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Ocean City Criminal Defense & Civil Litigation Services

Maryland Criminal, DUI/DWI, and Civil Litigation Attorney

The Law Office of Steven W. Rakow, LLC is a law firm based in Ocean City, Maryland, that provides high-quality legal services to clients facing criminal charges and civil litigation matters. As a solo practitioner, I have established my firm as a trusted and respected resource for individuals and businesses facing the stress, confusion, and uncertainty of criminal charges and civil disputes. 

Contact Steve to discuss the facts of your case and to find out how he can assist you.

I bring over two and a half decades of legal industry experience to every criminal investigation, arrest, or charge and to civil litigation issues that can threaten your home, condo, homeowner’s association, career, business, or other matters. 

I can put my extensive negotiation and litigation skills to work for you to vigorously defend your rights while pursuing your best interests.

I represent clients in Ocean City, Salisbury, and the surrounding counties of Worcester, Wicomico, Dorchester, Caroline, Talbot, and Somerset.

Book your free initial consultation by contacting the Law Office of Steven W. Rakow, LLC, by phone at (443) 856-6376 or via email

Legal Services


Criminal Defense Services

I have defended clients in all criminal cases, from minor traffic violations to misdemeanors and serious felonies, including murders, burglaries, firearms offenses, and white-collar crimes. As a former prosecutor, I understand the criminal process from both sides of the court and can use that inside knowledge to help develop an effective legal strategy. 

Comprehensive Criminal Defense Services:

  • Aggressive DUI Defense: Defending individuals accused of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Reliable Traffic Violation Representation: Representing clients cited for speeding, reckless driving, and other traffic offenses.
  • Skilled Misdemeanor Defense: Defending individuals charged with misdemeanor offenses, such as disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, trespass, underage alcohol violations, petty theft, and simple assault.
  • Experienced Felony Defense: Defending individuals charged with serious felony offenses, such as murder, manslaughter, fraud, robbery, and drug trafficking.

Expert Civil Litigation Services

Civil litigation is a broad area of law encompassing disputes between individuals or entities unrelated to criminal activity. 

My Civil Litigation Expertise:

  • Contract Law Mastery: Assisting clients with drafting, reviewing, and enforcing contracts.
  • Construction Defect Advocacy: Representing homeowners and contractors in construction defect claims.
  • Condo Association Legal Support: Providing legal guidance and representation to condominium associations.
  • HOA Law Advisory: Assisting homeowners’ associations with legal matters.
  • Corporate and Business Legal Services: Representing businesses in various legal matters, such as formation, governance, and contract disputes.

Local Legal Support Tailored for Worcester County Residents

Living in Worcester County, you understand the unique challenges our community faces. From the bustling streets of Ocean City to the serene neighborhoods of Berlin, local residents encounter a variety of legal issues that require a deep understanding of our area. Whether you're dealing with a DUI charge after a night out in Ocean City or facing a traffic violation on Route 50, having a local attorney who knows the ins and outs of Worcester County can make all the difference.

Our firm is well-versed in the local legal landscape, including the workings of the Worcester County Circuit Court and the Ocean City District Court. We are familiar with the local law enforcement agencies, such as the Worcester County Sheriff's Office and the Ocean City Police Department, which allows us to provide informed and effective legal representation.

One of the common pain points for residents in our area is dealing with the aftermath of a DUI arrest, especially during the busy tourist season. The impact on your driving record, insurance rates, and personal life can be overwhelming. We understand these concerns and are here to help you navigate the legal process, aiming to minimize the consequences and get you back on track.

Another frequent issue is traffic violations, which can occur on major thoroughfares like Route 113 and Route 589. These citations can lead to hefty fines, points on your license, and even increased insurance premiums. Our firm is dedicated to providing reliable traffic violation representation to help you contest these charges and protect your driving privileges.

For those facing more serious charges, such as felonies, our local knowledge and experience are invaluable. We understand the gravity of these situations and are committed to providing robust defense strategies tailored to the specifics of your case and the local legal environment.

At Steven W. Rakow, LLC, we pride ourselves on being a part of the Worcester County community. We are here to support our neighbors with personalized legal services that address the unique challenges of living in this beautiful area. Contact us today to discuss your legal needs and find out how we can help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Why Trust Steven W. Rakow, LLC for Your Legal Needs?

I bring a wealth of knowledge, skills, and experience to clients, including the practice of law in both state and federal courts. My representation is informed by my former Marine career, which is based on a deep sense of discipline and dedication. I have also earned legal industry recognition as an Avvo Client’s Choice Award winner. 

In addition to the above, I provide personalized and tailored attention to my clients. Every case is unique and requires a customized approach. I take the time to get to know you and understand your goals and concerns. 

My mission is to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case. As your Worcester County attorney for criminal defense and civil litigation, I will always support you through the legal process.

Discuss your case with a Worcester County lawyer for criminal defense and civil litigation. Call my firm at (443) 856-6376.

Hear From Satisfied Clients

  • "I was a bit nervous dealing with the courts for the first time but, he was a calming factor through the process and helped settle the nerves. Highly recommend!"
    Valerie K.
  • "I have retained Steve twice now and each time he has guided me through the legal process with favorable outcomes."
    Jordan R.
  • "Steve is very personable and easy to talk to. He is very knowledgeable and explains everything clearly and prepares you for what to expect."
    Kelsey M.

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