Law Office of
Monica Guilarte
Practice Areas

Debt Collections

The Law Office of Monica Guilarte provides services in both consumer and commercial debt collection all across the State of Maryland. She handles a wide range of businesses, including but not limited to, martial arts schools, dental offices, property management companies, apartment complexes, home owners associations, attorney offices, printing companies, landlords, and remodeling businesses. Monica will guard your interests at every stage of the process. From initial engagement, Monica will complete a full review of your business or individual contract to ensure that your contract is drafted to recover all areas that the law permits. She understands the importance of your businesses time and money and will aid you in liquidating your claims expeditiously. During the collections process, Monica will protect your businesses reputation. All collection laws and procedures are fully complied with at all phases of the collections process.

The Law Office of Monica Guilarte is not a collection agency, but rather a collection law firm. A collection agency sends out letters and makes telephone calls to debtors, but then they are left with no further recourse. Unlike a collection agency, Monica is able to take your claims to another level by filing a lawsuit against debtors. Upon obtaining a judgement against a debtor, the Law Office of Monica Guilarte uses the appropriate legal resources to file post-judgement documents to liquidate on the judgement obtained. Rather than pay extra unnecessary fees to a collection agency, come directly to the Law Office of Monica Guilarte.

Most importantly, the Law Office of Monica Guilarte works on a contingency fee basis for the majority of collection matters. Therefore, Monica does not get paid if she doesn’t collect for you. Her interest in the claim is just as important as yours. Monica keeps a constant line of communication with her clients so they are fully informed about the status of claims.

Criminal, Civil, Traffic Defense
  • Traffic Violations

    Are you nervous about getting in front of a Judge to “plead” your case? Want to keep your insurance rate low? Have prior traffic convictions you are concerned will affect the Judge’s decision? Don’t want to take time off work or school to go to court? Drive for a living and need to keep a clean record? Were you involved in an accident that the police officer did not see and merely issued you a ticket based off the other driver’s version of events? If you answered yes to any of these questions or have other concerns, contact the Law Office of Monica Guilarte now for a free consultation.

    Although traffic citations may seem minuscule, they could lead to an accumulation of points on your driving record, increased insurance rates, and possibly jail time. Hiring a lawyer that is knowledgeable of the law and defences can help you avoid these consequences, as well as keep your driving record clean.

    Small traffic citations (payable fine) include but are not limited to: Speeding, Reckless Driving, Aggressive Driving, Failing to Obey Traffic Control Device, Negligent Driving, Unsafe Lane Change, Following too Closely, Failing to Stop at Red Light/Stop Sign, Failing to Control Speed to Avoid a Collision, Driving w/ Suspended Registration **Failing to pay for a small traffic violation could lead to a suspension of your driver’s license.

    Serious traffic citations (must appear/jailable) include but are not limited to: Driving While Suspended, Driving While Revoked, Hit & Run; Fleeing & Eluding Police; Driving w/out a License, Driving w/out Insurance **Failing to appear in court for a serious traffic citation will result in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest.


    If you have been charged with a DUI, it is imperative that you contact a lawyer immediately to ensure you do not miss any required filing deadlines.

    For many, a DUI offense is an individual’s first encounter with the court system. The Law Office of Monica Guilarte understands it can be a frightening situation, and will be sure to help you through every stage of the process. Monica Guilarte will evaluate every aspect of your case, from the initial stop of your vehicle, to the encounters with officers at the police station, to assess the evidence for and against you. Monica will be candid with you about the positive and negative consequences of moving forward with a trial; or fight vigorously to minimize your punishment when taking a plea deal.

    Contact the Law Office of Monica Guilarte today for a free no obligation consultation.

  • Motor Vehicle Administration hearing

    The Motor Vehicle Administration has the ability to sanction you for a number of different violations under Maryland Statutes or COMAR. Even if you are found not guilty of a charge in District or Circuit Court, you could still face civil penalties through the Motor Vehicle Administration.

    Once you reach 8 points on your driving record, the MVA will attempt to suspend your license. At 12 points, the MVA will attempt to revoke your license. You have a right to request a hearing to fight any suspension/revocation. Hire the Law Office of Monica Guilarte to fight for you to keep your driving privileges intact.

