""A Personal Approach to Law" is what we strive for because in every case that we work on, we know a life will be affected by the outcome of that case."

The Attorneys at Oropeza Law Firm, PLLC. represent clients in the Metropolitan D.C. area, including Maryland and Washington, D.C. We are a full-service law firm with a focus on Personal Injury and Criminal Law matters. Our Attorneys are also experienced in Workers Compensation Claims, Business Litigation, Family Law, Trademark and Entertainment Law.

At Oropeza Law Firm, PLLC. , we pride ourselves in providing each of our clients personalized and effective client and legal service. We know that your case is important to you.

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Driving under the influence is one of the most common criminal offenses charged in the state of Maryland, and the penalties associated with a conviction escalate dramatically with any subsequent violations. According to Section 21-902 of the Maryland Transportation Code, you can be charged with a DUI if you are found to be operating a vehicle on public property with a blood alcohol content at or above .08%.

A first offense could carry up to a year in jail, fines of up to $1,000. With a second conviction the potential jail time and the fines double to two years and $2,000 respectively. A third conviction could lead to three years in prison and a $3,000 fine. Every conviction starting with the first also carries a potential prolonged loss of driving privileges.

A DWI carries less significant penalties than a DUI because the standards to be charged are far less. A DWI can be issued if your blood alcohol is less than .08 depending on the circumstances that led to you being pulled over. The maximum penalties for a first time DWI are two months in prison and up to $500 in fines. For more information Contact us by phone or by filling out the form located below to schedule a free consultation.


The District of Columbia (DC), takes a very aggressive stance against all driving under the influence/driving while intoxicated (“DUI/DWI”) violations. The DC statute requires the DC Superior Court to sentence drivers whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels measure above 0.20 percent to mandatory minimum sentences. My experience has also shown that they aggressively prosecute those who refused to blow.

Another component of DC’s zero tolerance enforcement focuses on drivers who are under 21 years of age and drivers with Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs). All the government needs to show in order for a driver to be convicted is that the driver’s ability to drive was impaired by drugs or alcohol. An experienced DUI lawyer will know how to combat these sorts of charges and can provide you with answers and guidance regarding specific questions you may have.


While many criminal charges are tried in DC Superior Court, some offenses constitute a violation of federal law. These offenses are prosecuted by the United States government and, as a result, have the full force of a number of federal agencies supporting the prosecution. Agencies conducting investigations, undercover operations, and sting operations on behalf of the government include.

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATF)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Any offense that occurs on federal property can be charged as a federal crime. In addition, white collar crimes, cybercrimes, and drug crimes are among the criminal offenses most frequently prosecuted as federal crimes. Internet sex crimes such as possession of child pornography and online enticement of a minor are also vigorously prosecuted in federal court.


The Maryland Senate on Friday approved a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill now goes to the House of Delegates, where its prospects are uncertain.

The Senate bill, which passed 36 to 8, would remove criminal penalties for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and impose a civil fine of $100. Violators would receive citations similar to traffic tickets; they could either pay the fine or request a hearing in District Court.

A similar bill last year did not get out of the House Judiciary Committee.

Car Accidents

Throughout Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia hundreds of car accidents occur every day. Being involved in an car accident is a traumatic experience. Car accidents sometimes occur through no fault of your own, and can involve rear end accidents, side swipe accidents, and intersection accidents. Any accident has the potential to result in injury to the people involved. Car accidents in Washington, DC involve a number of issues including insurance laws, overlapping jurisdiction and other complex legal issues. Properly interpreting the law and effectively advocating your position is vital if you want to completely recover the damages from your car accident. Damages for these types of accidents can include property loss, medical costs and lost wages. When trying to recover these damages, you will almost always be dealing with an insurance company. The goal of the insurance adjuster is to settle cases your car accident case and save the insurance company as much money as possible. Without a car accident attorney, the settlement process proceeds completely on the adjuster's terms. This scenario will never yield the best possible result for you. Your attorney's job is to level the playing field. Their main goal is to settle your claim to maximize your compensation. If you have been involved in an car accident in Washington, DC you should contact a car accident lawyer quickly to ensure that you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled.


Divorce cases in Maryland and the District of Columbia can vary in complexity. Divorces can sometimes be uncontested where nothing is at issue or be contested where all aspects of distribution of marital property, custody, child support, alimony, even proof of income and other things are at issue. At Oropeza Law Firm, PLLC you will be speaking with an attorney who has represented individuals in the District of Columbia and Maryland who have Petitioned for the Divorce and who also were Respondents to a Divorce. Mr. Oropeza has assisted people who have filed for uncontested divorces as well as representing his clients’ interests in week long divorce cases where seemingly everything was a contested issue.

Pedestrian Accidents

Everyone who decides to take a walk is at risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 4,092 pedestrian fatalities caused by being struck by a vehicle – car, truck, or motorcycle. That same year, more than 70,000 pedestrians were injured. There are some people who are more at risk of being involved in an accident with a vehicle than others.

What clients say

  • I am not just another client

    I was walking home from a bar and then accused of drunk driving in DC.  I believe some facts were made up to make it seem as though I was driving.  I met with a very respectable Defense Attorney's office, but my concerns were not addressed and I was told the lawyers handle cases much more severe than mine.  I did not care about their other cases, I cared about mine.  I hired Hector Oropeza and never looked back.  I was a train wreck up until my trial date and Mr. Oropeza not only listened to me, but he acted on the information I provided.  We were able to have the case thrown out before my trial.  I have contacted Mr. Oropeza over the years with all sorts of legal questions because of what he did for me.

  • A grateful mother

    I was pregnant, a passenger and had no health insurance when I was involved in a car accident.  Hector Oropeza assisted me as if I was family and he addressed all of my concerns.  My baby boy is doing well as am I and we were able to have a favorable outcome.  I am very grateful.  Anonymous

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