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Cohen Law Fort Lauderdale Criminal Lawyer
Bradford Cohen

1132 SE 3rd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale FL 33316
(954) 523-7774

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Cohen Law Fort Lauderdale Criminal Lawyer


Florida Federal and Criminal Lawyer Bradford Cohen has offices in Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Miami Beach. A sought after legal commentator and speaker in the area of constitutional rights and privileges, Bradford possesses and arsenal of criminal defenses to your charge.  Bradford is known for his tenascious attitude and aggressive stance on wrongfully charged criminal matters.  He is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is prepared to assist you in the Defendanse of your State or Criminal matter, in or out of the State of Florida.

Bradford M. Cohen

Phone: 954.523.7774
Fax: 954.523.2656

1132 SE 3rd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

DONALD TRUMP: "He's done a great job."    Sept. 2004

Catherine Crier, Court TV: "Top notch" Criminal Defense Attorney

Focus: Criminal Defense both State and Federal Trial Experience, both Misdemeanors and Felonies.

Bradford Cohen Law practices in the areas of Immigration, Criminal Defense, Real Estate and Bankruptcy. Bradford Cohen personally handles Criminal Defense cases such as the following: Major Criminal Defense, State and Federal, Local and State Wide; White Collar Crimes, Felonies, and Misdemeanors; Immigration, Nationally assisting individuals with immigration issues.

Education

J.D., Nova Southeastern Law School, 1997
Moot Court, highest grade award (book award), Criminal Justice workshop

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Florida Supreme Court, 1997
Federal Court, Southern District of Florida, 1997
Federal Court, Middle District of Florida

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Association of Immigration Lawyers of America (AILA)

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL)

Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (BACDL)
Board Member and liaison with the Broward Judiciary

Hispanic Bar Association

Broward County Bar Association

Broward County Young Lawyers Association

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Awards & Honors

Nominated as one of "The Best Lawyers in America"

Featured Cases and Matters

Gail Winer
No bond hold/ appealed. Won the appeal and bond was reduced to $25,000.

Christopher Singh
Vehicle Seizure. Fought seizure and won. City was ordered to return car and pay attorney fees.

Non-Legal Activities

Big Brothers of Broward County, Member since 1997.
Cystic Fibrosis Board Member, 1997-1999.
Miami Dolphin Foundation Board Member, 1999 - present.

Languages

Spanish
 

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Attorneys

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Phone: 954.523.7774
Fax: 954.523.2656

Fort Lauderdale Criminal Lawyer Bradford Cohen, recently noted, "Top Notch Criminal Defense Lawyer" by Catherine Crier of Court TV, and called the "go to...miracle worker" by TMZ.com, he is a requested expert legal commentator on CNBC, NBC, The Dan Abrams Show, Nancy Grace, Fox News, CNN and Celebrity Justice.

He has criminal trial experience in both Federal and State Courts. He has handled Federal criminal matters in and outside the State of Florida, including but not limited to White Collar Crimes, Extortion, Gun Charges, Mortgage Fraud, Bank Fraud, Theft, Drug Trafficking, and 1st degree Violent crimes. Bradford is a sought after criminal attorney for tax matters, both civil and criminal due to his extensive background in finance and accounting. Although, high profile in regards to legal commentary and his experience in Criminal Defense, his notable clients recognize his representation is discreet and aggressive, without compromising their rights. Bradford is known for his personal representation and attention to your criminal matter.

The Federal Government has endless funds to prosecute you, hire the Florida Criminal lawyer that is armed with the skills and legal knowledge to fight for you. When you are in trouble you want Criminal Attorney Bradford Cohen on your side.

  • Vice President of the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member of Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member of the Federal Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Juris Prudence Award for Criminal Justice
  • Selected "Super Lawyer Rising Star" 2009
  • Nominated for "Best Lawyers in America" 2008, 2009
  • Hat Trick Award for receiving 3 NOT GUILTY verdicts in a row
  • Member of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, Atlanta Georgia
  • Federal District Court Southern District of Florida
  • Federal District Court Middle District of Florida
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association and Supreme Court of Florida
  • Member of United States Tax Court

Please review Bradford's recent Criminal Defense victories to see the type of case he handles and his recent results.


Attorneys Of Counsel


Robert S. Franklin, Esq. West Palm Beach Office; Licensed in New York and Florida; Former Assistant District Attorney, New York.

