RaquinMercer Law Offices
“The Defense Never Rests.”

Competing For Clients Together

Isabelle and Steve share the same passion for criminal defense work. They enjoy the fight inherent to criminal cases and love to challenge every aspect of their clients’ cases, every step of the way. They thrive in the complexity of cases involving forensics science. No case, no science is too difficult for them to comprehend or too hard to contest. Their ethic is to litigate to win. Their ambition is to be a leader in the field of criminal defense work and forensic sciences. Isabelle and Steve compete together to achieve the best outcome for their clients. They use a collective and collaborative approach, work on cases together, and always consult each other. Clients in our firm are our clients. Isabelle and Steve complete each other’s skills. Isabelle and Steve like to fight cases, however, they also understand that behind each case is a client. Our clients receive attention, communication, care, and respect. Because we believe successful outcomes for our clients go beyond the legal issues, we get to know our clients, their families, their hopes, and their fear. We build a professional relationship of trust that allows us to be effective and persuasive advocates for our clients, now and in the future. Contact RaquinMercer LLC about Steve and Isabelle representing you.

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Grounds for postconviction relief

After a conviction, it may seem as if the only option remaining is to serve the sentence that the judge orders. However, the judge's orders are not always the final word in the case. The American Bar Association explains that the law allows the defendant to challenge...

DISCRETIONARY DECISIONS IN JUVENILE COURT

Last time, we saw how juvenile delinquency cases are heard in Montgomery County, with a look back at the unique history here.  Today, I examine how these judges have extraordinary discretion to essentially make or break the lives of juveniles in the county.  Before...

How reliable is eyewitness testimony?

If facing criminal charges and you learned the authorities have an eyewitness, your heart likely sank. Judges and juries have long placed significant weight on the testimony of people who witnessed alleged crimes. However, many factors may affect the reliability of...

WHO ARE THE JUVENILE JUDGES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY?

When I was assigned to the juvenile rotation in 2013, a fellow judge in Baltimore City told me that this would be the most important work I would do as a judge.  I believed her then and I found it to be true. Juveniles can be put on a better path so they do not...