Andrew McCoppin brings personal experience to his criminal defense practice at McCoppin & Associates, Attorneys at Law, P.A.
When he was a student at the University of California at Berkley, two key experiences shaped his view of the legal system, steering him toward the path that would become his life’s work.
As a volunteer law clerk with the Orange County (California) public defender’s office, McCoppin dealt directly with clients who were accused of crimes. He watched attorneys in action as they developed their clients’ defenses and prepared their cases for trial. He experienced the critically important role criminal defense attorneys play in the American justice system as advocates for people accused of crimes.
McCoppin is also a crime victim.
On a September night in 1990, he had completed an evening of studying in the U.C. Berkley undergraduate library and stopped off at a bar with friends. A gunman entered the bar, opened fire on the patrons and shot eight people. He allowed them to leave and seek medical treatment, but held approximately 40 others, including McCoppin, hostage. After a seven-hour standoff, a police SWAT team stormed the bar, shot the gunman dead, and freed all of the hostages.
McCoppin learned the gunman had a long history of untreated mental illness, which led him to understand how that illness had led to the devastating actions that night. Out of that traumatic event, McCoppin decided to become a criminal defense attorney.
Criminal defense career unfolds
He went on to earn his law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, and worked as a student law clerk in city and county public defenders’ offices. He also gained valuable experience as a student law clerk for the California Supreme Court.
He worked as an assistant district attorney in Wake County, N.C. before devoting himself to representing criminal defendants in private practice. Now, for more than 20 years, McCoppin has aggressively represented individuals accused of criminal charges ranging from minor traffic offenses to driving while impaired, violent crimes against others, including assaults and domestic violence and complex white collar crimes.
McCoppin & Associates is located in Cary and represents clients from surrounding areas including the Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. McCoppin is board certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a legal specialist in both state and federal criminal law.
He offers free consultations and personally represents each client at all stages of their defense, and takes every step necessary to ensure the best possible outcome.
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