Focus: Criminal Defense Federal and State, Misdemeanor and Felony trial experience. Domestic Violence, Personal Injury.

After practicing criminal and personal injury law for 28 years in New York "Rob" Franklin relocated to Southern Florida in 2003, and now heads up our West Palm Beach Office. Rob's combined 34 Years Criminal Defense and Personal Injury experience handling complex Federal and State Court matters is an invaluable asset to our firm. He has successfully defended clients charged with public corruption, bribery, money laundering and racketeering. He is a former member of the Major Felony Program of the New York County District Attorney's Office. His extensive experience enables him to bring a unique insight into criminal defense cases. His past victories include Federal Acquittals on major White Collar corruption cases, and over 10 million dollars in personal injury recoveries. He has been described as "eloquent and aggressive" by his peers. He is a member of the US District Court of Appeal, 11th Circuit, US District Court, Southern District of New York, US District Court, Eastern District of New York, Florida Bar Association, New York Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


Jerold Reichler, Esq.
  Licensed in Florida.
Focus: Personal Injury, Immigration, Family Law and Criminal Defense.

Jerold Reichler has been practicing Immigration Law, Criminal Law and Family Law in South Florida for over 30 years. His goal is to provide quality immigration legal services to individuals seeking visas, residency, citizenship or relief from detention, deportation and removal. He navigates clients through the immigration bureaucratic maze to assist them in attempting to obtain permanent residency and citizenship for themselves and their family members. He is committed to excellent service through his comprehensive knowledge of immigration law, criminal law and family law. Mr. Reichler provides clients full-support throughout the entire immigration process.

Mr. Reichler provides a full range of immigration services for non-citizens and their families, including fiancee and student visa applications, adjustment of status, consular processing, relief under the Violence Against Women's Act, naturalization and asylum. He represents clients in removal proceedings/hearings, charged by the government with being deportable or inadmissible. He can help you from being deported by using his vast arsenal of immigration defenses such as, application for adjustment of status, cancellation of removal for permanent and non-permanent residents, waivers for grounds of inadmissibility and deportability, political asylum, withholding of removal, and voluntary departure. He represents clients facing new or pending criminal charges and assist criminal defense attorneys already retained by clients to identify dispositions for those criminal charges which have either no or the least severe immigration consequences. He also seeks post-conviction remedies including removal or modification of past convictions in order to mitigate immigration consequences of pleas in criminal matters. Mr. Reichler also represents clients appealing decisions to the Board of Immigration Appeals, Administrative Appeals Office, and United States federal courts. If you have an immigration issue Mr. Reichler's advise can assist you with getting into the US and staying in the US.


Jonathan Kelman
  Licensed in California and New York.
Concentration: Criminal Defense
Jonathan I. Kelman is accustomed to taking on the criminal justice system and achieving the best results for his clients. Located in Los Angeles County and serving Southern California in the area of criminal defense, Mr. Kelman has successfully represented his clients throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

About Us

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS ON YOUR CRIMINAL CASE!

If you are arrested, charged with a crime, indicted Federally or State wide, immediately tell the officer that you would like to speak with your criminal defense attorney / criminal lawyer Bradford Cohen, prior to giving any statements. A criminal arrest can occur prior to you being put in handcuffs. If you feel you are not free to leave in a criminal investigation, tell the arresting officer you want to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.

You should contact Bradford Cohen as soon as possible in a criminal investigation. Most times an experienced attorney such as Bradford, can contact the State Attorneys Office to discuss the matter prior to criminal charges being filed against you.

This is a matter of your freedom and liberty. Hire an attorney with the arsenal of defenses to help you in your criminal defense.

Bradford Cohen Law is a team of highly respected and experienced attorneys who are here to help you win your case. Bradford Cohen Law represents people in all walks of life in Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties and throughout Florida. Bradford is a sought after speaker by national magazines and television stations, in the area of search and seizure law, stop and frisk laws as well as commenting on high profile cases involving individuals such as Robert Blake, Brittney Spears, Scott Peterson, Anna Nicole Smith and OJ Simpson.

Bradford Cohen Law knows that people who are accused of a crime are worried about losing their driving privilege, their employment, or even their freedom. We know that when this happens people need quick and clear answers to their legal questions. Contact us online with your legal problem and attain a free case evaluation.

