Criminal & Family Law Attorney
Angel Murphy is the Founding Partner of The Murphy Law Firm, LLC. As a licensed Maryland attorney and passionate advocate, Angel takes a personal approach to lawyering by devising a creative legal strategy for each client and for each case. Angel enjoys helping her clients face and overcome their legal challenges. She identifies with her clients, and will work tirelessly to ensure that they are treated fairly in the courtroom and that their case gets the best possible outcome. Angel focuses her practice in criminal law and family law. Specifically, Angel handles matters involving drug possession, DUI/DWI, traffic citations, handgun charges, divorce, child visitation, child support, alimony, domestic violence, and custody. Angel holds a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law and a Bachelor’s from the University of Florida in Criminology and Sociology. While pursuing her law degree, Angel worked at the Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Child Protection Section of the Family Services Division at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Angel served in Howard University School of Law’s Criminal Justice Clinic, and represented clients in criminal cases before D.C. Superior Court. Prior to building her own practice, Angel served as a Corporate Finance Division law clerk for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and a judicial law clerk for a prominent Prince George’s County Circuit Court judge. In both positions Angel managed a case docket of over 1,000 matters; made over 200 final recommendations on legal issues and motions; and drafted several legal opinions. In her free time Angel enjoys giving back to the Maryland legal community by volunteering with her local bar associations and assisting in the fostering and development of community based rehabilitation opportunities for juveniles.
- 2016 State Bar of Maryland (Active)
- 2017 District of Columbia (Active)
- Corresponding Secretary - J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association - 2016
- Maryland State Bar Association - Member - 2016
- Prince George's County Bar Association - Family Division Member - 2016
- National Bar Association - Greater Washington Chapter - 2015
- Washington Bar Association - Member - 2015
I decided to write this blog because I am a barred attorney practicing in the District of Columbia—where marijuana has been legalized—, as well as Maryland—where it has only been decriminalized. This blog will review the distinctions between the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Although magistrates can hear a plethora of different family law cases, their power is limited in the respect that they do not issue final court orders but can only propose recommendations.
Like any other court system, the state of Maryland has a series of hearings that must be held in order for a custody arrangement to be established. The first of these is a pendente lite hearing.
An expungement is the legal process of removing a criminal record from public inspection. Maryland allows records to be expunged from Motor Vehicle Administration files, police files, and court files. Although generally thought of as universal, each expungement process and agency is different and has different requirements to guarantee that the files are properly removed from Maryland records.
The State of Maryland has a general presumption that a minor child’s welfare is best served in the care and custody of their natural or adoptive parents. The court further presumes that a child’s parents are in the best position to determine who has access to and is entitled to visitation with their minor children.