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About Joseph Carey

My name is Joe Carey, and I am the founder and principal attorney of the Carey Law Office. I have lived in Maryland my entire life. I grew up in a small town in Prince George’s County and, with the help of my partner in life, Nancy, I raised my family here: three exceptional children (a son and two daughters), and two goofy, spoiled black Labrador Retrievers. Learn More
Feb 13, 2023

How Does an Ignition Interlock Device Work?

By |February 13th, 2023|DUI|

Accidents are more common—and more deadly—when alcohol is involved because it can slow down your reaction time, impair your muscle coordination, cause poor judgment, and more. Each of these factors on their own make it dangerous to operate a vehicle, but all of them combined can make it deadly. Accidents caused by drunk drivers are always 100% preventable, but that does not make them any less prevalent. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [...]

Feb 6, 2023

Yes, You Should Wear a Suit to Court (and Other Helpful Tips)

By |February 6th, 2023|Criminal|

It can be very intimidating going to your first court hearing and you may be worried about what to do and what to say. When you appear in court in Maryland, it is important to present yourself in a way that gives the judge or jury a good impression—and it does play a factor in their decision more often than not. If you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney, they will help you with this, [...]

Jan 30, 2023

Can You Claim Self-Defense in a Bar Fight?

By |January 30th, 2023|Criminal|

We see it in TV shows and movies all the time: if someone starts a fight with someone else, that person hits the first one and then says it was all in self-defense. When the police arrive, the person who started the fight is the one that gets in trouble. Despite many people trying to make the same claim, that is not always how it works in the real world. While bar fights are perfectly [...]

Jan 27, 2023

What Is a “Special Counsel,” Anyway?

By |January 27th, 2023|Criminal|

You may have been seeing in the news that there was recently a special counsel appointed to a case regarding President Joe Biden. We thought this was a good opportunity to talk about what a special counsel is, what they do, and why they are important to a case. A special counsel is an attorney who is specifically selected and brought in to investigate, and sometimes prosecute, a federal case where there is a conflict [...]

Jan 9, 2023

Is It Worth It to Fight a DUI/DWI Charge?

By |January 9th, 2023|DUI|

Yes – it’s always worth it to fight a DUI. Generally, you should always contest a driving under the influence (DUI) or a driving while impaired (DWI) charge at the start. This means that you should call our law office as soon as possible so we can explain all your rights, defenses, and options. It’s normally never an option to plead guilty at the initial arraignment. In many cases, even when it seems like the [...]

Jan 2, 2023

Criminal Charges Arising from Fatal DUI and DWIs

By |January 2nd, 2023|Criminal|

Most drunk drivers are pulled off the road by a police officer before the drivers cause any accidents. There are many times, though, when the police arrest someone for drunk driving after the driver caused an accident. The police are usually likely to arrest an intoxicated driver who causes a fatality – another driver, a passenger in the driver’s car or another car, a pedestrian, or a bicycle rider. In 2019, 167 people died in [...]

Dec 27, 2022

Can Your Text Messages Be Used Against You in Court?

By |December 27th, 2022|Criminal|

The saying, “Anything you say can be used against in a court of law,” given when anyone is arrested (as part of the Miranda warnings) is also good advice for any texts you send. Any texts that you write, even if you try to delete them, before or after an arrest may also be used against you in a court of law. The government must have authority to obtain the texts, the texts must be [...]

Dec 22, 2022

Maryland Approved Recreational Marijuana. Now What?

By |December 22nd, 2022|Drugs|

Possession of small amounts of marijuana used to be illegal in Maryland. The good news is that voters in the November 2022 election decided that enough was enough, approving a ballot question to make it legal for adults 21 and over to possess, smoke, and grow recreational marijuana. The ballot initiative applies to the possession of up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana. According to the Washington Post: Possession of fewer than 1.5 ounces of marijuana [...]

Dec 8, 2022

Maryland’s 10-Year Prison Sentence for Repeat DUI Offenders

By |December 8th, 2022|DUI|

Driving under the influence is a serious crime that comes with serious penalties especially if it’s more than your first offense. Driving while intoxicated is not only a dangerous decision, but also one that can affect you for the rest of your life. From fines to jail time, to not being able to go to the college you want, get the job you want, or even the apartment you want, DUI charges have lasting repercussions [...]

Nov 21, 2022

How Common Is Wrongful Conviction, Really?

By |November 21st, 2022|Criminal|

With the exoneration of Adnan Syed making headlines, we are forced to contemplate how our judicial system could allow for an innocent man to be convicted of murder. We would like to think that everyone who is sentenced to years in prison is there because they deserve to be there for their wrongful and illegal actions. Unfortunately, this is not the first time something like this has happened, as there have been hundreds of similar [...]

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