When you or someone you love has been charged with a criminal offense, every move and moment counts. Whether you were in the wrong place at the wrong time or made the worst mistake of your life, being accused of a crime can have life-altering consequences.
The criminal justice process in Alabama is complex and intimidating. What’s important to understand is that your current circumstances don’t have to define you, and the experienced criminal defense attorneys at The Cochran Firm can help you mitigate your situation as much as possible.
Time is of the essence in defending a criminal case, so we urge you to contact our office as soon as possible so that we can discuss your situation and take the actions necessary to protect your rights.
Working to Safeguard Your Future
An Alabama criminal charge will be either a misdemeanor or a felony. It would be a mistake to take a misdemeanor lightly, as a conviction for some charges can have serious consequences that may include heavy fines and even jail time.
This is not something you want to handle on your own. Having skilled defense counsel on your side can make a big difference in the outcome of your case. At The Cochran Firm, we offer personalized criminal defense representation that meets the needs of each client. This means that we will listen to your side of the story and work with you to build a defense strategy that will have the strongest chance of success.
Aggressive Defense Against All Types of Criminal Charges
Being charged with a crime can not only be frightening, but it can also be costly in terms of your freedom and your future. A criminal conviction can have severe penalties, including fines and jail time. Having this on your record can also impact your ability to get a job, find a place to live, or hold a professional license.
Your first step in avoiding this is to have the strongest defense possible. Some of the crimes that we have experience successfully defending include:
Theft & burglary
Homicide and murder
Assault and battery
No valid driver’s license
Are You Under Criminal Investigation?
Whether you have been accused of a crime through a formal arrest or received word that law enforcement is investigating you for wrongdoing, you need to retain the services of skilled criminal defense counsel immediately. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers can guide you through every phase of these proceedings and help you avoid any missteps that could make your situation worse. Some of the things we will do on your behalf include:
Be present during interviews with law enforcement. Even if you have done nothing wrong, you should never agree to speak with investigators without having an attorney present. Law enforcement is known to ask unfair, confusing, and improper questions which can trap a person into additional charges, such as lying to the police. We can be present at these interviews, tell you what to expect, and let you know when you can refuse to answer a question.
Conduct an independent investigation. We always conduct an independent investigation when defending a case. We want to have as many facts as possible about your case and assemble any information that we might be able to use in your defense. In some cases, these investigations can uncover information that will lead to charges being reduced or dropped.
Negotiate with law enforcement. Law enforcement officials might try to negotiate with you during the course of their investigation, but it would be a mistake to strike a deal or trust their promises without having a strong legal advocate present. Our criminal defense lawyers are skilled negotiators that can assess the situation and get you the best deal possible while protecting your rights.
Provide a rigorous legal defense. When a case moves through the legal system, you need an experienced defense attorney by your side that will mount an aggressive and thought-out defense.
Criminal Records Expungements in Alabama
In the past, a criminal conviction in Alabama meant that you would have a permanent mark on your record. While this is still something you want to avoid at all costs, the Alabama legislature passed an expungement law for the first time in 2014.
Under the new law, certain convictions can be expunged, or erased, from your criminal record. The criteria for eligibility are strict and include any of the following:
Your charges were dropped or dismissed with prejudice;
You were “no-billed” by a grand jury;
You went to trial and were found “not guilty”; or
Your charges were dismissed without prejudice over two years ago or over five years ago for a non-violent felony.
If you believe that you meet the criteria to have your criminal record expunged, The Cochran Firm can help. We will review your records to confirm eligibility and work with you to help ensure a successful result.
Contact an Experienced Birmingham Criminal Defense Attorney
It’s perfectly normal to be full of fear when facing criminal charges. Despite the law saying that you are presumed “innocent until proven guilty,” the truth is that many will perceive you as guilty before you even get your day in court. This is a system that is not rigged in your favor if you don’t have a strong advocate in your corner.
At The Cochran Firm, we strictly avoid passing judgment and we want to hear your side of the story. More importantly, we will stand by your side when prosecutors are attempting to get maximum penalties or trying to get you to agree to a deal that isn’t in your best interests.
If you’ve been accused of a crime in the Birmingham area, contact our office now at (205) 994-8555 or 1-800-THE-FIRM to schedule your initial consultation. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your situation and formulate a strategy for your vigorous defense.