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Sicilia C. Englert

Sicilia C. Englert is a founding partner at the law firm of Lawlor & Englert, LLC. Ms. Englert has represented numerous clients in various stages of state and federal criminal court proceedings, including: bond review hearings; pretrial motions; trial; sentencing; motions for reconsideration of sentence; appeal; juvenile matters; post-conviction; and habeas corpus proceedings.

Ms. Englert has successfully litigated pre-trial motions after which the prosecutor was forced to dismiss the case. Successes include: winning a motion to suppress drugs based an illegal traffic stop; winning motions to suppress a gun and shell casings following a warrantless entry into a home; winning a motion to suppress drugs based an illegal search of an automobile. In another case, the prosecutor was forced to dismiss a robbery case when the State requested a postponement of trial and Ms. Englert opposed the State based on the Federal Constitutional right to a speedy trial.

Where applicable, Ms. Englert has convinced the prosecutor to voluntarily drop a case where the state has charged an innocent person. For some first time offenders, Ms. Englert has convinced the prosecutor and judge to grant a probation before judgment, allowing clients to maintain a clean criminal record.

Ms. Englert has an active appellate practice and is experienced in seeking relief for clients based on a wide variety of issues, such as defective jury instructions, mistake, sentencing errors, prosecution’s failure to disclose evidence under Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963), and delay in presentment pursuant to Williams v. State, 375 Md. 404 (2003). Ms. Englert’s successes include overturning carjacking and gun possession convictions in United States v. Hawkins, 589 F.3d 694 (4th Cir. 2009), and overturning an assault on a police officer conviction in Coghill v. United States, A.2d 802 (D.C. 2009). In another case, Ms. Englert obtained a new sentencing hearing for a client after a successful appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and upon resentencing, secured a sentence reduction from 100 months to 77 months.

With an active state post-conviction and federal habeas corpus practice, Ms. Englert has sought relief for clients based on a variety of ineffective assistance of counsel issues pursuant to Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668 (1984). Along with Mr. Lawlor, Ms. Englert assisted in securing the release of an inmate who was serving a life sentence for murder after uncovering evidence that the State had withheld material exculpatory Brady evidence. That inmate served 13 years of a life sentence and is now home with his family.

Before opening the law firm of Lawlor & Englert, LLC, Ms. Englert’s criminal law experience included working as an associate for the law firm of Bennett & Nathans, LLP, and serving briefly as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia. Ms. Englert was also a criminal law Staff Attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, California, where she reviewed direct appeal and habeas corpus cases and recommended dispositions to three-judge panels of the court.

Ms. Englert graduated from George Mason University School of Law in 1994, and is admitted to practice law in state and federal courts in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. She is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Association.

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