Our highly skilled attorneys know the local court procedures, the judges and the prosecuting attorneys where your legal matter will be adjudicated. This is important, as every district has different local procedures and unique rules that may affect your case. Additionally, Bradford knows how these Judges and State Attorneys have behaved in the past with cases that could be similar to yours. That knowledge coupled with the legal experience Bradford has garnered through Federal Criminal and State Criminal Trial, can assist you in getting the best possible outcome in your matter. With so much at stake, you deserve to have our criminal legal team fighting on your side.

Don't just rely on what a criminal lawyer tells you on the phone or in a consultation. Research the type of criminal cases he/she has handled, the number of Criminal JURY TRIALS they have completed, the past cliental, and determine who will best represent you in the judicial arena. Your Criminal Lawyer is your voice of liberty and the last bastion of Justice in today's society, so make the smart choice and call today.

To learn more about how we can help you, or to schedule your free case evaluation, call us immediately at 800.891.2116 or contact us online.

Practice Areas

 

In addition to specific areas of practice we have a network of attorneys that can handle your matter with the same vigor and tenacity as the lawyers with Bradford Cohen Law.

  • Criminal Defense

    Our experience in handling Criminal matters speaks for itself, but every Criminal case is different. Other Fort Lauderdale Criminal lawyers might try and "sell" you on what they can do for you. We simply guarantee that we will work diligently, efficiently, and aggressively to resolve your Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale or Miami Dade Criminal case.

  • Federal Criminal Defense

    If a Federal indictment is pending or you are under a federal investigation for a criminal offense it is never to early to call for the assistance of a trained federal criminal lawyer with experience in federal motions, federal sentencing, and federal trials. All criminal lawyers are not created equally. We pride ourselves on our intimate knowledge of federal case law and procedure.

  • Immigration

    Criminal Defense and immigration issues sometimes go hand and hand. We can help you with all your immigration needs, Visas, Bond Issues, Deportation Hearings and advice on how a plea may affect your immigration status.

  • Personal Injury
    We have assisted many individuals get the compensation they deserve for being wrongly injured. Please call for a consultation. In most situations you pay no fees unless you recover.

  • Family Law

    Paternity, Divorce, Pre and Post nuptial we have a lawyer that can help you with your family law situation our family law attorneys have years of experience in not only helping individuals with their legal dilemma, but also with the emotional toll these matters can take on a family.

  • U.S. Tax Law

    As a member in good standing of the U.S. Tax Court, we handle all matters involving tax issues. From criminal investigations involving tax fraud or tax evasion to civil subpoenas requesting records. Often a matter can start civil and become a criminal matter. That is why it is important to retain an experienced tax lawyer as soon as possible. We have a CPA in house that works hand and hand with us and with you to resolve your Tax liability problem.

Criminal Defense

 

Bradford Cohen is a Florida Criminal Defense lawyer, limiting his focus to State and Federal cases in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach. When hiring a Criminal Defense attorney, always review what type of Federal or State Criminal cases they have handled. We list our recent criminal courtroom victories on this site as well as all experience. It is not just price you should be concerned with, but the quality of representation you are going to receive when defending your criminal case. Bradford uses his knowledge of criminal law like an armory of weapons to battle the State and Federal authorities that are accusing you of crimes you may have not committed.

Bradford Cohen is not just your Criminal Defense Lawyer, but your legal champion aggressively fighting for your rights, freedoms and liberty. His job as the guardian of your rights is to stand between the awesome power of the government and you the accused.

Criminal Charges may be filed against someone because of testimony given by witnesses, or physical evidence such as, DNA, fingerprints or drug tests. In some case such as DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, the charges can be filed without the victim pressing charges or recanting prior testimony. Charges can also be initiated by some law enforcement department official with no testimonial witnesses. There are so many intricacies associated with the crimes that are charged against you, that you cannot afford to hire someone with less experience in the court room. In order for you to get the best result in your case you should hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer that has TRIAL experience in both State and Federal Court Systems, like Bradford. Most recently he was the recipient of the 'hat trick award" from the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, for three NOT GUILTY verdicts on Felony Trials in a row.

