Gary S. Bernstein

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Gary S. Bernstein

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Biography

I am former Assistant State's Attorney for Baltimore City and have been in the private practice of criminal and drunk driving law for 40 years. My tag says "No Plea" because I am known for trying cases. Many lawyers look to get in and out of court as quickly as possible. My objective is to secure the best possible outcome for my clients.  I'm no pallbearer. I handle all state and federal criminal and traffic matters, including appeals to the Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals.

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
    • J.D. - 1975
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD
    • B.S. - 1972
    • Major: Accounting

Classes & Seminars

  • Handling the DWI Case, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc., 1982
  • Criminal Practice & Procedure in the District Court of Maryland, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc., 1982

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Criminal Code Revision Committee, 2000 to 2001
  • Criminal Law Revision Committee, 1997 to 2004
  • Board of Directors Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney's Association

Past Positions

  • Assistant State's Attorney, Baltimore City

Published Works

  • Criminal Practice & Procedure in the District Court of Maryland, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc. 1982 to present
  • Handling the DWI Case, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc. 1982 to present
  • Defending DUI, MICPEL, 1984-2002

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Zeta Beta Tau

Professional Associations

  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, Director, 1986 to Present

Practice Areas

  • DUI
  • Criminal Law
  • Drunk Driving
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980

Honors

  • Maryland Super Lawyer for Criminal Defense: DWI/DUI, 2007 - 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2008 - 2020
  • AV Peer Review, Martindale-Hubbell, since 1990

Representative Cases

  • Livingston v. State, 317 Md. 408, 1989, Ct. of Appeals, 1989145022
  • Hardaway v. State, 317 Md. 160, 1989, Ct of Appeals, 1989127249
  • State v. Davis, 310 Md 611, 1987, Ct. of Appeals, 1987119549
  • Mullaney v. Aude, 736 A.2d 1065, 1999, Ct of Sp. App., 1999221618
  • Craig v. State, 316 Md. 551, 1989, Ct. of Appeals, 1989110713
  • B.N. v. K.K., 312 Md. 135, 1988, Ct. of Appeals, 1988042684
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