How to keep my child away from trouble with the law

Philip Kent Cohen, Esq. Criminal Attorney, shares advice for parents on how to raise kids that are less likely to get in trouble with the law
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How to keep my child away from trouble with the law

You know people often ask me when they find out what I do for a living, how do I go about preventing my son or daughter from getting in trouble in the first place? And that answer involves a lot more than a lawyer can give them. It involves psychology and sociology and parenting - all of the things we try to learn as parents. All I can tell you is what I try to do with my young sons. Every night we have a story time, and that story time always involves some type of moral, some type of Aesop fable, what lesson we can learn. The last two months we've been on the boy who cried wolf. And they lay down in bed every night and each one independently will say to me, daddy, tell me about the boy who cried wolf. And we talk about what happens when you lie, and how important it is to tell the truth. And I don't know if it's going to work, and I don't know how they're going to come out ultimately, but I think it starts with telling the truth, not stealing, not lying, and these basic rules can go a long way in terms of avoiding much more significant problems down the road.

Philip Kent Cohen, Esq. Criminal Attorney, shares advice for parents on how to raise kids that are less likely to get in trouble with the law


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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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