Common criminal offenses are:

  • Arrests
  • Assualt/Battery
  • Domestic violence
  • Felonies such as drug or narcotics possession
  • Lewd & Lacivious behavior
  • Misdemeanors
  • Bail
  • Plea bargains
  • Lie detectors tests and DNA testing
  • Traffic and DUI (drunk driving) criminal matters as well as drivers license issues
  • Counseling to individuals facing potential or actual criminal investigation or prosecution
  • Fraud, including farm fraud and federal enforcement of farm programs
  • Search and seizure issues, including search warrants and dealing with the police
  • White collar offenses, including embezzlement, RICO and RTC related litigation
  • Matters considered as quasi-criminal, such as licensing issues with professional or occupational boards and government administrative boards
  • Sentencing, pardon and parole matters

You may have been wrongly accused of a crime you did not commit. Remember, the US government has unlimited resources, you should have a lawyer that has the trial experience to be your criminal defense champion. It is important to retain a criminal defense lawyer that has years of experience in trying similar cases as yours.

If you have been arrested, but criminal charges have yet to be filed with the State Attorney's Office, contact us immediately. In many cases we can provide the case filing State Attorney with information on your criminal case that may significantly reduce the exposure you have on your criminal matter. Effectively getting the case dismissed before you ever have to appear in court. If you have already been charged with a crime, call our office to find out the level offense and the min. and max. calculated using any and all prior arrests and your current arrest in accordance with Florida Statute. State Attorneys are familiar with the criminal defense lawyer's who do not go to trial ask your attorney about their personal trial experience.

I am available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. I protect your rights like they were my own. If someone you know or a relative is incarcerated, upon being retained to handle their criminal matter, my office immediately visits with them to discuss the case. Submit your case for a FREE, no obligation consultation or learn more about a particular aspect of criminal law.

Federal Criminal Defense

Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Bradford Cohen has successfully defended client's rights in courts in and out of the State of Florida, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale on Federal matters. He is a sought out Federal legal commentator on such matters as White Collar Crime, including extortion, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud and Mortgage Fraud. He has also spoken on issues concerning Taxation and Drug Trafficking. We have also represented individuals (targets and non-targets) during the indictment stage before the Grand Jury. The earlier in the investigation you hire a Federal Attorney, the more prepared you will be to attack the Governments case.

When hiring a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer it is important that they not only have experience in Federal criminal procedural but Federal Criminal Trials as well. Bradford is armed with both, knowledge of Federal Criminal Procedure as well as conducting Federal Criminal Trials. He is dedicated to providing the best representation in federal court. Can any lawyer represent you in a Criminal Federal Case? The answer is YES. The real question is: Can any lawyer EFFECTIVELY represent you in a Federal Criminal Case? The answer is NO. Federal law is unique in many ways not only when it comes to sentencing, but the method the case proceeds to trial. If your lawyer is not experienced in Federal law, you could be waiving rights without your knowledge.

If you are charged with a Federal Crime, hire a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer or an experienced Federal Criminal Defense Law Firm. Bradford Cohen has not only handled cases where the target of the investigation has NOT co-operated with the government, but had mitigating circumstances that significantly lowered their exposure at sentencing. He has also had matters that required a Federal trial. Not every Florida criminal defense lawyer is an experienced federal criminal lawyer. The laws and procedures in Federal Court differ greatly from State court. The following is a short overview of how they differ.

There are subtle differences between State and Federal criminal cases. A good example of this would be drunk driving. Normally a DUI is a State case, however if you are on Federal Property at the time, the Federal Government would charge you with a Federal Crime.

Many drug trafficking cases can also be charged either by State or Federal authorities. For example, if the narcotics are bought and sold in the same state, the case is typically charged by the State. However, if narcotics are bought in one state and sold in another state, or the deal is made over state lines it could be charged federally, along with other counts such as a conspiracy to transport. It is fairly easy for the Federal government to bring charges by simply providing some evidence that the crime has affected interstate commerce. Once charged with a crime, you can review the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, to see the recommended sentence.

Usually at the time of arrest you should know where your case will be prosecuted. If you are arrested by federal authorities and taken to a federal detention center, the likelihood is that the case will be in federal court. If you are arrested by a local police department and taken to a city or county jail, you will most likely be prosecuted by the state. This is not always the case as the Federal Authorities may take interest in you once arrested by the State authorities. In that case you will need an attorney experienced in handling both State and Federal matters.

