The first step if you or a loved one have been accused of a crime: Find the right experienced attorney
Nothing can stop life faster than being charged with a crime. If you or a loved one have been accused of a crime, the first step is getting the right help from an experienced criminal defense attorney. Fears about the future and the impact to you and your family can be overwhelming. By getting the right advice and support as quickly as possible in the process, those fears will be relieved as an experienced attorney takes on your case.
Attorney Maureen Coggins brings 20+ years of legal experience at both the state and federal levels. A lawyer since 1992, attorney Coggins has handled thousands of criminal cases as the former Assistant District Attorney for Montgomery County in the Major Crimes Unit. Attorney Coggins will focus on YOU, her client, protecting your rights and seeking the best possible outcome. You will be walked through every step in the process and informed of what actions are being taken, what needs to happen next and what the impact will be to you.
Attorney Coggins has experience in many federal and state criminal matters including first degree homicide, assault, computer crimes, DUI/DWI, robbery and most other felony and misdemeanor crimes. Additionally, Attorney Coggins has extensive jury trial experience at both the state and federal levels.
Specialized areas of practice:
Assault- Assault charges generally involve a physical attack on another known or unknown person, any attempt to do violence, a threatening manner suggesting potential violence to be carried out, battery with or without weapons, domestic assault or sexual assault. Whether a client is charged with conducting the assault or offering to do violence on another, a complete evaluation of the case is required in order to identify the intent, defensive responses and the impact of any previous felony or misdemeanor charges a client may have.
Computer crimes- Cyber crimes are getting more complex and involve laptops, cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices. Crimes can include cyberstalking, phishing scams, malicious spam, offensive or obscene content, harassment of an individual or group, threats, terrorism and trafficking (including drugs and explicit materials).
Drug crimes- Drug crimes can involve the manufacture, sale, possession or use of illegal substances. Drugs such as methamphetamines, cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs are all subject to state and federal laws with different terms and restrictions. The evaluation of implications of previous offenses and the complexity of the drug crime will be part of the process towards seeking the best outcome for any pending charges.
DUI / DWI- Driving Under the influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) are serious charges that can range from a misdemeanor to a felony. The evaluation of the entire case will include reviewing the probable cause that resulted in the traffic stop, the application of the breath-a-lyzer or field sobriety test and the impact of previous offenses.
Homicide- Felony murder, non-criminal homicide, vehicular homicide, manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter are the most frequent types of homicide charges. The difference of consequences for these charges is extreme and requires an experienced attorney to determine that the right type of charge is in place and that the rights of the client are preserved.
Robbery- Felony robbery charges with or without violence involve the improper removal of property from one individual or group to another. The range of charges in robbery offenses will vary if violence, weapons or intimidation were utilized during the act.
All other felony & misdemeanor crimes- sex crimes, parole violations, grand jury investigations, fraud and white collar crimes are some of the additional areas of expertise that require the immediate help of an experienced attorney.