Sandler Law LLC - Protective Orders in Maryland

Rockville, Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney


Contact Rene Sandler at 301-610-9797.


Rockville, Maryland Attorney Rene Sandler stands alone in Maryland as the attorney most experienced in representing individuals in Maryland Child Protective Services investigations and appeals. Maryland Attorney Rene Sandler is available for the immediate needs of a client who finds themselves involved in a Maryland Child Protective Services ("CPS") case from the moment the person becomes aware that he or she is a target or a witness in a CPS investigation. Legal representation is critical for an individual to be properly advised of his or her rights during the investigative process and clients must completely understand the impact of the department's findings once an investigation is completed. Maryland Attorney Rene Sandler handles CPS cases from the earliest stages of an investigation through administrative appeal. If you have been contacted by CPS do not delay in contacting Maryland Attorney Rene Sandler.  Contact her now.

Bethesda Magazine Top Attorney 2021

Rene Sandler again named 2023 Top Criminal Attorney in Bethesda Magazine.


Rockville Criminal Defense Attorney Rene Sandler knows that reputation is important when making your choice for an attorney.

Rene Sandler represents a wide range of individuals and businesses including licensed professionals, individuals with certifications, and security clearances of various levels. Rockville Criminal Defense Attorney Rene Sandler is particularly mindful of those individuals with licenses and security clearances as well as employees of local, State, and Federal government.  These individuals also include teachers and others who may be exposed to collateral consequences as a result of a criminal or traffic offense.  Rene Sandler is keenly aware of such collateral consequences and strives to protect clients across the board in such matters where collateral consequences can cause immediate harm to an individual.

Rockville Criminal Defense Attorney Rene Sandler is dedicated to her clients and is committed to a comprehensive results oriented approach.

Rockville Criminal Defense Attorney Rene Sandler has earned the reputation of a highly skilled, experienced attorney who aggressively and zealously defends her client’s rights.  Rene Sandler has been named to numerous local, State and National top lawyer lists, however she is particularly proud of the recognition by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the area’s Top 30 Attorneys.

Criminal Cases

Rockville Criminal Defense Attorney Rene Sandler has a proven track record of 20 years of success in handling criminal and traffic cases in the State of Maryland. Rene Sandler handles all aspects of criminal and traffic laws including DUI, assault, domestic violence, fraud, violent crimes, sex crimes, theft, white collar crimes, drug crimes, prescription fraud, all traffic code offenses, handgun offenses, and many more.

Rockville Criminal Defense Attorney Rene Sandler regularly handles competency and insanity type defenses and is familiar with mental health issues in the defense of her cases.  Rockville Criminal Defense Attorney Rene Sandler has the cutting edge knowledge, resources and experience to defend you aggressively.  Rockville Criminal Defense Attorney Rene Sandler knows the legal system thoroughly. As a result, she can reach the best possible outcome for your case. As one of the leading criminal defense attorneys in Maryland, Rockville Criminal Defense Attorney Rene Sandler is prepared to start working on your case.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a very serious crime in this country, and prosecutors can be aggressive when it comes to prosecuting someone on domestic violence charges. In fact, Montgomery County, MD has a weekly court docket for domestic violence cases only.  The penalties for domestic violence are significant and can impact a person’s employment and livelihood if convicted.  

Mental Health and Criminal Law

A person’s mental health is a critical component in the defense of a criminal case. Medications and pharmacology of a person taking medications at the time a crime is committed are important considerations in the investigation of a defense to a case.  Rockville Criminal Defense Attorney Rene Sandler has handled dozens of competency, not criminally responsible cases and criminal cases which involve the comprehensive knowledge of a person’s mental health diagnoses.  Rene Sandler has successfully handled cases involving mental health and arson, murder, and other specific intent crimes.  Rockville Criminal Defense Attorney Rene Sandler understands the intersection of mental health and the law and seeks to comprehensively and methodically understand a person’s history in order to zealously and compassionately provide legal representation.


Rockville Criminal Defense Attorney Rene Sandler regularly handles violent crimes including all forms of murder and manslaughter. These charges can include first degree premeditated murder, first degree felony murder, second degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, as well as motor vehicle manslaughter, homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated, or under the Influence of alcohol or drugs, and related charges. These offenses can include mandatory aspects of any potential sentence if a firearm is used.

Gun Possession Charges

Rockville Criminal Defense Attorney Rene Sandler has handled numerous firearm and ammunition related offenses either charged alone or within a violent crime charged. Possession of a firearm by a felon or by a person convicted of a disqualifying crime, use of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime, unlawful carrying of or transport of a firearm are serious crimes and may carry a mandatory minimum sentence if convicted.

Drug and Controlled Dangerous Substance Charges

Rockville Criminal Defense Attorney Rene Sandler has prosecuted and defended hundreds of drug charges in State Courts and has represented persons charged in Federal Courts.  These cases have included felonies such as possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances (CDS), distribution of CDS, conspiracy to distribute CDS or to possess with intent to distribute CDS, and of course simple possession of CDS.

Crimes of Violence

These charges can include kidnapping, extortion, armed robbery, robbery, carjacking, burglary, arson, first degree assault, aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a police officer, second degree assault, and a host of other offenses that the law deems a crime of violence, which carry substantial jail time. Even misdemeanor second degree assault carries a statutory penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

Theft and Property Crimes

These charges can include grand larceny, grand theft, theft of government property, shoplifting, petit larceny, malicious destruction of property, trespassing, loitering, and a host of other offenses. They can be prosecuted as felonies or misdemeanors and in both Federal and State courts. They all carry jail time, some substantial, and can cause you to remain a convicted felon for life. Felony convictions of these offenses can impact a person’s employability and for a certain class of persons can result in deportation for life, and the inability to obtain professional licenses and many jobs.

Drunk Driving, DUI, and Other Motor Vehicle Offenses

Judges across the State of Maryland have increased sentences for drunk driving offenses.  Maryland has recently passed Noah’s Law named for a fallen Montgomery County Police Officer killed by an impaired driver.  This law will require the use of an ignition interlock device for those charged with drunk driving even first time offenders who blow a .08. 

Rockville Criminal Defense Attorney Rene Sandler is a member of the prestigious National College for DUI Defense.  Drunk driving offenses are probably the most common of criminal charges, received by people across the spectrum of income, class, education, and all walks of life. They include driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while under the influence of drugs, driving impaired, driving on a suspended license, driving an uninsured motor vehicle, driving without a license, fleeing and eluding a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident (hit and run), reckless driving, aggressive driving, and a host of other serious motor vehicle offenses. Most of these offenses carry jail time, substantial fines, points and suspension and revocation of your driver's license. More information...

Collateral Consequences of Criminal Charges

Collateral consequences of an arrest or conviction of a crime including a serious traffic matter can seriously impact a person’s livelihood.  A person who has had a case dismissed or expunged nowadays must disclose a charge and offer an explanation on college applications, employment applications, rental applications, and for professional licensing requirements. 

Not widely known or appreciated is the fact that even a lawful permanent resident who is in this country legally, married with or without children, has been issued a social security number, is employed and paying taxes, can be deported for the rest of his or her life, for a simple first offense of possession of drugs. A conviction of misdemeanor possession of marijuana can even result in a United States citizen not receiving any financial aid for college, or other benefits, or many government jobs or government-contracting jobs, and licenses.