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Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer in West Palm Beach, FL
Serving West Palm Beach, Florida and South Florida Region
If you or one of your family members or friends is charged with or is a suspect in a criminal case, please consider retaining as early as possible the Law Office of MICHAEL L. COHEN, whose office is conveniently located in West Palm Beach, Florida at 1803 S Australian Ave, Suite A on the corner of South Australian Avenue and Old Okeechobee Road in West Palm Beach.
Experience as a Criminal Defense Attorney
Mr. Cohen has 36 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County and South Florida in handling many kinds of criminal cases felonies and misdemeanors. He has resolved or tried cases involving: General Criminal Law, Wrongful Arrest, Shoplifting, Criminal Appeals, Misdemeanors, Probation Violation, Arrest Warrants, Search Warrants, Hit and Run Defense, Burglary, Felonies, Petty Theft, Prostitution, Public Intoxication, Underage Drinking, Expungement, Gun Law, Drug Charges - Sales and Possessions, Driving While Impaired (DUI/DWI) cases, Assault and Battery , Thefts, Robberies, Domestic Battery, Sexual Battery, Failure to Pay Sales Tax, White Collar Crime, Bad Checks, Frauds, Suspended Driver's Licences (DUS), Manslaughter, Homicide Cases and more. If there is an area of criminal law this office does not or cannot do, we will try to refer your case to an attorney who can.
PROFESSIONAL ATTITUDE, OUTLOOK AND PHILOSOPHY OF PREPARING A CRIMINAL CASE
It is Mr. Cohen’s belief and professional outlook that every case is unique and requires his special attention. He also believes no case is automatically hopeless for the accused, because there are so many different defenses, tactics and strategies that can be used depending on the facts and law existing in each situation. He realistically knows some cases are stronger or weaker than others, but it is sometimes difficult to know those strengths or weaknesses in the beginning of the criminal court process until investigation and discovery are done by the defense. Like attorney fees, proper and effective investigative services cost money, and arrangements need to be made to pay an experienced investigator if one is needed. It is important to begin investigating the case as soon as the attorney is retained by the client.
A person faced with criminal accusations or charges should want a lawyer who will seriously examine and investigate the many parts and aspects of the case and advocate for you at all levels and stages of the criminal law process. Usually, this takes time and just plain hard work by the lawyer, his staff and even the client. However, the client should not act on his or her own without talking to the attorney first to make sure everyone is on the same page. Naturally, if you cannot afford to hire a private attorney you have the right to have a court appointed attorney in any case where your freedom is at stake, and you have a possibility of doing jail or prison time.
TALKING ABOUT THE CASE TO POLICE AND OTHERS
Also, remember anything you say to the police and to most other people about a past criminal act can be used against you. So Don’t Talk about the facts of your case to anyone but a licensed lawyer in the jurisdiction of the case with whom you have an attorney client privilege. Remember, if you tell an attorney about a future criminal act that you intend or are contemplating to do in the future, that is not privileged, and even your lawyer may have to disclose that to the authorities. So keep only to the past acts which are privileged. However, listen to the advice of your attorney, whomever you hire. If you are in jail or prison, you must remember all calls are taped and recorded, sometimes even attorney-client calls, which should not be monitored.
THE DANGERS OF USING SOCIAL NETWORKING WHILE YOUR CASE IS IN PROGRESS
Also, Do Not get on the social networks and start commenting to the world about your positions or opinions of your case. Talk to a lawyer first, whether it is this firm or another, or the Public Defender if you cannot afford an attorney.
Keep in mind the initial charge on the arrest document is not always the final one charged by the Prosecutor’s office. Many times a criminal defense attorney can review the facts, circumstances and law with a prosecutor, who ultimately may file a lower charge or none at all. However, there are no guarantees that this will happen in any particular case.
NO GUARANTEES AS TO ULTIMATE RESULTS - BECAUSE THAT’S NOT LEGAL
In fact lawyers cannot guarantee any ultimate results in any kind of legal case, criminal or civil. What we can do is work diligently for you to increase your chances of a favorable result in your case.
If the case is filed, evidence needs to be gathered, witnesses interviewed, photographs taken, depositions taken and develop viable defense strategies supported by the facts of the case and applicable law.
Depending on the severity or the facts in a criminal case, a team of investigators, defense expert witnesses and consultants may work along with the attorney. When a lawyer gets a case and begins to do discovery, sometimes he or she finds helpful facts that even the client does not know. The job of the Defense Lawyer is to know the facts and know the law, and to develop a viable defense.
CHOOSING A LAWYER
Criminal law is just one of the many branches of the law. Choose a lawyer with experience in the field of law you find yourself in. Choose a lawyer or a law office you feel comfortable with to represent you, listen to you and to work with you. Stay in touch with your lawyer, so each of you gets used to communicating with each other, and so the lawyer can work with you on how to present yourself in court.
Your attorney should help you understand your rights and review your legal options by taking a fresh and independent look at what really happened, discuss with you what the prosecution must prove to win its case, and attempt to uncover evidence that supports your side of the case.
LIFE EXPERIENCE OF MICHAEL L. COHEN, ATTORNEY
Mr. Cohen has been licensed to practice law since 1976. Before beginning to practice law he has worked as a writer, photographer, construction worker, salesman, life guard, bouncer and even a Sunday school teacher. Mr. Cohen graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1971 with a major in political science and added a major in mass communications in 1972. He graduated from Saint Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas in 1975. This varied background gives Mr. Cohen a certain insight into how things are in the street. Whether you're facing a misdemeanor or a felony we can provide the advocacy and support that you need.
OFFICE CONSULTATION WITH MR. COHEN
You can call the Law Office of Michael L. Cohen to schedule a free initial office consultation to help protect your rights. You will be asked to bring with you all documents the police or the clerk of court has given you regarding the charges, and once you come into the office we can discuss the various aspects of your case and the price of legal representation for it, and possible payment plans for an affordable way to secure private representation.
THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING THE LAW OFFICE OF MICHAEL L. COHEN