    • Accumulation of Points
    • Revocation hearings
    • Suspension for DUI/DWI charges
    • Suspension for violation of Under 21 restriction
    • Violation of License Restriction
    • Violation of Ignition Interlock program
    • Provisional License violations
    • Medical Advisory Board
  • Criminal Offences

    Misdemeanor District Court offences- Drug Charges, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of a Fake ID, Theft, Second Degree Assault, Violation of Probation, Disorderly Conduct, Destruction of Property, Stalking, Harassment

    • Bail Review Hearings
    • Bench Warrants
    • Expungements
    • Motion for Reconsideration of Sentence
  • Juvenile Cases

    Informal Hearings with the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) Formal Hearings at the Circuit Court

  • Protective/Peace Order hearings

    An individual can assert civil filings against you for protection. They must allege specific criminal acts to obtain an Order by the Court. The allegations could result in an interim, temporary, or final Order being placed against you. It is important to get the Law Office of Monica Guilarte involved prior to a final Order being entered by the Court. Protective and Peace Orders can damage your reputation and often lead to the initiation of criminal charges based on the criminal acts alleged.

    Sealing your Civil Record:

    Pursuant to the Maryland Family Law Code, if you have been a Respondent in a Protective Order or Peace Order and the Petition was denied or dismissed at the interim, temporary, or final Protective/Peace order stage of the proceeding; or you consented to the entry of a Protective Order/Peace Order, you may be eligible to have your record shielded.

    With respect to records kept at the courthouse, shielding your record means removing the record to a separate secure area to which persons who do not have a legitimate reason for access are denied access. With respect to electronic information about the proceeding on Maryland Judiciary Case Search, shielding means completely removing all information concerning the proceeding from the public website, including the names of the parties, case numbers, and any reference to the proceeding or any reference to the removal of the proceeding from the public website.

    A case will remain on your civil record indefinitely unless and until you request the matter be shielded with the court in writing. Upon a written request to shield your record, the court must schedule a hearing regarding the request. There are a number of conditions contingent upon the Court granting a request to shield your record. The Law Office of Monica Guilarte is knowledgeable in this area of law, and is here to help you remove any negative tarnish from your civil record.

Auto Accidents
  • With auto accidents occurring every second around the world, the Law Office of Monica Guilarte serves as an advocate for those injured due to the negligence of others. The Law Office of Monica Guilarte will fully evaluate your individual case, and only takes cases in which she believes you are entitled to compensation. Monica will make sure you receive every dollar of damages and pain and suffering for your injuries. During the course of the claim, Monica will take away your headache of dealing with insurance companies, medical doctors, and incoming bills; this will allow you to focus 100% on your recovery. Insurance companies will attempt to settle your claim quickly for little to no settlement to avoid a lawyer stepping in to protect your interests. Without a lawyer involved to level the playing ground, your case will proceed solely on the terms of the insurance company. Contact the Law Office of Monica Guilarte at the beginning stages of your claim to help fight for you at every step of the process.

    Have you or a loved one been involved in an automobile or motorcycle accident? Have you or a loved one been a pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle? If so, contact the Law Office of Monica Guilarte to provide you with exceptional representation before speaking with any insurance companies.

    The Law Office of Monica Guilarte works all auto accident cases on a contingency fee basis. Therefore, Monica does not get paid if she does not settle the claim for you. No upfront costs or expenses.

Landlord Tenant Disputes

Landlord Tenant disputes involves complex issues for either party. The Law Office of Monica Guilarte is well versed and experienced in representing both commercial and residential landlords, property management companies, and tenants.

Whether your dispute is regarding the proper time when rent is due, late payment of rent, breach of lease by either party, who is responsible for damages to the property, renewal options, early lease termination, eviction, or failing to pay rent upon vacating the property; the Law Office of Monica Guilarte has successfully represented many Landlord/Tenant disputes in the District Court of Maryland.

  • Failure to Pay Rent
  • Breach of Lease
  • Tenant Holding Over
  • Rent Escrow
  • Security Deposits
  • Contract Disputes
  • Drafting/Modification of Leases
  • Commercial Tenancies
  • Preparation of Legal Documents
  • Residential Leases
  • Evictions
  • Lease Terminations
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