Protecting children vs. letting them be punished by law

Philip Kent Cohen, Esq. Criminal Attorney, shares advice for parents on whether it's best to try to protect your child or let them be punished by the law if they get in trouble
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Protecting children vs. letting them be punished by law

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One of the big philosophical question when it comes to criminal defense is "What do we do if our son, our daughter or someone we love and care about get's in trouble"? Do we do everything we can to try to "Beat the Rap" or do we let the system sort of play out. Quite frankly, if you love somebody I don't think it matters whether if they are 15 or 55. If it is you son or your daughter or someone you love, I think the human reaction is, to do everything that you possibly can to protect them. And to help, and if that means again "Beating the Rap" then I think that is what people do. I think that was we owe it to those that we love. There's other ways to deal with people who get into trouble other than throwing them to Juvenile Hall or throwing them into prison as they get older, and that is something quite frankly in my own life I prefer to deal with my children, myself and the punishment that I think is just rather than throwing them into the Criminal Justice System.

Philip Kent Cohen, Esq. Criminal Attorney, shares advice for parents on whether it's best to try to protect your child or let them be punished by the law if they get in trouble

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Philip Kent Cohen, Esq.

Criminal Attorney

During nearly two decades as a premier trial attorney, Philip Cohen has defended individuals and corporations accused of criminal conduct in more than 30 federal and state jurisdictions throughout the country. Using a proactive, aggressive approach to litigation, Mr. Cohen has successfully represented clients in matters ranging from multi-million dollar fraud, money laundering, and embezzlement violations, to large-scale narcotics trafficking, robbery, assault, and murder. With an astonishing success rate at trial, Cohen attacks every case, regardless of subject matter, as a personal challenge to his courtroom abilities and advocacy skills. And it shows, as he is consistently recognized by his peers as one of the preeminent defense lawyers in Southern California.

Born and raised in New York, Cohen graduated with honors from Fordham University in 1988, before obtaining his juris doctorate from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 1991. After building a thriving solo practice, he co-founded the boutique litigation firm of Murphy Rosen & Cohen LLP in 2003, where he headed up the firm's criminal practice, and continued to expand his presence as a select criminal trial attorney.  During this time, Cohen also began to utilize his advocacy skills in the realm of civil trial work, the result of which has been an uninterrupted string of civil trial victories in cases which have included business, malpractice and wrongful death disputes. In 2008, Cohen was invited to become an equity partner in the Los Angeles office of Venable LLP., a DC-based, 600-attorney international law firm, where he co-chaired the firm's West Coast white collar/criminal defense practice.

Despite his appreciation for the national presence and support that a large firm provided, Cohen longed the personal interaction and clientele autonomy that he had enjoyed throughout his career, and so, in 2009, Cohen re-established his solo practice with the advent of Philip Kent Cohen, APC., while continuing to maintain the highest level of attention, loyalty, and representation that his clients had come to depend upon. Recognized by clients and lawyers alike for his superior level of trial work, Cohen has been listed for the past three years as a Southern California "Super Lawyer" as chosen by his peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics magazine. In addition to trial work, Mr. Cohen devotes a substantial portion of his practice to post-conviction relief, and has represented numerous clients in both appellate and habeas corpus proceedings nationwide. 

 

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