The Criminal Federal System of the United States, has its power divided between a central Criminal Federal authority and many state or local authorities. Thus, there are 51 different sets of criminal procedural law in the United States-that of the federal government and one for each of the 50 states. In addition, separate criminal procedures exist for military courts and for Federal courts. The Criminal law procedures adopted by each of the 50 states and the federal government differ to some extent. However, since it is all based originally on English common law, it provides significant similarities in the basic laws and structure of the process. Furthermore, the United States Constitution imposes additional limitations on the states in creating their criminal procedure. In regards to Federal criminal procedure, a short explanation is below.

Federal Criminal Procedure: A person prosecuted in the federal courts on a charge of violating a federal criminal law is subject to federal criminal procedure. A person in Federal court may be prosecuted by way of indictment, or in some cases a complaint, if the individual waives a formal grand jury indictment. Federal procedure is governed, first of all, by certain provisions of the U.S. Constitution, especially those contained in the US Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the Constitution). The US Constitution guarantees certain procedural rights that the government must afford a federal criminal defendant, unless the defendant knowingly and voluntarily waives these rights. These Rights are basic and afforded to all individuals in the US, even if you are not a legal US citizen at the time of arrest or search.

The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. It describes how US law enforcement officials, either Federal or State, can obtain Search or Arrest warrants.

The Fifth Amendment protects individuals accused of crimes from having to testify against themselves and from being tried more than once for the same offense (Res Judicata). It also requires that any criminal charges result from the proceedings of a grand jury; a group of citizens that are called to service by the US government, to determine whether sufficient evidence exists to have a trial. Finally, the Fifth Amendment requires that government procedures adhere to due process of law, which means basic standards of fairness and equity.

Under the Sixth Amendment, a defendant is guaranteed a speedy and public jury trial. This also includes that the defendant gets notice of the charges he or she faces and may call witnesses and face his or her accusers. There have been significant developments on the State level in regards to the right to face your accuser, please call our office to find out in more detail. The Sixth Amendment also guarantees that the trial will take place in the district where the alleged crime was committed and that the defendant will have the assistance of legal counsel. This may be affected by a number of things in regards to Federal Criminal matters.

The Eighth Amendment prohibits excessive bail, excessive fines, and cruel and unusual punishments. In regards to Federal Bond, there are a number of factors that go into the determination of what constitutes excessive bail. These factors could include the ability to pay the ties to the local community and include the safety of society in general.

These US Federal constitutional guarantees provide a starting point for federal criminal procedure. The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, supplement the constitutional guarantees. The rules contain detailed provisions relating to the pretrial, trial, and appeal stages of Federal Prosecutions. Other details of federal criminal procedure are covered in federal statutes enacted by the U.S. Congress. Lastly, a large part of the law in regards to federal criminal procedure is found in the reported decisions (case law) of the federal courts.

A person prosecuted in the courts of a particular state on a charge of violating the criminal laws of that state is subject to state criminal procedure. State criminal procedure is found in the constitution, statutes, rules, and judicial decisions (case law) of that state. Additionally, portions of the U.S. Constitution are applicable to criminal defendants, charged in State cases.

AS stated above each State has a State Constitution. State Constitutions generally guarantee a state criminal defendant most of the same rights that a federal defendant is provided by the Bill of Rights. Some US states have provisions that vary from federal constitutional requirements. For example, in a number of states criminal charges need not result from the proceedings of a grand jury, by way of indictment. Instead, in some jurisdictions, a judge determines whether or not the accused person should be tried after reviewing the evidence during a preliminary hearing. Additionally, some states can file by way of criminal information. In those instances, the only entity deciding on the charges to be filed is the local State Attorney's Office. States may provide greater rights for criminal defendants than the U.S. Constitution guarantees.

The Supreme Court of the United States has required states to provide to criminal defendants most of the procedural guarantees in the U.S. Constitution. For example, states must recognize the Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination. In addition to these specific rights, the states are required by the U.S. Constitution to guarantee due process. The 14th Amendment, reads in part, "nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Like the 5th Amendment, which applies to federal criminal procedure, the 14th Amendment requires the states to maintain certain minimum standards of fundamental fairness in their laws concerning criminal procedure. For instance, Federal and State prosecutors may not systematically exclude members of a particular race or gender from a jury. State convictions that result from proceedings that violate the minimum standards required by the 14th Amendment can be set aside by the federal courts through the process of appeal if the state courts themselves do not do so first.


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