Assault Defense Attorney in Annapolis and Ellicott City
Aggressive defense in Howard, Anne Arundel, and the surrounding counties
First-degree assault charges should not be taken lightly. A conviction could result in a sentence of 25 years in prison and a lifetime of dealing with the stigma of a criminal conviction. That is why you need an experienced attorney on your side with the skill to advocate for your best interests.
My name is Gill Andrew Cochran, and I have a proven record of successfully defending first-degree assault charges in the Maryland courts. At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, I diligently work to provide clients with reliable representation from an experienced Annapolis first-degree assault defense attorney.
Comprehensive representation for a variety of assault cases
Assault is intentionally attempting to touch someone without his or her consent. The state also charges this crime for placing someone in reasonable fear of bodily harm. Battery is the unlawful touching of someone without consent. Unlike many other states, Maryland combines these two crimes into one general assault statute. Whether you are accused of threatening to harm someone or actually causing injury, you may be charged with some classification of assault.
First-degree assault is the most serious type of assault charge. It alleges that the defendant caused serious bodily harm to a person. Unlike simple assault, the injury for a first-degree assault charge must be serious. This includes injuries that cause:
- Substantial risk of death
- Permanent disfigurement
- Loss of bodily function
- Impaired bodily function
The potential penalty for a first-degree assault conviction is 25 years in prison, which is why this serious crime requires representation from a knowledgeable Annapolis first-degree assault attorney. At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, I have experience defending clients in numerous assault cases. I persistently advocate for you during every step of the case, from pretrial negotiations to arraignments and hearings.
Developing an effective strategy for your first-degree assault case
There are numerous possible strategies when defending against a first-degree assault charge. A skilled Annapolis first-degree assault lawyer knows that each case differs, so it is best to let the specific details guide the defense strategy. The state generally uses victim and witness testimony to secure an assault conviction. Skilled examination of these witnesses can diminish their credibility and even reveal facts that support your case. Self-defense is another possible tactic, especially when the charges result from a mutual fight.
Though I will go to trial and fight, I also recognize that a reduction of the charges is the best possible outcome in some cases. In these situations, I advocate on your behalf when taking to the state and negotiating for less severe charges.
Providing clients in Annapolis with a skillful defense against first-degree assault charges
At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, I understand the serious nature of a first-degree assault charge, and I offer my clients a tenacious defense. I strive to make my services affordable for everyone. If you are facing allegations of first-degree assault, call me in Annapolis or Ellicott City today at 410-271-1892 or complete my contact form.
And remember: Keep Calm — and Call Drew.