James Crawford

James Crawford

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Linthicum Heights, MD

JC Law: The Law Office of James E Crawford Jr. & Associates, LLC
 | 999 Corporate Blvd, Suite 100
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
Phone: 443-709-9999
Fax: 443-919-4207
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%),
  • Family Law (10%)
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

Jim Crawford has helped people facing criminal charges since 1992, when he finished law school and started his own law firm: JC Law, or the Law Office of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates.

Recognized as a tenacious and passionate defender of his clients' rights, Jim brings more than two decades of experience to work defending people charged with all types of crimes at all levels of state and federal courts across Maryland.

Jim has represented thousands of people, including professional athletes and politicians in high-profile cases covered by local and national news media, as well as the cases you don’t hear about on the news, where a person faces charges for simple marijuana possession or a young person is accused of a juvenile offense.

Jim’s case history includes: 

  • Successful representation of a 17-year-old boy accused of rape after having had sex with his girlfriend
  • Dismissal of charges for a client who was arrested and beaten (twice) by police officers
  • Successful resolution of a case involving criminal charges against a professional basketball player – a resolution with no impact on the athlete’s playing career

Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent* Rated Lawyer since 2009

Only a handful of years out from making Baltimore City Paper’s “Best of Baltimore” list, but Jim and his associates at JC Law remain as strong as ever, focused on doing what’s best for clients charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes in state and federal courts across Maryland. 

Founder and Managing Partner

As a Baltimore-native, Attorney James Crawford grew up watching his father interact with some of the best judges and prosecutors in the state, using forcefulness and grace to navigate complex legal situations. He learned that the power to change the life of even one client is worth more than any amount of money or prestige.

As one of the most capable and tenacious trial lawyers in Maryland, he has enjoyed an extraordinary amount of successes on behalf of clients, spending just about every day of his working career in a Maryland courtroom.

The Founding of His Own Firm

In 1992, he founded the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates to address the need for a qualified criminal lawyer in Baltimore. He has established himself as a premier practitioner in the state of Maryland and has represented thousands of clients on:

  • District Court
  • Circuit Court
  • Federal Court

Since entering private practice, Attorney Crawford has handled many notable cases that have appeared in the media. The type of cases ranges from ordinary citizens to police officers, professional athletes, lawyer, doctors, politicians, and other persons of notoriety.

Background and Experience

When elected to the Democratic Central Committee in 1984, Attorney Crawford was one of the youngest elected state officials in the history of Maryland. In addition, he has experience working on various races, including:

  • City Council
  • Mayoral
  • Attorney General
  • State Senate
  • Delegate
  • County Executive
  • State Central Committee
  • Gubernatorial

This experience of campaigning and meeting the people of Baltimore gave him the winning formula needed to successfully defend clients in courts.

Community Service

He established the Baltimore Beez, a charity group aimed at providing food to the hungry during the holiday season and providing support to other charities in Baltimore. As an executive board member of Mount Saint Joseph High School, he has devoted time and assistance to the school, including a baseball stadium.

Personal Life

Attorney Crawford has four children.

Areas of Practice

  • Federal Criminal Law
  • State Courts
  • Sex Crimes and Registration
  • Computer Crimes
  • Assault
  • Drugs and Distribution
  • White Collar
  • Theft
  • DWI and Traffic
  • Drug Charges
  • Weapon and Violent Charges
  • Domestic Violence
  • Juvenile Cause
  • Divorce and Custody
  • Protective Orders
  • Child Pornography

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland Bar, 1992
  • United States District Court of Maryland, 1994


  • University School of Law Baltimore Maryland: Juris Doctorate, 1992
  • University of Baltimore School of Law Baltimore, Maryland: Bachelor of Arts Legal Studies, 1998
  • Frostburg State College: Bachelor of Science, 1995
  • Mount St. Joseph High School: High School Diploma, 1980

