Free Consultation

Office Locations

The Cochran Firm Legal Blog

With Office Locations Nationwide

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What Are Grounds for Appeal in a Criminal Case?

The Cochran Firm's defense attorneys are committed to fighting every needed battle when your freedom is at stake. In some cases, that means appealing an unfavorable trial result and asking an appeals court to re-visit a conviction.

You can visit our criminal process page for more information about the legal system, but it's important to understand what an appeal is not. It isn't:
  • A second trial
  • A forum to introduce new evidence
You cannot appeal simply because you disagree with the jury's ruling. It is not sufficient to argue that the defense made the better case and the jury made the wrong decision.

Instead, a criminal case appeal relies on specific procedural grounds. You must argue that some element of the original trial was improperly conducted on either Constitutional or statutory grounds. Common disputes cited in an appeal include:
  • Improper jury instructions
  • Evidence admitted in violation of the law
  • Jury tampering
This is far from an exhaustive list. Criminal law is an exceptionally complicated field, and there are extensive rules of procedure. This means there are a number of ways a trial can go awry, and the grounds for appeal are many.

The Cochran Firm's defense attorneys will be vigilant in protecting your rights. If we believe anything improper has happened at trial and that the impropriety affected the result, we will vigorously pursue an appeal on your behalf.


If you need an experienced defense attorney, please contact The Cochran Firm today for a free consultation. 

posted by Admin at 10:49 AM

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Will I Get Face-to-Face Help at a National Law Firm?

The Cochran Firm is a nationwide network of law firms dedicated to helping the innocent victims of negligence and misconduct. This size allows our personal injury lawyers to put ample resources to work on your behalf.

However, we understand that you might be a little wary of large, nationwide firms. Everyone wants individualized, face-to-face attention. And fortunately, that's exactly what you'll receive at The Cochran Firm.

As mentioned above, The Cochran Firm is a network of firms across the country. It is a not operated out of a centralized office in one specific location. Instead, we have offices located in more than a dozen states. You can find our office locations here.

All of our attorneys are based in the states where they practice and they are credentialed in those states. They understand the relevant state and local laws, and they have experience with the local court systems.

When you become a client of The Cochran Firm, you join a firm that is committed to clear, open client communication. We will treat your case with the seriousness it deserves and give you the attention you need.

Your case is not just a file number for us. We will learn your story, and we will be committed to telling it in a skillful and effective manner.


If you need experienced personal injury lawyers you can trust, please contact The Cochran Firm today for a free consultation. 

posted by Admin at 10:45 AM

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Is An Auto Accident Always Someone's Fault?

The very word “accident” tends to imply that a car wreck was completely unavoidable. We hear the word and we think that no one was at fault. After all, it was just an accident. At The Cochran Firm, our auto injury lawyers believe in a more thorough investigation into the cause of an accident.

The root cause of most accidents is negligence: someone simply failed to live up to their legal obligations. That someone is usually a driver, but it can also include:
  • Trucking companies
  • Vehicle manufacturers
  • Parts manufacturers
  • Cargo companies
Personal injury law is about holding accountable the parties responsible for an accident. The Cochran Firm's auto injury lawyers are dedicated to that concept.

If you've been hurt in an accident and you're not sure if you have a case, contact us for a free consultation. We will evaluate your case and investigate your accident in order to determine if you have a claim.

In some circumstances, accidents really were unavoidable and there's no viable legal claim. If that's the case, we will always be honest with you and make clear the rationale behind our thought process. 

But more often, we are able to discover the negligence that ultimately led to your accident.
This isn't being greedy or litigious. Instead, it's about helping innocent victims pursue the compensation they deserve.


If you've been hurt and need an experienced auto accident lawyer, please contact The Cochran Firm today for a free consultation. 

posted by Admin at 10:40 AM

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Can You Help With My Unusual Accident?

At The Cochran Firm, we understand that real life doesn't always fall into the neat categories of personal injury law we often discuss. While many people are hurt in car and truck accidents, for example, countless others suffer injuries in accidents that aren't listed on this website.

