DUI Defense Lawyer in Annapolis and Ellicott City

Aggressive defense for drivers charged with DUI/DWI in Howard and Anne Arundel Counties

Being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI) is a frightening experience. For many people, it’s their first criminal charge and interaction with the criminal justice system. What starts as a night out with friends can end up with you in handcuffs and your car impounded. It’s a stressful situation, but you don’t have to go it alone.

My name is Gill Andrew Cochran; as an Annapolis DUI/DWI defense lawyer, I have represented numerous Anne Arundel County residents who are facing drunk driving charges. At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, clients receive the help they need when criminal charges threaten their freedom. And if you don’t know whether or not to take the test, you can always call me from the station. If I need to come out there to visit you, I will.

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Understanding the potential consequences of a DUI or DWI charge

Under the law in Maryland, you can be charged with DUI and/or DWI. A DUI is the most serious of the two offenses, but if the state can’t prove the DUI charge, the court may convict on the DWI charge instead.

Drunk driving convictions come with serious consequences, including jail time, fines, surcharges, community service, and a loss of driving privileges. In addition, a drunk driving conviction on your record can cause your auto insurance premiums to drastically increase. In some situations, you may lose insurance coverage all together.

Maryland also has certain laws in place that may require you to install an ignition interlock. The device forces you to breathe into it in order to start the car, and will beep – loudly – at random intervals while you’re driving. If you don’t blow into it the device, that data is sent to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). If it detects alcohol, it might start blaring the horn and flashing your lights. On top of it all, you’re responsible for paying for it, and it can cost you hundreds of dollars in installation, calibration and (eventual) removal fees.

Repeat drunk driving offenses are extremely damaging, so it’s important to secure representation even if it’s your first charge.

Fighting for the rights of Howard County and Anne Arundel County residents

When you secure the services of an experienced Annapolis DUI/DWI defense attorney, the planning of your defense begins immediately. I use knowledge and strategy to determine what’s best for your case. A drunk driving charge often depends on the results of a Breathalyzer test. Once I review the details, I may determine that there are grounds to challenge the legitimacy of the test results. Under some circumstances, the best option is a plea bargain or minimizing the punishment. Whatever the situation, I aggressively advocate for your best interest.

As an Annapolis DUI/DWI defense lawyer, I work hard to defend your rights and driving privileges both within the court system and before the MVA. I will take your DWI case to trial, if necessary, to avoid a DWI conviction. I may also be able to help you get a DUI conviction expunged from your criminal record when possible. There’s a lot at stake with a DUI/DWI charge. Trust my experience and knowledge to defend you when you need it the most.

Get the help you need from a proven DUI defense attorney in Annapolis and Ellicott City

When it comes to defending my clients against DUI or DWI charges, I use my 18 years of experience to develop a unique and effective strategy for each individual case. I bring valuable experience to each person I represent. I strive to make my services accessible for all and offer free initial consultations. If you are facing drunk driving charges, call me in Annapolis or Ellicott City today at 410-777-8103 or use my contact form. At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, your call is always answered.

And remember: Keep Calm – and Call Drew.

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