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  • 30+ years of hands-on legal experience
  • Flawless reputation for handling complex and high-profile cases
  • Among Maryland’s Top Criminal Law Attorneys
  • Rated a Super Lawyer by Baltimore Magazine
  • Handles all criminal defense needs; from sex crimes and fraud to drug cases and child pornography
  • Named Top 100 Criminal Trial Attorneys by The National Trial Lawyers
  • Voted 10 Best in Client Satisfaction from the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys

Murder and manslaughter are among the most serious of criminal charges. 

The death of another individual as a result of your actions can span a broad range of crimes from manslaughter to first degree murder. Convictions for these offenses carry some of the harshest of penalties and prison terms. 

Maryland homicide laws are broken down into three types: murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, and manslaughter.

A murder is considered murder in the first degree if it is:

Md. Code Ann., Crim L. Section, § 2-201(a).

First degree murder is a felony that  carries a penalty of life in prison or life in prison without the possibility of parole. Md. Code Ann., Crim L. Section, § 2-201(b)(1).

A murder is considered murder in the second degree if it is a murder that was not covered by the aforementioned list in Md. Code Ann., Crim L., § 2-201(a).

Manslaughter is a common law felony is defined as “the unlawful and felonious killing of another, without malice aforethought, either express or implied” Rolfes v. State, 10 Md. App. 204, 268 A.2d 795 (1970).   Voluntary manslaughter requires premeditation.  Upon conviction of manslaughter, a person is subject to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or imprisonment in a local facility not exceeding 2 years or a fine not exceeding $500 or both.  Md. Code Ann., Crim L., § 2-207. An example of voluntary manslaughter is if a physical fight leads to the death of another individual.Involuntary manslaughter is the result of a reckless, negligent, or criminal (non-felony) action that leads to the death of another.  It requires neither malice nor premeditation.

If you are facing these types of charges, you need a murder/manslaughter criminal defense attorney with the experience, connections, and reputation to help you mount a thorough and effective defense.

Murder/Manslaughter Criminal Defense Attorney

Although Maryland no longer has the death penalty, Mr. Kadish is one of only a handful of murder/manslaughter criminal defense attorneys in the entire state of Maryland who has tried a capital murder case all the way to verdict.

No more than a handful of private defense attorneys in the last 30 years have this type of experience. Given his degree of skill, Mr. Kadish is the state’s premier choice for murder and manslaughter defense.

Craig M. Kadish & Associates, LLC has the professionalism and prestige to counter all of the prosecution’s claims and give you the best possible chance at retaining your freedom.


Mr. Kadish has experience in every area of criminal defense, so no matter what charges you’re facing — he and his team have the skill, knowledge, and relationships to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

This is the firm you want on your side when your life, career, family, finances, and reputation are at risk.


Craig M. Kadish & Associates, LLC is an award-winning criminal defense practice with 30+ years of experience in all areas of criminal law.

If you’re facing legal charges, contact the team immediately. They’re available at all hours to help you navigate the challenging legal process and reach the best possible outcome.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I get arrested?

When you get arrested, the very first thing you should do is call an experienced, aggressive, highly skilled defense attorney. You don't want to call just any lawyer because some lawyers don't do criminal work. Some lawyers do criminal work, some of the time.

We do criminal work all of the time. So call us. Get us on the case immediately. Even if you're only being investigated for a crime and haven't been charged yet there is still time for us to help. Often we can keep you from being charged in the first place. 

What should I say during an interrogation?

During an interrogation, your best play is always to say nothing. It doesn't matter what the police promise you, it doesn't matter what anyone promises you, keep your mouth closed and call your lawyer immediately. We're here to help. 

Am I going to jail?

Whether or not someone goes to jail is going to depend upon a number of factors. What are the charges against you? What's your criminal history like? Is it a high profile case that's going to put pressure on the prosecutor to go against you in a very aggressive fashion? And most importantly, what is your criminal defense attorney like?

Are they experienced? Aggressive? Skillful? We are all those things. So make sure that when your freedom and your life are on the line that you contact us. 

Will my boss find out I've been arrested?

Whether or not an employer finds out about your arrest is oftentimes up to you. However if you have a job that requires a security clearance or you're working with children or you're driving a vehicle, you will oftentimes have to tell your employer. It varies on a case by case basis.

Call me and we can talk about whether or not your employer needs to know about your charges. 

How much does a criminal defense attorney cost?

There really is no set fee for a criminal defense attorney.

The fee is generally based on a number of factors; the criminal history of the defendant, the nature and the extent of the charges which you're facing,  the skill level of the attorney doing the defense work, their experience their expertise, as well as the high or low profile nature of the case (Is it in all the newspapers? Is it on television? Or is it a case that's flying under the radar?).

Anyone that gives you quote for a fee over the telephone is probably not the right lawyer for you. So call us! Schedule an appointment. We'll give you a FREE consultation and then we'll set a fair fee based upon all of those factors and what fits in your budget.


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