We want to assure you that this does not mean we are unable to help you. Even if your accident type isn't listed here, you should still have confidence in our accident lawyers.

Certainly you should still contact us to arrange a free consultation. This conversation costs you nothing and is a no-lose situation for you. It's your opportunity to have your case evaluated by accident lawyers with decades of experience in the law.

There is a chance that we won't be the right firm to handle your case. But the only way to know for sure is to speak to us. And if we aren't right for you, we'll advise you on where you might want to go.

We are committed to helping the victims of injustice and negligence pursue compensation for their injuries, regardless of the specific nature of the accident that hurt you. Come prepared to discuss the details of your accident and we'll put our experience to work for you.


If you've been hurt in any kind of accident, you should speak to our accident lawyers about your case. Please contact The Cochran Firm today for a free consultation. 

posted by Admin at 10:38 AM

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Importance of Wearing a Helmet on a Motorcycle

The Cochran Firm's personal injury attorneys always urge motorcyclists to wear helmets when they enjoy their motorcycles. There is nothing in the world more important than your health and your safety.

Motorcycle accidents are always dangerous, but they're particularly devastating when the motorcyclist is not wearing a helmet. To ride a motorcycle without a helmet, even when doing so is legal in your state, is to put yourself in danger of a lethal injury, even if you do everything right.

There are legal reasons to wear a helmet as well. While laws vary by state, your helmet status at the time of the accident will likely have an effect on your ability to pursue compensation. You will still be able to file a suit if you were injured while not wearing a helmet, but an opposing personal injury attorney will likely argue that you sustained some injuries as a result of your own decisions.

So wear a helmet when at all possible. It could save your life, and it could make your pursuit of justice and compensation more successful.


If you've been hurt and need an experienced personal injury attorney, please contact The Cochran Firm today for a free consultation.

posted by Admin at 2:30 PM

Monday, June 23, 2014

Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries

As accident lawyers with decades of experience in personal injury law, we've seen how devastating vehicle collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists can be for the pedestrians. You are defenseless, without any means of protecting yourself from the oncoming vehicle.

As such, pedestrian injuries in these accidents are almost always serious. These injuries cause significant pain and suffering and leave their victims with huge medical bills.

Our accident lawyers have helped pedestrian accident victims who have suffered:

In particularly tragic cases, these accidents can even prove fatal. Our accident lawyers are capable of pursuing a wrongful death claim on behalf of the family of the victim.

Of course, it would be impossible to fully list the extent of injuries that can be suffered in a pedestrian accident. We have the experience and flexibility to help those who need help, regardless of the precise nature of their injuries.


If you've been hurt and want to speak to our accident lawyers about your case, please contact The Cochran Firm today for a free consultation.

posted by Admin at 2:27 PM

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Burden of Proof in a Criminal Trial

As criminal defense lawyers, we understand how crucial evidence is when defending a client. It's the currency of the courtroom, and without it even the best defense lawyer is not in a position to defend his client.

That's why we put as much effort into investigating the incident that resulted in your arrest as we do preparing your defense. The more we know and the more we can prove, the better your chances in a courtroom.

It's important to remember that the burden of proof lies on the prosecution. The defense does not have to prove another version of the case in order to win an acquittal. Your criminal defense lawyer does not need to argue that person X committed the crime or that what really happened was Y.

Instead, it is enough to merely raise reasonable doubt regarding the defendant's guilt in the eyes of a jury. Our criminal defense lawyers are experienced at finding the evidence that raises those doubts. We can put that experience to work for you.


If you've been accused of a crime and need an experienced criminal defense lawyer, please contact The Cochran Firm today for a free consultation.

posted by Admin at 2:23 PM

1.800.THE FIRM | 1.800.843.3476

The Cochran Firm handles Civil Litigation and Criminal Defense claims for clients throughout the United States of America. The information on this website does not constitute legal advice nor form an attorney-client relationship.Please contact The Cochran Firm today to schedule a free consultation.

Site Design, Development and Optimization by Page 1 Solutions | © - | Disclaimer