RaquinMercer Law Offices
“The Defense Never Rests.”

Rockville Criminal Defense Law Office

RaquinMercer LLC
5906 Hubbard Drive
Rockville, MD 20852

Phone: 301-750-9702

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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...