The Importance of Criminal Defense

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

As a society, we agree on certain rules that are enforced by law. When you violate one of these laws, you are charged with a crime. Our criminal defense attorneys in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami handle many different types of criminal cases. Common criminal cases handled by defense attorneys include:

Criminal defense is important because it upholds rights you are guaranteed by the US Constitution. Although society has decided crimes are crimes because they are dangerous or otherwise harmful to other people, the nature of a crime does not excuse the necessity for a fair, thorough defense.

Unlike the civil cases we handle, criminal defense does not involve proving negligence or wrongdoing. Instead, a thorough investigation of the details of your case will be necessary, particularly to determine if your rights were violated at any point starting from your arrest.

Convictions for criminal charges can be severe. Prosecutors often seek maximum punishment for those charged with crimes. Criminal cases must be defended aggressively. Achieving the best possible resolution to your case requires a careful dismantling of the prosecution’s case against you.

A criminal defense attorney’s job is to defend you, regardless of guilt or past criminal convictions. If you are convicted of a crime, you will face consequences; however, an organized and aggressive defense of your case may result in a minimization of the severity of those consequences.

Cultivation or Production of a Controlled Substance

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Cultivating or producing a controlled substance can fall under two different drug possession laws. If you are in possession of the chemicals necessary to produce a drug, you may be charged with unlawful possession of chemicals, a second degree felony punishable by 15 years in jail and $10,000 in fines. If the product is already made, you could also be charged with possession with intent to distribute, a drug trafficking offense that can see more jail time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

Defending Your Rights

Our attorneys have years of experience helping people accused of drug law violations protect their rights and their freedom. We know how seriously the state of Florida takes these crimes and will work to ensure a strong defense is built on your behalf. There are intricacies to every accusation, and protocol that must be followed during searches and arrests. We will begin by carefully evaluating these issues, and build your case accordingly from there.

You have a right to a fair trial in which your side of the story is fully heard. You also have a right to legal and fair search and seizure. We will help you determine if your rights were violated, and fight to have your charges dismissed of reduced.

If you live in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida and have been charged with cultivation or production of a controlled substance, please contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to start building your defense today.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Possession of drug paraphernalia is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and $1000 in fines. Thisdrug possession charge can be based on any “paraphernalia” in your possession such as a roach clip, a pipe, syringes, or even scales or baggies. The state of Florida aggressively pursues paraphernalia charges, often seeking the maximum penalty for people accused of this crime.

Building Your Case

Our experienced criminal defense attorneys will look at the full circumstances surrounding your arrest to help build your case. Your rights may have been violated, or important steps may have been missed by careless law enforcement officers. We will look for holes in the prosecution’s case to build a strong defense on your behalf.

In some instances, special courts may be willing to hear your trial and offer alternate sentencing. If your possession of paraphernalia stemmed from a drug abuse problem, we can assist you in getting treatment instead of punishment. This is often a better solution for everyone involved.

No matter what stance we take for your defense, we will work tirelessly to ensure your rights are protected and justice is truly served.

If you have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the experienced attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today.

Difference between Murder and Manslaughter

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Manslaughter is still a murder charge, but the definition and penalties are significantly different. According to Florida criminal law, there are three types of manslaughter:

  • Manslaughter by Act – The death of another person is caused by an act that was neither excusable, nor justified
  • Manslaughter by Procurement – The death of another person is caused by persuading, inducing, or encouraging another person to commit murder
  • Manslaughter by Culpable Negligence – The death of another person is caused by your engaging in culpably negligent conduct, such as driving while intoxicated

By comparison, there are two types of murder that do not fall under manslaughter:

  • First-degree murder – Occurs when though, intent, and malice went into the killing of another person
  • Second-degree murder – Also known as a “crime of passion,” this occurs when the death of another person was the result of emotional or physical duress, and not forethought or intention

Depending on the type of murder charge you face, our attorneys will cater your defense to help protect your rights and freedoms. Nothing is ever as simple as it seems. Situations get out of hand, and unfortunate consequences follow. Knowing this, our attorneys will work closely with you to build a solid defense, and see that you are granted the fair trial you deserve.

If you have been accused of any type of murder 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.

Categorization of a Murder Charge

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Being charged with murder can have devastating effects on every aspect of your life. There are different types of murder that you can be charged with such as manslaughter, second-degree, and first-degree murder. These charges are very different, and will be handled as such by the courts. No matter what your murder charge, our aggressive criminal defense attorneys are prepared to defend your rights, and see that justice is truly served.

Types of Murder

  • Manslaughter – Also known as third-degree murder, manslaughter occurs when the murder is the result of negligence as opposed to forethought, passion, or malice
  • Second-degree murder – Second-degree murder occurs when the murder was the result of intense fear, rage, anger, or terror, but no forethought went into it
  • First-degree murder – The most serious charge, first-degree murder occurs when thought, malice, and intent went into the murder

Our attorneys know that scenarios in which there are murder charges is seldom as black and white as it seems. No matter what type of murder charges you face, we will conduct a thorough investigation to find holes in the prosecution’s case, and to have your charges diminished, or dropped altogether. You deserve a fair trial. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure your rights are protected and your freedom preserved.

