Prior to becoming a founding partner of Lauderdale, Thompson and Warby, LLP, Mr. Thompson ran his own successful legal practice, The Law Practice of Benjamin Thompson, Esq., handling primarily criminal, traffic, juvenile delinquency and Child in Need of Assistance cases. Before entering private practice, Mr. Thompson served as an attorney with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender practicing in its juvenile division. As an Assistant Public Defender, Mr. Thompson fought for his clients in many different types of cases, including traffic offenses, assaults, burglaries, robberies and sex offenses.
Before Mr. Thompson’s admission to the Maryland bar, he served as a law clerk with the Office of the Public Defender, where he worked on numerous serious felonies. Among other tasks, Mr. Thompson investigated alleged crimes, conducted legal research and ghostwrote legally sophisticated motions.
Some of the complicated legal topics that Mr. Thompson worked extensively on included: the admissibility of an out-of-court identification done through blinking under Maryland hearsay law and the Sixth Amendment's Confrontation Clause; whether a witness qualified as an expert on cellular telephone site technology; the admissibility of a suspect's statements to the police under the Fifth Amendment and Maryland common law; whether a case should be dismissed due to the defendant having his Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial violated.
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