Criminal Defense

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We provide an aggressive and skillful criminal defense. Whether you have been
arrested for a criminal offense like drug possession, assault, theft or for a more serious violent crime or felony such as a gun charges, we have 13 years of experience and the resources to defend you.

We defend against the following Criminal Law matters:

 

DRUG OFFENSES

We defend clients accused of misdemeanor and felony drug charges in the Baltimore Area including possession of,  possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of any controlled dangerous substance.  We are serious and dedicated advocates who seek the best outcome and criminal defense in every case.

You are not going to get any favors from the criminal justice system. You need a strong and effective defense.  We will review every aspect of the evidence, hiring professional investigators if necessary. We understand how to analyze search and seizure issues, police procedures in drug raids and arrests, and other legal and factual aspects of drug cases.  Our team will work to build a strong case based on the facts and the law, designed to obtain the best criminal defense.

 

In Maryland, prosecutors are serious about drug distribution charges.  Our firm has the experience to defend clients and protect their Constitutional rights even when accused of drug distribution and trafficking crimes in Maryland Circuit Courts and Federal Courts. We also seek the restitution of property seized in drug raids and arrests.

 

 

DUI/DWI

In recent years, attitudes toward impaired driving have changed. Judges now interpret the law more strictly and impose harsher sentences. However, with the right defense effort the consequences you face may be minimized.

Over the past 13 years, Attorney Cohen has represented clients accused of DUI, DWI, traffic violations and other criminal offenses. We believe in taking assertive approach toward the defense of our clients’ rights and freedom. Our goal will be to obtain the best outcome possible — one that minimizes the penalties you face and minimizes the impact on your life.

Building a strong defense is key and often is very possible with DUI and DWI charges.  Sometimes police officers and prosecutors make mistakes in alcohol related driving cases. We will examine all of the evidence against you to determine the best strategy. Whenever possible, we will:

  • Attack the legality of the car stop
  • Question the “field sobriety tests”
  • Seek to discredit the Breathalyzer test results on technical or procedural grounds

 

This method puts our clients in a stronger position to possibly overcome the charge at trial, obtain a dismissal or reduced penalties.  In other cases, the State may have strong evidence. At your direction, we can take efforts to minimize the consequences which may include an alcohol usage evaluation by a certified counselor or even obtain placement in a treatment program in exchange for reduced penalties.

A DUI or DWI arrest triggers a process that can lead to the loss of your driver’s license. To avoid the suspension of your license you must request a Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) hearing within 10 days of your arrest. Attorney Cohen can represent you at this hearing and seek to help you avoid a suspension of your driver’s license or try to obtain a temporary license for you.

An arrest for DUI or DWI is serious. The Law Offices of Kerri Cohen will work to preserve your freedom, keep you on the road and minimize the consequences you face.

 

TRAFFIC OFFENSES

Often one traffic ticket can cause your insurance rates to increase.  Certain tickets can even lead to the loss of your driver’s license. However very often traffic citations can be overcome or the charge reduced through representation by an experienced lawyer.   This can minimize the points that go on your driving record and the fines you pay.   We understand how to identify the weak points in the State’s case and will work to try to minimize the consequences you face.

Our firm represents clients accused of all types of traffic violations, such as:

  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Negligent driving
  • Driving with a suspended or revoked license
  • Driving without insurance
  • Leaving the scene of an accident

 

 

Each speeding ticket or traffic violation case is unique. We will examine every aspect of the case to determine how to proceed in your case. In many civil traffic cases, such as speeding or running a red light, the police officer never bothers to appear in court. There may be discrepancies in the way the ticket was written up compared to the officer’s narrative of the event. Our firm will seek to use these discrepancies or other strategies to obtain a positive outcome for you.

Other violations, such as driving with a suspended or revoked license, carry the possibility of a jail sentence. We will use the same thorough analysis and assertive representation in an effort to obtain a positive outcome for you. Our firm has had good results obtaining reduced penalties for clients in return for participation in a driver improvement program.

We also seek the restoration of a suspended or revoked driver’s license.

For an initial consultation with the traffic violation defense attorney at the Law Offices of Kerri Cohen, call 410-657-2515 or  send us an e-mail. We serve clients in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Harford County, and all counties in Maryland, including Ocean City and the entire Eastern Shore.

 

Violent Crimes (Assault etc.)

Our goal is always to minimize the negative consequences of an arrest on assault charges or for another violent crime. Our strategy will depend on the exact circumstances of the case. We conduct an immediate and independent investigation — tracking down and interviewing witnesses, reviewing police reports and reviewing forensics analyses.

 

Once we have a clear understanding of the facts of the case, we build a defense strategy. That strategy may involve negotiation for dismissal based on exculpatory facts we uncover during investigation. It may involve negotiation of a plea bargain to a lesser charge. If necessary, we have the resources and experience to fight for a not-guilty verdict in front of a jury.

When charged with a serious crime, you need representation by an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer. Your freedom and your future are at stake. We are experienced, knowledgeable and zealous in defending our clients’ rights and freedom.

Get legal help as soon as possible if you have been arrested on violent crime charges. Call our office at 410 -657-2515, or contact us online. We return all phone calls and e-mails promptly.