Fraud: Identity Theft

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Identity theft is a white collar crime that is heavily prosecuted by both federal and state government agencies. If you have been accused of identity theft, you face years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Identity theft is often combined with other charges including bank fraud, credit card fraud, forgery, and larceny. When these crimes are added to an identity theft charge, the penalties can be astronomical.
You Need an Attorney
When you are charged with identity theft, you will require an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney. The identity theft attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida will look at all angles of your case to build a comprehensive defense on your behalf, and work to have charges dismissed or greatly reduced. Your freedom is on the line. You need an attorney who will fight for your rights, and ensure you are fully protected during every part of this process.
The criminal defense team at the Cochran Firm South Florida has helped thousands of men and women accused of identity theft secure their freedom and protect their rights. These cases are prosecuted without mercy, you need an equally aggressive defense attorney to make sure you are heard, and your rights are not violated.
If you have been accused of identity theft in the areas of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today.

A Basic Understanding of Mortgage Fraud

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Mortgage fraud is a white collar crime that is seeing a surge in criminal investigations. There is no federal statute that criminalizes mortgage fraud, which means law enforcement will combine statutes including bank fraud and money laundering to build a case for prosecution.
These are serious offenses that carry with them jail time and heavy financial penalties. If you are being investigated for mortgage fraud, our attorneys can help ensure your rights are protected during every stage of this process.
Documents in a Mortgage Fraud Investigation
The two key documents in a mortgage fraud investigation will be the loan application and the HUD-1, or closing statement. Depending on whether it is the borrower or the lender being accused of the crime, these documents can provide the prosecution with the evidence they need to pursue legal action.
No matter if you are the borrower or the lender, you need to have an experienced white collar crimes defense attorney on your side at all times during the investigation. We will work to ensure only the appropriate documents are reviewed, and be crucial to ensure your rights are not violated during any part of the investigative process.
If you are being investigated for mortgage fraud in the areas of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today

Dealing with Search Warrants for Businesses

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

When you or your company is being investigated for a white collar crime, there will come a time when law enforcement enters your premise with a search warrant to gather information. Knowing what to do in these instances will be very helpful in protecting your rights.
How to Deal with a Search Warrant

  • Ask for identification – Get the business card or contact information of the agent in charge
  • Contact your attorney – Call the Cochran Firm South Florida before the search starts. We will come to you during the search
  • Ask to delay the search until we arrive – Agents can deny this request, but having us present during the search can be helpful in protecting your rights
  • Read the warrant – Only consent to agents searching items specifically mentioned in the warrant
  • Don’t help – Do not offer information or make suggestions. You are required to cooperate with law enforcement, but not to give incriminating information
  • Send your employees home – Agents will have a warrant to search the premise, but will also grill employees if they are available. Don’t make your employees available. If this is not possible, instruct your employees to refrain from talking to agents until we have arrived
  • Don’t talk to the media – You and your employees should keep the search and all details of the allegations private
  • Make a list of the items seized – Agents are generally required to provide you with a list of all items seized during a search. Take special care to ensure this list is complete
  • Make a record –Photograph and inventory all items seized as soon as the search is complete

If you are being investigated for a white collar crime in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, don’t try to go it alone. Please contact the white collar crime defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to ensure your rights and freedoms are protected.

Types of White Collar Crime

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

While nearly all white collar crimes are financial in nature, there are different types of crimes that can result in different penalties and punishments. Some white collar crimes are misdemeanors that may result in little more than fines. Others are felonies that may result in substantial jail time and heavy financial penalties.
All white collar crimes are pursued aggressively by prosecuting attorneys who are often seeking to set precedent. For this reason alone, you need an experienced defense attorney on your side as soon as you are suspected in any of these crimes. Only a criminal defense attorney can make sure you are provided with a fair and balanced trial.
Types of White Collar Crimes
The most common white collar crimes are:

  • Bank fraud
  • Blackmail
  • Bribery
  • Credit card fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Insider trading
  • Insurance schemes
  • Money laundering
  • Securities fraud

No matter what type of white collar crime you are accused of, the attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida are prepared to build a comprehensive defense on your behalf, and fight to ensure your rights and freedom are protected.
If you are being investigated for white collar crime in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today.

What is White Collar Crime?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

The term “white collar crime” is used to refer to crimes involving any form of dishonest business practice. White collar crime can include things such as fraud, embezzlement, insider trading, or swindles that cheat consumers. White collar crimes are always financial, but differ from theft in that they are performed under the false guise of legitimate business practices, or against a company by an employee without threat, coercion, or violence.
White Collar Crime Defense Attorneys
Penalties for white collar crimes can be extreme. One need look no further than recent news headlines to see that these crimes are often aggressively pursued in the name of setting precedent. The white collar crime defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida have years of experience helping men and women accused of these crimes protect their rights and freedoms.
You are entitled to a fair trial. You are also entitled to having your side of the story heard. We will fight to ensure that you are fully represented, and that your reputation, and precious freedoms are protected.
If you are being investigated, or have been accused of a white collar crime, please contact the experienced attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today. We proudly serve business men and women in and around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, and Ft. Myers, Florida.

