Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

The possession of paraphernalia is a drug crime in the state of Florida. However, for the State to prove that you were criminally using drug paraphernalia, they will need to establish certain facts. These include, but are not limited to:

  • A statement from you that the paraphernalia was being used for drugs
  • The existence of residue or a controlled substance in or on the paraphernalia
  • Instructions on the use of the device as drug paraphernalia
  • The existence and scope of legitimate use of a device within the community

The State will do whatever is necessary to prove your guilt in drug paraphernalia cases. They may rely on circumstantial evidence and even bring in experts to testify about the uses of certain devices. The only way to avoid the strictest of penalties is with an experienced Miami criminal defense lawyer on your side.

How We can Help

The Miami criminal defense lawyers at the Cochran Firm have years of experience helping residents and tourists charged with criminally using drug paraphernalia. We work tirelessly to ensure you are treated fairly while seeking for holes in the prosecution’s case against you. We always fight for a dismissal of your case, but may also choose to plea bargain when the situation demands such action. In any event, we will stand by you, fighting tooth and nail to protect your reputation and freedom.

If you have been charged with criminally using drug paraphernalia in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach, Florida, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a case evaluation with one of our criminal defense lawyers today.

Child Car Seat Requirements

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

The state of Florida has child car seat requirements to help protect younger passengers from serious injury and death in car accidents. These requirements are based on the age and weight of a child as follows:

  • Infants up to one year old and under 20 pounds must be in a federally-approved, rear-facing car seat. This seat must be manufactured with proper restraints for a small child and be securely installed in the back seat of the car
  • Children over 20 pounds and up to three years old must also be secured in the back seat of a car. They can be front facing, but the seat must be harness-style to prohibit forward movement in case of a car accident
  • Children under 80 pounds and between four and five years old are not required to be in a car seat, but it is strongly suggested for their safety. These seats can be a booster-style in which the child is secured with a lap band. It is recommended that children under four feet nine inches should remain in a booster in the back seat of a car

Accidents Happen

Car accidents can happen at any time. If you are carrying children in your car, even the best car seat may prove incapable of protecting them from all injuries. If your child has been injured in an accident, the a West Palm Beach accident attorney from the Cochran Firm can fight for your rights, and help get you the full compensation you deserve.

If you have been involved in a car accident in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach, Florida, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free consultation with one of our accident attorneys today.

Whiplash Injuries following a Car Accident

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Whiplash is one of the most common auto accident injuries. Whiplash is especially likely to occur if your car is rear ended. This type of injury is indicated by your head being violently flung backward and then forward, straining the muscles and ligaments of your neck beyond their normal range of extension.

Whiplash can have serious and long-term physical effects. The hyperextension of your neck muscles and ligaments can damage your vertebrae, discs, muscles, and nerves of the cervical spine (the portion of your spine extending from the base of your skull down your neck). This damage can lead to chronic pain lasting for several years.

You may develop whiplash symptoms within 24 hours of your car accident. These symptoms may include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Neck stiffness
  • Neck pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Numbness in your hands and arms
  • Back and shoulder pain

Because whiplash does not create any outwardly visible signs, it is important to seek medical attention following a car accident, especially a rear-end accident. Diagnosis of an injury is an important part of recovering compensation for your injury-related expenses.

If you have suffered an injury in a car accident caused by someone else, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free consultation with experienced accident lawyers in Miami.

Brain Injury from Police Brutality

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Most police officers are hard-working men and women protecting their city’s citizens; however, sometimes police officers take it too far when making an arrest, and can cause a debilitating brain injury when excessive force is used.

A brain injury can result if you are slammed against the ground, shoved into a wall or hit in the head during your arrest. The consequences of a brain injury are severe and may include:

  • Memory problems
  • Concentration problems
  • Vision changes
  • Nerve damage
  • Communication impairment
  • Depression and other mood changes

Our office is one of a chain of offices around the country founded by the late Johnnie L. Cochran, the esteemed attorney who litigated a number of high-profile cases, including the murder trial of O.J. Simpson.

Mr. Cochran believed every American – regardless of race, social class or other factors – who is injured by someone else’s carelessness deserves justice. At the Cochran Firm South Florida, we pursue Mr. Cochran’s vision every day by fighting for victims of injury, including anyone injured because of wrongful police conduct.

If you have suffered an injury because of police brutality, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free consultation with injury attorneys serving West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas.

Road Rage as the Cause of your Car Accident

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

If a motorist’s anger causes him or her to drive carelessly, a car accident can quickly result. An angry and negligent driver can ultimately cause other motorists to suffer catastrophic accident injuries.

Some of the ways that road rage can lead to car accidents include:

  • Following too closely
  • Improper lane change
  • Disobeying traffic signs and signals
  • Failing to signal
  • Failing to yield

Because of the carelessness of the angry driver, you or your loved ones could face medical expenses, an inability to work, as well as excruciating physical pain as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

When someone’s carelessness leads to another person’s accident injuries, the negligent party should be held accountable for the harm caused. Every driver on the road assumes the responsibility of obeying traffic laws and driving in a way that does not endanger others. When another driver fails to respect his or her responsibilities as a driver, you deserve compensation for your injury-related expenses.