If you have been accused of murder 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

Alternative Sentencing and Juvenile Crimes

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

When your child has committed a crime, you want to make sure they get the help they need to become responsible, respectful citizens. Often times, courts work children in and out of the justice system so quickly, they fail to recognize the individual circumstances and needs of the child.

The juvenile crime defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida have years of experience helping families receive the justice they deserve, and will fight to ensure your child is seen as a unique individual, and their needs are addressed in their sentencing.

Alternative Sentencing

Juvenile detention is a suitable place for some children. With a focus on education and mental health services, this can be a wonderful place for children to learn from their mistakes. But it’s not ideal for everyone. If your child has a drug abuse issue, or larger mental health concerns, they need special care and personalized attention. Our attorneys will work with your child on an individual basis. Catering our defense to meet the specific needs of each child, we can help ensure your child receives the help they truly need.

If your child has committed a crime in the areas of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to see how our juvenile defense attorneys can help your child get the alternative sentencing most suited to meet their needs.

Reduced Charges and Juvenile Crimes

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

The state of Florida deals with juvenile crime in a different manner than adult crime. While the purpose of juvenile sentencing is to rehabilitate the child, often times the system is flawed, and more harm than good follows. Our attorneys have years of experience helping families in South Florida ensure proper and fair sentencing for their children. Often times, this includes fighting for reduced charges, or a complete dismissal of your child’s case.

Reducing Charges

The goal of reducing charges is to minimize the emotional, financial, and physical losses to you and your family. If your child is accused of a crime, there are often particulars that can be brought up to show the charges are extreme or without proof. We will thoroughly investigate every angle of your child’s crime, and work to have charges substantially reduced. In this way, we can protect your child’s future and freedom while also minimizing parental restitution.

If your child has been accused of committing a crime, don’t accept any offers from the District Attorney. Please contact the juvenile criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to assist in reducing your child’s charges. We proudly serve families in the Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, and Ft. Myers, Florida areas.

What to do if Your Minor Child has Committed a Crime

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

If your child is a minor and has been accused of committing a crime, the first thing you need to do is hire a juvenile crime defense attorney. The laws for juvenile crimes are much different than those for adult crime, and an experienced attorney will be able to ensure your rights, and those of your child are protected.

We Will Handle Everything

It is advisable that neither you nor your child make any statement to the police. The same goes for the District Attorney who may try to offer a plea bargain early on. The criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida are highly skilled at dealing with law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys, and know the tricks they will use to get a guilty verdict.

Your child’s future and your financial stability may hang in the balance when your child is accused of a crime. Keeping your family’s best interests in mind, our criminal defense attorneys will work closely with you to ensure justice is served, and your child gets the real help he or she needs.

If your child has been accused of a crime in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, don’t try to work your way through the system alone. Please contact the juvenile criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to see how we can help protect your family, and see that justice is truly served.

Detention and Juvenile Crimes

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Detention for juvenile crimes is much different than detention for adult crimes in the state of Florida. While detention for adult crimes can mean time in a state penitentiary, the focus of juvenile detention is to rehabilitate the offender. The state of Florida takes a different approach to juvenile crime, hoping to prevent future instances of criminal behavior through rehabilitation, substance abuse programs, education, and mental health care.

How We can Help

The intentions of the state are honorable, but not always realized. When your child has been accused of a crime, they may still be subjected to the same abuses and mistreatment as adult criminals. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your family’s side to ensure you child is treated fairly, and provided with the help they need to free themselves from a criminal life.

The criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran firm South Florida acknowledge the circumstances that can lead to a crime. We also know that most juveniles deserve a second chance and a fair shot at true rehabilitation. We will fight to have your child’s charges reduced and to ensure the proper form of alternative sentencing is provided.

If your child has been accused of a crime in or around 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.

International Drug Trafficking

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

International drug trafficking is a federal offense. When you are charged with this offense, you will need an attorney who not only has a strong knowledge of drug trafficking laws, but also a firm understanding of the laws of different countries. More than knowledge, you need an attorney with sufficient experience handling these cases in federal courts.

How We Can Help

The attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida have years of experience dealing with international drug trafficking cases. Our attorneys can help you:

  • Fight extradition
  • Avoid serious fines
  • Avoid prison

From the moment you contact our aggressive criminal defense team, we will begin working on your case. We will fight tirelessly for your rights, ensuring that citizens of any country are afforded a fair, balanced, and well-defended trial. We are fully committed to helping you build a solid defense, and will work to see that justice is truly served.

International drug trafficking is a serious crime that is mercilessly prosecuted by the federal government. You deserve an equally merciless defense attorney who will fight alongside you every step of the way.

If you have been charged with international drug trafficking in the areas of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the experienced attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today.