduced, penalties will be lessened, and jail time will be shortened. For more information on how legal representation can assist you in misdemeanor or criminal traffic proceedings, or to discuss your case, contact Jana L. Ponczak.
The law is divided into two general categories that are dependent on their desired outcome. Criminal law seeks to punish the offender in order to encourage others to obey the law. Civil law seeks to restore something that has been lost, whether that is money or a service. Civil law is then further divided into small claims and regular civil cases. In the state of Maryland, small claims cases may be filed if the money lost does not exceed $5,000 and the prosecution does not seek to punish the offenders or gain a service that has not been rendered. Regular civil cases must be filed if the amount in question exceeds $5,000, if the case seeks completion of a service, or if the case requires questioning of the defendant. While small claims cases can be settled in mediation or before a judge without representation, it is important to discuss the details of the case with a qualified attorney before appearing before a judge. If the case is going to trial, Jana L. Ponczak has experience with complex civil cases involving multiple laws. Contact her today to discuss your case.