Criminal and DUI Lawyer in Ocean City Maryland
Serving Maryland & the State Courts on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, including: Worcester County, Wicomico County, Somerset County, Dorchester County & Talbot County.
M. Dean Jenkins graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1970. Mr. Jenkins also graduated in 1967 with high honors from the University of Maryland in College Park and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa honorary fraternity. He has been in the private practice of criminal law since 1970 and has been a partner in Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy & Almand, P.A. since 1973. He practices in the State Courts on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Mr. Jenkins has been selected to Maryland SuperLawyers in 2008-2013, 2016-2018 in the area of criminal defense. He was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1999. Fellowship is limited to the top 1% of the lawyers in any State.
Mr. Jenkins is rated AV by the Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. The "A" signifies the highest level of legal ability. The "V" signifies very high adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence. Mr. Jenkins is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association.
Mr. Jenkins represents clients in felony and misdemeanor cases in District Court and Circuit Court, and on appeals. He has represented clients in over 45 jury trials. A significant part of his representation is for clients accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and for administrative hearings on driver license issues.
In 1971, at the age of 26, and still in his first year of law practice, Mr. Jenkins was appointed by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, to defend a Juvenile charged with murder in the first degree, as well as burglary, robbery, larceny and other crimes. The State prosecuted the first degree murder charge under the felony murder rule. After conviction by a jury Mr. Jenkins wrote the appellate brief and argued before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals with regard to the murder conviction. The Court reversed the first degree murder conviction and remanded the case for a new trial, based on the trial Court's refusal to grant Mr. Jenkins' requested jury instructions. The Court's opinion was a case of first impression in that it imposed limits on the application of the felony murder rule in Maryland. On remand the client pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree, and was ultimately paroled in less than seven years. The two co-defendants in the case were convicted of murder in the first degree were sentenced to life imprisonment, and were not eligible for parole for 30 years. The case is Mumford v. State, and is reported in the Maryland Appellate Reports at 19 Md. App. 640 (1974).