Aggressive Criminal, DUI/DWI and Traffic Defense

Our full-service law firm offers a zealous and effective approach to legal services, meaning we are with our clients each step of the way. We truly care about our clients and their welfare, so we work for the best possible results as quickly as possible. Our firm is highly recommended by clients and other firms within the legal community.

Criminal Defense

Being charged with a criminal or traffic offense can be a stressful and life altering event.  The risk of incarceration, damage to your reputation, and a criminal record can have long lasting effects on your life.  Christopher Drewniak has over 25 years of experience assisting people who have been charged with criminal or traffic offenses.  Thousands of clients in Anne Arundel County and throughout the State of Maryland have benefited from his zealous advocacy.  He was named one of Annapolis' Leading Criminal Lawyers by his peers in What's Up? Annapolis in 2014.

For you to have a fair trial, you will need to understand the charges against you, the rules pertaining to the admissibility of evidence, the rules of procedure applicable to the court proceedings, as well as any deadlines which may pertain to your case.  Under the United States and Maryland Constitutions, as well as other laws, you have important rights including the ability to discover the evidence obtained by the prosecution, challenging the manner in which it was acquired, as well as its admissibility in court.  Some of these rights must be acted upon within certain time frames or you could risk losing them.

At Ryan, Drewniak & Upshaw, we can promise you that we will be at your side as this process unfolds providing personalized and professional representation.  You will not walk this journey alone, but rather with an experienced lawyer and his team to guide you.



Areas of practice

  • manslaughter
  • first degree assault
  • armed robbery
  • robbery
  • rape
  • child abuse
  • ex-parte petitions
  • pearce orders
  • sex offenses
  • second degree assault
  • domestic violence
  • driving while under the influence (DUI)
  • driving while impaired (DWI)
  • controlled dangerous substances (CDS)
  • possession with intent to distribute CDS
  • distribution of controlled dangerous substances CDS
  • weapons
  • juvenile
  • theft
  • burglary
  • shoplifting
  • embezzlement

To request criminal or traffic defense representation, or to schedule an appointment, contact us in Annapolis, Maryland.