Criminal Defense From A Highly Regarded Former Prosecutor
Any criminal conviction can upend your life, affecting your employment, your education and your family. That is why it is critical to enlist the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who will protect your rights and who understands how to minimize the impact of a criminal charge. In Tehama and Shasta counties, as well as elsewhere in Northern California, that lawyer is Gregg S. Cohen.
At Cohen Criminal Law, Mr. Cohen brings more than 30 years of criminal law experience to every case, including 20 years serving as the Tehama County district attorney. Prior to that, he worked as a federal prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, trying federal drug interdiction cases. Mr. Cohen’s extensive experience in prosecuting all types of criminal cases provides him important insights on how to approach these same types of cases now that he represents defendants.
Helping Your Own Cause
Mr. Cohen is among a small number of attorneys who handle federal cases at the magistrate court in Shasta County, which only hears misdemeanor offenses. He represents clients in a wide range of criminal matters, including:
- Traffic offenses
- DUIs involving alcohol or drugs
- Drug charges
- Domestic violence
- Sex crimes
- White collar crimes
- Juvenile offenses
In addition to enlisting a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer such as Mr. Cohen, there are important steps that individuals who face criminal charges can take to help their own cause. These include:
Take advantage of your right to remain silent. Too often, individuals who are arrested make statements to police because they are nervous, and they end up hurting their own case. Remain calm and politely decline to answer questions until you have a chance to speak with an attorney.
Contact an attorney as soon as possible. This may seem intuitive, but many people who are arrested delay their decision to hire an attorney for inexplicable reasons. It is always wise to enlist the services of a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. No one regrets hiring a lawyer early in the process. Plenty of people regret hiring a lawyer later than they should have.
Be honest with your lawyer. You may be hesitant to provide the full details of the incident that led to your arrest — and you may not have to. Mr. Cohen knows what information he needs to provide the best possible defense in your case. Follow his lead and be truthful about the information he requests. When you hire a defense attorney with his experience, it makes sense to let him do his job to the best of his ability.
A Personable Approach That Reduces Stress
Mr. Cohen understands how stressful it is to face criminal charges. He works directly with every client, and he emphasizes clear communication from the initial consultation through the resolution of your case. You will always be informed of the status of your case, as well as which steps are coming next.
No one wants surprises when dealing with legal issues, especially criminal matters. Mr. Cohen speaks candidly and avoids overpromising. You will understand all your options and all possible outcomes so that, with his help, you can make informed decisions.
Many criminal cases can be resolved without the need to go to trial. A case can be dismissed due to police procedural errors or for other reasons. Sometimes, a negotiated settlement with an alternative resolution is a wise option. In other cases, going to trial makes the most sense. Mr. Cohen’s experience from the prosecutor’s side helps him make informed decisions on how to best handle each case. He is a trial-tested lawyer who will advocate aggressively on your behalf, whether that is in negotiations or at trial.
Schedule A Free Consultation
Remember, prompt action is important in every criminal matter. Call 530-763-1137 or use the firm’s online contact form to schedule a free consultation. Mr. Cohen will review the facts of your case, answer your questions and recommend a course of action.