We Work in Our Clients’ Best Interests
Some legal problems can be resolved much more efficiently outside the courtroom. Our experience and expertise in settling disputes outside of court could mean the difference between a lengthy and costly trial process and a quick resolution. That being said, we are not afraid to fight for your rights when other methods have been exhausted. We have both the expertise and experience in the courtroom to protect you and your best interests.
We don’t rest easy until you can rest easy. We will keep you informed of the status of your case and ensure that you are fully involved and aware of all decisions that affect your case. We give clear explanations of the law and what it means to your unique situation.
We promptly answer phone calls and emails and are more than happy to discuss the details of your case at any time.
Meet Our Attorneys:
Reginald W. Bours, III
Reginald W. Bours, III, has been practicing law since 1969. After completing his law degree in 1968, Mr. Bours served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Joseph M. Mathias from 1968 to 1969, In January 1969, he started his career with the State’s Attorney’s Office for Montgomery County where he became Deputy State’s Attorney in 1973. While a prosecutor, Mr. Bours handled every kind of criminal and traffic case, and trained new prosecutors. He then went into private practice in 1974, and has successfully defended thousands of clients for over 40 years. Mr. Bours has been named a top 100 lawyer in the community by Washingtonian Magazine in 2007, and the Washington Post in 2015. In 2014, Mr. Bours was also selected to Super Lawyers.
While he was a prosecutor, Mr. Bours handled and trained prosecutors for all types of criminal charges in the District Court of Maryland. That court handles in excess of 50,000 cases every year in Montgomery County and the individual judges of that court have a broad spectrum of experience that makes the disposition of each case predictable only to those lawyers who appear in court frequently and take the time to get to know how these judges approach trial and sentencing issues.
Typical District Court cases include theft in any amount, assault and domestic violence charges, and traffic charges. Note that even a short consultation about traffic charges could prevent higher insurance rates and suspensions for points. Quick action is required in most non-incarcerable charges because trial must be requested or payment must be made within 30 days after a ticket is issued. Sometimes the best course of action can be determined in a brief telephone call.
More serious felonies run the gamut from the distribution of controlled dangerous substances, fraud, first-degree assault, sexual offenses and other crimes against the person, and even murder. Mr. Bours has both prosecuted and defended murder cases, giving him a deep understanding of how these cases are investigated, prepared and tried. His first murder defense was in the late 1970’s, where a barely 18-year-old young man accidentally shot a motel guest in the course of a robbery. After an initial “felony murder” conviction resulted in a life sentence, the case was reversed on appeal because Mr. Bours preserved an error made by police during interrogation. On remand for a new trial, the young man received a sentence of 12 years for second-degree murder.
Sex offense cases are particularly complex, and Mr. Bours has won acquittals in several different kinds of sexual assaults, rape, and child sexual abuse cases. Where acquittal was not possible, he has worked hard with professionals in the treatment field to be sure that clients are sentenced fairly and to avoid placement on the sex offender registry. In 2014, Mr. Bours successfully arranged for a client to be removed from the sex offender registry after government officials wrongfully increased the time his client was required to serve from ten to fifteen years.
Winning in criminal law is not always possible, but getting the best outcome, including a fair sentence, is an ongoing goal of our firm.
Alicia R. Lucero
Ms. Lucero is a native of the Washington Metropolitan Area, born in Washington D.C. and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland. Alicia received her B.A. in Political Science with Honors at the University of Maryland at College Park. She later attended The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., and graduated with honors. She was admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland in 2004. Since being admitted to the bar, Ms. Lucero has been practicing family law. She is also admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Maryland where she currently practices in Bankruptcy Court.
Ms. Lucero has been trained to represent children in custody cases as a best interest attorney. She is on the court approved list of attorneys to handle such cases, and has been appointed by the Court to serve as a Best Interests Attorney (BIA) for children. In this role she has vigorously fought for the child’s rights in custody cases.
This role allows the BIA to advocate in custody or access cases and advance a position that attorney believes is in the child’s best interest.
Ms. Lucero cares deeply for obtaining the best result possible for children in high conflict cases. In her role as a BIA she has made difficult decisions which include advocating on behalf of the children as to which parent they should live with, and determining the best visitation arrangement.
She has also served as a child privilege attorney which has a more limited role of determining whether to assert or waive, on behalf of a child, the child/patient-psychiatric privilege. Nagle vs. Hooks, 296 Md. 123 (1983).