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Michael Wilson McGraw

Michael Wilson McGraw

Attorney at Cochran & Chhabra, LLC
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Personal Injury
  • District of Columbia, Maryland
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Biography

PHILOSOPHY

My experience as a former felony prosecutor in two (2) jurisdictions has shown me what can happen if you hire the wrong lawyer. By keeping a limited caseload, I can forge a truly personal relationship with each client, thereby strengthening the attorney-client relationship. I firmly believe that the most effective defense can only be effectuated when there is a strong foundation of trust between attorney and client. I do everything in my power to earn that trust.

A limited caseload also allows me to be aggressive, not merely encourage my client to take the first plea offer and resolve the case quickly. I have the time and resources to visit the crime scene, locate witnesses, work with defense investigators, zealously litigate pretrial motions, and prepare each case as if it were going to trial. With this strategy, the client has an improved bargaining position with the prosecution, as well as a better chance of winning at trial.

I know the stress and uncertainty that comes with facing criminal charges. I believe that every client deserves an attorney who they can pick up the phone and call anytime they have questions or concerns throughout the case, as well as an attorney who will fight hard to get them the best possible outcome. That is what I'm here to do. My motto is that clients should be treated more like friends and family, not just case files.

Education
University of Baltimore School of Law
J.D. (2005) | Litigation
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Salisbury University
B.S. (2001) | Management Information Systems and Business Management
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Professional Experience
Attorney
Cochran & Chhabra, LLC
- Current
Associate
DeCaro Doran Siciliano Gallagher & DeBlasis, LLP
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Assistant State's Attorney, Circuit Court Division
Office of the State's Attorney for Anne Arundel County
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Senior Associate
Brennan, McKenna, Manzi, Shay, Chartered
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Assistant State's Attorney, Major Crimes Unit, Felony Trial Team
Office of the State's Attorney for Prince George's County
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Associate
Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A.
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Assistant Public Defender
State of Maryland Office of the Public Defender
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Office of the State's Attorney Parole and Probation Training Manual
Michael W. McGraw
Search and Seizure (and Statements Too!)
Michael W. McGraw
Speaking Engagements
Winning Disorderly Conduct Cases, Training: Winning Disorderly Conduct Cases, Hyattsville, Maryland
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Litigating Motions to Suppress Statements, Searches & Seizures, Training: Litigating Motions to Suppress Statements, Searches & Seizures, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Office of the State's Attorney for Prince George's County
Prosecuting Cases in the District Court, Mock Trial: Prosecuting Cases in the District Court, Annapolis, Maryland
Office of the State's Attorney for Anne Arundel County
Handling Violation of Probation Hearings, Office of the State's Attorney Parole and Probation Training, Annapolis, Maryland
Office of the State's Attorney for Anne Arundel County
Certifications
NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test Training
Anne Arundel County Police Department
Pedestrian/Bicycle Crash Reconstruction
Maryland Crash Reconstruction Committee
Advanced Crash Investigation
Maryland Crash Reconstruction Committee
Crash Reconstruction
Maryland Crash Reconstruction Committee
DUI Homicide/Auto Manslaughter Training
Maryland State's Attorneys Association
At Scene Crash Investigation
Maryland Crash Reconstruction Committee
Awards
Top 100 Criminal Defense
National Trial Lawyers
Top 100 Civil Plaintiff
National Trial Lawyers
AV Preeminent
Martindale-Hubbell
This is award is only given to 10% of practicing attorneys in the United States after he or she undergoes an extensive and exhaustive six month peer review process.
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Citation (Distinguished Service)
Office of the State's Attorney for Prince George's County
Maryland State Flag (Honorary)
Secretary of State (Maryland)
Official Citation (Dedicated & Exemplary Service)
Maryland General Assembly
Outstanding and Dedicated Service
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Professional Associations
Maryland State Bar Association
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Anne Arundel County Bar Association
Current
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Prince George's County Bar Association
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Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association
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Maryland Association for Justice
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Counsel of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
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Court of Appeals of Maryland - Character Committee
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
ID Number: 1657721
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Maryland
Maryland Court of Appeals
ID Number: 0606130212
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4th Circuit
ID Number: 013579
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D.C. Circuit
ID Number: 17971
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    20 Minute Free Consultations
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Personal Injury
    Car Accidents
Languages
  • English
Legal Answers
Q. My Cousin is demanding $150,000. What part of the Annapolis Police department handles extortion?
A: If your cousin is seeking 150K in exchange for not disclosing an illegal act he/she believes you have committed, I would suggest contacting counsel before contacting the police. An experienced attorney can advise of your rights against self-incrimination as well as your rights as a victim.
Q. If a judge's ruling is ambiguous because of sarcasm, how should the defense go about challenging the ruling?
A: You're going to have to provide more information. Also, if the Defendant is entitled to an appeal of the Court's ruling you may be on a tight time schedule.
Q. Does the "AND" at the end of section "A" mean both conditions need to be met to be illegal?
A: Yes this statute is written in the conjunctive which means the conditions in "A" and "B" both need to be met in order for there to be a violation.
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Cochran & Chhabra, LLC
116-B Cathedral Street
Annapolis , MD 21401
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