An Assertive Annapolis Domestic Violence Defense Attorney

Defending your rights after a domestic dispute in Maryland

Arguments happen within a family. While most people are able to settle their disagreements and move on, some conflicts escalate to a level where the police get involved. Before you know it, you are facing serious allegations of violence against a family member. These cases can be particularly emotional and difficult to handle. Consulting with an Annapolis domestic violence defense attorney can answer your questions and calm your fears, while starting the process to fight your charges and protect your rights.

My name is Gill Andrew Cochran, and I have 18 years of experience handling a wide variety of criminal defense cases. At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, I provide clients with an assertive defense when they are facing domestic violence charges.

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What constitutes domestic violence and who can be involved?

The Maryland judicial system treats domestic violence cases seriously, and an aggressive defense is necessary when accused. I am experienced in representing clients with a range of domestic violence charges, including:

  • Physical violence and domestic assault
  • Spousal abuse
  • Assault on a female
  • Child abuse, child neglect, or child endangerment
  • Communicating threats and harassing phone calls
  • Criminal trespass

Domestic violence charges can consist of numerous crimes. What turns an incident into a domestic violence case is the relationship between the defendant and the alleged victim. Under Maryland law, the following relationships can be involved in a domestic violence dispute:

  • Spouses (current or former)
  • People related by blood, marriage, or adoption
  • Cohabitants (with some restrictions)
  • Individuals who have children with one another
  • Vulnerable adult relationships
  • Stepparents and children who reside in the same home

The potential penalties for a domestic violence conviction vary, depending on the actual charge. While a telephone harassment conviction may result in a simple fine, a conviction of physical violence can leave you with a long jail sentence. Whatever the severity of the charge, your case deserves the services of an aggressive Annapolis domestic violence attorney.

Consequences of a domestic violence charge or conviction

A domestic violence investigation begins immediately after a person calls the police and reports a threat or an act of violence. Compared to other criminal offenses, a domestic violence arrest requires the least amount of evidence. Typically, one person makes an accusation and the police arrest the accused, even with no other witnesses or evidence. An angry family member or roommate can accuse someone of an offense because they are mad or in the heat of passion, and it can result in serious criminal charges.

Domestic violence allegations can also result in protective or peace orders. By simply filing a court petition, your accuser can obtain an order that removes you from your home, takes you away from your children, and even places your employment at risk. When accused of domestic violence, your first call must be to an Annapolis domestic violence lawyer. The Maryland courts aggressively enforce domestic violence laws. Retaining an attorney is crucial to safeguarding your rights.

Get the serious representation necessary for defending against serious domestic violence charges

For more than 18 years, I have been providing the citizens of Annapolis and throughout Anne Arundel County with aggressive representation in domestic violence cases. At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, you find a lawyer who takes your call, and who has a track record of successful criminal defense. If you are charged with domestic violence, call my office today at 410-777-8103 or fill out my contact form to schedule a consultation.

And remember: Keep Calm – and Call Drew.

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