Areas of Criminal Practice



After an arrest for drunk driving, you need a qualified and experienced attorney on your side to protect your rights. We can help you fight the case at every stage. Whether your case involves a refusal to submit to testing or a high alcohol concentration in the breath or blood, we can help you fight the charges.

Gun Charges


The most serious gun and weapons-related charges can carry severe penalties. Prosecutors are particularly aggressive on gun cases to show that they are tough on crime. Many gun charges are felonies and can carry mandatory minimum sentences if convicted. Violent crimes with firearms, criminal possession of firearms, and criminal negligence with firearms may all be prosecuted as felonies punishable by extensive prison sentences and large fines.



Theft cases in Maryland carry different maximum penalites according to the value of the alleged theft. The higher the value, the higher the maximum penalty. Theft becomes a felony at $1,500 in value.



Any person charged with a serious violent crime has to be prepared for a fight. Because these cases are so serious, law enforcement and prosecutors usually come at the accused with the full force of their power. You need me to fight for you.

Juvenile Crimes

Juvenile Crimes

When a child is charged with a crime, it affects the entire family. The impact on the family is more severe when the child is charged with a serious criminal offense, such as a violent crime or a sexually motivated offense. Even misdemeanor charges come with potentially serious consequences.

drug offenses


Drug laws are usually based on the classifications of drugs in the federal Controlled Substances Act. If you are charged with any type of drug crime throughout Maryland, then you need a lawyer who will aggressively fight for your rights and the best possible result in the case.



The consequences of a robbery conviction can be severe, both immediately and in the long term. If you have been charged with robbery, your best course of action is to talk with a criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience and knowledge of robbery and armed robbery cases and how to effectively defend each.



Once an Expungement is ordered, records are destroyed and the individual is then lawfully allowed to answer “no” when asked if they have ever been convicted of a crime on applications for jobs, schools, housing, and loans. Many prior convictions can now be expunged, call me today to see if your record is eligble for expungement.

Domestic Violence


In many of these cases, an officer makes an arrest based on mere allegations. Being convicted of an assault in Maryland can have serious consequences. There are many factors to consider in order to successfully defend assault and domestically related assault cases. 

Douglas R. Dolan

Following his 2001 graduation from the University of Baltimore School of Law, Mr. Dolan quickly became the Senior Trial Attorney for the State of Maryland. For over 12 years, Mr. Dolan prosecuted the very cases he now fights as a defense attorney. With a diverse focus from serious felonies to common misdemeanors, Mr. Dolan will aggressively represent you during every step of the legal process.

“As a former Harford County prosecutor for over a decade, I understand how criminal cases are handled within the state. Allow my experience to work for you. Your satisfaction is my number one priority that is why I fight for you in court.”

Turn to The Law Office of Douglas R. Dolan, LLC, in Bel Air, Maryland, for all of your legal needs. I provide a broad range of legal services that focus on criminal and serious traffic defense and civil litigation. Call now to schedule your FREE consultation.



“A real professional who actually cares. Expect the degree of empathy that you deserve without the blowing of smoke in unauthorized places. I was thoroughly counseled and prepared for my case and I could not have been more amazed with the results! My money could not have been better spent. Start and end your search for legal representation here.”

– Michael D.

Outstanding Attorney and Law Firm


Doug and his firm represented me on multiple occasions. He effectively defended me on both occasions. He studied my documentation and reviewed case law to come up with an effective strategy on a case that statistically would not go in my favor. I was in awe watching Doug be the prosecutor in defending false and outrageous accusations made against me. Doug methodically counter each of the allegations with facts, showed that the allegations against me were baseless and effectively demonstrated that the plaintiff was the aggressor. I love the firm and appreciate Doug for a job well done. I would 100% recommend Doug and his firm. Doug performed a miracle for me.

– LV



How do I spell amazing??? I spell it D-O-L-A-N!!!! He answered every call, every text… he told me how it was… not what I wanted to here! You need an honest lawyer???? Yes, I said honest… he should be your first call.

– Steph

Best lawyer in the state of Maryland


Mr. Douglas Robert Dolan is by far the best lawyer in the state of Maryland..he took care of me all the way till the end !! He has gotten me the best outcome in my criminal case that no other lawyer said I could win..please go make an appointment with him A.S.A.P.

– Christopher Michael Snyder

Proceeding with your Case

I will vigorously represent you in all stages of the legal process. When you hire me you are hiring an experienced criminal attorney. I will explain everything to you so you can make informed decisions on how to proceed. I will tell you what defenses you may have to the charges you are facing and we will proceed in the most beneficial way for you. I am an experienced trial attorney with both court and jury trials. Call me now for a FREE, no obligation consultation.

Civil Litigation

Starting the legal process or responding to a lawsuit can be stressful because it is unfamiliar to most people. If you are thinking about filing a lawsuit or if you have been served with any type of lawsuit come and talk to me. Let me do the heavy lifting. I will explain everything to you to set your mind at ease. I will take the fear out of the legal process. Call me today for your FREE, no obligation initial consultation. I provide experienced representation in the following types of cases:  Bankruptcy Cases – Personal Injury – Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning and General Civil Litigation.

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