The Hiring of an Attorney can be the Most Important Decision of Your Life
An attorney that knows forensic science can poke holes in the State's case that lead to reasonable doubt. DNA evidence, forensic pathology, cellphone technology, gunshot residue, computer forensics, footprints, blood spatter and serology results can make or break your case. One of the Attorneys in my office is the former Chief of the Orange County Homicide Unit and has dealt with all types of scientific evidence and has cross examined some of the leading forensic scientists in their field. Prosecutors routinely rely on various experts hoping to sway the jury, but far too often, these experts are less than qualified, have used questionable methods or have reached faulty conclusions. If you are hiring an attorney who does not have extensive experience in these areas you are doing yourself a disservice.
Florida holds the unfortunate distinction of ranking among the most dangerous states in the nation. Our violent crime and murder rates frequently figure into the U.S.'s top ten. As such, the Judges and Prosecutor's do not treat violent offenders leniently. Indeed, Florida has instituted the "10-20-Life" law, which sets out harsh minimum prison sentences for violent offenders:
- A 10-year minimum sentence for producing a firearm during a criminal act
- A 20-year minimum sentence for firing a gun during a criminal act
- A 25-year-to-life sentence for shooting someone during a criminal act
The law establishes minimum sentences for a range of other acts as well. If you have been charged with a crime that falls under the 10-20-Life law, it is absolutely essential to find an experienced attorney who knows how to protect one's rights.
We can help. The lawyers at the Law Office of Corey I. Cohen have more than 30 years of combined experience. We have practiced on both sides of the courtroom, serving as state prosecutors and public defenders. We know how to challenge every aspect of the prosecution's case, and work diligently to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.
A Firearm Makes Everything Worse
Even a relatively minor - or second degree - robbery charge can carry a prison term lasting up to 15 years. Yet if a handgun or other firearm was involved, state law requires that the case be prosecuted as a first degree offense which is punishable by life in prison. Convictions can result prison sentences ranging from 10 years to life.
Our firm has handled over 200 Jury Trials and are dedicated to defending individuals facing all manner of robbery allegations. We also offer representation for a full array of weapons matters, including carrying a weapon without a permit, armed drug trafficking, assault with a deadly weapon, Robbery with a Firearm, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, unlawful discharge of a weapon, reckless endangerment, and hunting without a license.
Defense Against Murder Charges
In addition, our firm has developed a core competency in helping individuals facing murder and homicide charges. In Florida, a conviction of first-degree murder entails life imprisonment. Second-degree murder convictions carry minimum prison terms of 25 years.
Our attorneys have handled over 50 murder trials and well over 200 Jury Trials. We have developed a reputation for effectiveness in this realm. We prepare rigorously for trial and know how to best leverage statutes regarding self-defense and stand-your-ground defense. We draw on our thorough understanding of the law to build a staunch defense for the clients we represent, investigating every aspect of the prosecution's case in our efforts to protect you.
Legal Support When You Most Need It
If you or a family member is facing allegations of violent crime, reach out to our firm to see how we can help. You can call us at 407-246-0066 or contact us online.
We offer free initial consultations, enabling us to inform you of your options before you're obliged to pay.
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