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Mark Oakley

Mark Oakley

  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Family Law ...
  • District of Columbia, Maryland
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Mark W. Oakley is an established litigation attorney concentrating on civil litigation, personal injury, construction law, and criminal and traffic defense. He also advises business clients, negotiates and drafts contracts, and handles a variety of litigation matters at all levels of the state and federal court systems. Mr. Oakley is trained and certified in the collaborative practice of law. Mr. Oakley is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 1987), and the University of Maryland, College Park (B.A. 1984). He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Bar Association of Montgomery County. He is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Authored the winning brief in the case of 1986 Mercedes v. State of Maryland, a precedent-setting decision limiting the State’s power to forfeit private property.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, MasterCard, Discover
  • Contingent Fees
    I handle personal injury claims on a contingent fee basis, meaning if there is no recovery, you do not owe me a legal fee.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
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University of Maryland - Baltimore
J.D. (1987) | Law
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University of Maryland - College Park
B.A. (1984) | English
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Professional Associations
District of Columbia Bar
- Current
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Maryland State Bar Association
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Bar Association of Montgomery County
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Legal Answers
1712 Questions Answered
Q. I renewed my registration but forgot to put the sticker on my license plate, and got a ticket. Can I get it removed?
A: Forgetting to put the sticker on your plate is not a defense to the charge, which is displaying expired tags. Emphasis on “displaying”. The ticket carries no points and is not a moving violation, so it will have zero impact on your insurance rates. In other words, paying the fine has no consequences other than it makes you a little bit poorer. But if you go to the trouble of requesting a trial and take a day off to attend court, and bring proof that your tags were current on the date of the citation and it was just careless indifference on your part in not applying the sticker, a judge will likely reduce the fine or grant you a “probation before judgment” which has the effect of removing the infraction from your driving record. ... Read More
Q. after being found not guilty for speeding. can a judge say "slow down" after, as if I'm guilty of speeding.
A: So, you’re saying you were truly innocent, the officer’s laser/radar/Lidar device or speedometer on his cruiser was not working properly, and had he showed up you would have won? In that case, you can be upset. But if you were clocked on laser equipment the device number for the equipment used is on the citation together with the speed reading, which the judge can see, and the only reason you were found not guilty was the fortuitous circumstance of the officer not showing up. The verdict was “not guilty”—you were not found “innocent.” I’m guessing that you know as well as the judge that you were speeding. Take the lucky verdict you didn’t deserve and the good advice: slow down; the life you save may be your own, in addition to other innocent drivers. ... Read More
Q. In MD is offense code CR.3.602.(b)(1) considered a "violent crime"?
A: ALL violations of subsection (b) constitutes a violent crime. The separate sections within subsection (b) are not differentiated in this regard.
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2101 Gaither Road, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20850
Telephone: (301) 424-8081