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“If you want someone who is going to get stuff done, I highly recommend Cohen and Hirsch. Not only did I beat my case, I even got my record cleaned.”
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“Hired Matt Hirsch at a distance to take on a traffic case with a missed mandatory court appearance (or two). Even as the case dragged on longer than anticipated (not the fault in any way of the lawyer), and indeed went a couple rounds, Mr. Hirsch remained engaged, positive, and proactive. I firmly believe he and his firm resolved my case with the best outcome for me. Would recommend Cohen & Hirsch for cases of my type without reservation, and his working for me at a fairly great distance, without my ever appearing back in state, deserves particular note”
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“I found Andy Cohen via a google search and after our initial phone conversation I was happy to hire him. The circumstances that drove me to solicit an attorney were sensitive to say the least. He was kind, sympathetic and detailed which I appreciated very much. He kept me well informed throughout the hearing process and Andy always made sure to be available if I had any questions or concerns. I highly recommend Andy and his team to help you through what is likely a difficult process.”
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“Seamless experience dealing with Andy and Jill. They are both very knowledgeable and will go to bat for you. I was referred to Cohen and Hirsch by a friend and will refer them to others myself. Truly great people who care and love what they do. One thing that stood out to me is that they will update you consistently without you having to reach out. I will continue to use them in the future and so should you.”
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“Matt was great. The day I called him he jumped right in and a week later charges were dropped! He’s my guy here on out. Not to mention he saved me 3k from the first firm I called.”
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“If I could rate this law firm with more stars, I would. If you desire an excellent attorney that cares, has a great relationship with court system, communicates quickly, stays on top of your case and strives for the best outcome possible, then look no further than this law firm. Jill and Andy handled an extremely complicated case for my son with special needs and we received the outcome we desired. His case was dismissed and he can move now on with his life. I am very pleased and grateful to them for their efforts.”
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“Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value”
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“Matt was a great treasure! Always kept calm and let me be the same. Looking at his fb feed, I was convinced he’s the right person for me. Helped get through a difficult situation. His fees were also comparable to the others given the amount of personal attention he paid to the case. Never had the trouble of dealing with the paralegals(as we all know what happens). He was always available on text. Great experience!!”
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“Wow, what an unexpected experience. We have all heard the horror stories and the jokes about lawyers. Well, I've been fortunate not to have had reason to use a lawyer... until now. Or at least that is what I thought. I don't want to get into the details, but I had sent an inquiry into the firm through their website and Andy reached out to me. He was patient, professional and funny. He spent a good 15 to 20 minutes on the phone with me. Explained to me in detail what I could expect. And recommended that I don't actually need a lawyer for what I have to do. I can't express my sincere gratitude enough. In the event I ever do need a lawyer, I know exactly who I'm calling.”
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“Andy is a GEM! Such a lovely man. Jill is a pretty pitbull. Under the circumstances they were very helpful and SUCCESSFUL. I could not have asked for a smarter pair.”
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“I write to recommend Matt A. Hirsch, Esq. for those in need of legal representation and guidance. He is highly competent and experienced, conscientious, organized and responsive. Attorney Hirsch is someone you want in your corner if you need help.”
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Did an officer illegally search your vehicle?

| Aug 14, 2020 | Uncategorized |

Your knowledge of the law may be minimal at best. Like most people in Georgia and across the country, you likely know enough about legal issues to know what actions could get you in trouble. However, also like many people, you may not know enough about your legal rights to fully know whether an officer violated those rights during a traffic stop.

If you found yourself pulled over by a police officer and that traffic stop ended in your arrest, you may have a suspicion that the officer did not conduct him- or herself in accordance with the law. In particular, you feel that the officer may have illegally searched your vehicle. How can you know?

Does an officer need a warrant?

Unlike a home search, police officers do not need a warrant to search a person’s vehicle. However, they do need to have either your permission or probable cause to carry out a search. This means that a police officer cannot ask you to step out of your vehicle and immediately start rifling through your car. It does mean that a search can take place if any of the following details apply:

  • The officer asked if he or she could search your vehicle, and you consented.
  • The officer believed that you had a weapon or that other circumstances existed that could pose a potential threat to him or her.
  • The officer saw questionable looking substances, open alcohol containers, drug paraphernalia or other items in plain sight that caused him or her to suspect criminal activity.
  • The officer placed you under arrest for a violation and conducted a search to look for additional evidence relating to the arrest charge.

If these factors did not apply to your situation but an officer conducted a search anyway, he or she may have found supposed evidence that resulted in your arrest. Now, what can you do?

Consider your legal options

If you believe that the officer conducted an unlawful search of your vehicle that resulted in your subsequent arrest, that detail could play a substantial part in your criminal case. If the court determines that the officer violated your rights, the court could deem any evidence discovered during that unlawful search inadmissible. Going over this information with an experienced defense attorney could help you determine whether the officer violated your rights and whether you have reason to address this point in court.

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