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Bob Kline is an experienced criminal defense attorney with offices in Port Deposit and Hagerstown, MD. He has successfully handled the following cases in State and Federal Courts:
First and Second Degree Murder
First Degree and Second Degree Assault
DUI/DWI/Driving while Impaired
Armed Robbery, Theft
Drugs - Possession/Distribution
Post Conviction Relief
It's never a good idea to wait, no matter what the charges are. Get on top of your case by calling Kline Law Group. We will immediately start investigating the facts, interview witnesses and intervene on your behalf. With over 30 years experience we offer effective misdemeanor defense and felony defense to our clients in all counties throughout the state.
Bob is consistently in the newspapers for handling high profile cases around the State. See our recent press releases
First and Second Degree Murder - Managing Partner, Robert Kline, represented the defendant, Thomas Dorsey, in a four day murder trial in Washington County convinced the jury to acquit the defendant of all charges. (State v. Dorsey) https://www.google.com/search?q=herald+mail+not+guilty+dorsey&rlz=1C1SQJL_enUS775US775&oq=herald+mail+not+guilty+dorsey&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i160l4.9174j1j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
First and Second Degree Murder, Conspiracy First and Second Degree Murder - Managing Partner, Robert Kline, represented the co-defendant, Troy Rose, in a five day murder trial in Dorchester County convincing the jury to acquit the defendant of the two conspiracy charges and find the defendant not guilty of first degree murder. (State v. Rose). https://www.stardem.com/news/crime/federalsburg-man-found-guilty-of-second-degree-murder/article_692ec9ff-e16b-5a60-ba2d-c45b4f3a7a70.html
First and Second Degree Murder, Armed Robbery - Managing Partner, Robert Kline, represented the co-defendant, Drequan Savage, in a three day murder trial in Wicomico County convincing the jury to acquit the defendant of Armed Robbery and find the defendant not guilty of first degree murder. (State v. Savage)
Child Neglect Resulting in Death - Managing Partner, Robert Kline, is representing the mother of a child charged with neglect of the minor resulting in the child's death in Washington County. (State v. Thrasher). https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/story/news/crime/2022/07/29/washington-county-woman-held-in-death-of-5-year-old-son/65386938007/
First Degree Murder, Arson - Managing Partner, Robert Kline, was able to secure a plea deal for the Defendant of Manslaughter resulting in 15 years actual time of incarceration with dismissal of remaining counts in Allegany County. (State v. Sweeney) https://www.times-news.com/news/local_news/new-york-man-charged-with-murder-after-body-found-in-apartment-fire/article_487009ec-53bf-11ec-ae79-ffb602b57fca.html; https://www.dcnewsnow.com/news/local-news/maryland/cumberland-police-investigate-early-morning-homicide/
Child Pornography -Managing Partner, Robert Kline, represented the father in a child molestation case and was able to have all state counts of child pornography dismissed by the State in Cecil County. (State v. Colby).https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2516948180415/police-elkton-area-couple-molested-their-baby-girl-on-camera
Attempted First and Second Degree Murder - Managing Partner, Robert Kline, was able to secure a not guilty verdict as to all counts, including attempted murder charges, first degree assault and firearm charges in Cecil County. (State v. Barton).
Attempted First and Second Degree Murder, Home Invasion - Managing Partner, Robert Kline, was able to resolve the matter with a plea to home invasion with all remaining charges dismissed by the State. (State v. Smith-Lum).
Attempted First and Second Degree Murder - Managing Partner, Robert Kline, was able to secure a time served sentence for one of 3 men charged with attempted murder. (State v. Blackwell). https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/story/news/local/2021/08/19/trio-charged-april-2020-shooting-hagerstown-take-plea-agreements/8169391002/
Representation of County Commissioner - Managing Partner, Robert Kline, represented Cort Meinelschmidt, Washington County County Commissioner in connection with his removal from the Board of Commissioners. https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/story/news/local/2021/02/24/meinelschmidt-sues-over-dismissal-from-board-gop-proceeding-with-plans-to-replace-him/115869722/
Possession and Distribution - Managing Partner, Robert, successfully had 6 counts of possession and possession with intent to distribute CDS placed on the inactive docket for a client in Allegany County, Maryland. State v. Gill.
