Pensacola Criminal Law Attorney

FEW THINGS IN LIFE are more terrifying than the prospect of losing our freedom.

The snap of restraints cuffing your hands, one-way transportation in the back seat of a police cruiser and the degrading booking process are signals that a life changing experience is in progress.

DON'T BE FOOLED by cop shows on T-V. Investigators are trained in the art of interviewing and their focus is extracting statements from those suspected of crimes. Investigators know what makes us tick, they interrogate every day and the confessions they obtain usually hold up in court. Sometimes those confessions make the difference between a defensible case, no prosecution, not guilty verdict or being trapped in a hopeless prosecution, doing our best for a plea.

Make no mistake, you do not need to confess to a crime in order to get yourself in deeper trouble.

Attempting to convince the police that you were not involved only helps them weave their case around you. Alibis with inaccurate times, (..Where were you at 7 PM last Thursday?). The psychology involved in the "cleansing process" ('ll feel better if you talk about it...") and the opportunity to obtain a favorable resolution, ( "I'll put in a good word for you....") are all tactics designed to make prosecuting criminal charges easier for the State and more difficult for you to defend.

Joel M Cohen


Rule 2: Never waive your RIGHT to remain silent.

What is Rule 1?: Call your lawyer

Joel M. Cohen
Main: 850-434-5524
24 hour text: 850-748-5905


Escambia County Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal Defense Services Available:

  • Pre Trial Diversion/ Intervention/ Release
  • Bond Reduction
  • Violation of Probation / Community Control
  • Negotiated Pleas
  • Jury and Judge Trials
  • Appeals
  • Suppression of Illegally Obtained Evidence
  • Sealing / Expungement of Arrest/ Court Records

Fees for Legal Services: I am sensitive to your needs and ability to pay for professional services. Most people do not have "Dream Team" resources. We keep our fees in reach of most working families and can arrange to structure them according to your unique requirements.

We provide affordable services and offer budget and installment fee options.

  • Member Florida Bar 1973
  • Admitted United States District Court 1974