Dealing with Insurance Companies after a Slip and Fall Accident

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Insurance companies are behemoth corporations that have proven time and again their devotion to protecting profits over people. This means that when you attempt to deal with an insurance company following a slip and fall accident, they will do everything in their power to minimize or completely dismiss your settlement.
Insurance companies are tricky, and they have an extensive knowledge of the legal process. As such, they will do anything they can to dissuade you from hiring an attorney. They know that if you hire an attorney, they’re going to have to pay you for all of your damages, and they’d prefer to short-change you and cheat you out of a fair settlement.
You Need an Attorney
The attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida have years of experience dealing with insurance companies. When you hire our personal injury attorneys, we will deal with the insurance company for you. In this way, we can not only reduce the stress associated with trying to collect compensation, we can fight to ensure all of your damages are considered, and you are provided with the full compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in the areas of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the personal injury attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free initial consultation today.

Types of Slip and Fall Accidents

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

There is really only one type of slip and fall accident: you slip, you fall, and you become seriously injured in the process. There are, however, many causes of slip and fall accidents. When you come to the offices of the Cochran Firm South Florida, we will investigate your accident, and seek to prove negligence on the part of the party responsible for the premises to ensure you are properly compensated for all of your damages.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
An unmaintained premise can come in several forms. Some examples of a dangerous premise include:

  • Unmarked or unattended spills
  • Obstructions
  • Unmaintained stairways such as wobbly stairs or handrails
  • Holes in the flooring
  • Improper lighting

When a property is not maintained, and you slip and fall as a result, you have a right to seek compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. The attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida will work to help ensure you are compensated, and justice is served.
If you live in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida and have been injured in a slip and fall accident, please contact the personal injury attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free initial consultation today.

What is Slip and Fall?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

A slip and fall accident includes anytime you lose your footing and fall due to an unmaintained or unsafe walkway, aisle, parking lot, or other area where pedestrians or shoppers may be. Slip and fall accidents frequently occur on public sidewalks, in department stores, and at swimming pools, but can occur anywhere you are walking. To file a slip and fall claim, our personal injury attorneys must establish that a property was not properly maintained, and you were injured as a result.
Proving Negligence
Proving negligence is not always as simple as it sounds. We will need to conduct an investigation into the cause of your accident to make sure that blame is properly assessed. This may require testimony from both you and witnesses to your slip and fall accident. We will also need to prove that your injuries demand legal action. This will necessitate medical records, as well as personal testimony regarding the impact your injuries have had on your working, social, and family life.
We will work closely with you during every step of your claim and fight to ensure you receive the full compensation you are due.
If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the personal injury attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free initial consultation today.

Common Deposition Questions Related to a Slip and Fall

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Answering deposition questions about a slip and fall can be an intimidating process. The attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida will work with you before and during this time to help ease any emotional discomfort, but knowing what questions to expect can be helpful as well.
Common Disposition Questions

  • Personal questions such as where you’ve lived, jobs you’ve held, wages you have earned, and reasons you left those jobs
  • Questions about pending lawsuits, previous lawsuits, insurance claims, and workers’ compensation claims
  • Questions about your accident including why you were on the premises, who was with you, and how the accident happened
  • Details about your injuries including medical reports and your current physical limitations
  • Trick questions such as why you saw a chiropractor instead of a family physician

The trick questions in particular are designed to find holes in your story. Our attorneys will work with you during this time to ensure you are not tricked into incriminating yourself, or coerced into accepting less than you are due.
If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the personal injury attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free initial consultation today.

Questions about Slip and Fall

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

What is a slip and fall accident?
A slip and fall accident occurs when you are using a public area and, due to its maintenance, lose your footing and hurt yourself. This can occur in stores, at public pools, or even on private property.
What can happen in a slip and fall accident?
A slip and fall accident can result in several injuries including broken bones, spinal cord injury, neck injury, and brain injury. These will all require medical treatment which should be the responsibility of the party in charge of maintaining the property.
Is a slip and fall accident part of premises liability law?
Yes, a slip and fall injury is part of premises liability law. Anyone who owns or maintains a property has a responsibility to provide a safe environment for those who may use it. When they fail to do so, and you are injured as a result, you have a right to file a personal injury lawsuit with an attorney who has experience in premises liability.
What damages can I collect in a slip and fall accident?
Your damages will depend on the extent and nature of your injury. In most cases, you can collect damages including lost wages, medical expenses, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida will assess your claim, and help you determine the compensation you are due.
If you have questions about slip and fall accidents, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida. We proudly fight for the rights of victims in and around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, and Ft. Myers, Florida.