Child Abuse Defense Lawyer in Maryland

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Columbia Child Abuse Defense Lawyer Johnathan Scott Smith

If you have been charged with child abuse, whether molestation, sexual assault or abuse, or physical child abuse, the consequences can be devastating, both in terms of your freedom and your reputation. If you are a parent, you may lose unsupervised access to your children. You can go to jail and be required to register as a sexual offender. If you are a government employee or contractor, or need a security clearance to perform your job, you run the risk of suspension or termination.

Top Rated Child Abuse Defense Lawyer

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top rated former prosecutor and child abuse defense lawyer with extensive experience in criminal cases, including many sexual offense and child abuse cases. We have taken many of these cases to trial and won. Mr. Smith fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him. Mr. Smith’s results speak for themselves.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience – and track record of successful results – has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer (Past 5 consecutive years), and selected within Top 100 in Maryland.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” (Highest peer rating for legal ability and ethics by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (every year since 1988).
  • Client Distinction Award (Client Review Rating of 4.5 or higher on 5.0 scale – less than 4% of 900,000+ attorneys listed by Martindale-Hubbell).
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars – the highest client review possible.
  • Client Satisfaction Award, 10 Best Law Firms, American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.
  • 10.0 Superb” attorney rating by AVVO.

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements, and industry recognition.

Child Abuse Investigations

If you are under suspicion or investigation for child abuse, you will need an experienced child abuse defense attorney. Maryland has mandatory reporting and investigation laws. The police and the Department of Social Services will attempt to interview you and others to determine the validity of allegations or charges. Do not talk to the police or the Department of Social Services until you can get legal advice in a child abuse investigation.

“I feel very fortunate indeed to have had Jonathan Scott Smith represent me during my successful criminal trial in Howard County Circuit Court. Jonathan handled my case from start to finish. I was particularly impressed with his professionalism, candor, attention to detail and relationships within the legal community. In the courtroom Jonathan’s skill, experience, preparation and passion carried the day when the jury returned a verdict of not guilty.”

D.D. – Columbia, MD


49-year old employee of intelligence agency arrested and charged with 15 counts of sexual offenses and child sexual abuse. Eight charges dismissed as a result of pretrial motions. Remaining charges proceeded to trial. Jury returned verdicts of not guilty as to all remaining charges.


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To schedule an appointment with an experienced child abuse defense lawyer, contact us online or call us at 410-740-0101. Put the skill and experience of a former prosecutor to work for you. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in criminal defense matters, DUI / DWI, MVA Hearings, traffic offenses, domestic violence and child abuse charges throughout Maryland, including the cities of Columbia, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, and Baltimore. Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.


  • Jonathan Scott Smith 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 200 ,Columbia, MD 21044-4960

  • Call for consultation 410-740-0101