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Stephen P. Shepard is a Maryland criminal defense attorney and the owner of the Law Office of Stephen P. Shepard, LLC. He has extensive experience in handling criminal, DUI/DWI, serious traffic, and violation of probation cases. Additionally, he has zealously represented clients at bail review hearings, modification of sentence hearings, and various other legal proceedings. Before founding his own law office, he served as a full-time volunteer attorney for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. As a volunteer attorney, he personally handled hundreds of cases in the District Court Division of the Howard County office, and later, the Baltimore County office. Prior to becoming an attorney in Maryland, Stephen volunteered during his summers in law school as a full-time law clerk for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. During his last summer, he served as the law clerk for the District Public Defender for Howard County. Stephen is presently a member of the American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Association for Justice,Maryland State Bar Association, Maryland Association for Justice, Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney's Association, and the Baltimore County Bar Association. Stephen graduated and received his Juris Doctor degree with honors (magna cum laude) from the Appalachian School of Law. While in law school, he served as an Associate Editor, and later, as the Articles Editor on the Executive Editorial Board for the Appalachian Journal of Law. His article, “Negligent Hiring Liability: A Look at How it Affects Employers and the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Ex-Offenders,” was published in the Spring 2011 edition of the Appalachian Journal of Law. He was on the Dean's List for every eligible semester and received the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” award. Prior to law school, Stephen graduated and received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors (summa cum laude) in criminology with a minor in philosophy from Cabrini College. As an undergraduate, he served as the President of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Kappa Sigma Chapter) and the Phi Sigma Tau International Honor Society for Philosophy (Beta Chapter). For nearly a year, he interned part-time at the Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney in the Major Crimes Unit. He was also an active student participant in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.

Bar Admissions

  • 2012 State Bar of Maryland


Cabrini University, 610 King of Prussia Rd, Radnor, PA 19087
BA - Bachelor of Arts - 2009
Appalachian School of Law, 1169 Edgewater Dr, Grundy, VA 24614
JD - Juris Doctor - 2012

Career Highlights

  • Drunk Driving Defense - Lead Counsel - 2016
  • Top Contributor - Avvo - 2013 to 2016
  • Client's Choice - Avvo - 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40 - National Trial Lawyers - 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - National Trial Lawyers - 2015 to 2016
  • Criminal Law - State Level Crimes - Lead Counsel - 2016
  • Premier Attorney - American Academy of Trial Attorneys - 2015
  • Criminal Law - State Level Crimes - Lead Counsel - 2015
  • Criminal Law - State Level Crimes - Lead Counsel - 2017
  • Drunk Driving Defense - Lead Counsel - 2017
Legal Resources
Probation Before Judgment
March 16, 2018 - Stephen Shepard

Probation before judgment is a way of resolving a criminal case without a criminal conviction. If you have no prior criminal record or only previous minor charges, you may be eligible for probation before judgment.

What Happens at a Bail Review?
February 27, 2018 - Stephen Shepard

When bail is set, it is not locked in. If your loved one is unable to post bail or if the bail you have posted has caused a financial burden, you may be able to have it lowered at a bail review hearing.

What Is the Crime of Assault?
February 27, 2018 - Stephen Shepard

The seriousness of an assault charge depends on one’s intent, how the assault was committed, and the results of the assault.

What Happens at an Initial Appearance?
February 27, 2018 - Stephen Shepard

When someone is arrested in Maryland, they are taken before a judicial officer for an initial appearance. This is their first chance to win their release and begin to fight the charges.

What are my Options if I Violated my Probation?
February 27, 2018 - Stephen Shepard

Individuals who are facing a violation of probation tend to have many questions. Those awaiting a hearing for an alleged violation of probation that find an experienced criminal defense attorney to speak on their behalf see the most promising outcomes.


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