Repeat and Felony DUI

If you're facing Maryland charges of DUI for a second or third time, the defense strategies that your lawyer can apply on your behalf will be similar to those used in first-offense drunk driving cases. However, the harsher consequences of a conviction mean that you stand to lose a great deal more if you can't defeat the charges or at least negotiate a reduced plea.

If you're facing felony DUI charges based on a serious or fatal accident, you not only need a highly skilled drunk driving defense attorney on your side, you also need counsel experienced with the investigation and defense of serious crimes such as assault or manslaughter. Contact the law firm of Cochran & Chhabra, LLC, in Annapolis to learn how seasoned and knowledgeable defense lawyers can protect your interests while expanding your options toward a favorable outcome.

Defending Clients Charged With Repeat Or Felony Drunk Driving Offenses

Annapolis felony DUI defense attorney Gill Cochran has 40 years of experience with the resolution of drunk driving charges, including repeat and felony cases. His experience with the evaluation of the evidence of guilt, together with his courtroom skills, can help expose weaknesses in the government's case both in negotiations with the prosecution and at trial. He can pursue every available avenue of defense based on procedure, evidence and the circumstances surrounding your arrest.

Mr. Cochran is also a recovering alcoholic who returned from Vietnam decades ago with a serious chemical dependency problem. Many of our firm's clients benefit from his knowledge of the resources available to people interested in turning their lives around, as well as his thorough commitment to supporting people trying to overcome alcohol or drug problems.

Second- and third-offense DUI charges offer a wide discretion for sentencing judges in punishing offenders. A second DUI conviction can mean a jail term of up to two years, while a third conviction can be punished by up to three years in jail. One of the most effective ways to make sure that your punishment falls far short of the maximum in a repeat DUI case is to demonstrate a genuine willingness to overcome personal problems with chemical dependency. Mr. Cochran has proved to be a highly effective advocate for anyone willing to back up a chance for a break at sentencing with committed action.

Experienced Defense For Felony Drunk Driving Charges

If you're facing charges like auto manslaughter or assault related to a drunk driving accident, Mr. Cochran's experience with the defense of serious felony charges combined with his approach to DUI cases can represent a powerful advantage for our firm's clients.

The people who work with our firm benefit not only from high-quality defense advice and representation, but also from useful information about matters involving driver's license suspensions, ignition interlock device violations, car insurance consequences, and the full range of personal interests that need protection in a criminal case.

Our firm has handled thousands of DUI/DWI offenses. Gill Cochran, has been pivotal in establishing case law regarding the rights of those accused of drunk driving in Maryland.

While we recognize that many attorneys feel they can handle these complicated cases, unfortunately, we see too many attorneys not doing justice for their clients. Too many cases that could have been resolved favorably at trial are instead plead guilty.

We promise our commitment and attention to your case. Instead of getting swayed by the "cheapest guy in town" approach, put your trust in attorneys with a proven track record of results who understand what is at stake for you.

Ignition Interlock Violations

Once sentenced, drivers who receive a provisional license are required to use the Ignition Interlock device. Drivers have to blow into the device, which then only allows the car to be started if the driver's blood-alcohol level is under the legal limit. The Interlock device registers and stores instances of Interlock violations that involve alcohol in excess of the legal limit. The Motor Vehicle Association removes the Interlocking system and revokes provisional driver's licenses at second Ignition Interlock violations.

In many cases, the Interlocking device registers "alcohol" when the driver had cough medicine or still has alcohol on the breath from the night before. If you have been charged with an Interlock violation of this kind, you have a right to a hearing. We are one of the few law firms in Maryland that defend clients charged with Ignition Interlock violations. We will fight the charges and help you regain your right to drive.

For more information about your options in a case of repeat or felony DUI in Maryland, contact the Annapolis law firm of Cochran & Chhabra, LLC, for a free consultation.

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