If you have been injured in an accident that was someone else’s fault, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a consultation with experienced accident attorneys serving West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas.

Open and Closed Brain Injuries

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

A closed brain injury results from trauma to the head that does not break the skull. When something strikes your head with great force, your brain can be injured even though there was not direct contact with the brain.

When something breaks your skull and enters your brain, an open brain injury results.

Both types of brain injury can have devastating, lifelong effects. Even though someone who suffers a closed brain injury may appear normal following the incident, brain swelling and bleeding can occur rapidly. When the brain is penetrated, such as may occur in a car accident, there may be severe physical, behavioral, and cognitive consequences. Possible long-term effects of a brain injury include:

  • Paralysis
  • Coma
  • Loss of sensation
  • Hearing problems
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to problem solve
  • Speech impairment
  • Depression and other mood changes

After suffering any kind of serious trauma to the head, you must seek medical attention. Many cases of brain injury are not outwardly apparent, but require diagnosis and treatment nonetheless.

If you have suffered a head or brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free consultation with experienced brain injury lawyers serving Ft. Lauderdale and the surrounding areas.

DUI Consequences

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

A conviction for DUI can have a serious impact on your daily life and your future. A DUI defense attorney protects your rights after your arrest and works to minimize the severity of the punishments you face. Possible consequences of DUI include:

  • Revocation of driver’s license
  • Expensive fines
  • Jail time
  • Probation
  • Mandatory alcohol counseling

Additionally, a DUI conviction can have serious consequences for your future. If you are convicted of felony DUI – which may be the result of multiple DUI convictions or DUI resulting in bodily injury – you may have to disclose the felony on job applications.

At the Cochran Firm South Florida, our defense attorneys are dedicated to defending those charged with DUI in Miami, West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and the surrounding areas.

An investigation into your arrest is essential to determining whether your rights were violated, or if the arrest was in any way carried out improperly. After evaluating your case, we may be able to pursue reduced charges. In some cases, charges may be dropped altogether.

To schedule a free consultation with an experienced defense attorney in Miami, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida.

Construction Accidents

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Careers in the construction industry are among the most dangerous jobs of today, and construction accidents occur frequently. As a construction worker, you know there is a certain amount of risk involved in your job, just like firefighting, truck driving, and any job involving heavy machinery and equipment. While you accept this risk, an injury caused by an unreasonably dangerous construction site or defective equipment is unacceptable.

If you suffer an injury because someone carelessly failed to prevent an accident at the jobsite, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits pay for the cost of medical bills and lost wages in the event your injury prevents you from working.

You receive workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault in your injury. You deserve the coverage of these benefits if you were injured in any kind of construction accident, including:

  • A fall
  • Electrocution
  • Falling debris
  • Fire or explosion
  • Chemical exposure

If you were injured by defective tools or equipment, you may be able to recover compensation by holding the manufacturers responsible.

If you were injured in a construction accident and are searching for a workers’ compensation lawyer in West Palm Beach or the surrounding areas, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free consultation.

When Should a Child Brought In for Questioning Cooperate with Law Enforcement?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Your child should always cooperate with law enforcement, without admitting fault for any specific crimes. If your child is questioned as a juvenile offender by police officers, your child should not confess or deny any offenses that law enforcement asks about.

In Florida, your child can be questioned without you present. Law enforcement is supposed to contact the parents in this situation, but it is legal for questioning to begin before you arrive.

At the Cochran Firm South Florida, we represent juveniles charged with various criminal offenses, including:

If your child did admit to a crime when questioned, a judge must determine whether your child was aware of his or her rights. If not, the confession may be dismissed. Like an adult, your child has certain rights when suspected of a criminal offense. Our lawyers can determine whether these rights were violated at any point during your child’s questioning and arrest.

If you or a family member has been charged with a crime, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free consultation with experienced criminal defense lawyers in Miami.

Choosing a Workers’ Comp Lawyer

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

After being injured at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages. The services offered by a workers’ compensation lawyer may be vital to recovering the benefits to which you are entitled. Your workers’ compensation lawyer should possess:
  • Dedication to recovering the full amount of benefits you are due.
  • Extensive experience handling workers’ compensation claims.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Florida workers’ compensation laws.
If you attempt to file for your benefits on your own, you may soon find that the insurance company has offered you less than you deserve. When you consult a workers’ compensation lawyer, he or she should demonstrate a commitment to pursuing the maximum amount of compensation. To recover these benefits, your lawyer must have experience and pertinent knowledge. An experienced lawyer understands what steps need to be taken, and knows how to communicate with the insurance company and other involved parties. An experienced lawyer will not back down from these parties. A lawyer who knows the workers’ compensation laws in Florida can competently fight for the benefits you were promised. If you are searching for a workers’ compensation lawyer in Miami, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free initial consultation.