Firm Philosophy

David J. Cohen, the firm’s owner, personally handles and supervises your case.  He brings his many years of experience in criminal defense, including his knowledge from handling numerous state and federal jury trials and appeals.

At the same time, in most circumstances, your case will also be assigned to one of the firm’s energetic, experienced associate attorneys while being supervised by firm owner and senior attorney, David J. Cohen.  Both Mr. Cohen and the associate attorney will be available at the office, by e-mail, and by cell phone whenever you need them.  This assures you that, unlike single lawyer criminal defense practices, where the attorney may frequently be out of communication, in court, or involved with another matter, or client, there is virtually always an attorney assigned to your case 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Criminal cases are major life-changing events.  Constant availability, compassionate communication and listening, and knowledgeable advice by a seasoned and experienced legal team is a must. You deserve appropriate, helpful, and successful representation that gets you the results you want, and need.

BACL believes that a criminal defense case cannot be properly handled without being prepared and available to consistently battle every pre-trial legal motion, and without being prepared to fully investigate and present – through expert testimony if necessary – every single important fact in your case.

Our capable, compassionate and experienced administrative staff, and our knowledge and partnership with the top investigators and forensic experts ensures that your case, once we are hired, will be attended to at all times, and that nothing will fall through the cracks.

Bay Area Criminal LawyerA criminal case is a war, with a series of battles – those battles include the bail hearing, pre-trial motions hearings relating to potential constitutional and other legal violations by the prosecutor, pre-trial preparation and investigation, trial motions, hard and tough negotiation toward a favorable plea agreement if possible, and willingness, readiness and experience to do battle at a jury trial if appropriate.  These battles themselves include, if necessary, sentencing hearings, appeals, and post-conviction habeas corpus and other writ relief.

Only an experienced and trusted criminal defense firm, like ours, whose owner, with more than three decades of experience and who is certified by the California State Bar as a specialist in criminal law, exclusively practices criminal defense, and is armed with experienced, energetic, understanding, compassionate associate attorneys and staff, available 24/7, and who partners with top-notch investigators and forensic experts is able to most successfully represent criminal defense clients facing the deprivation of liberty and rights for extended periods of their lives.