Honors & Awards

  • Maryland Super Lawyer Listings, 2014–2017
  • Top Lawyer Maryland Award Legal Network, 2013
  • AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubble Award, 2005–2017
  • AV Preeminent Lexis Nexis Peer Review Highest Rating, 2009–2017
  • Lead Counsel Rating LawInfo.com, 2011–2017
  • Best of Baltimore Work, Baltimore City Paper, 2011
  • Past Elected Official State’s Central Committee, 1982
  • Listed Baltimore Leading Firms, Baltimore Magazine
  • Professional Associations and Membership
  • Maryland Bar Association, Member
  • Former County Bar Association, Member
  • American Association of Justice, Member
  • Maryland State Central Democratic Committee, Past Member
  • American Bar Association Section, Criminal Litigation Committee, Member
  • DUI/DWI Attorney’s Member
  • Criminal Defense Attorney Group, Member
  • Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Group, Member
  • DUI Defense Lawyer, Member
  • DUI Law Group, Member
  • Efface PA Criminal Practice Group, Member
  • Forensic Science Litigation Attorney Network, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Inc, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • National Lawyer Guild (NLG)
  • Solo Attorney Practitioners Forum
  • The Innocence Project
  • Trial Lawyer Network for Attorney and Lawyer
  • White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney
  • American Bar Association

Legal & Political Writing & Speaking Engagements

  • There is Only an Opportunity for Justice, Legal Publications 2017
  • Identity Fraud; 2012, West Publishing.
  • Shoplifting Charges in Maryland; January 2016, Thinking Publication.
  • The Wimpering of America; January 2016, Thinking Publication.
  • Taxes and Jobs; December 2015, Thinking Publication.
  • Acceptance Speech for the Alumni of the Year Award, Mount St. Joseph High School, 2016. (Speaking on political and social issues.)

About James Crawford

Admitted: 1993, Maryland

Professional Webpage: https://www.jamescrawfordlaw.com/services/criminal-defense


  • AV Preeminent Martindale Hubbell, 2009 - 2013
  • Selected as a top performer and advocate in the State of Maryland, AV Preeminant, AVVO, 2020
  • Lead Counsel rating, Law Info. Com, 2011 - 2012
  • AV Preeminent Peer review, Highest possible rating, 2009 - 2018
  • Past Elected Official State Central Committee, 1982
  • Martindale Hubbell Highest AV Rating for Ethical & Ability, Lexis Nexis, 2018
  • Best of Baltimore Award, Baltimore City Paper
  • AV Rated for Five Years, Martindale-Hubbell, 2005

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Maryland Bar Association, 1993 - Present
  • Past Member, Maryland Democratic State Central Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1994
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Maryland Association for Justice, Inc.
  • Maryland, 1992
  • Member, Baltimore County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Criminal Litigation Committee

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Our firm believes that "pro bono" work is not only important, it is a fundemental necessity. We have established a real relationship with the families and individuals we endevor to help. We urge all Maryland practitioners to creat a plan to lend a helping hand to individuals who can't always afford to pay a high premium for legal services. Jim Crawford, 2011
  • Our firm believes that it is extremley important to help the community by providing legal services for thoses who might not be able to afford same. In addition to doing pro bono work we believe that helping our clients reach thier potential by helping them in thier time of need is what practicing law is all about.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Identity Fraud", West publishing, 2012
  • In Jim's first book he sheds a tremendous amount of light on the legal industry in an attempt to help people that find themselves caught up in the process. , There is Only an Opportunity for Justice, General Public, Legal Community, 2018
  • Sex Offense Charge Dropped against a Baltimore Man, James E Crawford Jr. Criminal Blog, 2011

Representative Clients:

  • FCPA Criminal Practice Group
  • National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
  • Trial Lawyer Network for Lawyers and Attorneys
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys Group
  • DUI Law Group
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The Innocence Project
  • Americas DUI DWI Attorneys
  • DUI Defense Lawyers
  • Forensic Science Litigation Attorney Network
  • Solo Attorney Practitioner's Forum
  • White Collar Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • State of Maryland vs. Ryland
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers Group

Educational Background:

  • Mount Saint Joseph College, 1980
  • Frostburg State College, B.A., 1985
  • University J of Baltimore Graduate School, M.A., 1987

Industry Groups

  • Attorney
  • Judges
  • Legal
  • Prosecutors
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Office Location for James Crawford

999 Corporate Blvd
Suite 100
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

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Last Updated: 11/3/2020

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