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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When is the Federal Government Involved in a Criminal Case?

When we think of "the government," we tend to think of the federal government in Washington, D.C.: the White House, Congress, etc. However, the reality is that on criminal matters, most cases involve local and state issues. Still, the federal government is obviously a major player in the criminal justice game, and when facing federal charges, you will need an experienced federal criminal lawyer on your side.

As noted, most criminal cases are handled by state and local authorities. Federal authorities are empowered to intervene only when a specific federal statute is violated. In very specific circumstances the federal government will pursue charges against a defendant acquitted in a state court, but Justice Department policy makes that a rare event.

Federal criminal charges are often leveled when an alleged crime involves the crossing of state lines. Common examples of these cases include:

It's too simplistic to say that federal charges are more "serious" than state charges, but federal cases do present unique challenges to defendants and their representation. Federal investigative and prosecutorial entities have greater resources than their state and local counterparts.

The Cochran Firm's federal criminal lawyers have experience representing clients in federal court. We know how to defend your rights during a federal prosecution.

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

posted by Admin at 6:46 AM

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Are White Collar Criminal Offenses Minor?

At The Cochran Firm, our criminal defense lawyers understand the seriousness of any criminal charge. We don't take our clients' freedom lightly. And we know that a white collar charge is a serious matter.

The term "white collar crime" evokes images of well-heeled defendants receiving light sentences from sympathetic judges, assuming the state even deigns to pursue a charge. The reality, however, is that prosecutors are taking these charges more seriously than ever.

After the global financial crisis and resulting recession, those accused of white collar crimes are more loathed than ever. Prosecutors are not reluctant about pursuing cases against men and women they feel committed white collar crimes.

The Cochran Firm's criminal defense lawyers recognize this dynamic, and we fight accordingly. We will not let anyone violate your rights. And we will battle to protect your freedom, because we know that's what is at stake.

White collar crimes include such serious charges as:

  • Fraud
  • Racketeering
  • Embezzlement
This charges can carry jail sentences that can run for decades.

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

posted by Admin at 6:45 AM

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NHTSA Bike Safety Tips

At The Cochran Firm, our accident lawyers want everyone to share the roads responsibly and reach their destinations safely.  We've long believed that a few simple actions can go a long way toward achieving these goals.

Accidents between bicycles and automobiles are tragically common. Fortunately, The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has released some tips to both bicyclists and those who drive automobiles. The full press release can be found here, but the advice includes:

  • Drivers should signal their turns and drive predictably
  • Drivers should always treat bicycles as other vehicles and give them enough room
  • Both drivers and bicyclists should turn off cell phones
  • Bicyclists should not use headphones to listen to music while riding
  • Bicyclists should always drive on the right side of the road
  • Bicyclists should make an extra effort to be visible by wearing bright colors and reflective devices
As you can see, most of these tips are quite simple. It's unfortunate that so many people fail to take these steps. It is fortunate, however, that safety can so easily be achieved.

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

posted by Admin at 6:43 AM

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Is a Bad Result Automatically Medical Malpractice?

Medicine is an exceptionally complicated field, and even the best physician will handle cases that come to a tragic result. The law recognizes this. As such, an unfortunate outcome, no matter how tragic, does not automatically qualify as medical malpractice.

At The Cochran Firm, a key part of our medical malpractice lawyers' role is to distinguish between actual medical malpractice cases and those where a tragic result does not rise to legal standards.

We've talked before on this blog about the concept of "standards of care," which are how the law defines medical malpractice. Basically, a medical malpractice lawyer has to show that the medical professional failed to live up to a standard of care accepted by the wider medical community.

Of course, medical mistakes, especially surgical errors, are rarely cut and dry. Evaluating the viability of a claim requires a medical malpractice lawyer with extensive, specialized experience.
The Cochran Firm offers this experience. We are always up front and honest with any potential clients about the viability of a claim.

If you need an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to evaluate your case, please contact The Cochran Firm today for a free consultation.


posted by Admin at 6:42 AM

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

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