Rhodes Law Firm, LLC

(301) 332-4774

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

After-Hours & Weekends by Appointment

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A Respected Law Firm in Greenbelt, MD — Our Practice Areas

The legal world can be complex and intimidating. You need an experienced attorney on your side to help navigate your case effectively and achieve the results you want. Depend on Shauna A. Rhodes as an attorney who will fight hard for you at every step. Call our law firm in Greenbelt, MD, today to get started.


Family Law

At RLF, we offer a wide range of family law services to Maryland residents. We're known for providing cost-effective and results-oriented legal representation in both simple and complex family law cases, including child custody disputes, divorce cases, and paternity actions. Our attorney works diligently towards results that are in the best interest of you and your family.

Cases We Cover

Count on us for support with a variety of cases, including:

  • Negotiating the fair division of marital property.
  • Calculating reasonable child support and alimony.
  • Defending against or obtaining modifications to divorce decrees.
  • Defending against or obtaining modifications to child support terms.
  • Defending against or obtaining modifications to child custody agreements.
  • Filing for a protective order, in the case of domestic abuse.
     
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Getting a Divorce in Maryland

Before the divorce proceedings begin, there are many legal nuances you must be aware of. Shauna Rhodes has extensive experience practicing divorce law in our state and can help you navigate every step of your divorce case, regardless of the complexity.

While most Maryland divorce cases are settled out of court, there are many that still go to trial. Depend on us to help you negotiate favorable outcomes whether the divorce is settled in or out of court. If the case does proceed to litigation, you can rest easy knowing that we're here to aggressively represent your and your family's interests.


Criminal Defense

RLF has a long history of success when it comes to the defense of clients facing a range of criminal charges. If you have been charged with a crime, be sure to secure legal representation with RLF as soon as possible. This enables us to guide you through the legal process step by step while ensuring that your best interests are always at the forefront. Attorney Shauna A. Rhodes will support you at every step of your legal proceedings, from the initial bail review to the closing trial, when required. Depending on the specifics of your case, Shauna may even be able to help you avoid litigation altogether.

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The Attention & Representation You Deserve

We understand that facing a criminal charge is both serious and stressful. Whether you're dealing with drug charges or speeding fines, you need someone on your side with a comprehensive understanding of Maryland Law and a commitment to providing individualized attention. And when it comes to personalized support and expert representation, Shauna Rhodes is the only name you need to remember. Count on Shauna for support in a wide range of criminal cases, including:

  • Theft
  • Drug Crimes
  • Sex Crimes
  • Misdemeanors
  • Felonies
  • Murder & Manslaughter
  • Destruction of Property

Protective Orders

If you have been abused or threatened by someone you know personally—including family members and spouses—you may have the right to file a protective order against this person. However, it can be difficult to have these requests granted without the support of a skilled and experienced attorney.

Shauna A. Rhodes has a high success rate and is ready to help you present a solid case in your fight for a protective order, allowing you to move on with your life confidently. Depend on her to help you understand the process of filing a protective order and provide you with the information you need to determine whether a protective order is in your best interests.

Consequences of a Protective Order

When protective orders are granted by the court, they can force your abuser to stay away from you for up to one year. If you live with this person, a protective order can give you the right to remain in your place of residence while forcing the other person to relocate. If you have children together, this order may contain provisions for regular payments, akin to child support. Occasionally, the other person may be asked to contribute to mortgage payments or seek professional help from a counselor approved by the court.

Arguing Against a Protective Order in Maryland

If a protective order has been filed against you, rely on RLF to help defend your case. We employ a variety of strategies to protect you from the significant damage created by a protective order. Rely on us to create the best possible argument depending on the specifics of your case.


Assault

In Maryland, assault is one of the most common crimes. Unfortunately, domestic assault on spouses and children is also a frequent occurrence, with new cases being reported daily. Additionally, there are many people who are wrongfully accused or charged with assault. This can happen in many cases, such as when an accuser is seeking revenge or looking to gain control over a custody situation. The three most common types of assault in Maryland include:

  • Offensive Physical Altercations
  • Attempts to Cause Physical Harm
  • Placing Someone in a Harmful Situation
     
Domestic Violence

Assault charges—ranging from misdemeanors to felonies—can result in serious consequences and are made when an individual is physically harmed or placed in a potentially harmful situation. According to the law, the intention to cause harm need not be present in this type of offense. Find a complete definition of assault in Section 3-201. The penalties for assault in our state range from moderate to severe; however, all cases will leave a mark on your criminal record. Even a black eye can result in a short prison stay.

Other case types that can result in assault charges include:

  • Reckless Driving Resulting in a Life-Threatening Injury
  • Assault by Inmates
  • Reckless Endangerment

First-Degree Assault

First-degree assaults include the use of a firearm and can result in heavy fines and prison sentences of up to 25 years. Firearms include handguns, assault pistols, machine guns, shotguns, rifles, and regulated firearms.

Second-Degree Assault

Although not as serious as first-degree, second-degree assaults still result in exceptionally harsh punishments. The maximum penalty for this crime is a fine of $2,500, ten years of prison time, or a combination of the two. Double fines are implemented when the assaulted party belongs to law enforcement, and the charged party is aware of this fact.

Food Contamination

Poisoning or contaminating food with the intent to cause harm is barred by law, considered a felony, and punishable in Maryland with fines or prison time up to 20 years. Section 2-215 also covers the forced ingestion of harmful substances. Such an offense may result in heavy fines up to $2,500, prison time up to 10 years, or a combination of the two.

 

Defending an Assault Charge

Shauna A. Rhodes has a long and successful track record when it comes to building strong defenses in a range of assault cases, including:

  • Threats
  • Domestic Assaults
  • Simple Assaults
  • Restraining Order Violations
  • Charges of Criminal Contempt

In order to frame and create a solid defense, Shauna looks at all the underlying circumstances of each case to determine if:

  • A false accusation was made.
  • The assault victim had any ulterior motives.
  • The client acted in self-defense.