Hon. Crystal D. Mittelstaedt See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Prince George's County
7th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.0 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 3 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)


Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)


Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)
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What others have said about Hon. Crystal D. Mittelstaedt


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Litigant

Comment #: MD2358
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My second time in front of this lady and she has sided with my children's father. With all the evidence that I brought to the table, she still had a confused look on her face and talks as if what I was saying wasn't true. My children's father had been arrested before and I had evidence that he was arrested for almost killing me, but she still sided with him. Somebody needs to take her off the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1695
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Terrible judge! This judge should not be on the bench. She does not know the law and doesn't take the time to find out. She rules in favor of the father in most cases I've seen, ripping children from their mothers. She should be removed from the bench. There's nothing honorable about a judge who chooses sides before the case even starts and no matter how much evidence, she rules in accordance to side chosen based on nothing. She is perplexed by the simplest laws on the books. She saw no issue with my children being exposed to crack cocaine, guns, alcohol, & sex while with their father. She actually asked "Haven't they always been exposed to these things"--even though she had ripped them from their mother and made them live with their father a few short months prior. It only takes to sit through her cases to see she doesn't have a clue. I suspect payoffs because she can't possibly be that unintelligent.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1296
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Horrible Judge! My son had lived with me for 12 years. I was Active Duty Military for eight years then worked at the Pentagon for 7 years. My parents and other relatives have always lived 10 minutes away from since my son's birth. My son made A's and B's and was heavily involved in Church and sports year round. My son's father (who is also in the Military) had decided to keep our son while he was stationed in England after a summer visit. I had emails of blackmail from his father demanding that I provide a notary that he could have custody of our son for the next seven years. Needless to say I had to get an Attorney. Long story short, my case was not scheduled long enough (only 1/2 day). His father showed up alone (without his wife and three other children.) I was questioned and grilled on the stand for 4 hours straight by my son's father Attorney, only to run OUT of time. The case was extended and scheduled "2 1/2 months" later. Now his father shows up with his family and has had the advantage to hear "all" of my testimony so he and his Attorney could prepare his LIES! To make a very long story short the Judge stated that I WAS A FIT parent, however gave physical custody to his "military" father because his wife was a stay at home mom and they lied about almost everything. Now my son has been shifted from three different schools, has been refused visitation, his father left the country for 10 months and told my son and his wife not to tell me (I had to contact his job to discover that he was gone) and the laundry list goes on and on to include poor school grades! Although his father and I have joint legal custody, because of the outrageous litigation by Judge Middlestastd and continued outrageous behavior of my son's father and wife I have had to obtain another Attorney to fight for my rights with my son! Thanks Judge Middlestastd for making such an unintelligent decisions. You give custody to a man who has displayed repeated poor character and parental guidance. Thanks alot for all the hell you have put my family and I through. I hope you sleep well at night because for two years now I have been crying every single night because of the "injustice" you have done for me. If you are reading this, if at all possible avoid having the court system dictate your family life...especially when some are not well versed or simply lack just and clear judgment. Not all judges, but certainly Judge Middlesteadst. My story can absolutely become a movie. I have never in a day in my life mistreated my son. I served my country for eight years, worked at the Pentagon as a DOD Civilian, and obtain my college degree while being a mother and father to my son for 12 years. My son has turned out great because I laid the foundation. I was so shocked at the verdict. I simply fell down on my knees crying like a baby. I have obtained copies of the transcripts so when my son becomes a man and have "mature" reasoning he can listen to every single word that was said and he can hear first hand the many LIES that his father and wife told. A few weeks after the case, I went back up to the court to look into my case file to see if there was something that I missed or that was said that could have possibly convince a Judge to take a child from his mother after 12 years while being an great student and well rounded child in the community! My case files consist of about 20-30 pages! I found nothing that could possibly have caused this. Thanks for screwing up my life Judge Middlestead. I am still fighing for my rights! I will share my story with anyone who will listen. I thought about contacting news stations because you have to hear and see it to believe it! If anyone wants to contact me, you can email me at thesystemfailedus@yahoo.com

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1295
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Horrible judge! My son had lived with me for 12 years. I was Active Duty Military for 8 years then worked at the Pentagon. My parents and other relatives have always lived 10 minutes away from since my son's birth. My son made A's and B's and was heavily involved in Church and sports year round. My son't father (who is also in the Military) had decided to keep our son while he was staioned in England after a summer visit. I had emails of blackmail from his father demanding that I provide a notoray that he could have custody of our son for the next seven years. Needless to say I had to get an Attorney. Long story short, my case was not scheduled long enough (only 1/2 days). His father showed up alone (without his wife and three other childeren.) I was questioned and gruled on the stand for 4 hours straight by my son'd father Attorney, only to run OUT of time. The case was extended and shceduled "2 1/2 months later. Now his father shows up with his family and has had the advantage to hear all of my testimony so he could prepare his LIES! Long story short. Judge stated that I WAS A FIT parent,however gave physical custody to his fatehr because his wife was a stay at home mom and they lied about almost everything(very long story) Now my son has been shifted from three different schools, has been refused visitation, his father left the country for 10 months and told my son and his wife not to tell me (I had to contact his job to discover that he was gone) and the laundry list goes on and on to include poor school grades! Although his father and I have joint legal custody, because of the outrageus litigation by Judge Middlestastd and continued outrageous behavior of my son's father and wife I have had to obtain another Attorny to fight for my rights with my son! Thanks Judge Middlestastd for making such an unintelligent decisions. You give custody to a man with who has displayed repeated poort character and parental guidance. Thanks alot for all the hell you have put my family and I through. I hope you sleep well at night because for two years now I have been crying every night because of the "injustice" you have done for me. If at all possible avoid having the court system dictate your family life...especially when some are not well versed or simply lack just judgement. Not all judges, but certainly Judge Middlesteadst. My story can absolutley become a movie. I have never in a day in my life mistreated my son. I served my country, worked at the Pentagon as a DOD Civilian, and obtain my college degree while being a mother and father to my son for 12 years. My son has turned out great because I laid the foundation. Thanks for screwing up my life Judge Middlestead. If anyone wants to contact me, you can email me at thesystemfailedus@yahoo.com

Litigant

Comment #: MD1217
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She didn't care that my son's Dad was a documented liar. She didn't care that the circuit court illegally allowed the psych. evaluator, Jeanne Allegra to not be subpoenaed unless I came up with $1,500.00; She didn't care that my son, who's now in his Dad's care has failed out of Eleanor Roosevelt & is barely passing Northwestern. She didn't care that my son's Dad lied in court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1071
Rating:3.3
Comments:
A nice person but utterly unable to understand complex issues. You can see confusion on her face when presented with difficult matters. But she is certainly pleasant.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD759
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have the utmost respect for Judge Mittelstaedt.

Other

Comment #: MD758
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Mittelstaedt was extremly knowledgable, professional and fair-minded. She treated the pro se litigant with the same level of respect that she treated the attorney representing the other side. I wish that all judges on the bench in Prince George's County Circuit Court were as respectful as Judge Mittelstaedt.