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Kristie Cohen graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2006 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Legal Studies. Ms. Cohen was able to complete a double bachelor’s program for both Legal Studies and Psychology, while simultaneously minoring in chemistry and biology. While attending Eastern Michigan University,

Ms. Cohen worked for the school’s legal clinic and also participated in an internship at the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office. While attending Barry University Law School, in Orlando, she clerked for the Honorable Dennis Powers in the 52nd District Court in Michigan. There she gained extensive experience by coordinating the Judge’s docket, wrote judicial opinions and assisted the Judge writing Bar Review Articles.

the Firm

The law firm of Kristie Cohen, PA, is a small South Florida criminal defense law firm that is dedicated to aggressively defending its clients. Our firm intentionally keeps its caseload small so we can give each client the time and personal attention they deserve. We are equipped to handle all cases from a misdemeanor to major felonies. We work diligently for each client to get them the best possible outcome in each case.

Areas of Practice

Mental Health

Criminal cases with mental health aspects or defenses take extra time, attention and care. They are very important cases and can be mishandled if an attorney is not well-versed in the area. Ms. Cohen handles clients with any and all mental health diagnosis. Ms. Cohen is well versed in all areas of the criminal justice system dealing with mentally ill defendants. Clients that have not guilty by insanity (NGI) defenses, mental health diversion, mental health court, competency issues, baker act proceedings, etc. Ms. Cohen has experience and relationships with most of the court recognized mental health doctors, programs and service providers in South Florida.

Major Crimes

These crimes are generally crimes against persons which includes murder, sexual battery, and aggravated assault. Most major crimes carry sever penalties, typically 30 years to mandatory life in prison. These cases can be very difficult and complex. Handling them takes experience and focus.


Firearms & Weapons

The State of Florida criminalizes not only the use or possession of a weapon or firearm in many situations, but it also enhances penalties if a firearm or weapon is used during the commission of other crimes. The best-known enhancement is called 10-20-life. This statute sets a minimum mandatory prison sentence if a person uses a weapon during the commission of certain crimes such as robbery and kidnapping. If a weapon is possessed during the crime the minimum penalty is 10 years in prison, if the firearm is discharged the minimum is 20 years, if a person is shot the minimum increases to 25 years and finally if a person is killed the minimum is life in prison.

Drug Crimes

Drug charges are some of the most common crimes prosecuted in Florida. Florida statutes impose severe penalties for those convicted of drug crimes, whether it involves trafficking, selling, possession, or more. Each different drug, including prescription drugs, and illegal drugs such as meth, heroin, cocaine, marijuana have different penalties. Any drug crime can severely mpact your life and future and has collateral consequences such as driver’s license suspension. Defendants need aggressive representation to protect their rights and future.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence criminal cases usually begin with the police being called due to some incident between family members. Domestic relationships or family members are specifically defined by statute in Florida. The Florida definition of Domestic violence is “any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.” FL statute § 741.28.

A family member is defined as a “spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who are parents of a child in common regardless of whether they have been married. With the exception of persons who have a child in common, the family or household members must be currently residing or have in the past resided together in the same single dwelling unit.” FL statute § 741.28.

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Robbery with Firearm


Life in Prison with 10 year minimum mandatory


All Charged Dropped

Client and another man allegedly robbed a convenience store with a semi-automatic weapon. Entire robbery was on video.


First-Degree Arson


30 years in Prison


Charges changed to Criminal Mischief - 2 years probation

Client was alleged to have set his home on fire while his family was in the house


Armed Burglary of a Dwelling with Battery


Life in Prison with 10 year minimum mandatory


Not Guilty in Trial

Client allegedly broke into home of known victim and pistol whipped him


Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer


10 Years in Prison


Not Guilty by Insanity filed. Reduced and sentenced to probation

Client attacked 2 officers while he was at the Baker Act facility

has the trial


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