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Experienced Annapolis Criminal Law Attorney Providing Representation for Federal and State Crimes

Fighting for the rights of Maryland clients in federal and state courts

While all criminal accusations are stressful, federal charges can be particularly intimidating. This is especially true if you do not fully understand federal crimes and how federal courts work. Knowing the differences between state and federal charges can help you succeed in your criminal defense case.

My name is Gill Andrew Cochran, and I believe that every defendant should have a thorough understanding of the charges against him or her. That’s why I take the time to explain your charges and all potential outcomes of your case. Whether you are facing criminal charges in state or federal court, an experienced Annapolis criminal law attorney at Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, provides representation you can trust.

Understanding the differences between state and federal crimes

State laws are established at the state level, and each individual state maintains its own system of laws. In Maryland, the General Assembly creates legislation, and every person within the state is bound by the laws. Even visitors must follow Maryland laws or potentially face criminal charges. Local and state agencies enforce state laws by making arrests and bringing criminal charges. In these cases, county and state courts determine convictions of a defendant.

Federal laws are established at the national level. Congress, with the president’s agreement, makes laws and regulations that apply to the entire nation. Federal laws are enforced by various federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the US Marshall Service, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Federal cases are heard within the federal court systems.

When state and federal laws conflict with one another, federal law is always superior. So, if a federal law illegalizes an action, but a state allows the action, federal legislation wins out. It is also possible for an individual to face charges in state and federal court simultaneously, which is a particularly stressful situation, requiring legal representation within both the state and federal courts. If you find yourself facing this dilemma, secure representation from an attorney with experience in both courts. Trust a knowledgeable Annapolis criminal defense attorney to advocate for you against state and federal charges.

Aggressive representation in federal courts

Putting forth a defense in federal court can prove more challenging than a state court case. Federal law enforcement is sophisticated. They have access to an abundance of resources, which they use to mount strong cases against people accused of federal crimes. Additionally, the procedures of federal court differ from state court. An experienced Annapolis federal defense attorney understands the federal rules and procedures. I diligently work to meet all deadlines and court requirements in your case. The penalties for a federal conviction can be severe, affecting your finances, family, and freedom. I get know what’s at stake. That is why I aggressively pursue the best possible outcome in your case.

Dependable advice for your state and federal criminal case

At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, I have developed a proven track record of providing comprehensive and trustworthy criminal defense representation in federal and state court. It is a privilege to seek justice for the people of Maryland, so I relentlessly fight for your rights and freedom. If you are facing criminal charges in state or federal court, call me at 410-777-8103 or complete my contact form to learn how I can help.

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Client

Thank you for guiding me through this process. You were efficient and results oriented but also understanding of my bigger picture. I appreciate your patience in listening to my concerns. However, at the end of the day, results matter and you provided the best results for a very serious matter. I would recommend you to anyone facing a district court matter.

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Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law
2016-10-17T12:53:19+00:00

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Thank you for guiding me through this process. You were efficient and results oriented but also understanding of my bigger picture. I appreciate your patience in listening to my concerns. However, at the end of the day, results matter and you provided the best results for a very serious matter. I would recommend you to anyone facing a district court matter.

Client

I want to thank you for your representation of [our] case. You did a wonderful job in bringing the truth to the jury. You were magnificent in the court room. You gave us our day in court. Thank You.

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Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law
2016-10-17T12:54:27+00:00

~ Client

I want to thank you for your representation of [our] case. You did a wonderful job in bringing the truth to the jury. You were magnificent in the court room. You gave us our day in court. Thank You.

Client

The best lawyer I ever had or dealt with. Very easy to communicate and always able to speak to you without having you wait for days for an answer. Every time he has said something he will take care of that day he actually has done it and took care of it. 

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Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law
2016-10-02T18:41:06+00:00

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The best lawyer I ever had or dealt with. Very easy to communicate and always able to speak to you without having you wait for days for an answer. Every time he has said something he will take care of that day he actually has done it and took care of it. 

Client

We wanted to sincerely thank you for all you did to help [our child] through this difficult phase of his life. The additional time that you spent and your effort to take a personal interest in his welfare and progress was certainly far beyond what one would expect. We are most grateful and pleased with your professional services but let's hope we don't have to rely on them in the future.

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Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law
2016-10-17T12:53:57+00:00

~ Client

We wanted to sincerely thank you for all you did to help [our child] through this difficult phase of his life. The additional time that you spent and your effort to take a personal interest in his welfare and progress was certainly far beyond what one would expect. We are most grateful and pleased with your professional services but let's hope we don't have to rely on them in the future.

Client

This is a lawyer that cares about who you are and helping you through the situation. Dealing with such life impacting challenge can be overwhelming, yet Mr. Cochran treats you like family and takes his time to understand your case as well as how it is impacting you. He provides exceptional law support based upon his years of experience and knowledge. Mr. Cochran is someone that you want on your side.

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Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law
2017-03-24T14:01:06+00:00

Client

This is a lawyer that cares about who you are and helping you through the situation. Dealing with such life impacting challenge can be overwhelming, yet Mr. Cochran treats you like family and takes his time to understand your case as well as how it is impacting you. He provides exceptional law support based upon his years of experience and knowledge. Mr. Cochran is someone that you want on your side.
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