First and Second Degree Assault - Managing Partner, Robert Kline, was successful after 14 years and multiple appeals to have all charges dropped and dismissed by the State's Attorneys Office in Cecil County. (State v. Kranz) https://www.pressreader.com/usa/cecil-whig/20200923/281861530938791
Handgun Charges/Possession - Managing Partner, Robert Kline, represented an individual accused of possession of a handgun, transporting a handgun, and numerous drug charges. After two suppression hearings, and multiple motions to dismiss, Mr. Kline was able to have the majority of the charges dismissed by the State's Attorney at the first trial before the trial was declared a mistrial. Ultimately the case was "stetted" by the State's Attorney resulting in the free release of our client. (State v. Spencer) https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/washington-county-sheriff-s-deputy-gets-a-whiff-makes-drug/article_b2b700b0-7f08-11e8-8754-ab43f948ce60.html
CDS- Possession with Intent to Distribute - Managing Partner, Robert Kline, was able to secure an acquittal on 7 counts of CDS charges in Allegany County. State v. Mackall, Case No. 19-000682.
Bomb/Explosive Device - Managing Partner, Robert Kline, represented an individual accused of possessing, using and/or manufacturing an explosive device/bomb in Washington Count. First, Kline was able to have his client released on bail. After being released on bail, and filing appropriate Motions with the Court, Kline successfully argued for Thorn's sentence to be limited to the time his client had already served. (State v. Thorn).
Homeowner Litigation - Managing Partner, Robert Kline, is
representing a homeowner in Cecil County, MD. Homeowner is suing the Town of Port Deposit, Cecil County Department of Public Works, and State of Maryland, State Highway Administration over flood and water damage. Robert Kline was able to successfully put forward claims of trespass, negligence, and negligent supervision against the parties.
Sexual Abuse - Managing Partner, Robert Kline, was successful in arguing for a bail for a person accused of sexual abuse. (State v. Merson)
Sexual Abuse - Managing Partner, Robert Kline, was successful in arguing for a bail for a person accused of sexual abuse. (State v. Barnard)
Burglaries - Managing Partner, Robert Kline, argued suppression of the use of a GPS tracker on a vehicle (State v. Gardner)
Burglaries - Managing Partner, Robert Kline, is representing a young man accused of multiple burglaries in the Washington County area. (State v. Grimm)
Mr. Kline was able to have the 32 counts of burglary reduced to just one count of conspiracy in a favorable plea deal. https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/hagerstown-area-man-gets-four-years-for-shed-break-ins/article_f01e4699-7dd9-5002-886b-9e2c49278cb7.html
Arson- Managing Partner, Robert Kline, represented a person accused of Firsts Degree Arson. Robert Kline was able to successfully argue that the sentence for the client should be the time served on the arson charge resulting in the client being released from the detention center after less than 6 months being incarcerated. (State v. Kuehnle)
Chapter 7 - This type of personal or business bankruptcy results in most debt being discharged. Not everyone is eligible for this type of bankruptcy. Our bankruptcy attorneys in Hagerstown can determine whether a debtor is eligible to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief.
Chapter 13 - Individuals who do not qualify for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, may be eligible for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. This chapter permits the individual to repay some or all of their debt over five years. After the bankruptcy period is over, the remaining debt is discharged.
Chapter 11 bankruptcies are available for both individuals and businesses. An individual who files for Chapter 11 protection may be a person who has a significant amount of business-related debt with significant assets and high income; or, a person who does not qualify to file a Chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy petition; or, a person who has a business that could be impacted by a Chapter 7 petition filing; or, a person who needs time to reorganize their debt.
A Chapter 11 petition is complex and costly. Accordingly, most Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases are filed by business entities. However, individuals are not precluded from seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
After graduating from Western Maryland College, Bob obtained his Masters from University of Delaware before attending University of Baltimore School of Law. Bob Kline was the Comments Editor of The Law Forum.
After graduation, Bob Kline was an associate in the Banking/Commercial Litigation Group with Wright, Constable & Skeen before laterally moving to Weinberg and Green to his Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights Department.
Mr. Kline has written extensively on asset based lender topics and bankruptcy, including:
“Aircraft Financing: Protection of a Lender’s Interest in Bankruptcy” , Equipment Financing Journal
“Maryland Retail Sales Act Held Inapplicable to Closed End Leases “, The Independent (Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors)
“Pre Petition Agreement: Will They Stand Up to Bankruptcy Scrutiny”, Commercial Law Bulletin
“Attempting to Anticipate Bankruptcy Issues in Limited Liability Companies” Commercial Law Bulletin.
Mr. Kline is a member of the Maryland State, United States District Court of Maryland, United States Court Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and U.S. Tax Court bars. He is also a member of Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association. His familiarity with each jurisdiction is invaluable in determining the client's best litigation strategy